Beekeepers Field Day and Summer Picnic 2013, Gilbert Plains, Manitoba
Invitation (revised): On Thursday 20 June 2013, over 60 beekeepers and family members were welcomed to an afternoon of food, information, and conversation, near Gilbert Plains, Manitoba.
Time/Cost: Event ran from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. BBQ Lunch served by a local caterer at about 12:00 p.m. Food Cost $10.00 each. Bring a Lawn Chair, and sun cap!
Location: Gilbert Plains, (located about 30 km West of Dauphin), At junction of Highway 5 and 274, turn North. Proceed through the town of Gilbert Plains. Travel North on Hwy 274 for 1.5 miles (2.4 km), and then turn “Left” (West) at the “MBA Field Day” sign, at the home of Ash Apiaries.
Field Day Site: Ash Apiaries Ltd. is a large commercial honey producer/packer located in the Parkland area of Manitoba, between Riding Mountain National Park and Duck Mountain Provincial Park. The honey extraction and cold storage buildings and equipment were available for viewing and demonstrating (excluding processing/packaging plant).
Conversation/Information: Guests heard from members of Manitoba Honey Producers Cooperative Limited & Bee Maid. Informal discussion on current beekeeping activities, events and opportunities by Al Campbell. Learned about Research Activities at U of M from Rob Currie, plus Inspection results by Rheal. There was opportunity to ask questions of MBA board members too!