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The President’s Report

04-06 2021 Virtual Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Workshop Recap 07

2021 ABC Bursary

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Year of the Beekeeper: Revival Queen Bees

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What Does the New U.S. Ruling on Oxalic Acid in Honey Mean?

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Recipe Of The Month

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Alberta’s Economic Recovery Plan: building on agriculture’s strength to diversify the economy

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Year of the Beekeeper Cover image courtesy of Photographer: C. Gillis

Our Family's first ever honey harvest!

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Board of Directors President: JEREMY OLTHOF RR1 Tees AB T0C 2N0 T 403.872.4607 Teesbeesinc@gmail.com Vice President: CURTIS MIEDEMA BOX 39 SITE 11 RR1 BARRHEAD, ALBERTA T7N1N2 780.206.4483 miedemahoney@gmail.com Peace Region: RYAN HICKS BOX 625 McLennan AB T0H 2L0 / 780.837.0648 hicksry82@gmail.com NE Central Region: LORNE PRINS RR3 Station Main Lacombe AB / T4L 2N3 780.893.2337 lorne.prins@gmail.com South Region: GRACE STROM PO Box 5504 High River AB T1V 1M6 / T 403.422.0712 honeymill@honeymill.ca CHC Director: RON GREIDANUS PO Box 581 Stettler AB T0C 2L0 / 403.323.0234 rongreidanus@gmail.com

NW Region: RENE LAROCQUE RR1 Busby AB T0G 0H0 T 780.818.4268 larocquerene@hotmail.com

Alberta Beekeepers Commission Fiscal Year September 1 to August 31. Eligible Producers with 100 or more live colonies: Base Fee $50.00 and must include a Product Service Fee of $1.05 per colony plus GST.

Director at Large: DAN PALA BOX 368 Wembley AB T0H 3S0 / 780.832.5809 d.pala@telus.net

‘Keeping In Touch’ Subscription to Alberta Bee News is open to anyone interested in the Alberta beekeeping industry $75 plus GST

Director at Large: BEVAN FORD RR1 Irma AB / T0B 2H0 780.806.1310 bevanford1976@gmail.com

The $100 Club is open to anyone wishing to contribute to the support of Alberta Beekeepers where a draw for a substantial prize will be made at the Annual Convention. Alberta Bee News is published by the Alberta Beekeepers Commision. Deadline for submissions is the 15th of each month.

CHC Delegate: CURTIS MIEDEMA RR1 Barrhead AB / T7N 1N2 T 780.674.6333 / 780.674.6191 miedemahoney@gmail.com

Our GST Registration Number is 773740089RT0001. For further information please contact Alberta Beekeepers Commission 11434 - 168 Street, #102, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T5M 3T9. Tel. 780-489-6949, Fax 780-487-8640.

Alberta Beekeepers Commission: 11434 - 168 Street, #102 Edmonton AB / T5M 3T9 T 780.489.6949 / F 780.487.8640 www.albertabeekeepers.ca CONNIE PHILLIPS, Executive Director C 780.289.5604 connie.phillips@albertabeekeepers.ca

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PRESIDENT’S REPORT I hope that everyone is having a good start to spring; our bees are out of the building and our first round of pollen patties and strips is almost done. I feel cautiously optimistic with where our winter loss is at, and combined with a strengthened honey price this may be the bounce back year many of us needed.

HUB Connect is a FREE APP that has been designed to provide Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) with a range of valuable information including COVID-19 updates, health care resources, transportation info, consular info, TTP info, news, weather and more. The APP is available for download on android and Apple, and ABC has put together a great video on how to download and use the APP that I encourage you check out here: https://www.albertabeekeepers.ca/ producer-resources/hub-connect/. The office will also be sending out posters about the APP that you can put up for your workers in your accommodations.

I want to thank everyone who took the time to participate in the recent online Integrated Pest Management Workshop that took place in March. We had a great range of speakers and despite the challenges of the online format, our office staff did a wonderful job. I would like to thank all the presenters for taking the time to share their research and expertise with our beekeepers. I really look forward to being able to meet in person at this year's AGM, convention and trade show event that is happening at the Fantasyland Hotel this November 24, 25, and 26, 2021.

Producers now also have the ability to add/edit/update their own business listing and classifieds on the ABC website. A unique profile and login has been created for each Eligible Producer that enables them to login to their business profile on the ABC website and edit their own classified ads, as well as build-out their business profile to include things like: business info; where you sell your honey; opening hours; offers; social media links; images; logo etc. You can view a great tutorial video on how to access and update your business profile here: https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=I79nvSHb0tc. To request your login details, please contact Aaron at aaron.toma@albertabeekeepers.ca.

