Beekeeping is an interesting hobby with sweet rewards! The world that bees create inside their hive is largely self-sufficient, requiring monitoring more than intervention. The infrastructure and hierarchy they create is a breathtaking creation requiring not much more time and effort than a garden. Colonies will forage up to 8,000 acres, so the entire community is helping to feed your bees.
Honey is delicious! Honey is the source of hundreds of years of homeopathic remedies and at the heart of thousands of delicious recipes. Honey is the ultimate prize of beekeeping. A single hive can produce up to 100 pounds of honey in a year and at $8 per pound, it keeps getting sweeter.
Backyard beekeeping is great for the bees! Just like crops, diversity is one of the keys to maintaining healthy colonies and aiding the conservation effort of the honeybee.
Our food sources depend on it! Berries, apples, almonds & cucumbers are just a few of the delicious foods that are pollinated by bees. With bees dying off in large numbers, backyard beekeepers are necessary to bring back the populations and keep our plates filled with food.
Eastern Missouri Beekeepers Association
13th Annual Beekeeping Workshop
Saturday, February 8th, 2020
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
at Maritz in Fenton, Missouri
Spend an entire day learning about bees & beekeeping. There are 2 courses offered at the workshop, the Beginners Beekeeping Course is intended for novice beekeepers and those with no prior beekeeping experience. The instructors will cover all the basics and prepare students to start beekeeping in 2020. The Advanced Course is for experienced beekeepers and will place special emphasis on colony health and behavior. EMBA recruits nationally renowned honeybee scientists, professors, and beekeepers to train attendees on current best practices and share cutting-edge research.
Your learning will not end the day of the workshop, EMBA has an entire year of hands-on workshops that get beginners out in their teaching apiary with experienced beekeepers. As club members, there are opportunities to participate in coop purchasing of equipment and bees from reliable suppliers. You can sign up to have a mentor that will work with you throughout your first year of beekeeping to answer questions as they arise.
What is the Eastern Missouri Beekeepers Association? Founded in 1939, EMBA is the largest beekeeping club in the St. Louis area. It is composed of a 100% volunteer core of highly dedicated individuals who are passionate about promoting beekeeping and training the next generation of backyard beekeepers. EMBA hosts monthly meetings that offer networking opportunities, Q&A, and high-quality presentations about topics ranging from how to do a hive inspection to how to make lip balm with your beeswax. Members range from experienced beekeepers with 30+ years of experience to “newbees” who are just figuring it out.