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    Reminder Big Bee Buzz 2013

    Is anybody headed to the Big Bee Buzz 2013 in Tulsa this year?

    Heap good stuff for treatment-free beekeepers this year. Michael Bush, Sam Comfort, and Ed Levi headlining. I'll be there as well, in an unofficial capacity of course if you'd like to meet and/or talk to me. I went last year and live blogged the whole thing. It was loads of fun, learned a lot, and got to hang out with some quality beekeepers. I hope to do the same thing again this year.

    See you there.

    Big Bee Buzz 2013

    The 2013 NEOBA Big Bee Buzz is coming and online registration is now available! It will be held March 22nd and 23rd, at Eastside Christian Church. NEOBA presents this seminar every year as part of our mission to educate folks in this region about beekeeping. We always have visitors from other states, and we present speakers who are worth traveling to see.

    Nearly all of the presentations, whether or not strictly about chemical-free methods, will focus on practical aspects of beekeeping, such as hive management. Our speakers will focus on beekeeping without the use of chemicals. Even if you are a beekeeper who treats your bees, there will be plenty of information that will apply to you.
    Conference Details

    • When: Starts at 5:30PM on Friday, March 22nd, wrapping up around 9:00PM, then starting up again at 8:45AM on Saturday, March 23rd, finishing up by 4:00PM.
    • Where: Eastside Christian Church (1438 S Indianapolis Ave, Tulsa 74112) in the fellowship hall.
    • Cost: $30 – Pay online through PayPal using the link below: (http://neoba.org/big-bee-buzz-2013/)
    • Food: Dinner on Friday night and lunch on Saturday will be provided.

    Conference Guest Speakers

    • Michael Bush – An accomplished beekeeper, queen raiser, and author from Nebraska.
    • Sam Comfort – A commercial beekeeper based on New York and the East Coast, who is chemical free and employs top bar hives.
    • Ed Levi – Ed is a former bee inspector for Arkansas, world traveler, chemical free beekeeper, and long-time friend and mentor to NEOBA. He will probably give us an update on his work with beekeepers overseas, including recent travels in North Africa.

    Conference Itinerary

    (subject to change)
    Friday, March 22nd

    • 5:30PM – Registration
    • 6:00PM Ed Levi, How I Don’t Medicate My Bees
    • 6:45PM – Dinner
    • 7:30PM Michael Bush, Lazy Beekeeping
    • 8:15PM – Sam Comfort, Alternative Hives for Alternative Minds – Bringing the Means of Production Back to the Beekeeper
    • 9:00PM – Adjourn

    Saturday, March 23rd

    • 8:45AM – Registration
    • 9:15AM – Don Molnar (Oklahoma Apiary Inspector), Oklahoma Beekeeping Update
    • 9:30AM - Ed Levi, The Bee Informed Partnership
    • 9:45AM – Michael Bush, Four Simple Steps to Better Beekeeping
    • 10:45AM – Break
    • 11:00AM – Sam Comfort, Swarm the State: the Creation of Anarchy Apiaries
    • 12:00PM – Catered Lunch/Socialize
    • 1:15PM – Michael Bush, Natural Comb and the Importance Of Cell Size
    • 2:15PM – Break
    • 2:30PM – Ed Levi, Continuing Beekeeping Travels With Ed
    • 3:15PM – All Speakers, Panel Discussion
    • 3:45PM – Auction and Raffle
    • 4:00PM – Adjourn
    Solomon Parker, Parker Farms, ParkerFarms.biz
    11 Years Treatment-Free, ~25 Colony Baseline

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    Default Re: Big Bee Buzz 2013

    I guess I'd better be there...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Big Bee Buzz 2013

    Yup, probably should. Are you driving down?
    Solomon Parker, Parker Farms, ParkerFarms.biz
    11 Years Treatment-Free, ~25 Colony Baseline

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    Default Re: Big Bee Buzz 2013

    Wish I lived closer. Sounds like it would be an interesting and informative event to attend.

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    Default Re: Big Bee Buzz 2013

    do we need to preregister to get in.

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    Default Re: Big Bee Buzz 2013



    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Bush View Post
    I guess I'd better be there...


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    Default Re: Big Bee Buzz 2013

    just reserved for myself and my wife. looks like a blast...especially for us new beekeepers who love doing it !!!!

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    Default Re: Big Bee Buzz 2013

    As far as I know, you don't have to preregister. NeilV is the official contact person if you would like more details.
    Solomon Parker, Parker Farms, ParkerFarms.biz
    11 Years Treatment-Free, ~25 Colony Baseline

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    Default Re: Big Bee Buzz 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by Solomon Parker View Post
    As far as I know, you don't have to preregister. NeilV is the official contact person if you would like more details.
    or go to : neoba.com

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    Default Re: Big Bee Buzz 2013

    thanks , i will look at neoba and see. i am so far behind in equipment to put together but there is not an opportunity like this so close. 3.5hrs

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    Default Re: Big Bee Buzz 2013

    It's two hours for me, and it's most definitely worth it. Last year the mesh jackets were a huge hit. Very reasonable prices on equipment.
    Solomon Parker, Parker Farms, ParkerFarms.biz
    11 Years Treatment-Free, ~25 Colony Baseline

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    Default Re: Big Bee Buzz 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by Solomon Parker View Post
    It's two hours for me, and it's most definitely worth it. Last year the mesh jackets were a huge hit. Very reasonable prices on equipment.
    hmmmm maybe we'll do a little shopping there as well .

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    Default Re: Big Bee Buzz 2013

    > Are you driving down?

    Yes.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Big Bee Buzz 2013

    You do not need to pre-register to attend. The reality is that most people do not pre-register. Nobody will complain, even a little, if you fail to pre-register. In other words, please do not stay home just because you forgot to pre-register.

    However, if you plan to attend, we would GREATLY APPRECIATE IT if you would pre-register. It helps us to know how much food to cater and to otherwise plan the event. You can pre-register by going to the NEOBA.org website.

    The $30.00 fee includes two meals and a very good conference, making it a ridiculous deal. As a club, we basically subsidize this event and plan to lose money. It is not a fundraiser but is instead part of our organization's mission to educate people about beekeeping. So don't miss this opportunity.

    Also, the primary vendor for this event is Ozark Bee Supply, and their website is www.ozarkbees.com. You should contact them any place orders for equipment in advance to make sure they have what you want.

    Thanks, and hope to see you there.

    Neil

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    Default Re: Big Bee Buzz 2013

    *two fantastic meals
    Solomon Parker, Parker Farms, ParkerFarms.biz
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    Default Re: Big Bee Buzz 2013

    I'm going to be blogging the event this year in case anyone is interested in hearing about the presentations. Last year I did more general blogs. This year I'm working off my phone so I will be able to post in real time and I plan on doing articles on each individual presentation.

    Hopefully the event will be on video, but I don't know anything about that.
    Solomon Parker, Parker Farms, ParkerFarms.biz
    11 Years Treatment-Free, ~25 Colony Baseline

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    Default Re: Big Bee Buzz 2013

    how many people generally show up to the big buzz ?

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    Default Re: Big Bee Buzz 2013

    I was only there last year, but there were probably about 100 give or take.
    Solomon Parker, Parker Farms, ParkerFarms.biz
    11 Years Treatment-Free, ~25 Colony Baseline

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    Default Re: Big Bee Buzz 2013

    oh nice. my wife and i are pretty excited to be going. how about equipment for sale ? did they have a descent amount for sale ? i know after dealing with this cutout and having to crush and strain the comb , we really want to get one of those bucket strainer set ups and maybe a couple honey gates. it would be nice to save some money in shipping if we can get it there

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