I encourage everyone to support the Tech Transfer Program (TTP) team this coming season as it continues to grow and expand in scope. Registrations are now open for the 2021 Colony Health Monitoring (CHM) program, and this year the TTP is also offering a 'self-sampling' option for beekeepers that are interested in carrying out their own field sampling. For more information on this and to book, please visit https://www.albertabeekeepers.ca/tech-transferprogram/services-2/. For information on the results of the 2020 CHM Program please download the latest CHM report here: https://www.albertabeekeepers.ca/wp-content/

Stay safe and well, and please contact your area reps with any concerns you have. Jeremy Olthof

uploads/2021/02/2020-CHM-Report.pdf. The ABC has recently launched some great new tools to help support producers including the HUB connect APP, and the ability for producers to edit/update their own individual business page on the ABC website.

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2021 Virtual Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Workshop Recap By Jeff Kearns, Research Technician, ABC

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Dr. Steven Cook, Honey Bee Health Management, USDA-ARS

hank you to all the beekeepers, bee enthusiasts, industry guests, and sponsors that made our first and hopefully last - entirely virtual IPM Workshop a success. With over 75 guests in attendance and participants joining us from across Alberta and as far away as Nova Scotia and California, the IPM provided a valuable learning opportunity for beekeepers, sharing the latest strategies on managing the health and sustainability of honey bee colonies.

Dr. Cook discussed the urgent need to develop additional commercially available miticides for use in the IPM of Varroa mites. Mainly due to the development of resistance, the currently available arsenal of synthetic chemical options for Varroa control is now dwindling.

This year’s program covered varroacide resistance, research on new acaracides, Nosema, honey bee microbiota, viruses, IPM, and more. Guests were able to engage with presenters and ask questions, network and socialise virtually, and bid on some great beekeeping items including queens, gift certificates to BeeMaid, household items, and more as part of our online charity auction, with all proceeds from the auction donated to the Alberta Technology Transfer Program. A huge thank-you goes out to all our presenters for taking time to share knowledge and improve our understanding of issues related to bee health. Translating “science” into presentations that After starting with over 50 different compounds, Dr. Cook’s research to determine if any have the potential to be used to control Varroa mite populations in honey bee colonies has narrowed the field down to 3 or 4 compounds which may be promising. One of those compounds may move into field trials this year, however, there is no timeline on when or if this compound will be registered for use in bee colonies. The overview of Dr. Cook’s research into finding novel varroacides (synthetic, natural, or molecular modifiers) that target various Varroa life-stages with different methods of action also highlighted the rigorous and complex process involved in getting a product into the hands of beekeepers. The “pipeline” from discovery and development to registration and commercialization of an acaricide is a slow-moving, step-by-step undertaking which requires a great deal of work, dedication, and funding.

anyone can understand and be interested in is a lot of work, and we appreciate the efforts. Here are a few highlights from this year’s presentations: 4


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Dr. Stephen F. Pernal, Research Scientist, AAF

microbiota, and how the protective microbiomes existing within them define a new category of social immunity he has termed the hygienesphere.

“A New Acaricidal Compound Against Varroa” was the title of Dr. Pernal’s presentation detailing how a novel substance, discovered by chemist Dr. Erika Plettner (S.F.U.) while studying cabbage loopers, has moved into field trials (BC, Alberta, and Israel) for use as a Varroa mite control.

A few examples from Dr. Anderson’s ambitious five-year research plan include a project with Randy Oliver to test two commercial probiotic formulations (although he is sceptical that adding probiotics will be effective at colony level), and working with Marla Spivak to study how propolis interacts with the microbiome to produce increased resistance to disease. One project that may interest beekeepers is the creation of a database of larval disease microbiomes and corresponding high-resolution digital images of the diseases at various stages. The data and images will be used to train AI (artificial intelligence) to identify and predict larval disease states, and Dr. Anderson hopes that the project will result in the ability to diagnose early stages of brood disease using a photograph from a smartphone.

Dr. Alison McAfee, Postdoctoral Fellow, Michael Smith Laboratories

While 3c{3,6} may lack a catchy name, it has performed effectively against Varroa in the laboratory, and compared well with thymol in those studies. Having moved into early stages of field studies, the substance continues to show promise for its ability to cause significant mite drop and suppress mite population growth, while also being safe for bees and beekeepers. While the mode of action is not known, 3c{3,6} disrupts the host finding behaviour of the mites (their ability to locate food) and causes paralysis - in either case the mites are not feeding on bees and starve to death.

With thousands of queen bees expected to arrive in Alberta from around the globe in the coming weeks, Dr. McAfee’s presentation, “Queen Failure: Two Years of Surveying BC Queens and Potential Causal Factors”, was both timely and informative. Quality queen bees that have been well-mated can carry enough sperm to last for several years of laying eggs, however, the process of shipping queens may expose the queens to temperature swings that can have lasting negative effects on a queen’s performance.

