Those of us who just put our bees to bed for the winter are wondering what everyone else saw, and harvested, in 2013. Now's the time to add to your knowledge while the bees aren't flying: one place to do that is your local club!
New to this? If you want to get started in beekeeping here, you have to learn the basics by early Spring... and you need to have a source of bees even earlier than that! The bees need all the friends they can get, and we want to help you become one of the best. You also should check out our list of local clubs, which feature beekeepers who know the most about your area, local sources of bees and gear, and low cost winter educational opportunities that will help you enter this sweet vocation. [more]
Most consumers might assume that they can be sure that the contents of a honey bear or a honey jar picked up at the store contain what is written on the label, but in recent years sometimes that has not been the case. This year, the MSBA worked with Del. Kathy Afzali to protect Maryland's consumers and beekeepers from the harm caused by fraudulent or adulterated honey.
Maryland now has a law, passed unanimously, that means if "honey" is on the label, that's what you are putting on your table. And you can learn more about what that matters. [details]
The Maryland State Beekeepers Association has its own license plate! If you join us, you can apply for the license plate! You also can choose which plate number you want from among those available. [more]
Join us at the Maryland Department of Agriculture in Annapolis to hear from Kim Flottum, co-author of The Honey Connoisseur, long time beekeeping advocate and editor of the most widely read beekeeping magazine in the US. [more]
Maryland's Apiary Inspectors are the guardians of hive health in our state, as well as friendly experts you can call with a question or a crisis, and they could use your help, too. [more]
Our Fall Meeting also features the MSBA Honey Show, with over $1500 in prizes in dozens of categories, including kids crafts, baked goods, and hive products! Check out the rules and enter! [more]