OUR MISSION

Apiaries and Bees for Communities' (A.B.C) ambition is to offer outstanding educational opportunities to the public in beekeeping.

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OUR VISION

We are dedicated to the responsible management of honey bees in urban areas. We offer exceptional educational programming, keynote speaking and beehive partnerships in our endeavour to Build the Hive Mentality within communities across Canada.

 

"I recently attended a 2 day course at a treatment free beekeeping conference at which Eliese was one of the instructors.  The information she presented was clear and informative and her enthusiasm was contagious.  More impressive was the way she was able to pull us together as a group - a number of friendships were forged over the two days.  Creating Community is not just a topic about which Eliese offers an impressive presentation, it is something she demonstrated with remarkable skill."

- Rick Mellin, Eastern Treatment Free Conference, Massachusettes

Our Values in Action...

 

Upcoming Programs and Courses...

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Home2Hive Bicycle Tour- July 29, 2014 More Info | Add to Cart
Home2Hive Bicycle Tour- July 29, 2014
  • About: A.B.C is proud to launch our second year of offering the Home2Hive Bicycle Tours of A.B.C's honeybee colonies. This year, we have set up all of our beehives on bicycle routes! With the excellent feedback from the Calgary public, we had over 150 yards made available to us to keep bees in. We chose from these yards the ones that would most easily be kept by bicycle: our goal for 2014 to decrease emissions in our urban beekeeping experience and increase access accessibility to YOU! You will be able to meet with us after work and bicycle to 2 different hive locations accessible from the beltline Calgary. The trip is leisurely and great for families, new cyclists, and children.
  • Date: July 29, 2014
  • Time: 5:30-8:30pm
  • Location: Edworthy Park area, location specified once registered
  • Odds and Sods: You must bring you own bicycle and cycling essentials. A.B.C will be offering everything necessary to beekeep as well as some light snacks and refreshments in a picnic setting. There will be only a maximum of 10 students per tour. Please note that refunds will only be issued for cancellations due to weather or if you notify us at least a week in advance. If you would like to reschedule instead, let us know at least one week prior and we'll do our best to fit you into another tour this season.
  • Unit Price: $45.00
 
Home2Hive Bicycle Tour- August 12, 2014 More Info | Add to Cart
Home2Hive Bicycle Tour- August 12, 2014
  • About: A.B.C is proud to launch our second year of offering the Home2Hive Bicycle Tours of A.B.C's honeybee colonies. This year, we have set up all of our beehives on bicycle routes! With the excellent feedback from the Calgary public, we had over 150 yards made available to us to keep bees in. We chose from these yards the ones that would most easily be kept by bicycle: our goal for 2014 to decrease emissions in our urban beekeeping experience and increase access accessibility to YOU! You will be able to meet with us after work and bicycle to 2 different hive locations accessible from the beltline Calgary. The trip is leisurely and great for families, new cyclists, and children.
  • Date: August 12, 2014
  • Time: 5:30-8:30pm
  • Location: Edworthy Park area, location specified once registered
  • Odds and Sods: You must bring you own bicycle and cycling essentials. A.B.C will be offering everything necessary to beekeep as well as some light snacks and refreshments in a picnic setting. There will be only a maximum of 10 students per tour. Please note that refunds will only be issued for cancellations due to weather or if you notify us at least a week in advance. If you would like to reschedule instead, let us know at least one week prior and we'll do our best to fit you into another tour this season.
  • Unit Price: $45.00
 
