We not only provide honeybees and supplies to beekeepers throughout Alaska, but we are also provide quality customer assistance, advice, and beekeeping education. We hold two beekeeping courses in the spring, which we highly recommend. Throughout the season, we receive many questions on beekeeping; we have placed many of the common ones here as well as other articles that you may find useful. We have categorized the material by month. All of the material is also available through a topical guide.
South-central Alaska Beekeepers Association is a group of beekeepers that get together each month in Eagle River just outside Anchorage. Our membership is about 180 members. It is a great group of people who share an enthusiasm for beekeeping. They now have a website of their own, www.sababeekeepers.com.
There is a Facebook page on Alaskan beekeeping techniques called South-central AK beekeepers discussion group for those who are interested in a local forum.
Beekeeping classes are taught in the spring of each year. Our comprehensive class will provide you with more than enough information to make you feel comfortable working with the bees to gather a seasonable crop. Our beginning beekeeping class is scheduled for the 22nd and 29th of February. The class will be in 2 parts. The first Saturday, February 22, will be from noon (registration at 11:30) until 5:30 and covers equipment, bee biology and organization of the hive. The second Saturday, February 29th, will go from noon to 5:30 and covers package care and installation, seasonal management, harvest and processing honey as well as winter preparation. Class location will be at the VFW hall in Eagle River. Cost of class is $45.
This year our goal is to teach advanced class topics at each SABA meeting instead of having a dedicated class. Topics include swarm management techniques, 2 queen hive management, bee yard efficiency tips, Harvest and Processing information to get you done without spending ages of time at the tasks.