Honey Bee Poop: Yellow Snow

What bee poop can tell you about your hive

Swarm Suppression- May/June Beekeeping

Dearth between Dandelion and Clover is the DANGER ZONE On of the most important aspects of spring ...

Calgary's Artisan Product ROUTINE Loves Bees!

What do bees and deodorant have in common?! Probably not a lot until recently, when our small ...

Return of the Bumble Bee Rescue Program

Calgary is home to an incredible diversity of native bees including as many as 12 different ...

Seeds for the Bees in the Prairies - planning your garden with bees in mind

You may be an avid gardener, you may have nothing but a container to offer, or this may be your ...

Dandelions and Honey bees: A golden friendship

They strike fear into the hearts of lawn lovers. Sending even the most rational individuals into ...

Understanding Flow

In becoming a beekeeper in an urban setting, there are a lot of complications and challenges that ...

How To Hive a Nucleus- May beekeeping

So, you're getting bees! How exciting, exhilarating..... terrifying! It is completely normal to be ...

"Little Books on Bees" PRE-ORDERS available April 1, 2015

We are so excited to announce that after much hard work, research, and learning (we have never ...

A Few Steps Forward, A Few Steps Backward: Beekeeping in Alberta in 2015

As we deal with the changes in Bylaw for the MD of Foothills which declines the ability for anyone ...

Ordering Equipment for Your First Bee Season

Getting started beekeeping can be daunting as there are so many products out there: from the new ...

"Little Books on Bees: Gardening": Book One of a Series

We are proud to announce our coming release of our first book Little Books on Bees: Gardening. ...

Your Second Spring Hive Inspection: Pollen, Brood, and IPM

So, you have been inside you hive by now or you have begun planning for your inspection. This is ...

Your First Hive Inspection in Alberta

So, its time for spring management? How do you know it is spring? Well, in the human world you can ...

New Educational Facility in Town: URBANFARM PROJECT

Carmen Lamoureux is the owner and founder of The URBANFARM Permaculture Project, an evolving ...

Bee Candy for the Winter Months

Bees eat what they should eat, THEIR honey. If they are eating anything it should be that. But ...

Honey Bee Poop: Yellow snow in the bee yard

Introduction Just like you and me and everything in between: bees poo too. When bees relieve ...

Register Your Beehive with Alberta

Hey there beekeepers. I have been connecting with quite a few beekeepers here this past month that ...

Coming Soon: A.B.C's "Little Books on Bees" Series

We are happy to announce our coming release of A.B.C's Little Books on Bees. These affordable and ...

CommunityHive Honeybee Purchase 2015

Every year, since 2010, we have organized a Collaborative Purchase of Honeybees and Equipment, and ...

A.B.C In the Elementary Classroom 2015

This year we will be celebrating our 4th year of school presentations on honey bees and native ...

A.B.C Wins LUSH Grant

We here are proud to announce our winning the 2014 LUSH Charitable Giving Grant. As our ...

Community Hive Collaborative Purchase Honey Bees 2015

Christmas is just around the corner and though fall isn’t far behind us, it’s already time to ...

Gift Certificates for the Holiday Season

Still looking for the perfect gift for friends and family? Something unique, thoughtful and ...

Free Children’s Summer Gardening Workshops

This month the West Hillhurst Community Association and the Calgary Foundation will be hosting a ...

Bees4Communities Profile: Calgary Food Tours and PEL Recycling

This year, the Bees4Communities program has two new bee yards in the inner-city neighbourhood of ...

DISCOUNT BOOKINGS- Lunch and Learns and Private Field Days

If you have ever wanted to have a GREAT team building activity, lunch and learn, or party? Look no ...

Beekeeping News and Anti-Spam Law

As many of you are likely aware, on July 1, 2014 the Government of Canada introduced the Canadian ...

Indiegogo Campaign- We raised $770, 25% of our goal!

As the campaign concludes for our Community Hive Fundraiser, we would like to thank all of you for ...

Urban Beekeeping Good Neighbour Policy

Bee a Good Neighbour In rural areas honeybees can happily roam for kilometres without encountering ...

Bumble Bee Nests and Lifecycle

They’re hard to miss. Big, fuzzy balls rolling around in pollen or the low hum of their flight ...

Bees4Communities Profile: Ox and Angela and UNA Pizza + Wine

Two popular Calgary restaurants have returned for their 2nd year with the Bees4Communities ...

Crowdfunding for Community Hive

We're needing your help to keep it going! There is only one month left in A.B.C’s fundraising ...

Beekeeping in Edmonton- June 2014 Update

Urban agriculture has been getting a lot of attention in Edmonton since the 2012 approval of the ...

Date Night Bicycle Bee Tours

A.B.C’s Home2Hive bike tours are back! Join us for a guided tour along Calgary’s beautiful ...

Little Critters Save the Day.... Worms that is: Vermicompst is the future!

All this press about the harmful implications from the use of Pesticides and other chemicals on ...

National Day of the Honeybee 2014

On May 28th, one day before the National Day of the Honeybee, we will be partnering with the ...

Community Hive Indiegogo Campaign- We need your help!

Support for the Community Hive If you are one of our 400 Community Hive chat room members, you may ...

Bill Stagg- Queen Rearing in 4 Hives or Less 2014

ABC is excited to announce a Queen Rearing Workshop in Edmonton/ Calgary this summer. The workshop ...

SwizzleSticks SalonSpa Sponsors A.B.C 2014 Field Days!

Why SwizzleSticks is the perfect partner for A.B.C?      Did you know that SwizzleSticks ...

ABC Bees Casts Beekeeping Swarms- New beekeeping groups near you!

If you are living in Alberta and wanted to get involved in A.B.C programs, BUT dont live in the ...

SENSUAL Mead Making in Calgary- April 11th, 2014

Want to make Mead Honey Wine from your own hive? Ursula de Vries, a local urban beekeeper and ...

Alberta Community and Cooperative Association goes VIRAL!

Wanting to move forward with an idea or project with your friends or community? Would you like to ...

2014 Swarm Group Meeting Recap

The A.B.C Swarm Catcher Group was established in year to help manage swarm activity and reduce ...

CHCP 2014 of Honeybees- Update!

This winter was a tough one for our friend and bee supplier, Bill Stagg, over at Sweetacre ...

Calgary Horticultural Society Garden Show 2014

This weekend A.B.C will be taking part in one of the most exciting gardening events of the season, ...

Edmonton Urban Beekeeping Pilot: Proposed partnership between EDBA and ABC

Introduction Apiaries and Bees for Communities (ABC) from Calgary is proposing a collaboration ...

ContainR Project in Sunnyside

Nestled in the heart of Kensington, at the corner of 2nd Ave and 9th St., is patch of land ...

2014 Mentorship Program

This year A.B.C will be launching an exciting new 1-on1 Mentorship Program. The program is geared ...

MAQs No Longer Sold by BeeMaid

I am not a person to say I told you so, but here I am doing it. I support responsible care of your ...

New Mentorship Program- 5 on 1 Training

Dates: The Mentorship will begin the first week of May 2014 and finish mid October 2014 ...

Community Hive Collaboartive Purchase 2014- MUST READ

Another year, another bee season, and another Collaborative Purchase! So, this year, we are ...

GROW Calgary and ABC Bees Partnership 2014

At GROW Calgary, they believe all Calgarians should have access to fresh, local food.  Our ...

Red Deer is BEE-CRAZY- Workshops 2014

RED DEER- Intro to Permaculture and Productive Pets Workshop, Honeybees About: Take your pick of a ...

Edmonton Integrated Pest Management Conference 2014

This year, we Alberta Beekeepers are in LUCK! Not only do we have the BEST IPM Conference in the ...

Canadian Honey Council NEONICOTINOID PESTICIDES

Message from your National Office: Welcome to b-TALK and the latest information on the activities ...

Bringing bees to Calgary's rooftops- 2014 Bees4Communities Program

About A.B.C: A.B.C (Apiaries and Bees for Communities) is a Calgary based urban beekeeping ...

Where do you belong in the beehive?

WHERE DO YOU BELONG IN THE HIVE? You are 1 day old. You eat nothing but royal jelly You live in a ...

Wax Rendering Tools

So, you have some wax left over from the summer harvest! Congratulations! It may not be much, but ...

Hive Inspections APP!

I have followed the following instructions and have loved loved loved the ease and utility of this ...

Wanting Bees for 2014? Changes!

So, you want bees in 2014, either as a beginner or to expand or replace your bees. That’s ...

Announcing the 2014 Internship Positions

Want To Gain Hands-On Experience Beekeeping and Managing Apiaries? Why not apply to be an ...

Alberta Beekeepers AGM 2014

This years Alberta Beekeepers AGM is going to be a doozie! Dennis VanEnglesdorp from the ...

Community Hive Collaborative Purchase 2014

Every year, since 2010, we have organized a Collaborative Purchase of Honeybees and Equipment, and ...

