Midwest Beekeeping Symposium ~ June 9,
SAVE THE DATE
The Illinois State Beekeepers Association is
proud to announce its upcoming Beekeeping Symposium. This full
day meeting will feature:
A "Beginner's Track" of Sessions
Beekeeping Supply Vendors
A Provided Lunch
Please save the date and look for further details
to be releases in early 2007. Please also refer to the Illinois
State Beekeepers Association website for the latest information
The Symposium will be located at the McHenry
County College (MCC) Conference Center, in Crystal Lake, IL. For
a campus map and driving directions, you may visit here: www.mchenry.edu/Maps
The 2007 Midwest Beekeeping Symposium is sponsored
Illinois State Beekeepers Association
Stateline Beekeepers Association
Lake County Beekeepers Association
Northern Illinois Beekeepers Association
Cook-DuPage Beekeepers Association
McHenry County College
Questions can be directed to ISBA President, Ken Haller via e-mail
Featured Beekeeper of the
This month our featured beekeepers are Mark and
Mary Million. They live in Earlham, Iowa. They started keeping
bees for fun as a hobby in the spring of 2002. At this point the
size of their operation is 4 colonies. They use the honey themselves
and give honey for gifts. Occasionally they sell the honey and
candle3s. In the future they may expand their colonies because
more people are asking for honey. Mary is interested in candles
and hosted a honey-candle party featuring all beeswax to see if
local interest is there.
Mark and Mary like watching and caring for their
bees. They enjoy watching the bees forage and challenge of keeping
the colonies alive over the winter.
The Millions have an interesting beekeeping
group. They helped two other couples get started in beekeeping.
Now the three couples help each other out caring for the bees,
medicating colonies and harvesting honey.
In the Iowa Honey Producers Association, Mark
and Mary are members and have worked at the State Fair booth for
the last three years. They also attend the State meeting in Marshalltown.
Mary about to install a new package of
bees into the hive.
Mark and Mary will tell you that educating others
is a very important part of beekeeping. Three times last year
Mark went to remove bees and all three turned out to be wasps.
We’ve all been there!
Thanks for sharing your interesting story about
Submitted by Ron Wehr