Finger Lakes Beekeepers Club

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Beginning Beekeeping Workshop

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Beginning Beekeeping Workshop
Presented by the Finger Lakes Beekeepers Club

with generous support from the Cayuga Nature Center

Learn about honey bees and the joys of beekeeping, and network with beekeepers of all experience levels. Our speakers each have decades of personal experience with bees and beekeeping, and all enjoy sharing their love of the hobby!

The Beginner's Workshop has reached maximum capacity.

If you would like to be placed on the wait list, please email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Workshop raffle update!

We will once again offer a raffle table at the workshop. Tickets will sell for $5 each or three for $10 (cash only for the raffle). This year we have:

  • One package of bees ($110 value, arrives in May)
  • An observation hive from Dadant ($100 value)
  • Gift bag from Avital's Apiaries, and skep-shaped sandwich cutter
  • Smoker from Dadant
  • A one year subscription to the American Bee Journal
  • Bee brush, and several bee books
  • a $20 gift certificate to Edible Acres


Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 20:03

Bee Order 2015

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For the 2015 season, the club officers have decided to pre-order 40 packages from Dadant. Bee packages differ from nucs in that all you get are bees, not frames or brood. You will have immediate view of the queen, and you should receive bees with fewer pests (mites and small hive beetles). In the spring, we will provide information on how to install packages. Bee packages will cost $110 each, and you can order up to five through the club.

To pay for your bees, send a check payable to "Finger Lakes Beekeepers Club" and mail it to: Marjorie Pryse, 1 Pembroke Lane, Ithaca, NY 14850. We are also trying an on-line payment system for the first time. To pay for your bee package using a credit card, go to and add a bee package to your basket. (You can go to your basket and change quantities if you want more than one package.) If your membership has lapsed, and you need to renew, you can renew online through this link. The online system will walk you through the checkout process.

For members who prefer to obtain a nuc instead, refer to our list of local nuc suppliers that we have online. (We provide this list for your convenience: it does not imply and endorsement of these vendors, and may change through the spring.) You will need to arrange to pick up this nuc yourself, or “nuc-pool” with others.

If you are trying to decide between ordering a package through the club, and a nuc on your own, check out this Nuc Versus Packages comparison list.

Last Updated on Saturday, 03 January 2015 12:56

Honey Marketing Guide

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If you sell, or want to sell, your honey to others to read this June 2014 publication from Cooperative Extension (pdf file). It answers many questions about processing, licensing, and labeling that you may have.


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