2014 Apprenticeship Programming Now Taking Registrations

This year of 2013 Apprenticeship programming was a huge success! Check out the program here! We ...

Level One Beekeeping Courses 2013-2014

Ready to beekeep for 2014? Now is the time to prepare, the fall before the coming bee season. This ...

A.B.C 2013-2014 Schedule of Events

Wanting to get in to beekeeping? Don't know where to start? Well, take a beekeeping course with ...

Fall Honey Harvest Get Together 2013

Hello Friends of A.B.C, We would like to invite you and to a celebration of the end of the 2013 ...

New Bee Buisness in Calgary!

Maple Greenview is a small honey business that supplies Calgarians with raw, unpasteurized wild ...

2013 Volunteer Thank You!

Event Volunteers A big part of the Apiaries and Bees for Communities’ mandate centers on public ...

Celebrating Alberta’s Urban and Rural Harvest 2013

Nothing brings Calgarians together quite like food and festivals, and cool weather certainly ...

New Winter Wraps for Sale

Here at A.B.C we are always looking for ways to make public access to beekeeping more supportive, ...

Alberta Beekeepers Commission AGM 2013 and IPM 2014

Tis' that time of year again, and as per usual, I cannot stress the importance of beekeepers ...

Preparing for Winter- IPM, feeding and treatment?

It has been Fall in the bee world for 3 weeks here in Calgary, even with the wet season and the ...

Wax, Bees and Honey Production

"First year you produce wax; second year you produce bees; third year you produce honey" I have ...

Rain, Chalkbrood and Honeyflow

Rain, rain, rain. It has been an interesting and profitable summer in beekeeping here in Alberta. ...

Bees4Communities in August Programming

So, we have been running bees for the Calgary Food Tours, Fairmont Palliser Hotel, Forage Foods, ...

Winterization Workshop September 7th: Langstroth and TBH Beekeepers

This is a workshop dedicated to looking at winterization techniques and considerations and ...

IPM Workshop: Understanding Varroa

Fall is the time where varroa populations can be at their height, and it is very important that ...

Bees4Communities Project Update- Beekeeping with restaurants in #yyc

This is the first year that we have run our Bees4Communities Program and I am happy to say that ...

UNA Pizzeria and Ox and Angela- Hive Updates June 2013

This year has been a big year for beekeeping in Calgary, and with UNA Pizza and Wine and Ox and ...

Forage Foods- Hive Update June 2013

After a long wait, A.B.C was able to successfully set up honeybees at the Sirois Head Quarters ...

Calgary Food Tours- Hive Update June 2013

With the recent arrival of Calgary Food Tours’ honeybee colonies, the beekeeping season has ...

Rooftop Honeybees with DowntownFood!

Downtownfood, the Leaf Ninja’s, A.B.C and GreenGate Garden Centres have joined forces to take ...

Hands-On Beekeeping Workshop with the UCC

Apiaries and Bees for Communities (A.B.C.) and the Green Sanctuary Committee at the Unitarian ...

A.B.C Goes to Red Deer- June 22, 2013

Red Deer is a-BUZZ on Urban Beekeeping Apiaries and Bees for Communities (A.B.C) has been ...

Supering Your Colonies- Swarm suppression

So, this year, we brought in 43 colonies of 9-frame supers from Tony Lalonde in Saskatchewan, and ...

Day of the Honeybee 2013

Here in Calgary, we are eager supporters of the Day of the Honeybee movement, started by Clinton ...

Queen Rearing 101- Apprenticeship's take the plunge

I have a vision for urban beekeeping here in Calgary and Alberta. I would love to see a change ...

YYC Bees- Media Advisory

  May 22, 2013 Contact: Stacey Cedergren [email protected] Calgary is a-BUZZ on Urban ...

National Day of the Honeybee in Calgary- Queen of the Sun Doc Showing

In 2010, approximately 70 Municipal Governments and many Provincial Governments in Canada ...

Plan-Bee Swarm Catchers Training Day- Want bees? Come and get them!

So, you wanted bees this season, but were late on the ball on getting those bees ordered. Now you ...

2013 CHCP Honeybees are Coming!

Hey everyone! THE BEES ARE COMING! If you ordered bees through the Community Hive Collaborative ...

Home2Hive Bicycle Tours- Hive inspections with A.B.C

A.B.C is proud to launch our first year of offering the Home2Hive Bicycle Tours of A.B.C's ...

Fairmont Pallisers Honeybees

On April 26, the Fairmont Palliser’s two bee hives were moved back to their urban setting. ...

A.B.C at Telus Spark! Science Centre

  Over the weekend of April 20th & 21st Apiaries and Bees for Communities was invited to ...

Dandelion Flow and Your Bees- #3 Honey Production

The Dandelion flow produces a very particular and delicious honey that you can selectively ...

Dandelion Flow and Your Bees- #2 Bee Production

The dandelion flow is a great time to split and or re-queen your colonies if you haven't done it ...

Dandelion Flow and Your Bees- #1 Wax Production

So, today (May 10, 2013)  is the official launch of the dandelion flow here in Calgary, the first ...

2013 Community Hive Engagement- Swarm Catching and Advocacy

This is how the Swarm Catchers Group will work this year. Have a look, it should help you get an ...

Spring Inspection Tips- Round 1

I have been telling a lot of people individually about hive succession and what to expect of your ...

Spring Site Location Tips for Your Beehive

Every year I get dozens of emails asking, "where is the best place to put my beehive?". So, I ...

Genetically Modified Alfalfa to be legalized? Honeybees and GMO

You can join us in combating this legalization of GMO and the spread of Neonicotinoids in ...

2012's Bees: Coming out of winter

Here are some images of the 9 colonies that survived the 2012-2013 winter. I put 12 in to winter ...

Introducing TinyPlots- New shift in urban gardening

A growing interest in local food in Calgary and it's trending as a movement in the redesign and ...

Plan-Bee Swarm Catchers Meeting- April 25th 6-8pm

Hey there honeybee enthusiasts! I am eager to announce the second annual Plan-Bee Swarm Catchers ...

A.B.C Free Resources Online Now!

Here with A.B.C, we have been working hard to make beekeeping more accessible to urbanites all ...

2013 Apprenticeship Program Begins

This is the inaugural year of A.B.C's 22 Week Apprenticeship Program! Each month we will be ...

Urban Beekeeping Survey 2013

If you have ever had bees here in Calgary, could you please fill out this survey for us? We are ...

Feeding Your Bees this Spring

If you have bees, you are probably chomping at the bit to get in there and see how they are doing, ...

Private Beekeeping Management

Bees in your yard? Want some private hands-on education? A.B.C is pleased to be able to offer ...

Introducing 'Plan Bee Swarm Catchers Group' 2013

The willows have offered the last of their pollen to the dancing bee-fairies of spring; we are ...

2013 Level One Beekeeping Courses Are Filling Up!

Hey there beekeepers! If you know of anyone who is thinking about taking a Level One Beekeeping ...

2013 Alberta IPM Conference

It is that time of year yet again, and as always, I would like to encourage all of you who are ...

Bees for Communities- Private Hive Management for Businesses in 2013

Your business... With the growing support of local food on menus throughout the city, are you ...

LA Beekeeping: The Trap Out and Mystical 2 Queen Colony!

Kirko Beeo is one of the Founders of Backwards Beekeepers Los Angeles, and an excellent friend. ...

Portland Urban Beekeepers and Xerces Society

I (Eliese Watson) went to the Portland Urban Beekeepers December meeting this month as I was ...

Grand Opening of Spirit Hills - honey winery

On December 22nd we will be having the official Grand Opening date of Spirit Hills - honey ...

Wax Rendering with A.B.C-2012

A.B.C ran its first wax rending course in November and it was a blast! With 15 people we learned ...

Bliss Honeybees and NW Treatment Free Conference 2013

Kat and I met in a parking lot in Leominster, Mass in 2011. She in her beat-up old little 1/4 ...

A.B.C Offers Christmas Gift Certificates!

Have you been trying to come up with a totally unique gift idea for Christmas this year? Well, we ...

A.B.C and Community Hive Christmas Wish List

Tis the season for giving, and as I look back on the last 3 seasons of beekeeping, I am ...

CHCP 2013- Want honeybees for 2013? Come and get them!

The Community Hive 4th Annual Collaborative Purchase of Honeybees and Equipment 2013 is just ...

2013 Apprenticeship Program- 4 Seats Left

A.B.C's Apprenticeship Program for 2013 is looking to be incredible! I have been doing a lot of ...

BC Beekeepers AGM- November 8-10th, 2012

Here I am, out on the Shuswap once again, overlooking the lake and enjoying an excellent cup of ...

Honey Harvest in the Shuswap

Elbows deep in the sweet stickyness of honey in a hot honeyhouse in October is right where I want ...

