Annual bee college swarms Garfield County
The Colorado Beekeepers Association, or CSBA, will be hosting its Summer Bee College at the Garfield County Fairgrounds this weekend, which will feature three days of speakers and a variety of hands-on learning experiences.
Peach Valley resident and CSBA president Ed Colby said this year’s speakers will include no-till farming advocate and bee scientist Dr. Jonathan Lundgren, who will address some of the modern issues facing the beekeeping industry.
A former USDA senior scientist Lundgren will give two presentations over the weekend. One will focus on modern farming practices such as crop rotation, cover crops and no-till farming, which can encourage natural predators and reduce the need for pesticides and herbicides, said Colby.
He believes inappropriate application of some agricultural pesticides sets the stage for honey bee colony collapse from Varroa mite infestation.
His first talk will focus on the problem. The second half will focus on solutions.
Saturday at the Garfield County Fairgrounds will be the big day for those trying to learn more about beekeeping as there will be an experts panel, Lundgren’s talk and a presentation on federally subsidized drought insurance, according to the website.
The Colorado State Beekeepers Association Summer Bee College is geared to provide practical, up-to-date information on beekeeping for lifelong commercial beekeepers, as well as beginning backyard enthusiasts, according to the press release.
The weekend kicks off with a Friday night potluck in New Castle.
Silt commercial beekeeper Paul Limbach will also be demonstrating how to identify common bee disease. Later he will be on a open question panel with other veteran beekeepers.
For preregistration discount and all the details on CSBA’s fun-filled educational weekend, visit coloradobeekeepers.org/summer-bee-college-2019/ or call Ed Colby at 970-355-5256.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
Corn it what you want: Classic summertime lawn game and Rifle recreational league brings people together
Taylor Walters first had the idea for a cornhole league — also called bags or baggo depending on where you’re from — while applying for a job with the city of Rifle.