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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  If the below information appears to be out-of-date, don't fret or worry...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
Wednesday, April 8, 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 Helpline:
 New and Experienced beekeepers helping each other with questions, quandaries,
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": to be announced

Meeting is open to anyone wishing to learn more about bees, and those that are interested in becoming members


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Our May Meeting will be
Wednesday, May 13, 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 Helpline:
 New and Experienced beekeepers helping each other with questions, quandaries,
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": Dennis Riggs ~ Building and Maintaining a simple Kenya Top Bar Hive

Dennis Riggs will be assembling a simple Kenya Top Bar Hive during the presentation portion of the meeting.  The Top-Bar Hive constructed will be the same type as he has demonstrated (in the past) "hands-on" in our association's apiary and also at a couple of annual ECHO conferences.  Handout will be provided for those attending.  Handout will include materials list, assembly instructions, and other information on keeping and maintaining this type of hive.  Below are photo galleries of two of the hives he has used to demonstrate top-bar hives.





Cost of the course is $200

 Make Checks payable to BASF

Mail to: “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!

Pre-registration is necessary for inclusion in the class. For details call Celeste Fournier at 239-284-4078 or Rebecca at 239-247-7352; e-mail celeste@swfbees.com

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 beekeeper.

Flyer Course Outline | Event Details on Facebook

Build the Bee Lab

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 Context Florida:


"The research 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 year.”.read the entire article by Bruce Ritchie at Context Florida

Build the 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 beekeeper reporting:


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 levels.

The entire report can be found here: http://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/fvmhoney.pdf

...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

...more information

Featuring some of our hometown favorites like David Westervelt and Jamie Ellis, and keynote speakers Dr. Deborah Delaney and Dr. Thomas Seeley.

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 club directory.

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).

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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

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Our Event Calendar  

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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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).