Field trials are scheduled to continue over the next three years, with much work still to be done designing a release device, determining placement of the treatment, determining the release rate and total dosage requirements, and more. Stay tuned for updates from Dr. Pernal.

Dr. McAfee defines the “Goldilocks Zone” (the safe temperature zone for shipping queen bees) as 15°C to 38°C, outside of that safe zone temperature stress can kill honey bee sperm. Roughly 10% of the shipments Dr. McAfee studied experienced extreme temperature events, and she determined that sperm viability can be noticeably affected in queens after as little as 2 hours of exposure to extreme temperatures.

Dr. Kirk Anderson, USDA-ARS In an engaging presentation, Dr. Anderson summarized some of his work in defining the hive microbiota and the colony

Dr. McAfee’s research has found that failed queens have a higher viral load overall compared to healthy queens, and that the protein Lysozyme, an enzyme that is part of a bee’s immune response, was present in higher levels in queens with lower sperm viability. This suggests “that there’s a trade-off between the queens being able to fight off infections and being able to maintain their stored sperm”

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channel to view the full 2021 IPM recording: https://

Other speakers included:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOoHi0DycrA&ab_ channel=AlbertaTechTransferProgram

• Dr. Shelley Hoover (University of Lethbridge) with an in-depth look at Nosema.

Thanks again to all of our presenters who shared their knowledge and expertise at this year’s event, and to all the other industry guests and organizations that helped contribute to the success of this event including:

• Dr. Olav Rueppell (University of Alberta) discussed “Honey Bee Viruses (and Queens)”. • Samantha Muirhead (Alberta Provincial Apiculturist) provided updates on BHAP, inspections, and EFB and miticide resistance surveillance plans for 2021.

• Blindman Brewery for the introduction to their brewery and silent auction donation. • Going Nuts (Calgary) for supplying beer nuts made with Alberta honey. • To all of the following for their generous donations to the silent auction: BeeMaid Bee Supplies, Revival Queens, Paradis Valley Honey, Alberta Sugar Beet Growers, Mann Lake, Hive Alive, and CPNA International Ltd.

• Ron Miksha (Commercial Beekeeper) gave a presentation on “Cautious Spring Feeding”. • Dr. Renata Borba (Alberta Technology Transfer Program), in addition to hosting the IPM event, gave an update on the TTP Colony Health Monitoring and 2021 programs.

Stay tuned for details about our annual Integrated Pest Management workshop being planned for February 2022!

• Dr. Elizabeth Walsh (Beaverlodge Research Farm) discussed “The AB(ee)Cs of the IPM Pyramid”

The Tech Transfer Program is funded by the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

If you could not attend (or would like to revisit the presentations again), please visit our TTP YouTube

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2021 ABC BURSARY

The Alberta Beekeepers Commission is proud to announce the availability of three $1000 bursaries to attend an accredited University or College in Canada. Each bursary will be available to Alberta residents who are actively involved in beekeeping, intend to pursue a future in beekeeping or intend to pursue a career in an area that may impact beekeeping (e.g. pathology, research or agronomy). Preference will be given to family members of eligible producers of the Alberta Beekeepers Commission and to those intending to pursue a career in commercial beekeeping or beekeeping research. Download the bursary application now at: https://www.albertabeekeepers.ca/community-

resources/2021-abc-bursary/ Please submit all completed application forms, together with two letters of reference to: office@albertabeekeepers.ca or via post to: Alberta Beekeepers Commission 11434 – 168 St, #102, Edmonton AB T5M 3T9 Closing Date: June 30, 2021 *Please note, previous successful applicants are no longer eligible to apply.

SAVE THE DATE:

2021 ABC AGM, Conference and Trade Show The ABC is pleased to announce we will be hosting our 2021 AGM, Conference & Trade Show event at the Fantasyland Hotel Edmonton in November 2021. • Wednesday, November 24, 2021: ABC Annual General Meeting • Thursday and Friday, November 25 & 26, 2021: Conference and Trade Show More information will be provided closer to the date.

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Year of the Beekeeper

A: Glyn grew up breeding queen bees at his family's apiary in

Revival Queen Bees

New Zealand. His parents were commercial queen breeders and he and his 4 siblings started helping with beekeeping tasks at young ages. He went on to study biology and chemistry at the University of Canterbury, where he met Shevelle, a Canadian biologist studying abroad. After moving to Alberta, Glyn worked as an Inspector for Alberta Agriculture and quickly noticed a lack of local queen bees. With a strong background in queen production, Glyn and Shevelle founded Revival Queen Bees, an apiary dedicated to supplying locally produced queens to Alberta beekeepers. They also sell queen cells, virgins, and a small amount of honey and other merchandise.

