The Community Hive Collaborative Purchase of Bees is CLOSED.
So, you want bees in 2020, 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 ARE ALBERTA’S ONLY LARGE SCALE SUPPLIER OF CANADIAN BRED QUEENS IN NUCS. (all others include foreign queens)
We have developed a system to ensure that these priorities occur in our Collaborative Purchase of honey bees annually. We are bringing in 125 colonies in 2020 and we are eager and excited to engage YOU and help you meet your beekeeping goals.
HOW IT WORKS?
STEP 1: Fill out the Application
*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 1-29, 2020
STEP 2: Take the quiz. The link will be emailed to you once you have filled out the application.
YOU CAN ONLY TAKE THE QUIZ TWICE, SO DON’T START UNTIL YOU ARE READY
STEP 3: OPEN FEBRUARY 2020
Honey Bee Application and Exam Timeline
February 1-29th, 2020
CHCP Honeybee Exam and Application Completion Deadline
February 29, 2020
CHCP Honey Bees Notification of Application
March 11, 2020
Honey Bees Payment Deadline
March 25, 2020
Honey Bee Distribution and Field Days
Calgary – May 30, 2020
Red Deer and Edmonton-May 31, 2020
Fees for 2020
Honey Bee Nucs: $225
Nuc Box (no return necessary): $15
Management Fee: $15
Total cost per nuc: $265
Price is the same as 2018 and 2019
About the Bees:
This is our 11th year of the program and partnership with Bill. 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.