Upcoming November Workshops!

There are a few workshops coming up with room for you and a friend to come to! They are great and ...

2013 Course Registration and Schedule Now Up: Thinking of Christmas?

The 2012 beekeeping has just ended, but you can prepare for 2013 by registering early for the ...

NEW 2013 A.B.C Apprenticeship Program

This is an exciting new program now available to 6 people wanting to learn in a facilitated ...

Community Hive Collaborative Purchase 2013- Volunteer Meeting #1

Want Bees for 2013? Well, let’s make that happen then! In 2011, Eliese Watson single handedly ...

August 11th Beekeeping Field Day and Potluck: Varroa testing!

Here is one of our last beekeeping field days for the 2012 year, and this one is going to be a ...

End of Swarming Season 2012- THANK YOU!

I would like to send out my great thanks to the following beekeepers here in Calgary who played a ...

A.B.C is Managing the Fairmont Pallisers Honeybees!

This spring, A.B.C was contacted by Jeremy Langemann for the Fairmont Palliser Hotel in downtown ...

Supering a TBH in 2012!

So, your a TBH beekeeper and your bees are doing amazing, nay, they are flourishing! So what now? ...

A.B.C to Talk Pollination in Canmore!

Learn about what is buzzing in your backyard. Explore the world of pollinators with Eliese Watson, ...

NEW Queen Rearing FAQ on A.B.C's Website

Become a self-sufficient beekeeper by raising your own queens! Now, A.B.C has a FAQ page just for ...

July Beekeeping Field Day and Potluck- July 15th.

If you havent been to a field-day yet, well you should! It is a great opportunity to connect with ...

Harvesting Honey from a TBH!

So, here is a photo-montage on how I harvest honey from my TBHs! I hope you enjoy! It is really ...

A.B.C Preforms Cut-Out at a Calgary House!

A.B.C was called in for an emergency removal: honeybees had taken up residence in a local retired ...

Bumblebee Orientation Offers Volunteers Foundations for Executing Rescues!

An informative and exciting training session was hosted this past Monday by Dr. Robin Owen of the ...

'Plan Bee Swarm Catching Group' In Action

So... you love bees? SO DO WE! We not only love bees, but we love helping beekeepers, rescueing ...

A.B.C Beekeeping Apprenticeship for 2012

THIS COULD BE YOU!! This year, A.B.C is pleased to offer a beekeeping apprecticeship program to ...

Hands-On Level One Beekeeping Course- June 23rd and 24th 2012

Oh wow! Here we go again! Year 3 of A.B.C’s Beginners Beekeeping Workshops and we are offering ...

Urban Thrift Supports A.B.C: Swarm the Closet $6.00/bag clothing sale!

A close friend of mine, and A.B.C's, Bev Jamieson, has made an incredible offer that we could not ...

Open House Hive Inspection Potluck- Come and see the bees!

As you may know, the honeybees from the Community Hive Collaborative Purchase come in May 13th, ...

2012 Northeast Treatment Free Beekeeping Conference- Leominster, Mass.

2012 Northeast Treatment Free Beekeeping Conference: "The Practical Beekeeper" July 24-29 2012 ...

A.B.C Launches Online Store

Ever wanted to buy a locally made bumblebee box? Or wear a custom, locally hand-printed, organic ...

Queen Rearing Workshop! Learn how to be a self sufficent beekeeper and raise your own queens!

Did you know? Over 85% of Canada's honey surplus is created in Alberta, and that Canada is the 5th ...

BeeGinner Bee Course: Bill Stagg and Sweetacre Apiaries April 21-22

An old beekeeper in the Kamloops area who mentored  many beekeepers in his time used to say. ...

A.B.C Visits Portland: The Urban Farm Store

Eliese Watson of A.B.C recently visited Oregon is an effort to take some time off before the busy ...

SUPER Top Bar Hives! A.B.C's New TBH Super Design for 2012!

A.B.C has been working hard toward not only finding, testing, and offering the BEST top bar hive ...

Werner Gysi in YYC!: Colony management using a holistic/biodynamic approach April 13th-15th, 2012

Werner Gysi, author of Harmonic Farming: Bees, is coming to Calgary April 13-18th, offering ...

Werner Gysi Workshops Now Open: Colony management using a holistic/biodynamic approach.

Werner Gysi is a published and much sought after speaker about Biodynamic Beekeeping, and he will ...

Slowfood Calgary Presents an Afternoon Workshop: What does food and community mean to you?"

WHAT DO FOOD AND COMMUNITY MEAN TO YOU? Could it be: Collective beekeeping? Someone to shop or ...

Community Pollinator Foundation AGM- Guest Speaker Kirk Anderson, Backwards Beekeepers LA

The Community Pollinator Foundations (CPF) first Annual General Meeting is coming up and I ...

Bill Stagg and Sweetacre Apiaries: Farm-stay for urbanites!

Bill Stagg and his wife Larissa have moved from the town of Sorrento to a beautiful farm of their ...

Collaborative Purchase Bee Meeting: January 25, 2012.

Ok! So, the 2012 Beekeeping season is a go! Here are the details: Event: Community Hive ...

Community Hive Collaborative Purchase 2012- Update

Bees and Equipment in 2012 will be accessible through the Community Hive Collaborative Purchase ...

2012 Collaborative Purchase of Bees and Equipment

Want Bees for 2012? Well, let’s make that happen then! Last year, Eliese co-ordinated the ...

Kirkobeeo to Come to Alberta- 2012

A.B.C is bringing Kirk Anderson, a.k.a Kirkobeeo, to Alberta in March 2012! With keynote speaking ...

Reel World Tour- December 1, 2011

Junior High school teacher, Kate McKenzie's students told her they felt hopeless because there ...

Level One Beekeeping Courses for 2012

Oh wow! Here we go again! Year 3 of A.B.C’s Beginners Beekeeping Workshops! We are at a new and ...

2012 Will Be A RIOT! Programming and Workshops, Non-Stop!

A.B.C will be offering affordable, inspiring, and mind-expanding programming for 2012! Beginning ...

This Business of Bees: Livestock or Sacrosanct?

The Business of Bees: Livestock or Sacrosanct? By: Eliese Watson, Apiaries and Bees for ...

Reflections: Apologies, and Thank You's from Me to You!

My journey with bees has taken me many places: the deserts of Arizona, southern hills of Virginia, ...

Wild Bees on a Cold Day: An adventure with a wild bee colony!

I received this email from Joseph on October 31, 2011. I thought I would share this awesome story ...

Calgary Bees on The Discovery Channel

This spring, A.B.C founder Eliese Watson started the non-profit, The Community Pollinator ...

Queen of the Sun Takes Calgary

  This is a screening of the film "Queen of the Sun". The film will be followed by a panel ...

See How Others Managed Their Winterization!

Connie and Diane are first year beekeepers here in Calgary Alberta, meaning that this is their ...

Winterization 2011 in 6 Easy Steps

After answering many emails about how to prepare your honeybee colonies for winter, I have put ...

Assessing Your Beehive in the Fall: Things to look for- Winterization 2011 pt 1

Winterization 2011- Part 1 Assessing your beehive in the fall: Things to look for Whether you are ...

Common Ailments to Honeybees- Winterization 2011 pt 2

Winterization 2011- Pt 2  Common Ailments Varroa Mites: The standard method of ‘bee-care’ is ...

How to Identify American Foul Brood?- Winterization 2011 pt 3

Winterization 2011 pt 3 How to identify AFB? Beehive Scent: AFB, in its many stages of effect on ...

Winterizing Your Beehive- Winterization 2011 pt 4

Winterization 2011 Pt 4 Overwintering Your Beehive  When preparing your beehives for winter ...

To Feed or Not to Feed?- Winterization 2011 pt 5

Winterization 2011 Pt 5 To feed or not to feed, that is the question! If you are in a room of ...

Pollen and Winter Bees- Winterization 2011 pt 6

Winterization 2011 pt 6 Pollen and Winter Bees What role does pollen play in the ...

Presentation for the Calgary Hort Society Bees: Pollinators you need in the garden

We have been gearing up here at A.B.C, and with that is more educational programming about ...

A.B.C Goes to 2011 Natural Beekeeping Conference: Leominster, Mass.

I made it! We, Sam Comfort and I, arrived in the open and freshly cut field behind the conference ...

A.B.C Goes to NYC!

When we think of urban, there is no place like New York City, and when we think urban beekeeping, ...

Swarm Catching and Global TV

The 2011 spring season has been crazy! Bees have been swarming left, right and center! It has been ...

2011 Queen Rearing Workshop

As A.B.C entered in to its second year, I prepared for more focused and skill set based ...

Making My First Split: Working with a TBH

The "Green Hive" was a thing of wonder! It came out of the winter so strong and so healthy that we ...

