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June 25th Celebration

75th Anniversary @ Gieringer's Farm 

Beekeeping is an increasingly popular, enjoyable, and deliciously rewarding hobby. As a local association, we offer you some advice on how to continue and get started in 2023. The association connects you with other beekeepers, and supports a common effort to promote and protect bees, and the beekeeping industry, of which we are all a part.

Welcome to beekeeping!

Keeping honey bees can be a fascinating hobby with many benefits to you, your community, the planet, and the bees! Getting started can be summarized in a few steps:
Get educated; join a bee group; take some classes. Do some reading.  Find a location.  Decide on the type of equipment you want. Find a source for bees. Manage your hive.

Why beekeeping? It’s the back-to-nature hobby that has many people buzzing. Honey bees are an interesting and exciting social insect. Besides pollination, making honey for food, and beeswax, how bees live, work, and reproduce has intrigued humans since before recorded history.

Education is the most important step to successful beekeeping and will greatly increase your chances of enjoying a long and happy relationship with your bees. A bee class is invaluable for getting good basics. Even longtime beekeepers are sometimes challenged by new problems and are learning throughout their time with the bees.

The Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers’ Association has a great mixture of beginners, hobbyists, and well-seasoned beekeepers. There are so many different areas of knowledge that at first it can be daunting. Do not despair, and remember that there is more than one right way to do things. So, what are you waiting for?

NEKBA Newsletter & Document Archive (newsletter page link)  

BEE class 2023

We are building a knowledgeable beekeeping community through fellowship, classes, and events.  (bee class page)

NEKBA to print & mail Membership Form 2023 & NEKBA Benefits

(You will need Adobe Acrobat to view some documents. Please click on the link below to download a free copy.)

Handouts: Elderberry Jelly Recipe  October 2022 presentation by  Robert Burns

Handouts: Propolis for Personal Use

December 2022 presentation by  EAS Cindy Hodges

welcome beekeepers

Next Special Meeting is Monday, 25 June 2023 (2-5 pm).  - In-person !!! ...TBA - due to the holiday, we don't know yet but working on a location. Watch for the Buzzer!

In Lawrence, Kansas Douglas County Fairgrounds 2110 Harper Street Blding 21-N 

We have posted our most current Video Listing. Be sure to 'subscribe' to our YouTube channel for when we do go public with the files! Looking for KHPA "Value-added"?

NEKBA 75th Anniversary Celebration Sunday, June 25, 2023 (2:00pm-5:00 pm) at Gieringer’s (link) Family Orchard & Berry Farm

39345 W 183rd St, Edgerton, KS

Frank & Melanie Gieringer started Gieringer's Orchard in the spring of 2001. We harvested our first crop of peaches in 2004. Over the years we have added Blackberries, Strawberries, Hightunnel Tomato production, Sweet Corn and Pumpkins.  We have an on farm market where you can purchase pre-picked fruits in season. Want to pick your own produce straight from the plant? We offer U-Pick too! Our U-Pick visitors also enjoy our kids play area featuring combine & truck slides, rat racers, hay mountain and more! Our son Brice returned to the farm full time in 2012 to help us expand our family operation. Our daughters also help at the farmers market. We look forward to meeting you at the Orchard! ​​

June TBA, 2023  - There is not a regular monthly meeting for the month of June due to the federal holiday. ​Stay tuned for July's Meeting In-person 7:00pm Douglas County Fairgrounds: 2110 Harper St., Building 21-North

 Topic:  TBA.  Doors open at 6:00pm

Watch for the monthly newsletter in early June. 

Beekeeping can be a life-long endeavor.  We hope you'll continue to stay with us for all the benefits. Maintaining your membership & financial support is easy. Online: Use the PayPal option prompt. By Mail: print and mail using the 2023 Membership Form.  Thank you!

NEKBA Registration Options 2023
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Handouts:  Beeswax Soap-Making  September 2021 by  Becky Tipton

Have you heard about our mentoring and Open Apiary programs? Thanks to generous funding through the Great Plains Master Beekeeping Program, we have been able to start an apiary just outside of Lawrence. Find out more information about mentoring and the Open Apiary 2023 dates and locations here

Bee FEED SYRUP MIXING Calculator spreadsheet 

Trying to work out the sugar-to-water ratio (1:1 or 2:1) for feeding sugar syrup to your bees?  Here's a link to a spreadsheet calculator.​  Download and save the calculator for future reference. Did you know that sugar syrup is the absolute best way to feed your bees?

Just Getting started in 2023?

What equipment should I get? How much does it cost?  

Here is an outline of items to get you started for the 1st year. (download .pdf2023 or .xlsx2023) Use this information to keep track of the equipment you'll need. 

Kansas Honey Producers Fair Booth 2023 - September 8-17, 2023

Thank you to all involved at the State Fair and Booth. 

The results are in!  2022 Kansas State Fair - Kansas Honey Producers Assn winners!

Judging has taken place and the results checked and verified and available in PDF format for downloading.

Thank you to everyone who participated and made this event so great for 2022.


NEKBA is your Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers' Association.

