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Maritime Honey Festival

Posted:Sat, Jul 22nd, 2017 2:16:37 pm

Thank you to all those that have stepped up and decided to book a booth / space to sell your products and help support the Maritime Honey Festival. For those that are still thinking about it.. we do have some space available and ask you to book your spot now... All agriculture related products and industries are welcome.

A few high lights of the event:

* FREE for the public to enter the building.

· 200 Grade 4 students attending a hands-on learning experience

· Dr. Walter Sheppard from Washington State University – Keynote speaker.

· Business owners and craft persons provided opportunity to exhibit & sell apiculture and other agriculture related products.

· Bee R garden with several craft brewers offering a selection of limited edition Bee beer.

· Educational sessions available for experienced beekeepers and those wanting to get involved in beekeeping.
Plus much much more..........

September 22nd and 23rd. in Fredericton, NB.

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fredericton has a block of rooms at discounted rates.... ask for the Honey Festival rate.

Sponsorship & Affiliations

*Pollen Angels by: Sunset Heights Meadery & Apiary* Atlantic Gold* New Brunswick Beekeepers Assoc.*Central New Brunswick Beekeepers Assoc.* Medivet* Crop Life Canada* Canadian Honey Council* Nova Scotia Beekeepers Assoc. * Holiday Inn Ex


"Keeping the Buzz Alive" on Saturday 26 Aug

Posted:Tue, Jun 27th, 2017 8:11:41 pm

 Showcase called "Keeping the Buzz Alive" on Saturday 26 Aug at the Conway Workshop in Digby Nova Scotia.

The format will allow for vendors to display their products and help educate the public about the current state of the bees and Colony Collapse Disorder.

· Manzer Apiary will be there and hosting an optional 2 hour class on extracting honey (10am to noon).

· Our Conway Workshop clients will be demonstrating the building of a component for the Manzer beehive

· A Light Lunch will be available – catered by Our Community Kitchen, featuring foods that will no longer be available if we lose the bees.

· We will be viewing the Award winning documentary "Vanishing of the Bees" (1pm)

· We are looking for knowledgeable people who would be willing to sit on a panel discussion about the current state of the bees, colony collapse and what if anything has changed since the filming of the documentary.

· We would also like to make people aware of what they can do in small or big ways to help the bees.

We are looking for people to setup tables as well as those who might want to sit on our panel.

A $10 donation to the Community Kitchen per table would be appreciated, but we are not charging for table space.

 Contact Judy N Green for more information

+1 902-249-1772


Commercial Queen Course (June 27-28 and August 2, 2017)

Posted:Tue, May 9th, 2017 12:33:27 pm

Commercial Queen Course (June 27-28 and August 2, 2017)

This 3-part course will provide the experienced beekeeper with various techniques to produce honey bee queens for their own use and to sell to others in the industry. This introduction will include discussions of honey bee genetics and development of a breeding program to meet individual objectives, as well as demonstrating the techniques and equipment required to produce healthy, productive queen bees.


Nova Scotia Bee Industry Under Threat

Posted:Tue, Mar 28th, 2017 11:07:06 am

The Nova Scotia Beekeepers' Association (NSBA) believes the beekeeping industry is under threat by a government decision to import unnecessary honey bee colonies from an area of Canada with a known pest that is not present in the Province.

The NSBA has learned an importation permit will be issued for one truckload of bees. This would add an insignificant quantity of pollinators that could easily be provided by local beekeepers. In previous years the importation of honey bee colonies has been necessary to supplement the number of hives here in the province to pollinate wild blueberry fields. Due to the historic low market price for blueberries and therefore a drop in demand for hives, Nova Scotia beekeepers can provide all of the hives required for 2017 pollination. This importation is completely unnecessary and would put the entire beekeeping sector at risk of Small Hive Beetle infestation.

Through the support of the government initiated Pollination Expansion Program, government and beekeepers have invested to expand their hive numbers to 28000 in an effort to meet the demand for hives to pollinate blueberry fields. In 2016, only 24000 hives were used in Nova Scotia and in 2017 the number of hives required is projected to be significantly less. Nova Scotia hives, paid for in part by the Pollination Expansion Program for the purpose of having enough colonies in Nova Scotia for pollination, will go unrented to make way for hives from Ontario.

Additional Facts:

• Ontario is the only region in Canada to have an established population of Small Hive Beetles. The rest of Canada is Small Hive Beetle free.

• In 5 years, the Pollination Expansion Program has invested $900,000 in the beekeeping industry, with similar investment incurred by Nova Scotia beekeepers.

• The Pollination Expansion Program has been extended to 2017-2018 and the application period is now closed.

2016 Letter to the Minister

2017 Letter to Minister Colwell


Maritime Honey Festival

Posted:Wed, Mar 22nd, 2017 10:58:54 am

The Maritime Honey Festival. In affiliation with the New Brunswick Beekeepers Association, The Nova Scotia Beekeepers Association and the Canadian Honey Council this festival will be the place to BEE.

September 22nd & 23rd 2017.
Capital Exhibit Centre 361 Smythe Street, Fredericton, NB Canada
(4 hour drive from Halifax, 3 hour drive from Bangor, 5 hours from Montreal area)

• Promoting the importance of bees.
• Cultivate an interest in beekeeping as a hobby or commercial venture.
• Offer the public an opportunity to meet, greet, learn & buy from the beekeeping industry.
• Provide beekeepers the opportunity to learn and exchange good working practices.
• Celebrity honey tasting contest.

Do you have honey or industry related products you wish to sell, promote or exhibit to the public and fellow beekeepers?

Sponsorship opportunities & exhibit space is available for booking now. Go to for all the details. Check the website often for updates.

*Our preferred hotel provider and festival sponsor Holiday Inn & Suites Fredericton are holding a draw for 1 free night stay. This draw is for exhibitors and sponsors.
Sponsorship or exhibitor space must be booked and paid before June 15th. to be eligible for the draw.

We are calling on all beekeepers and industry suppliers in Ontario, Quebec, Maine, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and others to join in what is a rare opportunity to showcase your products to the industry and public.


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