So, you want bees in 2017, either as a beginner or to expand or replace your bees. That’s awesome! Our priority is to:
  • Get the best Canadian bees to hobby or small-scale beekeepers
  • Make sure that those committed to offering the highest care to the bees receive them
  • The flow of education, mentorship, and community are supported by our participants

We have developed a system to ensure that these priorities occur in our Collaborative Purchase of honey bees annually. We are bringing in 100 colonies in 2017 and we are eager and excited to engage YOU and help you meet your beekeeping goals.

HOW IT WORKS?

STEP 1: Take the online exam is NOW CLOSED
*You will be asked if you have taken an ABC Bees Level One Beekeeping Course. YOU MUST TAKE THE EXAM NO MATTER WHAT. EVERY APPLICANT MUST TAKE THE EXAM, NO MATTER IF YOU HAVE IN PAST YEARS OR TAKEN A COURSE
You must receive over 80% on the exam for your application to be accepted. 
February 1-28, 2017

STEP 2: Fill out the online application  IF YOU MISSED THE BEE PURCHASE, PLEASE STILL FILL OUT THE APPLICATION. WE WILL CONNECT YOU WITH BEEKEEPERS FROM YOUR AREA SO YOU CAN HELP OTHERS WITH THEIR BEES!

Honey Bee Application and Exam Timeline
February 1-28th, 2017

CHCP Honeybee Exam and Application Completion Deadline
February 28, 2017

CHCP Honey Bees Notification of Application
March 14, 2017

Honey Bees Payment Deadline
March 28, 2017

Honey Bee Distribution and Field Days
Calgary
- May 27th, 2017
Edmonton and Red Deer- May 28th, 2017
Details TBD

Fees:

Honey Bee Nucs: $185
Nuc Box (no return necessary): $15
Transportation: $20
Management Fee: $20
Total cost per nuc: $240

 

About the Bees:

Since 2010 we have been bringing in honey bees from in Sweetacre Apiaries.  Bill Stagg has been beekeeping and producing queens and colonies of bees since 2005. Bill recently took over John Gates queen breeding operation and is expanding his queen production to 1000 queens this year. An innovative and responsible beekeeper, Bill provides quality nucleus colonies with Canadian reared and selected genetic stocks. Meet Bill in our video.