March Virtual Meeting

Saturday, March 27, 2021, 6:30 PM

Reserve this date and we hope you will join us!  Please check back closer to the meeting, as we will have more information on the zoom meeting.

Note:  This is the 4th Saturday in March a change from CIBA’s usual 3rd Saturday meeting schedule


Ellen Bell, Bell Farm, Runnells, IA


Spring Management in Beekeeping:

One hour presentation will include spring feeding practices, mite control, how to split a hive, re-queening an existing hive or providing queens to your queenless splits and managing for swarm prevention. Recommended for beekeepers of all skill levels, but especially for those with hives coming out of winter in their first several years of beekeeping.

Ellen Bell is the owner of Bell Farm, a small, 10-acre farm located just outside of Des Moines in Runnells, Iowa. She has been keeping honey bees since 2014, beginning with just 2 colonies, and now running over 100 hives. In addition to selling honey and beeswax products, Ellen also raises queen bees and has become a supplier of bees to many hobbyists and sideliners in Iowa. She presented on queen rearing at the Iowa Honey Producers Association’s annual meeting in 2018. Ellen is also an administrator for the Des Moines Backyard Beekeeper club, teaches beginning beekeeping classes in the Des Moines area, and has been a guest speaker at various bee club meetings around Iowa.

Zoom Information

Zoom sign-in information available in March. 






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