Welcome, and thank you for exploring our site. Check out what's happening locally for beekeepers on our FB group site, what's going in our hives, and what's blooming in your backyards. Come back soon.

Honey production and pollination services increase significantly, and so does beekeeper enjoyment and honey bee health in general, by improving regional and independent beekeeping practices through better husbandry and recognition skills of diseases and pest problems as well as and better colony management.

Handouts: KHPAMaking Liquid Foaming Soap Instructions and Honey Shampooby  Robin Kolterman

Our state affiliate, The Kansas Honey Producers' (Kansas State Beekeepers) Assoc and their newsletter May 2023 "Cappings"  (2nd Quarter 2023).                                                                  

Mentoring at Joli & Cecils, Spring Hill, KS:

  • Inspect a couple of different colonies
  • Bring your own protection
  • Weather Permitting, 4th Thursday of the month
  • Meet @ 6:00pm at the home of Joli & Cecil: 19201 S Clare Rd, Spring Hill KS.
  • Please call 913-856-8356 or email Joli, so we'll know how many to expect for the session.
  • 22 June, 27 July,  24 August, 28 September.

Are you listed? Sign up here for BeeCheck (formerly DriftWatch). It's a free mapping program. Beekeepers and pesticide applicators need to work together to protect apiaries.

Questions re Shawnee North CC meetings? Pls email: Becky Tipton

Classes held 3rd Wednesday of each month: 6:30-8pm.

The Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers Association has a more than 76-year legacy of supporting beekeeping from 1948 through 2023. Learn more about us.  2018 was our Platinum Jubilee !!! 

 Pay your Membership and other Fees on-line via PayPal.

Beekeeping can be a life-long endeavor. We hope you'll continue to stay with us for all the benefits and enjoyment of getting out with nature. Membership and re-newal is easy Online: Use the PayPal option (above) to register and re-new Or by Mail: print and mail using the

2023 Membership Form. We'll be letting you know when you are up for renewal. 

Thank you! Have a great bee-season for 2023!. 

NEKBA Open Apiary, Lawrence, KS:

  • Inspect up-to four of different colonies
  • Bring your own protection; Weather Permitting
  • Meet @: Pendleton's Country Market, 1446 E 1850 Rd, Lawrence, KS. (use GPS if needed).
  • 19 June 5:30-7:30pm, Joli & Cecil-hosting.
  • 24 June 9:00-11:00am, Robert Burns-hosting. 
  • 01 July 9:00-11:00am Kristi Sanderson-hosting.

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Great Plains Master Beekeeping Program 
There is a new program for Best-management practice beekeeping. The program overs beekeepers in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Wyoming. Learn the benefits and reasons to join. To participate, one needs to join GPMB. It's free to begin and it's easy. Learn more information about the program

Special KHPA Series:  Extracting More $$$ from your Hives

Extracting More $$$ from your Hives- these new, Free, Value-Added programs will be presented on the 3rd Thursday of each month.  It is being sponsored by the Kansas Honey Producers Association.  To register for this FREE presentation, use the link below.  You will get an invitation link for the live presentation sent to you by email. ​ Please register in advance for this free meeting: (Link). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Program: When do you need a certified kitchen? What to do to get one and Legal Labels- weights and measures- Maybe a longer meeting to include getting product development help from K-State?


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2023 kansas honey producers Association November meeting!    (Kansas state beekeepers

 A monthly meeting is just not enough sometimes? 

Join us for our semi-annual bee conference for all levels and commercial as well as hobbyist. Next meeting - Friday & Saturday, November 10&11, 2023. Organizers are busy planning.We will have some 'work shop' presentations. Join us for another exciting beekeeping harvesting year!  (KHPA link). Two full DAYs of bee topics and education.  The Kansas State Fair is coming up. We depend on volunteers. Please consider taking a shift or two with Sign-up Genius link. The fair dates are September 8 - 17, 2023 in Hutchinson, Kansas. See you at the fair!

Our most recent NEKBA newsletter ... May 2023 June "Buzzer"  & 2023 June "What's Blooming".  Join, re-new, or register on-line via PayPal.  

NEKBA 2023 Membership - form to view, print and mail.

You do not need to print, mail, or email this form, if you register via PayPal.

Yes! There are honey bee magazines for beekeepers! 

We all need a little extra help in keeping our bees going. Good beekeepers stay up-to-date with publications, meetings, and more!


Bee Culture Magazine (link)        American Bee Journal (link)

For annual subscription rates average of just $2.30 or $2.66 per month, this is fantastic information is right at your finger tips. It's important to keep up-to-date with the trends in biology, honey processing, and more!

Plenty of informative how-to articles, bee biology, and market up-dates. Regular contributors help you to learn to keep your bees healthy. Subscribe on-line (Bee Culture) or through the association (discount on ABJ only). Don't miss out! 

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SINCE 1948    

2023 is our association's 75th milestone year!​   EXPLORING THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF BEEKEEPING  TOGETHER

For honey bees and beekeepers, we give each season our best effort in making an indispensable contribution to our rich and healthy environment. It is not just because we have a special delicacy but due to our passion and responsibility to the world in which we all live.

Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers