Our first meeting of the year is Thursday, February 8th!   Ted from ‘B and B Honey Farms’ in Houston, MN, will discuss wooden ware, with his goal of helping you to be a successful beekeeper.   Plus, he’ll explore the pros and cons of various equipment, tools and gadgets.  He will also expain options for buying Minnesota Hygienic Bees from B and B: packages, nucs, queens, prices etc. 

Come with any questions you have about bees and/or equipment.  


Also, our own Steven Cook will explain the steps he takes in harvesting and making his own maple syrup.  Don’t miss out!


Meeting starts at 6:30, Thursday Feb. 8th at Quarry Hill Nature Center, Rochester, in the Savanna Room.  This will be an ‘in person only’ meeting - no Zoom available.    

Several 1st year beekeepers have expressed an interest in attending a Newbees class on Sunday, February 18th.  A sign-up sheet will be at this SEMBA meeting.  


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

Pollinator Plants, Landscaping plus programs & resources for support - Erin Loeffler from the MN Board of Water & Soil

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    (tentative)

Jul 11: Summer Beekeeping Challenges  (tentative)

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