Newsletter, Calendar & What's New



Here's links to the latest PPBA Newsletters - Honey Guides!


January 2018 PPBA Honey Guides
2018-01 PPBA Newsletter.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [4.9 MB]






April 19, 2018:  PPBA General Membership Meeting

June 2018:  Bee Yard Visit, date TBA

July 14-21, 2018:  El Paso County Fair. Also see “Volunteer Opportunities” in this newsletter!

July 19, 2018:  PPBA General Membership Meeting

August 2018:  PPBA Summer Picnic and Cooking with Honey Contest

August 2018:  Bee Yard Visit, date TBA

October 18, 2018:  PPBA General Membership Meeting




We need volunteer to help with the following PPBA activities and projects!


PPBA Meeting Program Assistance.  Leigh Gaddy sets up our programs for each General Membership Meeting and she would like some help with this task!  If you have ideas and are willing to contact professional beekeepers (writers, speakers and researchers) and assist in arranging dates (and transportation and lodging, if necessary), please contact Leigh Gaddy (419-685-4813, leighannegaddy [at]


PPBA Bee School Coordinator:  The PPBA Board is still looking for a Bee School Coordinator.  If you’d like to discuss the position and duties (which includes coordination with instructors on the syllabus, ensuring the location and classroom are set up, coordination with hospitality, making handout copies and name tags, ordering books and door prizes, etc) , please contact Mike Halby, 719-528-5483, mandshalby [at] or Rebecca Sunderlin,  719-352-8311 or rebecca.sunderlin [at]


El Paso County Fair. We’ll be setting up the Bee Cage again at the El Paso County Fair (July 14-21) out in Calhan. We need volunteers to help set up and tear down the cage, man the cage, pass out PPBA flyers, and answer questions about beekeeping. Also, if you have honey or hive products to sell, you can sell them at the Fair!  To volunteer for a shift or two, contact Mike Halby (719‑528‑5483, mandshalby [at] (This is also a good opportunity to spend some quality time with Mike and John – get those beekeeping questions answered!)  Note:  Big “Thank You” to Dawn, who stores the Bee Cage for us and Barb, who lets us use her trailer to haul it!  Thanks!


PPBA Summer Picnic.  We’re planning a PPBA Summer Picnic on August again this year and need your help to make this a success!  In addition to a fun afternoon with fellow beekeepers, we will be holding a Cooking with Honey contest!  Please contact Rebecca Sunderlin (719-352-8311 or rebecca.sunderlin [at] to volunteer to help with organizing the event, setting up, recording Cooking with Honey entrees, counting votes, clean up, etc.





Bee Packages:  Be sure you know where your bees will be coming from. Some bee suppliers get their bees from southern states - and we want to avoid importing Africanized bees into Colorado.


Here's a list of bee friendly plants and shrubs! (from Kim G)

Suggested Plants for Honey Bees
Trees & Shrubs

Maple (Acer), Elm (American and Siberian), Linden (Tilia americanum), Fruit trees (Apple, Crab apple, Cherry, Plum, Peach, Apricot) Sumac (Rhus), Willows (Salix), Red Bud (Cercis Canadensis), Blackberry (Rubus), Raspberry (Rubus) Serviceberry (Amelanchier), Current (Ribes), Rabbit brush (Chrysothamnus), Snowberry (Symphoricarpos), Cotoneaster sp., Spirea x bumalda, Lilac (Syringa), ‘Blue Mist Spirea’ (Caryopteris), Butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii), Honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima), Rose, Elderberry (Sambucus), Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia aquifolium), Buffalo berry (Shepherdia argentia), Woodbine vine/Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

Flowers & Herbs
Yellow Sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis), White Sweet clover (Melilotus albus), Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), Asters (Asteracea), Catmint (Nepeta), Sage (Salvia), Poppy (Papaver orientale), Allium sp., Lamb’s Ear (Stachys byzantine), Foxtail Lily (Eremurus), Globe thistle (Echinops), Sedum sp., Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia), Lavender, Agastache sp., Rocky Mountain bee plant (Cleome serrulata), Gaillardia aristata, Veronica spicata, Goldenrod (Solidago), Lawn clover (Trifolium hybridum), Hollyhock (Alcea rosea) (single varieties), Penstemon eatonii, Bee balm (Monarda), Milkvetch (Astragalus), Milkweed (Asclepias), Calendula (Calendula) (single varieties), Coneflower (Echinacea), Daisies (Chrysanthemum or Dendranthema), Scabiosa, Gay feather (Liatris), Sunflowers (Helianthus), Vervain (Verbena bonariensis), Wild buckwheat (Eriogonum), Globe mallow (Sphaeralcea), Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’, Borage (Borago officinalis), Mints (Mentha), Winter Savory (Satureja Montana), Basil (Ocimum basilicum), Oregano (Origanum), Marjoram (Origanum), Thyme (Thymus), Rosemary


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