Newsletter, Calendar & What's New



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


January 2019 PPBA Honey Guides
2019-01 PPBA Newsletter.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [4.4 MB]







January 17, 2019:  PPBA General Membership Meeting

March 2-3 and March 9-10, 2019:  PPBA Bee School

April 18, 2019:  PPBA General Membership Meeting

June 2019:  Bee Yard Visit, date TBA

June 2019: (tentative) PPBA Summer Picnic, Beekeeping Rodeo and Cooking with Honey Contest

July 2019:  El Paso County Fair, Dates TBA

July 18, 2019:  PPBA General Membership Meeting

August 2019:  Bee Yard Visit, date TBA

October 17, 2019:  PPBA General Membership Meeting






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


PPBA Bee School Coordinator:  The PPBA Board is looking for a Bee School Coordinator.  If you’d like to get involved in our annual Bee School and would 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 (or e-mail or Rebecca Sunderlin, 719-352-8311 (or e-mail


PPBA Guest Speakers.  PPBA gets lots of requests for guest speakers at schools, service organizations  and local expos or events.  Most speaker requests are just for a one-hour long presentation on beekeeping.  If you could speak about beekeeping to a school or group, please contact Sandy at 719-528-5483 or e-mail  (BTW - Sandy here – I have a PowerPoint presentation suitable for older teens and adults that I would share.  You could use and/or customize it so you wouldn’t have to start from scratch.)


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,


PPBA Summer Picnic.  We’re planning a PPBA Summer Picnic tentatively in June this coming year and need your help to make this a success!  In addition to a fun afternoon with fellow beekeepers, we will be holding a Beekeeper Rodeo (guess the hive weight, keep your smoker going, etc) and Cooking with Honey contest. Contact Rebecca Sunderlin (719-352-8311 or to volunteer to help with organizing the event, setting up, recording Cooking with Honey entrees, counting votes, clean up, etc.


El Paso County Fair. We’ll be setting up the Bee Cage again at the 2019 El Paso County Fair in July 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, (BTW - 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!


4-H Beekeepers:  Colorado 4-H wants to take on beekeeping as a recognized activity. If they can get five counties and 100 youngsters signed up, the kids can compete at the state fair. CSBA need experienced beekeepers willing to become 4-H beekeeping leaders. Leadership training is provided by 4-H, along with course materials. If you’re interested in making a commitment to teaching a new generation of beekeepers, please contact Rebecca Sunderlin, PPBA President (719-352-8311 or e-mail or Ed Colby, CSBA President (970-984-0419 or e-mail








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