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Fr. White
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Location: USA, South Carolina, Richland County

PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2015 4:25 pm    Post subject: Local bee keeper associations Reply with quote

So one of the pieces of advice I keep seeing on here for beginners is to join your local bee keepers association. I have looked at my local association's website and they seem very oriented towards Langstroth hives and coventional methods of bee keeping. Is this the norm for local associations? If so how do you, as a natural bee keeper, deal with the difference in bee keeping philosophy and methods while participating in your local bee keepers association?

I am hoping to attend the December meeting of my local bee keepers association, but want to be prepared to deal with conventional bee keepers as a natural bee keeper. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Scout Bee

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Location: UK Cornwall, Falmouth

PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2015 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I attend my local BKA and have to be fairly thick skinned as to some of the snide comments, but many of the talks are very interesting and relevant and I find some of the members really interested in the natural way. I find that some beekeepers who are keeping their bees in the standard way are beginning to turn away from the high scale levels of interference. So you will find people putting you down, but others very interested. You will also probably find other Top Bar people and can then get together. I would encourage you.
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