Free Movie Opportunity
The Kalamazoo Bee Club is partnering with the People's Food Co-op to present a free showing of "More Than Honey," Monday, July 21 at 6:30pm at the Alamo Drafthouse. This is a free event, but we need you to register here so accommodations can be made for the number in attendance. To view a trailer of the movie, go here.
There will be a Q&A with area beekeepers following the movie.
Welcome to the Kalamazoo Bee Club
The Kalamazoo Bee Club is a relatively new Bee Club, but with some deep beekeeping roots in the area. We are here for the purpose of educating people who want to keep bees, to support those who already keep bees, and also to provide services to the public such as sources of local honey and beekeepers willing to collect swarms. As a new club, we are growing and hoping to discover better and better ways to meet the needs of those who are involved both in the club and in the community. Currently we have people attending our programs from all over Southwest Michigan, as well as some who travel much further. We hope to learn from feedback from those who attend meetings or use our services how we can even better serve the communities in which we live and keep bees. Please take time to explore all the resources available here on our website. We are constantly trying to make information more relevant and accessible, so please feel free to give us comments and suggestions through our "contact us" page.
The Honey Flow
This is the time of year in our region that the honey flow really begins in earnest. Bees are storing more honey from the local blooming plants than they need to raise brood and build comb. Local plants that are blooming now and are contributing to the honey flow are: clover, black locust and catalpa. There are many more wildflowers in bloom that are also contributing to honey flow. As a beekeeper this is the time of year you need to keep careful watch on your hives. If they run out of room to store honey, they will certainly swarm. There are several ways to create more room in the hive to accomodate the expanding honey harvest.