Our Mission  To teach members and inform the public of the benefits of the proper nurturing of honey bees, processing, and marketing of the products of their labor.  Questions? e-mail us at  honey@somtel.net
Pollinator Habitat Established by the St Croix Beekeepers Association A group of commercial and hobby beekeepers from Pierce, St Croix and Polk Counties with the mission of teaching members and informing the public of the benefits of the proper nurturing of honey bees planted a native plant pollinator garden last week (June 12, 2014) at the Peace Lutheran Church near Baldwin, WI.  Pastor John Hanson of Peace Lutheran Church in Baldwin, has created community gardening space on church grounds for use by parish and community members. He offered the beekeeper group, who meet in the fellowship hall of the church for their monthly meetings, a small plot of garden space on which to plant a pollinator native plant garden, which once established will provide a nectar and pollen source for the honey bees kept on church grounds as well as other pollinators in the area.     On June 12 a small group from the beekeeper association along with Pastor John Hanson planted approximately 150 plants of 9 different native plant species in a 10x20ft space, using cardboard as a biodegradable mulch which will remain in place until plants are established enough to out-compete weeds. The group will use the native plant plot for educational purposes as well as a food source for bees on church premises. The St Croix Beekeepers Association also keeps two beehives on the property which they use for education and observational purposes. St Croix Valley Beekeepers at Earth Day Earth Day Celebration was conducted at the YMCA Camp ST Croix in Hudson WI on Sunday April 21st this year. SCV Beekeepers Association participants were Mark Klanderman, Ruth Steiner, Max Steiner, and Paul VanDenMeerendonk. Mark, Ruth, and Paul talked all about bees and their importance to pollination. Mark and Paul provided an assortment of bee equipment. Mark set up the video/disc player and PBS documentary “Silence of the bees”. Ruth and Max helped with the smaller students finger painting insects on wrist bands and provided a wonderful wall poster of a number of pollinators to look at. We all handed out the “regional plant lists for native pollinator gardens”, the “SCV Beekeepers Assoc. information sheet, and our small “SCV Beekeepers paper business card”. The WHPA “Honey Bee Poster Contest” was also posted for everyone to see. Everyone had a great time at this event from Noon til 4 PM.
Our Mission   To provide education and fellowship surrounding the husbandry of beekeeping.  Have a question e-mail us.
St. Croix Valley Beekeepers Association Promoting the general interest and welfare of beekeeping
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Preventing Winter Loss

Interview with Peter Trodtfeld on honey bee colony winter losses and how beekeepers can monitor and reduce the Varroa mite infestation levels in their hives. Read more about it here.

Local teen turns St. Croix Beekeepers Scholarship

into a business.

Nicholas Simpson was 11 years old when he showed his first interest in beekeeping. Five years later, he’s got a honey business that’s abuzz with activity.  Read more about Nicholas here. Jim’s Blog (Natures Nectar) What should I be doing with my bees this month? Follow along with Jim on his beekeeping journey. Pick up pointers on all sorts of issues that go along with beekeeping.  You can find Jim’s Blog here.
                                                                     Member Talks
This spring, bee club member Jerome Rodewald did a "bees as pollinators" presentation to the following groups: April 2 - Pollinate Hudson - free "bee Bomb" giveaway.  About 200 people came to get free pollinator seeds.   John Lowery and Ken Wolley assisted.  Stew Erickson attended also. April 22 - Earth Day - Rocky Branch School River Falls - 225 kids - 5 different sessions - morning and afternoon. May 4 - with Pheasants Forever & DNR - 75 fifth graders from Spring Valley, plant 1 acre of pollinator seeds and plants on school grounds May 16 - with Pheasants Forever & DNR 75 fifth graders from Willow River School Hudson at Willow River State Park.  Plant 1/2 acre of pollinator seeds and live plants next to parking lot at Nature Center.  At both Willow River and Spring Valley, the kids were given buckets of seed, lined up shoulder to shoulder and marched across the field scattering the seeds.  Then the buckets were refilled and the kids went across the field the other way.  Fun to watch!  Then the DNR gave them each 6 live plants and hand trowels and told them how to plant them.  Jerome’s Bee talk was just one of the 7 stations that the kids visited.   Jerome has two other pollinator projects he is working on. One is partnering with my Township to plant pollinators in the road ditches instead of just letting them grow up to wild parsnip. The other is to plant pollinators in the outside 20 feet of his crop fields where the field is bordered by woods.  Farmers tell Jerome that they lose money on the outside 6 rows of crops due to shading.  Why not plant pollinators in those 20 feet? 
Field day in Osceola, WI (date TBD) for a mite demonstration and talk. This field day would be scheduled specifically for our group (SCVBA).This would be held at the UMN HMR Pollinator Project site- (Horst M. Rechelbacher Pollinator Project) http://www.beelab.umn.edu/bee-squad/bee-squad-programs The HMR Pollinator Project is an interdisciplinary effort to support pollinator health on an organic farm in Osceola, Wisconsin.
2017 Club Meeting Dates and Upcoming Events