Dear New Mexico Beekeepers Association members and web users,

I’d like to share with you some information about what’s happening around our state during the lovely month of October.

We are relaunching our newsletter! We plan to publish it quarterly, with the first new issue coming out on December 1.

We would like to make sure that the revamped newsletter is as useful as possible to all of our community members, and that it reflects their priorities and needs. Therefore we are asking for your input. What kind of information and features would you most like to see in the newsletter? Please write back and let us know at

Thanks. We look forward to hearing your feedback and ideas.

Certified Beekeeping Program
The 2015 Certified Beekeepers Apprentice Program is accepting applications for enrollment.
Offered through the New Mexico Beekeepers Association in cooperation with the City of Albuquerque, this comprehensive program provides quality education on backyard beekeeping in the context of responsible urban farming. Classes are taught by recognized, expert New Mexico beekeepers and include supervised, hands-on lessons, using top-bar and Langstroth honeybee hives. As part of the program, students receive a full-color handbook covering the essentials of beekeeping.

Saturday sessions are scheduled for March 28, April 18, May 9 & 30, June 13, July 11, and August 1.

They will be held at the Albuquerque Open Space Visitors Center on Coors Blvd NW. Find out more at Certified Beekeepers Program.

Congratulations to the City of Abq Open Space Urban Beekeeping Program for receiving the New Mexico Recreation and Parks Association, Environmental Stewardship Award. The Urban Beekeeping Program is unique to Parks and Recreation in that is promotes not only beekeeping best practices in an urban environment, but education on the importance of pollinators and how to support them. The annual pollinator event Bees, Bats and Butterflies: Pollinator Awareness Day held annually in June at the Open Space Visitor Center was specifically recognized in this award. Find out more about the City of Abq Open Space.

Save the Date
The NM Beekeepers Association will have our Annual Meeting on Feb 6-7, 2015, featuring guest speaker Dr. Marla Spivak, Distinguished McKnight University Professor in Entomology at the University of Minnesota. She is currently researching “social immunity”, including the benefits of propolis to the immune system of honey bees, and to the health and diversity of all bee pollinators. A little known fact is that Marla Spivak interned with a commercial beekeeper from New Mexico in 1975 and she is excited to be back visiting the Land of Enchantment. Marla Spivak TED talk


Jessie Brown

President of the NM Beekeepers Association

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