Urban Queen Rearing Course: Calgary July 2-3rd, 2011

  I have gotten phone calls and e-mails asking me one thing: do you have any queens? And as I  ...

"Live, Bee or Die": Sam Comfort comes to Calgary

  If you don’t know who Sam Comfort is, you should and here is your chance to meet him face ...

The Community Hive 2011 Complete

Sunday May 22, 2011, 80 beekeepers and family friends came together at Chiron Farm outside ...

The Community Hive Collaborative Purchase of Bees and Equipment Distribution Update

 Spring has been slow on the pick up out in Sorrento this year, and therefore Bill has been ...

Join the Swarm Catching Group!

Our goal: Education through exposure, mentorship, and experience! Throughout June and July, ...

Bumblebee Box Construction and May Melt at AREA!

With all good ideas, their execution needs collaboration! So, A.B.C has teamed up with AREA for a ...

Mead and Honey Tasting Gala Tickets for Sale

The newly formed Community Pollinator Foundation is hosting its first annual fundraiser, The Mead ...

Reflections on Local 101/201!

SlowFood has taken on Local 101 this year. Local 101 is an opportunity to gather and meet local ...

"No Guff Gardening" and "Insects in the Garden"!

A.B.C has teamed up with the Unitarian Church and the Calgary Horticultural Society yet again to ...

The Area: Calgarys New Urban Culture

The AREA, 1119 10 Ave SE Calgary, AB T2G 0S8  (www.thearea.ca) is designed to be a community of ...

Local 101 and 201, April 29th-31st Schedule

Slow Food Calgary Presents- Local 101: Ingredients for a Sustainable Culture April 29th and 30th, ...

Introducing the Community Pollinator Foundation

The Community Pollinator Foundation (CPF), a not-for profit organisation, will work as a steward ...

Mead and Honey Tasting Gala Seeks Sponsorships

The Community Pollinator Foundation, a newly regsitered not-for profit, is very excited to be ...

Volunteer Orientation Success!

This past Sunday, April 10th at the Old Y in Calgary, A.B.C's excited and trustee volunteers came ...

"Thinking Outside the Box" at Patterson Springs Farm

By Louise Patterson Bruns and Lindsie Bruns In the past couple of years we have been putting our ...

Backyard Herbalist: How to Bottle the Smell of Spring

By: Jeananne Laing, Wild Rose College, and Enhealthment; from www.lowcrapdiet.com April in Alberta ...

Connecting Growers to People with Land to Share

By: Simon Chauvette and Tejaswinee Jhunjhunwala Who would not want to eat fresh, organic, healthy, ...

MiteAway Quick Strips and the Canadian Honey Council

When I attended the Integrated Pest Management Conference in Edmonton, I was not expecting NOD, ...

The Community Hive Network- A Chat Room for Calgary Beekeepers

 www.thecommunityhive.org  So, please go to www.thecommunityhive.org to join the community and ...

Pathways2Sustainability, February 23-25th.

The Pathways2Sustainability Conference was a seamless success, and one of the best conferences I ...

The Organic Beekeeping Conference, Oracle AZ

      After a quick, but exciting trip down the west coast USA, we drove into Oracle AZ around ...

Community Beekeepers of 2011

As I pulled up to the Central Library on February 22, 2011, snow began to fall and a stiff breeze ...

Pathways 2 Sustainability Conference- February 23rd to 25th, 2011

A.B.C will he headed to Red Deer on February 24th with the rest of the Earth Repair Collective in ...

Honeybee Co-op and Community Hive Meeting- Feb 22nd, John Dutton Theatre

Oh my, February is upon us and here we are, in the middle of a cold snap and we are talking summer ...

Organic Beekeeping Conference- Oracle AZ

The Organic Beekeeping Conference, information here,  will be held in Oracle AZ from March 4-6th. ...

IPM- Integrated Pest Management Conference

I head up to Edmonton next week (February 8th and 9th, 2011) to attend the Integrated Pest ...

Community Pollination Project: Resonating Bodies Comes to Calgary

A.B.C found out about the Resonating Bodies project by stumbling on to Sarah Peebles blog in the ...

A.B.C Seeks Board of Directors

As I have moved forward with A.B.C this past year, the more I have learned about team work and ...

A.B.C Goes to Red Deer

You know, there are some things that are just supposed to happen? I feel that way about Red Deer. ...

Bumblebee Rescue and Foster Parent Program

In the 2010 season, A.B.C recieved dozens of calls about found or dug up bumblebee nests from ...

A.B.C Wins Co-operators Impact! Grant

A.B.C is pleased to announce that it has won the Co-operators Impact! Youth for Sustainability ...

The Travelling Bee-show, July 2011!

I am so excited about the coming year, but as I look at my schedule, I feel that one thing is ...

2011 Schedule is up!

The luxury of being organized for the 2011 year has now been laid before me, and I jumped at the ...

Welcome to the A.B.C's Bee Collaborative Purchase!

Last year, A.B.C's main goal was to bring honeybees to Calgary! And did this we did, we ...

A.B.C Accepts Calgary Dollars!

Apiaries and Bees for Communities is pleased to announce that it will accept up to 25% Calgary ...

Earth Repair Collective!

URBAN EARTH LOVERS UNITE! When individuals join together to make a change, draw together to make ...

A.B.C in the Classroom: Grades one, two and three!

  With an educational focus, its no surprise that A.B.C is in the classroom again, but this ...

A.B.C and the Calgary Harvest Festival

A.B.C Apiaries and Bees for Communities has teamed up with the Calgary Horticultural Network ...

Canamo Earthen Building: Transforming Spaces in Calgary By Shayne Korithoski

A paradigm shift is underway in regard to how new buildings and developments are designed and ...

Learn to Build an Earthen Oven

“Earth turns to gold in the hands of the wise.” - Rumi Living in a city has left many of us ...

Collaboration Brings Back the Harvest Festival!

With the concepts of Community development close at my heart, it is really incredible what can be ...

Grade 1-2 Spilt and Pollinators

Today was my first day speaking to little children in the classroom about pollinators and it was ...

The Fall Is Coming! What Happens to the Bees?

It has happened, the weather has cooled to new lows, the north wind has began to blow, and the ...

Calgary Gardening Publication

August/September 2010. Volume 24, Issue 7 By Eliese Watson When you think of the garden, what ...

Transition Initiatives by Rene Michalak

Just about three years ago now, ReThink Red Deer was born as an expose of pedestrian ...

A Visit to the Farm: Fredrichs Honey, Cedar BC

We made it out to the Island, now it was time to find some of the good stuff from around here, ...

"Its the Police, we need your assistance.."

It was a sunny Friday afternoon when my phone rang, and it was the City of Calgary police ...

Creating the Hive Mentality in Calgary By Nick Beck

Let’s put aside for moment the usual goals and benefits in the movements for localization and ...

Beekeeping in Edmonton Ban, by Kristjan Bullock

“There’s an empty spot in Kristjan Bullock’s garden where his honeybees used to live.”  ...

A.B.C at the Calgary Folk Music Festival

  What a rare opportunity to share the wonders of the pollinator world to such a wide range of ...

Bumblebees vs. Honeybees: Whats the difference?

Through my work with A.B.C- Apiaries and Bees for Communities and our urban beekeeping projects, I ...

Calgary Folk Fest

Its been a while since I have written, but that is because we are gearing up for our debut at the ...

Old School

Beekeeping is an art, a real old fashioned art. It is those who keep bees who have learned the tao ...

Bees n' Seeds

A.B.C teamed up with Big Sky Permaculture (www.bigskypermaculture.ca), Canamo Earth Building ...

Bees by post

Did you know that you can get bees via Canada post these days? Yes you can, and A.B.C received one ...

Honeybees and Swarming

In fact, swarming is a safe, calm and organized behaviour for bees. They all cling on to one ...

Some work, some play

I took a break on Saturday from beekeeping to go and play, and play I did. I woke up bright and ...

Swarm Catching and Honey Harvesting

Spring time is the best time, and perhaps the busiest time for top-bar beekeepers. I am finding ...

Life in Eldorado Springs CO.

So. All I can say IS THAT THIS IS THE MOST AMAZING PLACE I HAVE EVERY BEEN TO.... EVER! Boulder is ...

Wyoming Wilds! Penetrating the Great Western Plains!

I left Billings, MT yesterday around 9am, eager to get on my adventure. I headed in to the ...

A.B.C is headed to Colorado

Apiaries and Bees for Communities is headed to Colorado to learn a lesson in Top-Bar beekeeping. ...

On the Road to Colorado..

So off I go. Well, really, I was supposed to leave earlier, but what with the crazy weather (snow ...

Bee-gathering- Chase, BC

Well, everything is packed up and I am off. I am headed to beautiful British Columbia to the ...

A.B.C- Now in the Bloggisphere

WELCOME! My name is Eliese Watson and I am the founder of A.B.C. So I have been thinking and ...

