Master Beekeeper Scholarships Awarded
Scholarships have been awarded by the IHPA to
Craig Bradke and Gale Urquhart to attend the Master Beekeeper
Course. The course is run by Marion Ellis at the University of
Nebraska Research Station in Mead, NE from June 23rd – 25th.
Here is a little bit of information about Craig
and Gale and their interest in beekeeping.
I have been keeping bees for about 6 years. I have attended the
8 week beginner workshop taught by our past State Apiarist ( Bob
Cox ). I have been mentored by John Johnson and I am a current
member of the IHPA. I keep about 10 hives and find this hobby
Craig lives in Ogden, IA and is looking forward
to attending the program to expand his knowledge.
My life with the honey bee started in 2003 when
my wife and I decided to go to the Iowa State Fair. We of course
found our way to the butter cow and decided to look around. We
came across the Iowa Honey bee Producers booth and was fascinated
with what we saw as well as the information the helpful staff
there were able to give us about the honey they were displaying.
It just all seemed fascinating and intriguing and of course the
staff added some humor which even made it an even better experience.
I guess I had asked enough questions that it was recommended that
I take a beginning beekeeping class to see if I would have interest
in being a beekeeper.
I picked up my first nuc in May of 2004, how
exciting! I watched them like a hawk. I was in the hive so much
I think they though I was on e of them. Then one day one decided
to sting me, oh boy was that a surprise. I swelled up like a pumpkin,
my arm clear up to my chest was swollen and itched. Oh my gulley
did I itch. “Doctor said I would not die” so I don’t
have to burn the hive after all. Well at this point I’m
thinking that they know I’m not one of them.
My dear Connie is joining me this year with my
bee adventures. Although she does not care for honey, she was
able to find a queen, is that a partner or what? She has also
been stung and she helps me anyway so we have invested in some
protective wear for her as well. This could be our year to harvest
some honey, although I’m not real happy with the weather
that Mother Nature has given us so far.
We had the opportunity to visit another couple
beekeepers enterprises, Tom and Pat Randol and Phil Ebert’s.
Tom and Pat showed us how they get ready to queen hives, nice
setup Tom and Pat. Pat and Connie were talking about making hand
cream, lip balm, candles, etc. Pat has shared a book and a couple
of bee movies with me which have proven to be very helpful. Phil
gave Connie and I a tour of his facilities and we go to meet two
of Phil’s boys. After experiencing these two different setups
I would encourage everyone to take a look at what someone else
has to get ideas.
I would like to thank every member of the Iowa
Honey Producers for paying their dues which has given me this
opportunity to go to Mead Nebraska for the Master Beekeepers class.
I promise I will not waste your funds.
Thanks again to every beekeeper I’ve ever
met and the knowledge they have shared preparing me for this opportunity.
I had a wise man once tell me that everything you hear, or read
about bees will work; the question is will it work for you and
your style of beekeeping.
Thanks to all who applied for the scholarships.
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