April Meeting: Spring Management with Les Crowder

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Theater class starts at 6 pm, Q&A starts at 6:45 pm, and main meeting runs from 7-9 pm.

The Point at C C Young (map)

This month we are extremely lucky to have Les Crowder, author of “Top Bar-Beekeeping: Organic Practices For Honeybee Health,” coming to Dallas to talk to us about Spring Management: swarm prevention and swarm encouragment, the causes of swarming, and how to trigger your favorite hive to make queen cells for the sake of making splits. This topic will be helpful to all levels of beekeeper and all hive styles.

Les Crowder began keeping bees (he often states they began keeping him) in Bernalillo, New Mexico, 40+ years ago. He began looking for ways to raise bees without antibiotics in his teenage years and has been breeding honeybees for disease and parasite resistance since then. He also began early on to search for ways to regularly renew the combs in beehives because research indicated that old cocoon laden combs become havens for pathogenic fungi and bacteria that stress the bee’s resistance to disease. This led him to experiment with topbar hives and eventually begin using them exclusively for a small 100-200 hive honey and beeswax business with beehives in New Mexico that also did some California almond pollination with topbar hives.

He has been president of the New Mexico Beekeepers Association many years, has been a honey bee inspector for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, and has taught beekeeping in many parts of the world for more than 30 years. He and Heather Harrell coauthored the book Top-Bar Beekeeping published by Chelsea Green in 2012 and soon to be published in Spanish. He continues to teach and advocate nontoxic management of beehives, these days around Austin, Texas.

In addition to our main presentation, we will have our “Bee Plant of the Month” and our monthly “In the Hive”.

Theater class starts at 6pm, Q&A starts at 6:45, and the meeting officially starts at 7:00pm. Our meetings are always free and open to the public. Feel free to attend even if you don’t know anything about beekeeping–it’s a great chance to meet people and see what it’s all about!

The Point at C.C. Young Campus
4847 W. Lawther Drive, Dallas, TX

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