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CCI branch - Apiary Field Visit - Sun. June 16

June 16, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Cariboo Central Interior
PD hours: 

Location address: 3725 Snake Road (don’t google map, you’ll end up in the boonies). Head East out of Smithers and turn left onto Old Babine Lake Road. From Old Babine Lake Road turn left onto Snake Road. It’s about 8 houses down on the left – long driveway, just after the yellow livestock sign and BEFORE the road turns to gravel.

Meeting location:  Please carpool from Smithers. Parking on site, in the driveway near house. Once everyone has arrived we can walk over to hive area.

Presenter name(s), credentials & bio: Phil Brienesse, Regional Apiary Inspector

Phil was born in Ontario and moved to Smithers in 1995. He has always been interested in homesteading and raising his own food, animals and vegetables so beekeeping seemed like a natural extension. Phil and Erin moved on to their 5 acre property in Smithers in 2004 and Phil began beekeeping the next year. Originally starting out with 2 hives that local bee guru Lou Blackburn provided Phil's interest in beekeeping grew rapidly. Lou was a great mentor but Phil also branched out to consume as much literature and internet knowledge he could find on beekeeping over the next several years and tried many different experimental techniques and ways of keeping bees. Over the years Phil has given back to beekeeping by mentoring and starting off many new beekeepers just as Lou did for him many years ago. He thoroughly enjoys teaching and sharing his knowledge of bees. In 2017 Phil had the privilege to be appointed Bee Inspector for the Burns Lake to Prince Rupert region by Paul Van Westendorp with the Ministry of Agriculture. Phil still keeps up to 20 hives and is currently focusing on rearing quality northern adapted queens.

(Hosted by Chrissy Melymick, A.Ag – Beekeeper and apiary owner)

Activity Description: A field-based information session about beekeeping and hive health, including a hive inspection.

  • Inspection methods
    • Tools/equipment
    • How to handle supers and frames
  • Brood and queen
    • Presence
    • Patterns
    • Potential issues/indicators for healthy colonies
  • Mites
    • How to do a mite count; when and why?
  • General topics for discussion
    • How often to check hives
    • What to look for during each season
    • What you can plant to support bees through the seasons
    • Q & A

Additional information: If you have a bug net or beekeeping suit and gloves, please bring. Don’t wear open toed shoes. Anyone with allergies please bring your epi pen and any other essentials. Bring snacks and water as it will likely be hot and you’ll need the nutrients for learning power J

REGISTRATION!   Please register no later than Friday, June 14.  Registration will close at 3:00 pm.  (We apologise for this being so last minute)

Maximum 15 – please carpool!  For carpooling we are meeting here https://goo.gl/maps/SLgBLxvhgSG7LeaW8

at the municipal parking lot at 1230 on Sunday.

For more info the contact is  Christina.Melymick@gov.bc.ca.