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  1. #1
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    Default Hello from North Central Florida

    I haven't bought a thing yet but am very excited to start keeping bees. All I have been doing in the last 2 months is reading as much as I can about bees and the keeping of them. This forum is a fantastic resource.

    Mike

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Hello from North Central Florida

    Hey, Ebbtide. Welcome. I live in Alachua County and work in Levy County. I have only been keeping bees for a litle over a year, but if you have any questions, send me a message. There is also a local beekeeper's club that has people that can provide a lot of information. Beekeeping in FL is significantly different than it is in other areas partially because the nectar flows are at different times, so the local club can be of a lot of use. Good luck.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Hello from North Central Florida

    Thank you for the welcome Sir! Small world as I live in Levy and work in Gville lol. I have looked into that club but the Thursday nights conflict with my work schedule so it will be hard for me to join it.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Hello from North Central Florida

    Welcome fellow Floridian. Im over here on the east coast. I might reccomend contacting Americas Beekeeper on this forum, he is in the Tampa area and hosts/teaches beekeeping classes. He would be another great resource in addition to a local club. Good luck and have fun, If we can ever bee of assitance feel free to contact us.
    A government large enough to provide everything you need is strong enough to take everything you have. T. Jefferson

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Hello from North Central Florida

    Thanks for the welcome! I will for sure do that. I could use a class.

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Hello from North Central Florida

    Welcome EbbTide! My 7 yr old son and I have 3 hives in our backyard in Gainesville. You'll learn so much here!

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Hello from North Central Florida

    Thanks GBG. I too have a 7yo and he is so excited to get them.

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    Default Re: Hello from North Central Florida

    Welcome and thank you peacekeeperapiaries. The March FSBA and Bee College meet in St. Augustine. Try to schedule a few days for that because there is plenty of great knowledge and experience at the events. We mentor and teach new beekeepers at the University of South Florida Botanical Gardens in Tampa. I have two websites with experiences and photos of the last two years of bee workshops at americasbeekeeper dot com and dot org.

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    Default Re: Hello from North Central Florida

    Thanks for the info, I will keep it in mind for sure. Is there another Bee club besides the Alachua County one that is near by?

  10. #10
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    Alachua County, Florida
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    Default Re: Hello from North Central Florida

    Everyone is welcome at our site.
    http://alachuacountybeekeepersclub.ning.com/
    We will be posting more information as time permits. Just post any questions and someone will get back to you.
    If you are in the area (Alachua) on the third Thursday of the month, please stop by. We meet at Hitchcock's Foodway at 7pm.
    Also if you are in the Dixie County area the Dixie County Beeekeepers Association meets at the Dixie County Library in Cross City on the third Saturday of the month at 11 am. Everyone is welcome.

  11. #11
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    Default Re: Hello from North Central Florida

    Last edited by Barry; 02-14-2011 at 11:01 AM.

  12. #12
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    Default Re: Hello from North Central Florida

    Welcome to the site!

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    Default Re: Hello from North Central Florida

    Glad you joined, EbbTide. Welcome.
    So many weeds.......so little time.

  14. #14
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    Default Re: Hello from North Central Florida

    We have a new club starting on May 5th in Chiefland, Florida at 7pm. Meeting will be held at 4 West Park Ave. Everyone welcome to the new Levy County Beekeepers Club.
    See you there,
    Chappie

  15. #15
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    Default Re: Hello from North Central Florida

    I'm still waiting for my bee's. I'm getting jerked around by the folks I ordered them from in Jax.

  16. #16
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    Alachua County, Florida
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    Default Re: Hello from North Central Florida

    We still have 9 nucs and 9 hives available you can order at Dadant's. 386 454-0237 or 1-877-832-3268 The next bee day is May 7th when the folks that ordered bees will be picking them up.

  17. #17
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    Default Re: Hello from North Central Florida

    I appreciate that. Unfortunately I am going with a top bar hive for my first year so I don't think that would help. Tempting tho, very tempting.

  18. #18
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    Default Re: Hello from North Central Florida

    We are doing package bees too. Let me check that we have enough.
    americasbeekeeper.com
    beekeeper@americasbeekeeper.com

  19. #19
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    Default Re: Hello from North Central Florida

    Well, it's official. I got screwed out of my bee order. What terrible customer service!!!! Do you guys think buying a swarm from someone local is a viable option for a top bar hive?

  20. #20
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    Default Re: Hello from North Central Florida

    Please do not buy swarms. It does not make sense because they want to get rid of them. It makes it real hard for other beekeepers that want to get swarms without having to pay above and beyond their time, fuel, and expenses, for something that might die or take off anyway. If you were closer I would put you on the distribution list. We get swarm/feral colony removal requests every day, many every day right now. Give your contact information to all the exterminators, fire departments, schools, and Parks and Recreation Departments. You will get more bees than you know what to do with. Please requeen them as soon as possible. Swarms are usually the old queen and there is always the possibility of AHB in Florida. It would not do any of the Florida beekeepers any good if you end up on the news. Thank you.
    americasbeekeeper.com
    beekeeper@americasbeekeeper.com

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