If you’ve ever thought of keeping bees, now’s the time to get started!
Santa Fe’s Sangre de Cristo Beekeepers Association has emerged from winter hibernation and resumed monthly meetings. An eclectic group of beekeepers including professionals and hobbyists, Langstroth and Topbar beekeepers, they welcome all new members regardless of experience levels. The group meets on the last Thursday of every month in Santa Fe. For more information about meeting locations and events, contact Kate at (505) 984-9887 or join their on-line discussion group to post questions, announcements and photos on their website.
Albuquerque also has an active beekeeping community. For local postings, classes, information and events in central New Mexico, visit the Albuquerque Beekeeping Association website.
The New Mexico Beekeepers Association is an organization that is run by and for beekeepers. They host annual events and post related news and information on their website.
If you’re interested in creating or supporting a pollinator-friendly environment in your community, consider the New Mexico Pollinator Project. To sign up for the latest news, research and action alerts in addressing honeybee losses contact Loretta McGrath at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (505) 690-9912.
A newbee on the block, Bee Charmer is a New Mexico organization dedicated to assist children, parents and schools to create bee-friendly gardens, promote pollinators and avoid neo-nicotinoid pesticides. Visit them.
For those of you interested in beekeeping classes or workshops here are a few New Mexico connections. If you are aware of others, please let us know.
Talon Van Howten and Robert Sturm, Ecoversity http://ecoversity.org/beekeeping.html
This class meets once per month on Saturdays and starts April 9th. Register on their website.
Les Crowder, For the Love of Bees http://www.fortheloveofbees.com
Mark Spitzig & Melanie Kirby, Zia Queen Bees http://www.ziaqueenbees.com
Steve Wall, Buckin’ Bees http://www.buckinbee.com
Nicotine Bees, an important film that connects the dots between colony collapse disorder and the use of neonicotinoid pesticides will be shown in Silver City on March 18th and Santa Fe on May 18th. For more information contact email@example.com (S.C.) or firstname.lastname@example.org. (S.F.)