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Beekeeping seminar with Michael Bush and Sam Comfort


Beekeeping seminar with Michael Bush and Sam Comfort.

Join us on August 10th, 2014 as we welcome Michael Bush ( http://www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm ) and Sam Comfort ( www.anarchyapiaries.org )
The seminar will be mix of lecture and hands-on sessions. First part -lecture- will take place at Township Restaurant, 2200 N. California Chicago, IL 60647. It'll start at 9:45am with sign in starting at 9:15am. Each speaker will give ~1.5hr long presentation which will be followed by q&a session. Michael Bush's speech will focus on late summer management and winter preparation. Sam Comfort will talk about queen rearing, nucs/splits, and whatever else pops into his head. After the talks are over, ~1pm, we'll have a lunch break. Lunch will be provided by Township and menu will include a salad, a pasta, a vegan option and a gluten free option (with meat) and will be served food buffet style. Check out Township's website for more info http://yourtownship.tumblr.com/

After lunch we'll move to Humble Parquito Community Garden for the hands-on sessions. Bee suit and/or veil REQUIRED. The garden is located about a mile from Township, 15 minute walk.
We will open up hives and do an assessment of the colonies. Michael and Sam will give us their opinion on how the hives are doing, and what, if anything, should be done. They'll tell us how they judge queens, colony health, and what they look for when inspecting a hive. Bee suit and/or veil is REQUIRED to be part of the hands on sessions.

Price for the seminar is $70, lunch is included in the price. The seminar has a limited number of spots.
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  • Garry G.

    Marcin, et all.
    I've been thinking about Sam Comfort's top bar nuc box construction. I took some measurements that got me wondering why he made his little top bars 3/4" wide instead of using the top bar standard of 1-1/4 or 1-3/8" unless he is attempting to get warm air rising through a stack of these for winter. He calls these Comfort Nuc boxes. Maybe I have answered my own question. But since he ripped the top bar strips so uniformly and he makes his own top bars from scratch why not just make them from a stock of standard width top bar cut to length and then modify for some vertical ventilation? Comments? Then how do you insert these in a standard top bar hive after purchase? Or does he not sell them this way? Anybody?.......

    August 12, 2013

    • Lissa D.

      Wow, so he's harvesting honey in those hives by cutting the top box off and hoping the attachment to that one crossbar will hold the weight of 1 1/2' long comb below! Yikes. I'm guessing it works or he wouldn't be doing it, but I'm not sure I'm that brave!

      August 16, 2013

    • Lissa D.

      The attachments I saw in the warre weren't terrible, just a new process. In my Kenyan tbh I kept a serated bread knife in my tools to release the side attachments.

      August 16, 2013

  • Garry G.

    Here is Sam's Presentation in Urbana 2 days before our seminar. Theo, you should have presented the photo at the bottom of this article with Sam at the last Skokie City Hall meeting.

    http://thingsbiological.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/highlights-of-top-bar-hive-expert-sam-comforts-workshop/

    August 15, 2013

  • Alicia D.

    I really enjoyed the speakers! It was a great day, and I went home feeling very blessed to have been able to attend. Big thank you to all the organizers!

    August 12, 2013

  • Marcin

    THANK YOU to all who attended.

    August 12, 2013

  • Laura L.

    This was in incredibly informative event and also very fun. The food was delicious.

    August 11, 2013

  • joy a.

    I don't have a bee suit and veil (no bees either, I'm a newbee)

    August 10, 2013

  • Garry G.

    I'm bringing an extra pocket veil.

    August 10, 2013

  • Meg

    Is it ok for me to attend without any previous experience beekeeping? This is something that I have been very interested in for some time and have read a bit about. Also, are their suits and veils for loan available for this event?

    August 8, 2013

  • Kate

    Aww man, I actually have this day off from work. I am curious about beekeeping - is this more for professionals? I do not have a suit or veil unfortunately :c

    1 · August 2, 2013

    • Marcin

      While it's reared towards people who are keeping bees currently, I think everyone will get something out of it, especially the hands on demonstrations.

      August 5, 2013

    • Marcin

      And I have an extra veil/suit to loan if needed.

      August 5, 2013

  • Laura L.

    I am really looking forward to this, especially since this is my first time preparing a hive for winter. Thanks for organizing it!

    July 31, 2013

  • Danny B.

    Wish I could attend, but I'll be out of the country. See y'all next month!

    July 25, 2013

  • Theo

    I'm so looking forward to meeting Michael Bush! Thanks for setting this up.

    July 24, 2013

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