Honey Bee Poop: Yellow Snow

What bee poop can tell you about your hive

Swarm Suppression- May/June Beekeeping

Dearth between Dandelion and Clover is the DANGER ZONE On of the most important aspects of spring ...

Calgary's Artisan Product ROUTINE Loves Bees!

What do bees and deodorant have in common?! Probably not a lot until recently, when our small ...

Return of the Bumble Bee Rescue Program

Calgary is home to an incredible diversity of native bees including as many as 12 different ...

Seeds for the Bees in the Prairies - planning your garden with bees in mind

You may be an avid gardener, you may have nothing but a container to offer, or this may be your ...

Dandelions and Honey bees: A golden friendship

They strike fear into the hearts of lawn lovers. Sending even the most rational individuals into ...

Understanding Flow

In becoming a beekeeper in an urban setting, there are a lot of complications and challenges that ...

How To Hive a Nucleus- May beekeeping

So, you're getting bees! How exciting, exhilarating..... terrifying! It is completely normal to be ...

"Little Books on Bees" PRE-ORDERS available April 1, 2015

We are so excited to announce that after much hard work, research, and learning (we have never ...

A Few Steps Forward, A Few Steps Backward: Beekeeping in Alberta in 2015

As we deal with the changes in Bylaw for the MD of Foothills which declines the ability for anyone ...

Ordering Equipment for Your First Bee Season

Getting started beekeeping can be daunting as there are so many products out there: from the new ...

"Little Books on Bees: Gardening": Book One of a Series

We are proud to announce our coming release of our first book Little Books on Bees: Gardening. ...

Your Second Spring Hive Inspection: Pollen, Brood, and IPM

So, you have been inside you hive by now or you have begun planning for your inspection. This is ...

Your First Hive Inspection in Alberta

So, its time for spring management? How do you know it is spring? Well, in the human world you can ...

New Educational Facility in Town: URBANFARM PROJECT

Carmen Lamoureux is the owner and founder of The URBANFARM Permaculture Project, an evolving ...

Bee Candy for the Winter Months

Bees eat what they should eat, THEIR honey. If they are eating anything it should be that. But ...

Honey Bee Poop: Yellow snow in the bee yard

Introduction Just like you and me and everything in between: bees poo too. When bees relieve ...

Register Your Beehive with Alberta

Hey there beekeepers. I have been connecting with quite a few beekeepers here this past month that ...

Coming Soon: A.B.C's "Little Books on Bees" Series

We are happy to announce our coming release of A.B.C's Little Books on Bees. These affordable and ...

CommunityHive Honeybee Purchase 2015

Every year, since 2010, we have organized a Collaborative Purchase of Honeybees and Equipment, and ...

A.B.C In the Elementary Classroom 2015

This year we will be celebrating our 4th year of school presentations on honey bees and native ...

A.B.C Wins LUSH Grant

We here are proud to announce our winning the 2014 LUSH Charitable Giving Grant. As our ...

Community Hive Collaborative Purchase Honey Bees 2015

Christmas is just around the corner and though fall isn’t far behind us, it’s already time to ...

Gift Certificates for the Holiday Season

Still looking for the perfect gift for friends and family? Something unique, thoughtful and ...

Free Children’s Summer Gardening Workshops

This month the West Hillhurst Community Association and the Calgary Foundation will be hosting a ...

Bees4Communities Profile: Calgary Food Tours and PEL Recycling

This year, the Bees4Communities program has two new bee yards in the inner-city neighbourhood of ...

DISCOUNT BOOKINGS- Lunch and Learns and Private Field Days

If you have ever wanted to have a GREAT team building activity, lunch and learn, or party? Look no ...

Beekeeping News and Anti-Spam Law

As many of you are likely aware, on July 1, 2014 the Government of Canada introduced the Canadian ...

Indiegogo Campaign- We raised $770, 25% of our goal!

As the campaign concludes for our Community Hive Fundraiser, we would like to thank all of you for ...

Urban Beekeeping Good Neighbour Policy

Bee a Good Neighbour In rural areas honeybees can happily roam for kilometres without encountering ...

Bumble Bee Nests and Lifecycle

They’re hard to miss. Big, fuzzy balls rolling around in pollen or the low hum of their flight ...

Bees4Communities Profile: Ox and Angela and UNA Pizza + Wine

Two popular Calgary restaurants have returned for their 2nd year with the Bees4Communities ...

Crowdfunding for Community Hive

We're needing your help to keep it going! There is only one month left in A.B.C’s fundraising ...

Beekeeping in Edmonton- June 2014 Update

Urban agriculture has been getting a lot of attention in Edmonton since the 2012 approval of the ...

Date Night Bicycle Bee Tours

A.B.C’s Home2Hive bike tours are back! Join us for a guided tour along Calgary’s beautiful ...

Little Critters Save the Day.... Worms that is: Vermicompst is the future!

All this press about the harmful implications from the use of Pesticides and other chemicals on ...

National Day of the Honeybee 2014

On May 28th, one day before the National Day of the Honeybee, we will be partnering with the ...

Community Hive Indiegogo Campaign- We need your help!

Support for the Community Hive If you are one of our 400 Community Hive chat room members, you may ...

Bill Stagg- Queen Rearing in 4 Hives or Less 2014

ABC is excited to announce a Queen Rearing Workshop in Edmonton/ Calgary this summer. The workshop ...

SwizzleSticks SalonSpa Sponsors A.B.C 2014 Field Days!

Why SwizzleSticks is the perfect partner for A.B.C?      Did you know that SwizzleSticks ...

ABC Bees Casts Beekeeping Swarms- New beekeeping groups near you!

If you are living in Alberta and wanted to get involved in A.B.C programs, BUT dont live in the ...

SENSUAL Mead Making in Calgary- April 11th, 2014

Want to make Mead Honey Wine from your own hive? Ursula de Vries, a local urban beekeeper and ...

Alberta Community and Cooperative Association goes VIRAL!

Wanting to move forward with an idea or project with your friends or community? Would you like to ...

2014 Swarm Group Meeting Recap

The A.B.C Swarm Catcher Group was established in year to help manage swarm activity and reduce ...

CHCP 2014 of Honeybees- Update!

This winter was a tough one for our friend and bee supplier, Bill Stagg, over at Sweetacre ...

Calgary Horticultural Society Garden Show 2014

This weekend A.B.C will be taking part in one of the most exciting gardening events of the season, ...

Edmonton Urban Beekeeping Pilot: Proposed partnership between EDBA and ABC

Introduction Apiaries and Bees for Communities (ABC) from Calgary is proposing a collaboration ...

ContainR Project in Sunnyside

Nestled in the heart of Kensington, at the corner of 2nd Ave and 9th St., is patch of land ...

2014 Mentorship Program

This year A.B.C will be launching an exciting new 1-on1 Mentorship Program. The program is geared ...

MAQs No Longer Sold by BeeMaid

I am not a person to say I told you so, but here I am doing it. I support responsible care of your ...

New Mentorship Program- 5 on 1 Training

Dates: The Mentorship will begin the first week of May 2014 and finish mid October 2014 ...

Community Hive Collaboartive Purchase 2014- MUST READ

Another year, another bee season, and another Collaborative Purchase! So, this year, we are ...

GROW Calgary and ABC Bees Partnership 2014

At GROW Calgary, they believe all Calgarians should have access to fresh, local food.  Our ...

Red Deer is BEE-CRAZY- Workshops 2014

RED DEER- Intro to Permaculture and Productive Pets Workshop, Honeybees About: Take your pick of a ...

Edmonton Integrated Pest Management Conference 2014

This year, we Alberta Beekeepers are in LUCK! Not only do we have the BEST IPM Conference in the ...

Canadian Honey Council NEONICOTINOID PESTICIDES

Message from your National Office: Welcome to b-TALK and the latest information on the activities ...

Bringing bees to Calgary's rooftops- 2014 Bees4Communities Program

About A.B.C: A.B.C (Apiaries and Bees for Communities) is a Calgary based urban beekeeping ...

Where do you belong in the beehive?

WHERE DO YOU BELONG IN THE HIVE? You are 1 day old. You eat nothing but royal jelly You live in a ...

Wax Rendering Tools

So, you have some wax left over from the summer harvest! Congratulations! It may not be much, but ...

Hive Inspections APP!

I have followed the following instructions and have loved loved loved the ease and utility of this ...

Wanting Bees for 2014? Changes!

So, you want bees in 2014, either as a beginner or to expand or replace your bees. That’s ...

Announcing the 2014 Internship Positions

Want To Gain Hands-On Experience Beekeeping and Managing Apiaries? Why not apply to be an ...

Alberta Beekeepers AGM 2014

This years Alberta Beekeepers AGM is going to be a doozie! Dennis VanEnglesdorp from the ...

Community Hive Collaborative Purchase 2014

Every year, since 2010, we have organized a Collaborative Purchase of Honeybees and Equipment, and ...

