This past Saturday Rachel Bozarth and I represented BIP at the Maryland State Beekeepers Association (MSBA) spring meeting. It was nice to interact with new beekeepers and many were interested in the BIP survey. By the end of the meeting all of our free pens and flyers were gone, so I’ll count it as a success.
Although it is the Maryland State meeting, the association also draws beekeepers from Virginia and Washington, DC. I got to see one of my favorite people to talk to, Toni Burnham, a sweet and bubbly, urban beekeeper in DC. Toni is Vice President of MSBA and started keeping bees a couple of years ago. Her passion for her hives is clearly evident as well her enthusiasm about helping others develop an interest in keeping bees. She is a resident of DC and president of DC Beekeepers Alliance, a group of urban beekeepers in DC, all of whom have creatively placed their hives all over the nation’s capital. Each member has a fascinating story of how they became interested in beekeeping and how they climb out their windows to the top of their roofs to tend or hives or extract honey.
If you are living in DC and interested in keeping bees it is definitely an organization to check out! You don’t even have to keep bees to attend meetings, just have a general interest and you’re sure to get all the information you need. You can check out their site here.