Bexar County Master Gardner (BCMG) General Meetings are free to members and the public, and are usually held on the evening of the third Thursday every other month at the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Office, Suite 208. Note: this meeting is being held on the fourth Thursday! The meeting will begin with a social time at 6pm followed by the presentation at 6:30pm. For MGs: 1.5 CEUs; BCMG CEU Code: 003. For more information contact the BCMG President: President@bexarmg.org, or call 210-631-0400.
The Life of a Commercial Beekeeper as Lived by Randy Verhoek!
Randy Verhoek, a South Dakota native, and his wife Roberta started keeping bees in 1990. What started as a smaller scale operation with around 750 hives transformed into a commercial business involving over 4,000 hives in 1999. Roberta’s grandfather provided valuable mentorship with his 60 years of experience, and by 2003 they founded IntegriBees, LLC in Danbury, TX. The Danbury operation is now the base operation for raising queens and bees for Texas and North Dakota honey production, as well as wintering bees until they are sent to California for almond pollination. Randy is on the board of directors of the National Honey Bee Advisory Board, is a founding member of the Pollinator Stewardship Council, serves as the past President of the American Honey Producers Association (A.H.P.A.), and also is a member of the Honey Bee Health Coalition as a representative for the A.H.P.A.