2014 Apprenticeship Programming Now Taking Registrations

This year of 2013 Apprenticeship programming was a huge success! Check out the program here! We ...

Level One Beekeeping Courses 2013-2014

Ready to beekeep for 2014? Now is the time to prepare, the fall before the coming bee season. This ...

A.B.C 2013-2014 Schedule of Events

Wanting to get in to beekeeping? Don't know where to start? Well, take a beekeeping course with ...

Fall Honey Harvest Get Together 2013

Hello Friends of A.B.C, We would like to invite you and to a celebration of the end of the 2013 ...

New Bee Buisness in Calgary!

Maple Greenview is a small honey business that supplies Calgarians with raw, unpasteurized wild ...

2013 Volunteer Thank You!

Event Volunteers A big part of the Apiaries and Bees for Communities’ mandate centers on public ...

Celebrating Alberta’s Urban and Rural Harvest 2013

Nothing brings Calgarians together quite like food and festivals, and cool weather certainly ...

New Winter Wraps for Sale

Here at A.B.C we are always looking for ways to make public access to beekeeping more supportive, ...

Alberta Beekeepers Commission AGM 2013 and IPM 2014

Tis' that time of year again, and as per usual, I cannot stress the importance of beekeepers ...

Preparing for Winter- IPM, feeding and treatment?

It has been Fall in the bee world for 3 weeks here in Calgary, even with the wet season and the ...

Wax, Bees and Honey Production

"First year you produce wax; second year you produce bees; third year you produce honey" I have ...

Rain, Chalkbrood and Honeyflow

Rain, rain, rain. It has been an interesting and profitable summer in beekeeping here in Alberta. ...

Bees4Communities in August Programming

So, we have been running bees for the Calgary Food Tours, Fairmont Palliser Hotel, Forage Foods, ...

Winterization Workshop September 7th: Langstroth and TBH Beekeepers

This is a workshop dedicated to looking at winterization techniques and considerations and ...

IPM Workshop: Understanding Varroa

Fall is the time where varroa populations can be at their height, and it is very important that ...

Bees4Communities Project Update- Beekeeping with restaurants in #yyc

This is the first year that we have run our Bees4Communities Program and I am happy to say that ...

UNA Pizzeria and Ox and Angela- Hive Updates June 2013

This year has been a big year for beekeeping in Calgary, and with UNA Pizza and Wine and Ox and ...

Forage Foods- Hive Update June 2013

After a long wait, A.B.C was able to successfully set up honeybees at the Sirois Head Quarters ...

Calgary Food Tours- Hive Update June 2013

With the recent arrival of Calgary Food Tours’ honeybee colonies, the beekeeping season has ...

Rooftop Honeybees with DowntownFood!

Downtownfood, the Leaf Ninja’s, A.B.C and GreenGate Garden Centres have joined forces to take ...

Hands-On Beekeeping Workshop with the UCC

Apiaries and Bees for Communities (A.B.C.) and the Green Sanctuary Committee at the Unitarian ...

A.B.C Goes to Red Deer- June 22, 2013

Red Deer is a-BUZZ on Urban Beekeeping Apiaries and Bees for Communities (A.B.C) has been ...

Supering Your Colonies- Swarm suppression

So, this year, we brought in 43 colonies of 9-frame supers from Tony Lalonde in Saskatchewan, and ...

Day of the Honeybee 2013

Here in Calgary, we are eager supporters of the Day of the Honeybee movement, started by Clinton ...

Queen Rearing 101- Apprenticeship's take the plunge

I have a vision for urban beekeeping here in Calgary and Alberta. I would love to see a change ...

YYC Bees- Media Advisory

  May 22, 2013 Contact: Stacey Cedergren [email protected] Calgary is a-BUZZ on Urban ...

National Day of the Honeybee in Calgary- Queen of the Sun Doc Showing

In 2010, approximately 70 Municipal Governments and many Provincial Governments in Canada ...

Plan-Bee Swarm Catchers Training Day- Want bees? Come and get them!

So, you wanted bees this season, but were late on the ball on getting those bees ordered. Now you ...

2013 CHCP Honeybees are Coming!

Hey everyone! THE BEES ARE COMING! If you ordered bees through the Community Hive Collaborative ...

Home2Hive Bicycle Tours- Hive inspections with A.B.C

A.B.C is proud to launch our first year of offering the Home2Hive Bicycle Tours of A.B.C's ...

Fairmont Pallisers Honeybees

On April 26, the Fairmont Palliser’s two bee hives were moved back to their urban setting. ...

A.B.C at Telus Spark! Science Centre

  Over the weekend of April 20th & 21st Apiaries and Bees for Communities was invited to ...

Dandelion Flow and Your Bees- #3 Honey Production

The Dandelion flow produces a very particular and delicious honey that you can selectively ...

Dandelion Flow and Your Bees- #2 Bee Production

The dandelion flow is a great time to split and or re-queen your colonies if you haven't done it ...

Dandelion Flow and Your Bees- #1 Wax Production

So, today (May 10, 2013)  is the official launch of the dandelion flow here in Calgary, the first ...

2013 Community Hive Engagement- Swarm Catching and Advocacy

This is how the Swarm Catchers Group will work this year. Have a look, it should help you get an ...

Spring Inspection Tips- Round 1

I have been telling a lot of people individually about hive succession and what to expect of your ...

Spring Site Location Tips for Your Beehive

Every year I get dozens of emails asking, "where is the best place to put my beehive?". So, I ...

Genetically Modified Alfalfa to be legalized? Honeybees and GMO

You can join us in combating this legalization of GMO and the spread of Neonicotinoids in ...

2012's Bees: Coming out of winter

Here are some images of the 9 colonies that survived the 2012-2013 winter. I put 12 in to winter ...

Introducing TinyPlots- New shift in urban gardening

A growing interest in local food in Calgary and it's trending as a movement in the redesign and ...

Plan-Bee Swarm Catchers Meeting- April 25th 6-8pm

Hey there honeybee enthusiasts! I am eager to announce the second annual Plan-Bee Swarm Catchers ...

A.B.C Free Resources Online Now!

Here with A.B.C, we have been working hard to make beekeeping more accessible to urbanites all ...

2013 Apprenticeship Program Begins

This is the inaugural year of A.B.C's 22 Week Apprenticeship Program! Each month we will be ...

Urban Beekeeping Survey 2013

If you have ever had bees here in Calgary, could you please fill out this survey for us? We are ...

Feeding Your Bees this Spring

If you have bees, you are probably chomping at the bit to get in there and see how they are doing, ...

Private Beekeeping Management

Bees in your yard? Want some private hands-on education? A.B.C is pleased to be able to offer ...

Introducing 'Plan Bee Swarm Catchers Group' 2013

The willows have offered the last of their pollen to the dancing bee-fairies of spring; we are ...

2013 Level One Beekeeping Courses Are Filling Up!

Hey there beekeepers! If you know of anyone who is thinking about taking a Level One Beekeeping ...

2013 Alberta IPM Conference

It is that time of year yet again, and as always, I would like to encourage all of you who are ...

Bees for Communities- Private Hive Management for Businesses in 2013

Your business... With the growing support of local food on menus throughout the city, are you ...

LA Beekeeping: The Trap Out and Mystical 2 Queen Colony!

Kirko Beeo is one of the Founders of Backwards Beekeepers Los Angeles, and an excellent friend. ...

Portland Urban Beekeepers and Xerces Society

I (Eliese Watson) went to the Portland Urban Beekeepers December meeting this month as I was ...

Grand Opening of Spirit Hills - honey winery

On December 22nd we will be having the official Grand Opening date of Spirit Hills - honey ...

Wax Rendering with A.B.C-2012

A.B.C ran its first wax rending course in November and it was a blast! With 15 people we learned ...

Bliss Honeybees and NW Treatment Free Conference 2013

Kat and I met in a parking lot in Leominster, Mass in 2011. She in her beat-up old little 1/4 ...

A.B.C Offers Christmas Gift Certificates!

Have you been trying to come up with a totally unique gift idea for Christmas this year? Well, we ...

A.B.C and Community Hive Christmas Wish List

Tis the season for giving, and as I look back on the last 3 seasons of beekeeping, I am ...

CHCP 2013- Want honeybees for 2013? Come and get them!

The Community Hive 4th Annual Collaborative Purchase of Honeybees and Equipment 2013 is just ...

2013 Apprenticeship Program- 4 Seats Left

A.B.C's Apprenticeship Program for 2013 is looking to be incredible! I have been doing a lot of ...

BC Beekeepers AGM- November 8-10th, 2012

Here I am, out on the Shuswap once again, overlooking the lake and enjoying an excellent cup of ...

Honey Harvest in the Shuswap

Elbows deep in the sweet stickyness of honey in a hot honeyhouse in October is right where I want ...

