SEMBA's June meeting is Thursday, June 13th  at Quarry Hill Nature Center. The NewBees session starts at 6:30 pm, followed by Larry Hofmann from Hofmann Apiaries in Janesville, MN at 7:00.

Larry and Jan Hofmann are the owners of Hofmann Apiaries which, in 2016, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Larry is a direct descendent of Valentine and Rosalia Hofmann who purchased the property in 1873.  One day in 1903, a swarm of bees landed on a bush near their house.  Their son Emil was fascinated by them, built a makeshift hive, which the bees crawled into.  By 1907 Hofmann Apiaries was firmly established and soon operated over a thousand hives, a wax house and a honey house. By the mid-twenties they were the largest honey producer in Minnesota.  Larry and Jan, Joan Mooney and the Waseca County Historical Society are currently restoring the apiary.  Larry will tell us about the history of Hofmann Apiaries, and the restoration project now under way.  Their goal is provide a space for amateur beekeepers and to educate the public about the importance of bees, while providing historical insight into early beekeeping practices in Minnesota.  


Monthly Meetings for 2024


Feb 8: Mastering the Maple Syrup Process  -  with Steven Cook

                  Woodenware, tools, and bees - with Ted from B&B Honey Farm in Houston, MN

Mar  14: Prairie Restoration - a TED talk by Chris Schad

Planting for Residential Pollinator Habitats - Erin Loeffler from the MN Board of Water & Soil, Duluth

Apr 11: Understanding and managing Swarms & Splits, plus Capturing Swarms

May 9: Diseases and Pests - with Katie Lee from the U of M, Bee Lab

Jun 13: Historical Beekeeping - with Larry Hofmann, Hofmann Apiaries in Janesville, MN    

Jul 11: Research findings from testing hives of hobbyists & commercial apiaries, plus the monitoring of viruses & parasites.

Dr. Zach Bateson, Research Manager at the National Ag Genotyping Center, Fargo, ND .  He will present via Zoom.

Aug 8: Winter Survival - with Adrian Quiney

Sep 12: Products of the Hive -  Mead Making with James White, Candle Making with Dave Carlon

Oct 10: Cooking with Honey - with Aaron Skoglund, Executive Chef at the Country Club ... and  a SEMBA member

Nov 14: Pizza Party - Nia Ripka, chair