Indiana State Beekeepers


Get Ready, Get Set, Go!

Go Where?  To the Purdue Bee Lab Field Day of course.  Dr. Hunt and Krispn have once again invited all Indiana Beekeepers to their apiary on Saturday, June 20.  We have planned a full day of activities, many hands-on sessions and great food provided by Country Home Catering.  Bring on those cheese potatoes again.

There will be talks about diseases, mites, hive-inspections for the NewBees, different types of equipment and much more.  Along with actually getting in the hives at the famous Purdue Bee Lab, we’ll meet lots of other people with the same interest in beekeeping.

So bee sure to bring your protective wear, a healthy appetite and a good sense of humor.  Click here to see the full agenda.  We expect a full house and encourage everyone to pre-register.  This will help with the logistics of ordering food and parking.  You may pre-register in two ways: Click here to pre-register on line or print off this Registration Form and mail it to the address listed on the form.

Click here for directions to the bee lab.

NOTE: Those who pre-register may pick up their envelopes beginning at 7:30 am.  If you do not pre-register, on-site registration will begin at 8:00 am.


The Indiana State Beekeepers Association will hold their fall meeting and bee school on October 24, so mark that date in your calendar.  The location will be Belzer Middle School, 7555 East 56th St. Indianapolis, IN 46226.  For directions using Google Maps, click here.

Our featured speaker this fall will be Michael Palmer, who has been keeping bees in northern Vermont for 40 years. He manages 700 production colonies, producing 30 tons of honey per year. He runs an extensive queen-rearing operation and additionally sells nucs. Michael has spent years developing his “sustainable apiary” program at French Hill Apiaries, cultivating stock hardy to his northern environment and perfecting the use of over-wintered nucleus colonies. Michael lives in St. Albans with his wife, Lesley, their Blue Tick hound and a flock of Orpington chickens.

The cost is $25 for individual and $40 for a family and as always includes lunch.  Be sure that you are pre-registering for the Conference.  To pre-register for the Bee School, see the ‘ISBA Beekeeping School’ section below.  To pre-register to the conference, click here.  The location will be posted as soon as it is available.


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Have you renewed your membership yet, or, want to join?  There are two simple ways to renew or sign up.

If you are not a member, we encourage anyone who has an interest in beekeeping or related areas to join.   If you are unsure when your membership expires, contact Debbie at or call 317-432-9578.

For new memberships, download the ISBA Membership Form 2014 and mail your membership info and dues.

If you’d like to sign-up on-line, click here.