A Sweet Treat From the
Iowa Honey Queen
Hello Iowa Beekeepers!!!
I have spent the last month is awe of this beautiful
world we live in, and as I walk around campus I have become truly
grateful for the warmer weather. School is winding down, and I
have officially earned the nickname “Queen Bee” in
many of my classes, due to the many speeches and presentations
I have given.
As the summer season approaches, I am quickly
becoming excited about all of the awesome opportunities that are
presenting themselves to promote honey. Over this last month I
was given the chance to attend my first IHPA board meeting. It
was really interesting to see how this group of individuals works
very hard to represent the interests of the producers.
I also spent a very enjoyable and entertaining
evening in Marshalltown, attending the meeting of the Central
Iowa Beekeepers. They accomplished a lot of really great things,
and I was thankful for the chance to sit in. Congratulations to
all of the new officers, and best wishes for your year of service.
One thing that I have learned during my time
as a honey queen is that when you are promoting something as delicious
as honey, it never hurts to have samples. Therefore, I try to
be sure to bring a delicious honey snack of some sort along every
time I go out to promote honey. One of my favorite snacks for
this has been Honey Popcorn Crunch, and I wanted to share that
recipe with you.
Honey Popcorn Crunch
1/3 C. Melted Butter
1/2 C. Honey
3 quarts popcorn
1 C. Nuts (if desired)
Blend butter and honey; heat until well blended.
Pour over popcorn-nut mixture and mix well. Spread mixture over
cookie sheet in a thin layer. Bake at 350º for 2-3 minutes.
As always, I would love to help out with any
event that you might have. Please feel free to contact me about
anything at (712) 779-0321 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you
all for your help and encouragement, I look forward to meeting
and working with more of you.
2005 Iowa Honey Queen
Summary of IHPA Board Meeting
March 19, 2005
The board and officers of the IHPA met on March
19, 2005 in Des Moines. Reports were given on the past events
attended by IHPA directors and officers. Many new beekeepers have
taken the beginning beekeeping classes offered around the state.
It was decided to ask for interested people to help with the folding,
labeling and mailing of the BUZZ. The website is getting lots
of referrals of people interested in beekeeping. The contracts
were signed for the independent contractors, Gordon as Treasurer
and Donna as booth manager for the Iowa State Fair. The bee emergency
information was discussed and options to work on were decided.
Regina gave a report on the activities of the Queen committee.
Iowa Honey Queen, Teresa Jurchen, gave a report on her activities.
It was reported that at the Clay Co. Fair the IHPA will sponsor
a foods made with honey contest similar to the Iowa State Fair
Submitted by Donna Brahms
Featured Beekeeper of the Month
Ellsworth E. Gustafson is our featured beekeeper
of the month. He and his wife Nancy live up around Des Moines.
Ellsworth tells me he graduated from East High School and Drake
University. After school he became an agent for the FBI for about
20 years. When he retired he settled on a 165-acre farm.
In the 1950s he started keeping bees as a hobby.
It eventually expanded to 2500 colonies. He was a migratory beekeeper
and took his bees to Texas and Arkansas. In the 70s he sold his
equipment and bees for $25,000.
Ellsworth told me he was very satisfied with
beekeeping, things went well and he made money. Because of his
age, Ellsworth says he has no future plans for beekeeping.
Thanks for your story.
Submitted by Ron Wehr