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Every year, since 2010, we have organized a Collaborative Purchase of Honeybees and Equipment, and each year it has been an astounding success. We double in the number of colonies of bees we bring in annually as well as the quantity of equipment purchased. The 2015 season is going to be like 2014 in that we are NOT going to organize to Collaborative Purchase of Equipment. We ARE still going to organize the purchase of honeybees though, looking to bring in another 125 nucleus colonies in for 2015.  For more information, please go to http://www.backyardbees.ca/courses/communityhive/cp

The following is the schedule for the 2015 Community Hive Collaborative Purchase of Honeybees:

Community Hive 2014 Volunteer and General Meeting- ALL WELCOME

January 21, 2015
7:00-8:30pm
Calgary Canoe Club

7305 Crowchild Trail SW, or its inside the entrance of N. Glenmore Park

AGENDA:

  • How to purchase bees through the Community Hive Collaborative Purchase?
  • Equipment listing, sourcing, and teaming up for micro-groups of group purchasing
  • Swarm catching 2015 Outlines and scheming

CHCP Honeybee Exam Online

February 1, 2015

CHCP Honeybee Exam and Application Completion Deadline

February 28, 2015

CHCP Honeybees Notification of Application

March 14, 2015

Honeybees Payment Deadline

March 28, 2015

So, you want bees in 2015, 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 honeybees annually. We are bringing in up to 150 colonies in 2015 and we are eager and excited to engage YOU and help you meet your beekeeping goals.

HOW IT WORKS?

STEP 1: Come to the Volunteer/General Meeting (If you can’t make it, you can still do the following steps and apply for bees)

February 1-28, 2015

STEP 2: Go to the NEW CommunityHive Page.

STEP 3: Take the CommunityHive Exam (online February 1, 2015)

*You will be asked if you have taken an A.B.C 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.

STEP 4: Click on the tab at the link titled GET BEES. Fill out the application AFTER YOU TAKE THE EXAM on the page with your personal information. This is an application for honeybees necessary to identify that the potential recipient of the honeybees is educated and aware of the responsibility of keeping the bees.If you would like to see how the application is weighted, please click here.

STEP 5: Take the online examination if you would like your application to be considered for assessment. This will not be available until February 1, 2015

STEP 6: Become a member of the Community Hive Chat Room by clicking on the tab at the top of the page titled CHAT ROOM. This is a direct link to other Community Hive members so that you can receive the support and answers to your questions in real time by real and local beekeepers.

CHANGES TO THE PROGRAM?

Fees: Participation Fees

CHCP has an open-door policy for membership, and is eager to invite urban and rural members of the community. Voluntary payment to support the program is appreciated and encouraged to ensure that the program can maintain substance and quality annually. These voluntary payments will be appreciated as donations to the program and all funds will be spent on the costs and future expansion of all CommunityHive Programming.

Membership is only required payable by those who participate in the purchase of honey bees through the collaborative purchase. This includes only those who have been approved to receive honey bees after a completed application and passing exam grade have been acquired. All membership fees will be added to the invoice fees of the honey bees. This fee is $30 per invoice. These fees cover the expense of managing the program and the maintenance of the CommunityHive Discussion Board annual fees. This Membership Fee does not include transportation fees, which are additional to the fees of purchase.

All Membership Fees and payments should be made out to Apiaries and Bees for Communities INC. and sent to the address on the payable invoice OR the address below: PO Box 63108 Calgary AB T2N 4S5 or e-transfer to info@backyardbees.ca.

Fees: Transportation Fees and deposit fees made payable to Bill Stagg on delivery

The 2014 fees of transport costs will be maintained at $20/invoice (not per nuc).

The nuc box deposits are going up from $15 to $50 per nuc. In 2014, not many boxes were returned and Bill has to rebuild their replacements this Spring. We want to encourage their return in 2015 or cover the true cost of assembly and supplies in their loss.

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