On Friday March 27, 2015 several of the Travis County Beekeeper members drove down to Brenham Texas to attend the FIRST Texas Master Beekeeper Testing Day and we are happy to report, they all passed their exams with flying colors and have been accepted into the Master Beekeeper Program! In attendance was Pamela Yeamans, Brandon Ferhenkamp, Chuck Reburn, and Tanya Phillips. Congratulations to all! If you are interested in taking the next Master Beekeeper exam, you must have been keeping bees for at least 1 year and currently have at least 1 hive. Cost is $50 per person and the next exam will be November just prior to the Texas State Beekeepers meeting in New Braunfels.
Les Crowder is coming to Austin Texas to lead a workshop at the end of May and will stay through June 1 in order to join the Travis County Beekeepers to discuss the next generation of beekeepers getting started today and how to care for your bees without putting harsh chemicals into the environment. 7:00-9:00 pm at the Zilker Botanical Gardens.
For more information on his workshop May 30-31, please go to www.BeeFriendlyAustin.com
The Texas Master Beekeeper Program (TMBP) is an educational program designed to increase the knowledge and skill level of participating beekeepers. The program is a five-year (minimum) beekeeper training and certification program provided by the Texas Apiary Inspection Service in association with the Texas Beekeepers Association, Texas A&M Honey Bee Lab and AgriLife Extension.
The Texas Master Beekeeper Program (TMBP) is modeled after the well-established University of Florida’s Master Beekeeper Program. By using this model TMBP is able to provide the beekeepers of Texas with a well-designed program that both increases the knowledge base of the beekeeper but also helps to educate the general public about beekeeping. This is done through public service credits; a requirement in this program.
It is the goal of the Texas Apiary Inspection Service that by providing this program we can increase the overall health of the apiary industry. The TMBP will accomplish this goal by producing highly knowledgeable beekeepers that can help lead the industry and act as honey bee ambassadors to the general public.
If you have any questions about the program, or you would like to be added to the Master Beekeeper e-mail listserv, please contact the Texas Apiary Inspection Service using the “Give Us a Buzz” icon at the top of their page (link at top) or e-mailing email@example.com directly.
Come Celebrate National Honey Month – Saturday September 20, 2014
This will be a self guided tour of bee yards in the Austin and surrounding areas. Discover how your neighbors are doing their part to save the planet one bee at a time! Bee yards will demonstrate a variety of ways to keep and attract bees showing all the creative ways you can indulge in the art of beekeeping!
The days festivities will kick off in Southwest Austin at the Bee Friendly Austin Apiary. Proceeds from the event registrations and raffle will benefit the Bee Friendly Foundation a Texas nonprofit dedicated to helping Texans become more bee friendly through educational opportunities, raising public awareness, promoting bee friendly landscaping and humane treatment of bees, grants for scientific research, and more!
We had over 30 attendees at the July meeting! Chris Doggett gave an excellent presentation on how to get started in beekeeping as a hobby. At the August meeting we will learn about equipment needs for getting started and discuss the various options available when you buy those first bees. Let us take the mystery out of shopping those bee catalogs! Don’t buy extra equipment you really don’t need. The next meeting is August 26th at 7pm, same place!
The library called to say they made a mistake in the reservations and need the room tonight for voting elections. The meeting has been moved to Bee Friendly Austin Apiary in SW Austin. See meeting schedule for address.
The Ruiz Library was very excited to host our beekeeping meeting on March 25th! Ten community members showed up for the first meeting, all but one a current beekeeper.
Several folks interested in how to start their Ag exemption for their properties.
Emmerson from Bee Weaver spoke about working as a queen breeder.
We agreed to join the state beekeeping association. ($50) We definitely want a lending library.
The organization now has 2 family memberships and 3 individual memberships. (7 total members for voting puposes.) Everyone is looking forward to the next meeting at our new downtown location – Twin Oaks Library off S. 5th.
See you in April!
Our main topic of the evening is to discuss what it takes to get an AG exemption in Travis and surrounding counties of Texas using beekeeping for 5-20 acre land parcels. This discussion will be lead by Chuck Reburn and Tanya Phillips.
It is also our pleasure to host Andrew from Bee Weaver. He works at Bee Weaver in Navasota and teaches classes in Beekeeping in the Hill Country and Austin areas. He will be joining us to discuss the AG Exemption issues he has seen so far in some of the surrounding counties as he has been working directly with folks getting started with their exemptions.
Andrew will also do a quick Q & A with us on what it’s like to work as a Bee Breeder in Texas.
We also have a smidgeon of business to handle, too, in order to move forwards as a new countywide beekeeping association. Yes we are seeking officers for the board and or other volunteers to help with the organizational processes of a new organization. So if that’s your ball of wax, please feel free to let us know, and volunteer! 😉
Also, we want this to be YOUR group, too, so bring us your ideas for what you want to see in YOUR county beekeepers association!
Thanks and we’ll see you Tuesday night at the Ruiz Library.