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(Last updated 09/22/2015)
Our purpose: to promote knowledge in modern beekeeping and improve marketing conditions.
Top Bar Hive Beekeeping?
Thinking about Top-Bar Hive (TBH) beekeeping? While there is some interest in TBH (Tanzanian, Kenyan, Warré), the NEKBA Board does not recommend it. Here are some points to review.
We are always happy to have new members join us for good beekeeping and good fellowship. Our meetings are regular and monthly.
NEKBA Financial Information
We raised $1,108.00 from December's annual meeting and auction. 100% of the auction proceeds are dedicated to the Scholarship Fund.
Thank you! With the generous funding from the association supporters, we are able to sponsor a teenager and their family an opportunity to experience and learn beekeeping in Kansas.
2014 has been another great year for accomplishing the goals of the association. We could not do it without membership support and the generosity of many volunteers. Thank you!
December 2014 & YTD
December 2013 & YTD
NEKBA Reading Interest
It's fall. Are you and the colony ready for winter? Here's a great article from Kelley's on "Putting Your Bees to Bed for Winter".
A good read for the season.
See some of our past NEKBA presentations at the bottom of our Funday page. Topics include Biology, Honey Production, Diseases, and much more. Have a look! (click on the FUNDAY link and go to the bottom).
Association Documents Our
NEKBA Constitution and By-Laws
*One of our committee projects for 2015/2016 will be to review and revise our association Constitution and By-laws. Things change, and our guidelines should change as well to keep up with the times. Stay tuned for other association legacy and archive documents to be accessible here in the future.
Healthy Tips for Healthy Living Direct from the Bees
-- from Mary Janes Farm Magazine February/March 2009
A respected commentary on Top Bar Hive (TBH) Beekeeping:
"I've worked with top bar in the tropics - marginal even there. Certainly not a way to produce honey or effectively manage bees. These hives are only slightly better than the wooden butterfly hibernation houses. In the latter case, the wood should be reused to make bat houses. Carol: Top-bar hives are the rage but are inappropriate for use at this latitude. Bees do not overwinter well in hives with this design. Standard beekeeping equipment is designed to allow bees to store honey and move up the way they do in natural nests.
My suggestion is that you get together with the folks from the NE Kansas Beekeepers Association. This group has many programs for beginners and you may find someone who can mentor you so that you can learn the basics of bee management. Frankly, I'd retire the top-bar hive and buy standard equipment."
(Last updated 9/30/2015)