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All 2015 meetings
will be held at the Buckingham Community Center. We meet on
the 2nd Wednesday of each month unless otherwise noted. If the
below information appears to be out-of-date, don't fret or worry...
meetings are always the 2nd Wednesday of each month!!!
Our Next Meeting will be
March 11, 2015 at 6:30 PM
Buckingham Community Center
4940 Buckingham Rd
Fort Myers, FL 33905
map & directions
New Format: 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm Beekeeper
New and Experienced beekeepers helping each other with questions,
and other beekeeping related challenges... followed by our
Regular Meeting: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (may end earlier
depending on agenda)
"Speaker and Topic":
Rebecca Wilson ~
"How to Make Lip Balm/Lotion"
Meeting is open to anyone wishing to learn more about bees, and
those that are interested in becoming members
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Cost of the course is
Make Checks payable to BASF
“Beekeeping Course”, 3410 Palm Beach Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33916).
Deadline for registration is
May 15, 2015
Introduction to Beekeeping Course
Classes for this 4-week course begin on
Saturday May 30, 2015.
Space is limited to 40
students. Students receive basic startup kit including bee veil,
smoker, hive box and resource books. Bees are NOT provided as part
of this package!
is necessary for inclusion in the class. For details call Celeste
Fournier at 239-284-4078 or Rebecca at 239-247-7352; e-mail
Morning classroom sessions are at the North Fort Myers Recreation
Center (2000 North Recreation Park Way, North Fort Myers). Afternoon
practical sessions are on the apiary/farm of a BASF member
Flyer Course Outline
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Build the Bee
The FSBA is
coming back this year for funding of the bee lab, after being
stung in 2014 by Gov. Rick Scott's line item veto, last year.
The following are excerpts from an article on this subject at
center is needed to determine why so many beekeepers are
losing colonies...We have some very serious problems."
said Tom Nolan, the association’s president and a
part-time beekeeper from Bradenton..
Nolan told the
Senate Committee on Agriculture, “Beekeepers are losing
about 30 percent of their colonies every year,” Nolan
said. “I’ll ask you if you can think of an industry that
can survive starting 30 percent in the hole every
the entire article by Bruce Ritchie at Context
Bee Lab Brochure |
Context Florida Article
USDA National Honey Report, Number XXXIV - #12, January 16, 2015
Excerpt from the report regarding Florida, based on commercial
COLONY, HONEY PLANT AND MARKET CONDITIONS DURING
FLORIDA: The weather for the month was a little warmer than
normal with precipitation slightly higher than normal. There was
still not very much rain, as December is typically a dry month in
Florida. Bee health was considered to be very good. Beekeepers were
splitting hives and treating for mites in preparation for the annual
trip to California for almond pollination with many hives being
relocated shortly after the middle of next month. There were few
sources of food, except for scattered wild flowers and some maple.
The maple bloom appeared to be about a week earlier than normal.
Citrus greening was causing some early premature orange bloom, but
no honey was being produced from that source. The next source of
food for honey production will be citrus, primarily orange blossom,
in March. There was essentially no honey being produced for sale and
practically no stored honey available for sale. Demand remains good
with supplies very light and prices remaining at or near record
The entire report can be found here:
...more information |
Registration | Brochure
2015 University of Florida
Friday and Saturday March 6th & 7th, 2015
The Whitney Laboratory
for Marine Bioscience
9505 Ocean Shore Blvd.
St. Augustine, FL 32080-8610
Featuring some of our hometown favorites like David Westervelt and
Jamie Ellis, and keynote speakers Dr. Deborah Delaney and Dr. Thomas
There are over 40 classes, new and repeated, that speak to the
variety of people who attend, from beginners to the advanced.
Don't miss out on your chance to experience new knowledge and meet
with those who are interested in the same amazing beekeeping hobbies
and topics all over the state of Florida!
Consent and Release Form
as previously explained at meetings,
is so our club has permission to use your provided information for
such things as: Creation of an membership listing/directory
shared with our members to allow them to more easily stay in contact with
each other by having phone numbers, contact information, etc.
available, also for displaying your photos taken at website
activities, etc. on our website for public viewing... or so we can
contact you about upcoming special meetings, events, sales, etc.;
however, please do not abuse the club directory by sending mass
e-mails to complain to the membership about your club dislikes or
problems with the leadership, to send junk to our members, for
spamming, for hate e-mails, etc... as this is not the purpose of a
Login Information (username & password) is e-mailed to
"paid-up" members on a monthly basis. Please allow up to two
months for monthly information about club, website, etc. to begin.
If you just cannot wait and need access to membership and/or other
members area items (minutes,
treasurer's report, membership list, etc.), you may attend a meeting and request the login
information from our treasurer if she is able to ascertain your
current membership status as "paid-up" Active. All previous login information has
expired as of September 31, 2014. Login information may change
more than once a year, so please keep up with the e-mailed monthly
announcements (sorry, it may require that you actually open your
e-mail and read something).
Yes, this is the most current issue of newsletter, there are no
2014 or 2015 issues, enjoy what is here, thanks!
Reminder to registered beekeepers from
Freddie Howard, local apiary inspector:
If you have not already done so, please call
Freddie and schedule your yearly inspection
FAQ (Frequently Asked Question):
QUESTION: Where can I get package bees, queens,
HERE or on
LINKS in menu above.
Our Local Beekeepers Association of
Southwest Florida Calendar. Primarily Local BEEKEEPING Events and
BEEKEEPING Activities. Events with some State (Florida) Events.
Global Event Calendar
FSBA Calendar includes all Beekeeping Events (Local,
Florida, and other locations). We are often incorrectly listed as
Southwest Beekeepers on this calendar.
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We are a now a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization and your donations are tax deductible!:
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How do I join Beekeepers Association of Southwest Florida (BASF)?
Attend one of our meetings and pay applicable dues to our Treasurer,
or you can DOWNLOAD
Membership Application. Consent/Release Form, and mail it to our treasurer along with
applicable dues. Currently $10 for current year if you
are already a member of the Florida State Beekeepers Association (FSBA).
If you are not a member of FSBA then we can collect membership dues
for FSBA as well, in which case the total amount would be $25
($10 BASF + $15 FSBA).