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Jul 6, 2021: The next Virtual “Bee-Engaged: An Average Joe Beekeeper’s Guide to Basic Beekeeping” will be offered starting August 9, 2021.

The next “Bee-Engaged: An Average Joe Beekeeper’s Guide to Basic Beekeeping will be offered starting Aug 9, 2021 at 6:30pm MT for 3 consecutive Mondays ( Aug 9, 16 & 23). For more information and registration go to:

Jan 15, 2021: The “Buzz in The Black Hills” Beekeeping Seminar is Postponed due to COVID Restrictions

The 2nd Annual “Buzz in the Black Hills” Beekeeping Seminar is being postponed due to COVID Restrictions. Originally scheduled for Saturday February 13, 2021, in an abundance of caution for Beekeepers’ Health and Safety, this event is being rescheduled, potentially as a Virtual event but possibly as a hybrid with limited in-person attendance and virtual attendance possibilities depending on easing of Pandemic restrictions.

Presented by  Western Dakota Tech and DRB Beekeeping and Supplies LLC  the Seminar is a comprehensive conference for all levels of beekeepers and includes topics concerning bee health, beekeeping techniques and flexibility plus versatility in beekeeping. The conference regularly features speakers who are not only locally known but also regionally and nationally recognized for their beekeeping knowledge and expertise. eMail Tim Moran at to request updates on this event.

Jan 13, 2021: The CSU Elbert County Extension Office to Host a Bee Seminar on January 23, 2021

CSU County Extension Offices provide resources related to the environment including both rural and urban agriculture, animal health, yard care, gardening and even insects. One popular offering of the CSU Extension is the Master Gardener Program. As part of their training, the Elbert County CSU Extension Office will be hosting a virtual Seminar on Bees on Saturday, January 23, 2021 starting at 10am MT.

The morning session, an “Introduction to Bees”, will present “Bees 101” to include bee identification, why we need bees, plants for bees, bee basics, helping the bees and swarm. The afternoon session, “Advanced Beekeeping”, will present “Bees 201” including the Bee Biology Millionaire Game and successful overwintering of bees.

These sessions are open to both Master Gardner students and the general public. “Seats” are limited! Register for either or both sessions at $5.00 per session by Clicking Here

For more information contact CSU Elbert County Extension Office – (303) 621-3162 –

Jan 11, 2021: Average Joe Beekeeper to appear on Podcast/Radio Broadcast “Growing Together with Arkansas Valley Seeds” on AM 1400 KBLJ/AM 920 KLMR on January 26, 2021

As part of the Colorado State Beekeepers Association (CSBA) Outreach Program, the Average Joe Beekeeper with be discussing Bee Keeping and the important role that Honey Bees play in our ecosystem. Average Joe will address the “3 P’s” that cover the challenges facing bees and other pollinators and what we can do to help them.

Host Pat McGee and Co-Host Lorin Adams broadcast live each Tuesday at 11:00 am MT on AM 1400 KBLJ with a simulcast on AM 920 KLMR in the La Junta, CO area. Sponsored by Arkansas Valley Seeds, “Growing Together with Arkansas Valley Seeds” focuses on agriculture, farming, soil health and more through discussions with guest experts on various topics. Average Joe Beekeeper will appear on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 11:00 am MT. 

For more information on the “Growing Together” broadcast click here. Additional information on Arkansas Valley Seeds can be found by clicking here.

Jan 1, 2021: H-Api New Year! Time to Renew Your Beekeeping Club Memberships!

With the arrival of the New Year, most Local Bee Clubs and Associations will be collecting Membership Dues for 2021. Prior to COVID, most Beeks would pay via Cash, Check or Credit Card at an In-Person Meeting. With most Beekeeping Meetings now presented virtually via Zoom or other teleconferencing platforms, Electronic Payments such as PayPal, Venmo, Zelle and other applications along with Credit Cards are are gaining traction as Club/Association renewal options during the Pandemic.
Don’t forget to renew your Memberships for 2021 so you won’t miss out on the Education, Knowledge, Networking, Virtual Socialization and Information availa from your Local Clubs and Associations. Remember “Beekeeping Is Local!”

