Washington Beekeeping Associations
Washington Beekeeping Clubs & Beekeeping Groups
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New beekeepers are often advised to join a local beekeeping groups. I think this is the single most useful thing they can do. It provides an invaluable source of information, instruction, advice and assistance. It is often said that if you ask three beekeepers a question, you'll get at least four opinions, a beekeeping club is a great place to find, and compare those opinions. Most beekeepers are very enthusiastic about what they do and are more than happy to help people just starting out by passing on their years of hard-won experience. Even after more than 20 years of beekeeping I almost always learn something new and useful at a bee meeting.
Usually beekeeping clubs have equipment such as an extractor which can be borrowed or rented when necessary. Even if the club itself doesn't own any equipment, there is often a member who is prepared to lend you something. Often there will be talks and demonstrations which will help clarify some of the confusing things one reads about.
I remember reading, when I first started, about how to catch a swarm using a cardboard box. I was very puzzled, the instructions said to shake the bees off a branch into a box, then turn it over and place the box on the ground. I assumed, wrongly, that the bees would all fall out, but they really don't. I have explained how to do this and then demonstrated this to people, you can see the look of understanding on their faces when they see that the bees cling onto the underside of the box, and crawl upwards on any vertical surface.
You will encounter 'crusty' know-it all beekeepers, I'm planning to be one myself, don't be put off there are all sorts of people in a bee club and you're bound to find someone who you can get along with.
If there are no Washington beekeeping associations in your area I strongly advise you to consider starting one. It's surprising how many people are interested once the word gets around.
Susanne Weil, Secretary
Lewis County Beekeepers' Association
Meeting Dates/Times: 2nd Wednesdays of each month from 7 - 9 p.m; Social time 6:30 - 7 p.m.
Meeting Place: Centralia College, Washington Hall 103, 701 W. Walnut St., Centralia WA 98531.
For directions and to see upcoming speakers, please visit our website. FYI: Our July & December meetings are potlucks ~ for details on times & places, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-880-8130.
Longview WA 98632
Contact Phone: 360-414-1263 / 360-560-1663
Every Fourth Wednesday of the Month
Subject: Potential Hive Spot
I'm not a beekeeper, so can't collect swarms, however I live on an acreage outside of Kent, WA and have a large field of lavender, as well as a few apple and cherry trees. I am willing to let an interested beekeeper put a few hives on our property for no charge. Email me if you're interested.
Mid-Columbia Beekeepers Association
Contact Name: Chris Kilmer
Tel Number: 509.544.9523
Tri-Cities WA 99336
Meeting Details: Club is currently meeting the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Detail and location are on the website. Newbees especially welcome!
MT BAKER BKPRS ASSN
Russell J. Deptuch
PO Box 5241
Bellingham, WA 98227
CLARK CO BKPRS
Brush Prairie, WA 98606
CENTRAL VALLEY BKPRS ASSOC
2781 Hornby Rd.
Grandview, WA 98930
WESTSOUND BKPRS ASSOC
PO Box 245
Indianola, WA 98342
COWLITZ CO BKPRS ASSN
101 Greenwood Court
Kelso, WA 98626
PUGET SOUND BEE ASSN
13623 SE 232nd St.
Kent, WA 98042
Skagit Valley Beekeepers Association
Contact: Brad Raspet, Secretary
Web Site: http://skagitvalleybeekeepers.org
1229 Eaglemont Pl
Vernon Washington 98274
Skagit Farmers Supply Admin. Building, 1833 Park Ln, Burlington, WA When: 2nd Thursday of each month (except for March, July, Aug. & Dec.)
OLYMPIA BKPRS ASSN
2448 Madonna Beach Rd NW
Olympia, WA 98502-9213
PIERCE CO BKPRS ASSN
10622 64th Ave E
Puyallup, WA 98373
NW DIST BKRPS
8127 20th St.
S. E. Everett, WA 98205
INLAND EMPIRE BKPRS ASSN
4511 S. Freya
Spokane, WA 99223
WA STATE BKPRS ASSOC
4511 S Freya
Spokane, WA 98212
STANWOOD-CAMANO BKPRS ASSOC
7924 Lakewood Rd
Stanwood, WA 98292
417 E 'Q' St
Yakima, WA 98901
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