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 10th and 17th of March. The class will be in 2 parts. The first Saturday, March 10th, will be from noon (registration at 11:30) until 5:30 and covers equipment, bee biology and organization of the hive. The second Saturday, March 17th, 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.
When we started our business, our primary focus was on obtaining an abundant supply of the highest quality honey that we could gather from the homestead. As the land has slowly recovered from the fire that swept through our area, our focus has gradually shifted from producing honey as our main product to diversifying into the sale of equipment and bees to other beekeepers. Over the years we have steadily reduced the number of hives that we run during the busy summer. Virginia's battle with cancer helped us to focus on the importance of spending time with our growing children. The reduction of the number of hives has allowed us to take advantage of the summertime for family activities. We still produce a fair bit of honey and strive to have a supply available throughout the year. We sell directly from our house in Big Lake.