Home2Hive Bicycle Tour- August 26, 2014 More Info | Add to Cart
Home2Hive Bicycle Tour- August 26, 2014
  • About: A.B.C is proud to launch our second year of offering the Home2Hive Bicycle Tours of A.B.C's honeybee colonies. This year, we have set up all of our beehives on bicycle routes! With the excellent feedback from the Calgary public, we had over 150 yards made available to us to keep bees in. We chose from these yards the ones that would most easily be kept by bicycle: our goal for 2014 to decrease emissions in our urban beekeeping experience and increase access accessibility to YOU! You will be able to meet with us after work and bicycle to 2 different hive locations accessible from the beltline Calgary. The trip is leisurely and great for families, new cyclists, and children.
  • Date: August 26, 2014
  • Time: 5:30-8:30pm
  • Location: Edworthy Park area, location specified once registered
  • Odds and Sods: You must bring you own bicycle and cycling essentials. A.B.C will be offering everything necessary to beekeep as well as some light snacks and refreshments in a picnic setting. There will be only a maximum of 10 students per tour. Please note that refunds will only be issued for cancellations due to weather or if you notify us at least a week in advance. If you would like to reschedule instead, let us know at least one week prior and we'll do our best to fit you into another tour this season.
  • Unit Price: $45.00
 
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Level One Beekeeping Certificate, Calgary OCTOBER More Info | Add to Cart
Level One Beekeeping Certificate, Calgary OCTOBER
  • About: A.B.C is pleased to offer a Level One Beekeeping Certificate for hobbiest beekeepers in an urban and rural setting. The 16 hour intensive program will offer everything you need to know to begin beekeeping. The course is taught by Eliese Watson, founder of A.B.C. Travelling all-over North America teaching and mentoring under beekeepers such as Corwin Bell, Sam Comfort, and Kirk Anderson, Eliese has a wide knowldge of natural beekeeping practices with both TBH and langstroth equipment. Course includes lunch, snacks, textbook and resources.
  • Date: October 4th and 5th, 2014
  • Time: 9:00am- 5:00pm each day
  • Location: Killarney/Glengarry Community Hall
  • Full Description: The Level One Beekeeping course covers all of the areas necessary to prepare you as a beekeeper. As a 16 hour intensive course, A.B.C covers the following topics: Honeybee Biology, Beginners Basics, Honey and Nectar Flow, Seasonal Management Practices for Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall (including swarms, splits, basic queen rearing concepts, honey harvesting), Honeybee Health, and IPM Techniques. As a student of this course work, you will leave with the knowledge that will guide you for the coming beekeeping season. The course uses the “Beekeeping in Western Canada” textbook and with a custom A.B.C workbook companion and resources. This allows for you to easily review the material learned throughout the course and return to it when needed.
  • Odds and Sods: Please your own note book pen, water bottle and coffee mug! Everything else will be provided for.
  • Unit Price: $290.00
 
Level One Beekeeping Certificate, Calgary NOVEMBER More Info | Add to Cart
 Level One Beekeeping Certificate, Calgary NOVEMBER
  • About: A.B.C is pleased to offer a Level One Beekeeping Certificate for hobbiest beekeepers in an urban and rural setting. The 16 hour intensive program will offer everything you need to know to begin beekeeping. The course is taught by Eliese Watson, founder of A.B.C. Travelling all-over North America teaching and mentoring under beekeepers such as Corwin Bell, Sam Comfort, and Kirk Anderson, Eliese has a wide knowldge of natural beekeeping practices with both TBH and langstroth equipment. Course includes lunch, snacks, textbook and resources.
  • Date: Nov 8-9, 2014
  • Time: 9:00am- 5:00pm each day
  • Location: Killarney/Glengarry Community Hall
  • Full Description: The Level One Beekeeping course covers all of the areas necessary to prepare you as a beekeeper. As a 16 hour intensive course, A.B.C covers the following topics: Honeybee Biology, Beginners Basics, Honey and Nectar Flow, Seasonal Management Practices for Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall (including swarms, splits, basic queen rearing concepts, honey harvesting), Honeybee Health, and IPM Techniques. As a student of this course work, you will leave with the knowledge that will guide you for the coming beekeeping season. The course uses the “Beekeeping in Western Canada” textbook and with a custom A.B.C workbook companion and resources. This allows for you to easily review the material learned throughout the course and return to it when needed.
  • Odds and Sods: Please your own note book pen, water bottle and coffee mug! Everything else will be provided for.
  • Unit Price: $290.00
 
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