Upcoming November Workshops!

There are a few workshops coming up with room for you and a friend to come to! They are great and ...

2013 Course Registration and Schedule Now Up: Thinking of Christmas?

The 2012 beekeeping has just ended, but you can prepare for 2013 by registering early for the ...

NEW 2013 A.B.C Apprenticeship Program

This is an exciting new program now available to 6 people wanting to learn in a facilitated ...

Community Hive Collaborative Purchase 2013- Volunteer Meeting #1

Want Bees for 2013? Well, let’s make that happen then! In 2011, Eliese Watson single handedly ...

August 11th Beekeeping Field Day and Potluck: Varroa testing!

Here is one of our last beekeeping field days for the 2012 year, and this one is going to be a ...

End of Swarming Season 2012- THANK YOU!

I would like to send out my great thanks to the following beekeepers here in Calgary who played a ...

A.B.C is Managing the Fairmont Pallisers Honeybees!

This spring, A.B.C was contacted by Jeremy Langemann for the Fairmont Palliser Hotel in downtown ...

Supering a TBH in 2012!

So, your a TBH beekeeper and your bees are doing amazing, nay, they are flourishing! So what now? ...

A.B.C to Talk Pollination in Canmore!

Learn about what is buzzing in your backyard. Explore the world of pollinators with Eliese Watson, ...

NEW Queen Rearing FAQ on A.B.C's Website

Become a self-sufficient beekeeper by raising your own queens! Now, A.B.C has a FAQ page just for ...

July Beekeeping Field Day and Potluck- July 15th.

If you havent been to a field-day yet, well you should! It is a great opportunity to connect with ...

Harvesting Honey from a TBH!

So, here is a photo-montage on how I harvest honey from my TBHs! I hope you enjoy! It is really ...

A.B.C Preforms Cut-Out at a Calgary House!

A.B.C was called in for an emergency removal: honeybees had taken up residence in a local retired ...

Bumblebee Orientation Offers Volunteers Foundations for Executing Rescues!

An informative and exciting training session was hosted this past Monday by Dr. Robin Owen of the ...

'Plan Bee Swarm Catching Group' In Action

So... you love bees? SO DO WE! We not only love bees, but we love helping beekeepers, rescueing ...

A.B.C Beekeeping Apprenticeship for 2012

THIS COULD BE YOU!! This year, A.B.C is pleased to offer a beekeeping apprecticeship program to ...

Hands-On Level One Beekeeping Course- June 23rd and 24th 2012

Oh wow! Here we go again! Year 3 of A.B.C’s Beginners Beekeeping Workshops and we are offering ...

Urban Thrift Supports A.B.C: Swarm the Closet $6.00/bag clothing sale!

A close friend of mine, and A.B.C's, Bev Jamieson, has made an incredible offer that we could not ...

Open House Hive Inspection Potluck- Come and see the bees!

As you may know, the honeybees from the Community Hive Collaborative Purchase come in May 13th, ...

2012 Northeast Treatment Free Beekeeping Conference- Leominster, Mass.

2012 Northeast Treatment Free Beekeeping Conference: "The Practical Beekeeper" July 24-29 2012 ...

A.B.C Launches Online Store

Ever wanted to buy a locally made bumblebee box? Or wear a custom, locally hand-printed, organic ...

Queen Rearing Workshop! Learn how to be a self sufficent beekeeper and raise your own queens!

Did you know? Over 85% of Canada's honey surplus is created in Alberta, and that Canada is the 5th ...

BeeGinner Bee Course: Bill Stagg and Sweetacre Apiaries April 21-22

An old beekeeper in the Kamloops area who mentored  many beekeepers in his time used to say. ...

A.B.C Visits Portland: The Urban Farm Store

Eliese Watson of A.B.C recently visited Oregon is an effort to take some time off before the busy ...

SUPER Top Bar Hives! A.B.C's New TBH Super Design for 2012!

A.B.C has been working hard toward not only finding, testing, and offering the BEST top bar hive ...

Werner Gysi in YYC!: Colony management using a holistic/biodynamic approach April 13th-15th, 2012

Werner Gysi, author of Harmonic Farming: Bees, is coming to Calgary April 13-18th, offering ...

Werner Gysi Workshops Now Open: Colony management using a holistic/biodynamic approach.

Werner Gysi is a published and much sought after speaker about Biodynamic Beekeeping, and he will ...

Slowfood Calgary Presents an Afternoon Workshop: What does food and community mean to you?"

WHAT DO FOOD AND COMMUNITY MEAN TO YOU? Could it be: Collective beekeeping? Someone to shop or ...

Community Pollinator Foundation AGM- Guest Speaker Kirk Anderson, Backwards Beekeepers LA

The Community Pollinator Foundations (CPF) first Annual General Meeting is coming up and I ...

Bill Stagg and Sweetacre Apiaries: Farm-stay for urbanites!

Bill Stagg and his wife Larissa have moved from the town of Sorrento to a beautiful farm of their ...

Collaborative Purchase Bee Meeting: January 25, 2012.

Ok! So, the 2012 Beekeeping season is a go! Here are the details: Event: Community Hive ...

Community Hive Collaborative Purchase 2012- Update

Bees and Equipment in 2012 will be accessible through the Community Hive Collaborative Purchase ...

2012 Collaborative Purchase of Bees and Equipment

Want Bees for 2012? Well, let’s make that happen then! Last year, Eliese co-ordinated the ...

Kirkobeeo to Come to Alberta- 2012

A.B.C is bringing Kirk Anderson, a.k.a Kirkobeeo, to Alberta in March 2012! With keynote speaking ...

Reel World Tour- December 1, 2011

Junior High school teacher, Kate McKenzie's students told her they felt hopeless because there ...

Level One Beekeeping Courses for 2012

Oh wow! Here we go again! Year 3 of A.B.C’s Beginners Beekeeping Workshops! We are at a new and ...

2012 Will Be A RIOT! Programming and Workshops, Non-Stop!

A.B.C will be offering affordable, inspiring, and mind-expanding programming for 2012! Beginning ...

This Business of Bees: Livestock or Sacrosanct?

The Business of Bees: Livestock or Sacrosanct? By: Eliese Watson, Apiaries and Bees for ...

Reflections: Apologies, and Thank You's from Me to You!

My journey with bees has taken me many places: the deserts of Arizona, southern hills of Virginia, ...

Wild Bees on a Cold Day: An adventure with a wild bee colony!

I received this email from Joseph on October 31, 2011. I thought I would share this awesome story ...

Calgary Bees on The Discovery Channel

This spring, A.B.C founder Eliese Watson started the non-profit, The Community Pollinator ...

Queen of the Sun Takes Calgary

  This is a screening of the film "Queen of the Sun". The film will be followed by a panel ...

See How Others Managed Their Winterization!

Connie and Diane are first year beekeepers here in Calgary Alberta, meaning that this is their ...

Winterization 2011 in 6 Easy Steps

After answering many emails about how to prepare your honeybee colonies for winter, I have put ...

Assessing Your Beehive in the Fall: Things to look for- Winterization 2011 pt 1

Winterization 2011- Part 1 Assessing your beehive in the fall: Things to look for Whether you are ...

Common Ailments to Honeybees- Winterization 2011 pt 2

Winterization 2011- Pt 2  Common Ailments Varroa Mites: The standard method of ‘bee-care’ is ...

How to Identify American Foul Brood?- Winterization 2011 pt 3

Winterization 2011 pt 3 How to identify AFB? Beehive Scent: AFB, in its many stages of effect on ...

Winterizing Your Beehive- Winterization 2011 pt 4

Winterization 2011 Pt 4 Overwintering Your Beehive  When preparing your beehives for winter ...

To Feed or Not to Feed?- Winterization 2011 pt 5

Winterization 2011 Pt 5 To feed or not to feed, that is the question! If you are in a room of ...

Pollen and Winter Bees- Winterization 2011 pt 6

Winterization 2011 pt 6 Pollen and Winter Bees What role does pollen play in the ...

Presentation for the Calgary Hort Society Bees: Pollinators you need in the garden

We have been gearing up here at A.B.C, and with that is more educational programming about ...

A.B.C Goes to 2011 Natural Beekeeping Conference: Leominster, Mass.

I made it! We, Sam Comfort and I, arrived in the open and freshly cut field behind the conference ...

A.B.C Goes to NYC!

When we think of urban, there is no place like New York City, and when we think urban beekeeping, ...

Swarm Catching and Global TV

The 2011 spring season has been crazy! Bees have been swarming left, right and center! It has been ...

2011 Queen Rearing Workshop

As A.B.C entered in to its second year, I prepared for more focused and skill set based ...

Making My First Split: Working with a TBH

The "Green Hive" was a thing of wonder! It came out of the winter so strong and so healthy that we ...

