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Class with LES CROWDER- Santa Fe

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Class with LES CROWDER- Santa Fe

Time: May 15, 2016 all day
Location: Santa Fe
Street: 1204 Galisteo Pkwy
City/Town: Santa Fe, NM
Event Type: class
Organized By: Les Crowder
Latest Activity: May 10, 2016

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Les Crowder will be back in New Mexico and will teach a class at Kate Whealen's home and beeyard in Santa Fe this coming Sunday the 15th May. The class will be hands on so if you have beekeeping attire (a light colored, smooth textured {cotton, not fuzzy} long sleeve shirt, closed toed shoes, bee veil, long pants) bring it. There are extra bee veils if you don't have one.
The morning session from 9 to noon will be about getting bee hives through the unpredictable spring build up season, setting up hives for honey production with swarm prevention techniques, and encouraging swarming and making divides. The cost will be $45.
The afternoon session will be from 1 to 4:30 and will cover raising a few queens from your favorite hive, with some practice at grafting, and how to use a split hive with two hives per box to raise bees. Cost also $45. The cost to take both classes is $75.

Les Crowder began keeping bees (he often states they began keeping him) in Bernalillo, New Mexico 40+ years ago. He began looking for ways to raise bees without antibiotics in his teenage years and has been breeding honeybees for disease and parasite resistance since then. He also began early on to search for ways to regularly renew the combs in beehives because research indicated that old cocoon laden combs become havens for pathogenic fungi and bacteria that stress the bee’s resistance to disease. This led him to experiment with topbar hives and eventually begin using them exclusively for a small 100-200 hive honey and beeswax business with beehives as far south as Truth or Consequences, New Mexico and as far north as Taos, New Mexico. He has been president of the New Mexico Beekeepers Association many years, has been a honey bee inspector for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, and has taught beekeeping in many parts of the world for more than 30 years. He and Heather Harrell coauthored the book Top-Bar Beekeeping published by Chelsea Green in 2012 soon to be published in Spanish. He continues to teach and advocate nontoxic management of beehives, these days around Austin, Texas.

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