Dec 28, 2020: The Average Joe Beekeeper has been selected to Partner with the Cherry Hills Land Preserve to provide Honey Bee Outreach for Cherry Hills Village.

“Bee-Engaged: An Average Joe’s Guide to Basic Beekeeping” Class will be offered at a discounted rate to Cherry Hills Village Residents through the efforts of the Cherry Hills Land Preserve in a Special Class session as part of a Honey Bee Outreach Program.

Other Outreach Programs such as “Bee-Engaged: An Average Joe’s Guide to Honey Bees – Why We Need Them and How to Keep Them” will also be offered to help residents understand how Honey Bees and other Pollinators are important to the environment and how they can become better stewards of Mother Nature.

Plans also include building a small demonstration Apiary for future outreach including potential hands-on learning for interested residents along with other educational programs.

For more information about the Cherry Hills Land Preserve click here.

Nov 14, 2020: New Officers and Advisors elected for the Colorado State Beekeepers Association (CSBA) at the CSBA Winter Meeting.
Officers and Advisors for the Colorado State Beekeepers Association (CSBA) were elected for 2021 – 2022 at the CSBA Annual Winter Meeting on November 14, 2002.  L. Eric Smith was elected to a two year term as President after Ed Colby stepped down after his second two year term. Dr. Ted Ning 
was elected to a two year term as Vice President after Tina Sebestyen stepped down after her second two year term. Rebecca Sunderlin was re-elected to a one year term as Secretary and Treasurer Bob Boggio was re-elected for a two year term.  Advisor Joe Komperda, the Average Joe Beekeeper, was re-elected to a two year term while Dan McConnell and Seth Charbonneau were each elected as Advisors for one year terms. Elected terms start immediately per the CSBA Constitution and By-Laws.
The Colorado State Beekeepers Association (CSBA) is composed of Beekeepers of the State of Colorado and those interested in allied industries for the purpose of producing better beekeeping methods, better beekeepers, and a more unified system of apicultural work in Colorado. It was organized in 1880 and incorporated in 1888. It functions as an umbrella organization for all other regional beekeeping organizations and clubs in the State. It is a non-profit organized exclusively as an agricultural organization under Section 501 (c) (5) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax deductible. More information can be found by clicking here.
Oct 26, 2020: An Average Joe Beekeeper Interview on “How to Become a Beekeeper” is Live on the Backyard Bounty Podcast at Heritage Acres Market LLC’s Website!

Nicole Gennetta, Show Host, Backyard Bounty Podcast just announced that a new podcast featuring The Average Joe Beekeeper is live on their website!  Click on Heritage Acres Market LLC  for The Average Joe Beekeeper’s thoughts on “How to Become a Beekeeper”. The interview covers advancing from Planting for Bees (and Pollinators) to becoming a Hive Host to “Graduating” as a full-fledged Beekeeper! The Backyard Bounty series has over 65 podcasts covering Urban Gardening, Chickens and of course, Bees! 

Oct 15, 2020: Another Average Joe Beekeeper Article published in the ABF Quarterly!

The American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) Quarterly, Volume 78, No. 3, 2020 has published an Average Joe Beekeeper article titled “Bee-Engaged: An Average Joe’s Guide to Queen Marking”. This is the second Bee-Engaged article by The Average Joe Beekeeper published in the ABF Quarterly. Go to for more information on joining the American Beekeeping Federation to receive your Quarterly National-level Beekeeping Magazine along with their monthly newsletter and other great Beekeeping information and education! 

As our site continues to expand, you’ll find other Average Joe Beekeeper articles. Check back often on our “Blog” Page to learn more about Beekeeping from the point-of-view of an Average Joe Beekeeper! 

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