Urban Queen Rearing Course: Calgary July 2-3rd, 2011

  I have gotten phone calls and e-mails asking me one thing: do you have any queens? And as I  ...

"Live, Bee or Die": Sam Comfort comes to Calgary

  If you don’t know who Sam Comfort is, you should and here is your chance to meet him face ...

The Community Hive 2011 Complete

Sunday May 22, 2011, 80 beekeepers and family friends came together at Chiron Farm outside ...

The Community Hive Collaborative Purchase of Bees and Equipment Distribution Update

 Spring has been slow on the pick up out in Sorrento this year, and therefore Bill has been ...

Join the Swarm Catching Group!

Our goal: Education through exposure, mentorship, and experience! Throughout June and July, ...

Bumblebee Box Construction and May Melt at AREA!

With all good ideas, their execution needs collaboration! So, A.B.C has teamed up with AREA for a ...

Mead and Honey Tasting Gala Tickets for Sale

The newly formed Community Pollinator Foundation is hosting its first annual fundraiser, The Mead ...

Reflections on Local 101/201!

SlowFood has taken on Local 101 this year. Local 101 is an opportunity to gather and meet local ...

"No Guff Gardening" and "Insects in the Garden"!

A.B.C has teamed up with the Unitarian Church and the Calgary Horticultural Society yet again to ...

The Area: Calgarys New Urban Culture

The AREA, 1119 10 Ave SE Calgary, AB T2G 0S8  (www.thearea.ca) is designed to be a community of ...

Local 101 and 201, April 29th-31st Schedule

Slow Food Calgary Presents- Local 101: Ingredients for a Sustainable Culture April 29th and 30th, ...

Introducing the Community Pollinator Foundation

The Community Pollinator Foundation (CPF), a not-for profit organisation, will work as a steward ...

Mead and Honey Tasting Gala Seeks Sponsorships

The Community Pollinator Foundation, a newly regsitered not-for profit, is very excited to be ...

Volunteer Orientation Success!

This past Sunday, April 10th at the Old Y in Calgary, A.B.C's excited and trustee volunteers came ...

"Thinking Outside the Box" at Patterson Springs Farm

By Louise Patterson Bruns and Lindsie Bruns In the past couple of years we have been putting our ...

Backyard Herbalist: How to Bottle the Smell of Spring

By: Jeananne Laing, Wild Rose College, and Enhealthment; from www.lowcrapdiet.com April in Alberta ...

Connecting Growers to People with Land to Share

By: Simon Chauvette and Tejaswinee Jhunjhunwala Who would not want to eat fresh, organic, healthy, ...

MiteAway Quick Strips and the Canadian Honey Council

When I attended the Integrated Pest Management Conference in Edmonton, I was not expecting NOD, ...

The Community Hive Network- A Chat Room for Calgary Beekeepers

 www.thecommunityhive.org  So, please go to www.thecommunityhive.org to join the community and ...

Pathways2Sustainability, February 23-25th.

The Pathways2Sustainability Conference was a seamless success, and one of the best conferences I ...

The Organic Beekeeping Conference, Oracle AZ

      After a quick, but exciting trip down the west coast USA, we drove into Oracle AZ around ...

Community Beekeepers of 2011

As I pulled up to the Central Library on February 22, 2011, snow began to fall and a stiff breeze ...

Pathways 2 Sustainability Conference- February 23rd to 25th, 2011

A.B.C will he headed to Red Deer on February 24th with the rest of the Earth Repair Collective in ...

Honeybee Co-op and Community Hive Meeting- Feb 22nd, John Dutton Theatre

Oh my, February is upon us and here we are, in the middle of a cold snap and we are talking summer ...

Organic Beekeeping Conference- Oracle AZ

The Organic Beekeeping Conference, information here,  will be held in Oracle AZ from March 4-6th. ...

IPM- Integrated Pest Management Conference

I head up to Edmonton next week (February 8th and 9th, 2011) to attend the Integrated Pest ...

Community Pollination Project: Resonating Bodies Comes to Calgary

A.B.C found out about the Resonating Bodies project by stumbling on to Sarah Peebles blog in the ...

A.B.C Seeks Board of Directors

As I have moved forward with A.B.C this past year, the more I have learned about team work and ...

A.B.C Goes to Red Deer

You know, there are some things that are just supposed to happen? I feel that way about Red Deer. ...

Bumblebee Rescue and Foster Parent Program

In the 2010 season, A.B.C recieved dozens of calls about found or dug up bumblebee nests from ...

A.B.C Wins Co-operators Impact! Grant

A.B.C is pleased to announce that it has won the Co-operators Impact! Youth for Sustainability ...

The Travelling Bee-show, July 2011!

I am so excited about the coming year, but as I look at my schedule, I feel that one thing is ...

2011 Schedule is up!

The luxury of being organized for the 2011 year has now been laid before me, and I jumped at the ...

Welcome to the A.B.C's Bee Collaborative Purchase!

Last year, A.B.C's main goal was to bring honeybees to Calgary! And did this we did, we ...

A.B.C Accepts Calgary Dollars!

Apiaries and Bees for Communities is pleased to announce that it will accept up to 25% Calgary ...

Earth Repair Collective!

URBAN EARTH LOVERS UNITE! When individuals join together to make a change, draw together to make ...

A.B.C in the Classroom: Grades one, two and three!

  With an educational focus, its no surprise that A.B.C is in the classroom again, but this ...

A.B.C and the Calgary Harvest Festival

A.B.C Apiaries and Bees for Communities has teamed up with the Calgary Horticultural Network ...

Canamo Earthen Building: Transforming Spaces in Calgary By Shayne Korithoski

A paradigm shift is underway in regard to how new buildings and developments are designed and ...

Learn to Build an Earthen Oven

“Earth turns to gold in the hands of the wise.” - Rumi Living in a city has left many of us ...

Collaboration Brings Back the Harvest Festival!

With the concepts of Community development close at my heart, it is really incredible what can be ...

Grade 1-2 Spilt and Pollinators

Today was my first day speaking to little children in the classroom about pollinators and it was ...

The Fall Is Coming! What Happens to the Bees?

It has happened, the weather has cooled to new lows, the north wind has began to blow, and the ...

Calgary Gardening Publication

August/September 2010. Volume 24, Issue 7 By Eliese Watson When you think of the garden, what ...

Transition Initiatives by Rene Michalak

Just about three years ago now, ReThink Red Deer was born as an expose of pedestrian ...

A Visit to the Farm: Fredrichs Honey, Cedar BC

We made it out to the Island, now it was time to find some of the good stuff from around here, ...

"Its the Police, we need your assistance.."

It was a sunny Friday afternoon when my phone rang, and it was the City of Calgary police ...

Creating the Hive Mentality in Calgary By Nick Beck

Let’s put aside for moment the usual goals and benefits in the movements for localization and ...

Beekeeping in Edmonton Ban, by Kristjan Bullock

“There’s an empty spot in Kristjan Bullock’s garden where his honeybees used to live.”  ...

A.B.C at the Calgary Folk Music Festival

  What a rare opportunity to share the wonders of the pollinator world to such a wide range of ...

Bumblebees vs. Honeybees: Whats the difference?

Through my work with A.B.C- Apiaries and Bees for Communities and our urban beekeeping projects, I ...

Calgary Folk Fest

Its been a while since I have written, but that is because we are gearing up for our debut at the ...

Old School

Beekeeping is an art, a real old fashioned art. It is those who keep bees who have learned the tao ...

Bees n' Seeds

A.B.C teamed up with Big Sky Permaculture (www.bigskypermaculture.ca), Canamo Earth Building ...

Bees by post

Did you know that you can get bees via Canada post these days? Yes you can, and A.B.C received one ...

Honeybees and Swarming

In fact, swarming is a safe, calm and organized behaviour for bees. They all cling on to one ...

Some work, some play

I took a break on Saturday from beekeeping to go and play, and play I did. I woke up bright and ...

Swarm Catching and Honey Harvesting

Spring time is the best time, and perhaps the busiest time for top-bar beekeepers. I am finding ...

Life in Eldorado Springs CO.

So. All I can say IS THAT THIS IS THE MOST AMAZING PLACE I HAVE EVERY BEEN TO.... EVER! Boulder is ...

Wyoming Wilds! Penetrating the Great Western Plains!

I left Billings, MT yesterday around 9am, eager to get on my adventure. I headed in to the ...

A.B.C is headed to Colorado

Apiaries and Bees for Communities is headed to Colorado to learn a lesson in Top-Bar beekeeping. ...

On the Road to Colorado..

So off I go. Well, really, I was supposed to leave earlier, but what with the crazy weather (snow ...

Bee-gathering- Chase, BC

Well, everything is packed up and I am off. I am headed to beautiful British Columbia to the ...

A.B.C- Now in the Bloggisphere

WELCOME! My name is Eliese Watson and I am the founder of A.B.C. So I have been thinking and ...