January Intro to Beekeeping Class (a.k.a. Beekeeping Short Course)

Our beekeeping short course is designed for new beekeepers and will take you through your first year of beekeeping, from the first day your bees arrive through surviving winter.  This course is also a great refresher for the beekeeper who feels they might benefit from a little more confidence in working with their bees.  During the day, you will have the oppurtunity to meet members of the Coweta Beekeeper Association and there will be plenty of time for questions. 
 
Breakfast, snacks, and lunch are included for the day.  Register by completing this form: CBA 2018 Intro to Beekeeping Registration.
 
When?
January 27, 2018
8:00 am - approximately 4:00 pm
 
Where?
The UGA Coweta County Extension Center
255 Pine Rd
Newnan, GA 30263
 
Topics included:
Honeybee anatomy and colony structure
Beekeeper slang and doing the waggle dance
Tools, equipment, and hive assembly
Setting up the apiary and installing bees
Hive management and inspections
A year in the hive and nectar sources
Problems, diseases, and troubleshooting
Collecting and bottling honey
Smoker demonstration
Equipment demonstration

Welcome to the Coweta Beekeepers Association Website

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Celebrating our 19th year!

2017, The third year of the new era of sustainable beekeeping, Coweta Sustainable Beekeeping is a simple method enabling a beekeeper to increase honey production and profits while reducing swarming and expenses.  Read more about the Coweta Beekeeping Method below.

Our members offer for sale Pure, Raw, and Unfiltered Coweta County honey

Thinking of becoming a beekeeper?

If you live in or near Newnan, Georgia or Coweta County, Georgia, and you’re interested in becoming a beekeeper, we can help you learn about this very old and interesting endeavor.  We offer an Introduction to Beekeeping class in January each year.  

We developed and now teach sustainable beekeeping to new and experienced beekeepers.  Enabling and empowering them to be sustainable using the Coweta Sustainable Beekeeping.  Our members learn to raise queens and make new colonies weeks after starting beekeeping.  You can too.

Looking for a speakerIf your group is looking for a speaker please contact us.  We are always looking for opportunities to explain the importance and fascination of honey bees and honey.

 

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Coweta Sustainable Beekeeping

 

Goals – Sustainable beekeeping resulting in increased honey production and profits, and reduced expenses and swarming.

 

Techniques- Adapting the methods developed by various beekeepers including.

·         Mike Palmer – Vermont, overwintering double nucs, making splits and queens

·         Walt Wright – Tennessee, Nectar Management, more honey, less swarming

·         Mel Disselkoen – Michigan, on the spot queen rearing.  

 

 

Description: A simple method using the resources in colonies to raise queens and make splits without special tools, special skills or special equipment.  Other benefits include; increased honey production and revenue, reduced costs while controlling mites without chemicals resulting in sustainable beekeeping.

 

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Published articles

February 1, 2016,  Reduce Swarming and Increase Honey Production

January 18, 2016,  Inspect and Prepare for spring

November 8, 2014, The Coweta Sustainable Beekeeping

May 15, 2015, Raise Queens and make splits, week one

May 22, 2015, Raise Queens and make splits, week two

June 10, 2015, Raise Summer Queens

August 15, 2015, Prepare for Winter

October 20, 2015, Duplex NUCS

 

 

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A ‘Bee-Friendly’ Guide to Help Save The Honey Bees 

Inspired By Winnie-the-Pooh and Friends

 

 

Pure, Fresh, raw and unfiltered, local honey is available for purchase from our members.

More information on where to purchase local honey from our members.

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Why buy Pure & Raw Local honey? 

Honey laundering conceals country of origin to avoid tariffs and sneak contaminated honey into the USA.

Honey Laundering

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The Honey Launderers: Uncovering the Largest Food Fraud in U.S. History

Magnus von Buddenbrock and Stefanie Giesselbach arrived in Chicago in 2006 full of hope. He was 30, she was 28, and they had both won their first overseas assignments at ALW Food Group, a family-owned food-trading company based in Hamburg. Von Buddenbrock had joined ALW—the initials stand for its founder, Alfred L. Wolff—four years earlier after earning a degree in marketing and international business, and he was expert in the buying and selling of gum arabic, a key ingredient in candy and soft drinks. Giesselbach had started at ALW as a 19-year-old apprentice. She worked hard, learned quickly, spoke five languages, and within three years had become the company’s first female product manager. Her specialty was honey.

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Asian Honey, Banned in Europe, Is Flooding U.S. Grocery Shelves

FDA has the laws needed to keep adulterated honey off store shelves but does little, honey industry says.

 

A third or more of all the honey consumed in the U.S. is likely to have been smuggled in from China and may be tainted with illegal antibiotics and heavy metals.  A Food Safety News investigation has documented that millions of pounds of honey banned as unsafe in dozens of countries are being imported and sold here in record quantities. 
 

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We would like to thank the staff at the Coweta County UGA Extension Office for the privilege of using their facility each month.
http://ugaextension.org/county-offices/coweta.html