Q A &

Owners: Glyn and Shevelle Stephens Location: Spruce Grove, AB Website: www.revivalqueenbees.com Connect with them via:

https://www.instagram.com/revivalqueenbees/ https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMeyDL1H6 https://www.facebook.com/revivalqueenbees

Q: How did you get involved in this sweet industry – what’s your story?

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Q: What’s a typical day like for you? A: We usually get started working the bees as soon

as it is warm enough in the morning. Most of our time is spent in the mating nucs picking queens and placing cells. We also graft and move cells from starters to finishing hives most days. We run a small number of hives for honey production, so harvest time is particularly busy for us.

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What is the most satisfying part of being a beekeeper?

A: Watching how industrious the bees can be. We also enjoy being able to work outdoors.

Q: How have things like new research, sustainability,

innovation, and technology influenced your beekeeping?

A: Keeping up to date with developments is a good way

to improve management techniques. We try to incorporate recent findings and innovation/technology into our operation. Probiotics, nutritional supplements, and oxalic acid applicators are all examples of recent changes to our operation as a result of emerging research or innovation.

A: Amitraz resistance. There is a lot of great research being

done but more mite treatment options, particularly those that work while the hive is full of brood, would be beneficial.

Q: Breeding queens in Alberta has it’s challenges due

Q: What is the strangest beekeeping question you have

to our relatively short beekeeping season, how have you adapted your practices to suit the Alberta environment?

ever been asked?

A: We use larger mating nucs so they can better withstand

A: We were once asked to set our bees free so they weren’t

temperature swings in the spring. We also amalgamate our mating nucs fairly early to make sure they are able to winter successfully.

trapped inside the hive 24/7

Q: Do you sell any other bee related products?

Q: Why is it important to breed queens in Alberta?

A: Primarily queen cells and virgin queens, but we sell a small

A: Queens that are bred for conditions in Alberta will result

amount of honey and printed merchandise.

in stronger, healthier hives. Producing queens in Alberta will also reduce our reliance on imported bees and will make us less susceptible to border and policy changes. As an added bonus, queens produced close by have less risk of being exposed to temperature extremes during shipping. This means that the queens are in better condition when they go into a hive.

Q: Where can people buy your queens? A: A small number of queens are available for purchase on our website (www.revivalqueenbees.com), but most are available on a waitlist basis so it’s best to call Glyn at 587 938 7474

Q: What is one of the biggest challenges you feel the

Q: What are you happiest doing when you are not

Alberta beekeeping industry is facing and what would you like to see changed?

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A: Brewing cider and mead. 9

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Photo credit: Dan Wyns

What Does the New U.S. Ruling on Oxalic Acid in Honey Mean?

It is important to understand the difference between the goals of the FDA and the EPA, and the difference between a tolerance level and a pesticide label. The role of the FDA is to protect human and animal health. One of the ways that they do this is through enforcing food tolerances. A tolerance is the maximum amount of a specific pesticide that is permitted to be on a certain food that will be marketed in the US. This tolerance level is set by the EPA (https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-tolerances/aboutpesticide-tolerances). The goal of a tolerance is to ensure that foods are safe for human and animal consumption. Set tolerance levels take into consideration all of the different foods a particular pesticide can be on. For example, if pesticide X is labeled to be used on both cherries and apples, the EPA would establish residue limits (tolerances) individually on both cherries and apples that are low enough to account for the fact that some people are going to be eating both types of fruit, ingesting pesticide X from multiple sources. These tolerances are regulated through targeted sampling. The USDA and FDA will analyze food samples, and if they are above tolerance levels, they may take regulatory action. Usually they will contact the state department of agriculture to conduct investigations, and foods with illegal residues are considered adulterated and typically seized. An exemption from the requirement of a tolerance means that the FDA will not measure a food product for that particular pesticide. So, this recent ruling for oxalic acid in honey means that the FDA and USDA will not test honey for the presence of oxalic acid, or if oxalic acid is found during the sampling of honey, it will not result in any regulatory action. While too much oxalic acid can be dangerous, it does show up naturally in a lot of foods,

By Bee Informed Partnership, Guest Blogger and Collaborator: Dr. Meghan Milbrath, Michigan State University https://bee-

informed.org/2021/03/10/what-does-the-new-ruling-onoxalic-acid-in-honey-mean/

On February 23, 2021, the FDA finalized a ruling that establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of oxalic acid in honey and honeycomb.  For many, this was no surprise, as it has been in the works (and open for public comment) for several months. However, the announcement created a stir among beekeeping forums and groups, resulting in a lot of attention, and unfortunately a lot of misinformation being shared. The purpose of this post is to explain this ruling and what it means for you and your bees.  The short answer is that this ruling does not change the way you use oxalic acid (OA) in your hives—it does not mean you can use OA with honey supers on. The long answer that explains the reasoning is below. 10


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so it makes a lot of sense for the FDA not to look for it specifically in honey. This is great! This means that if you are selling honey or beeswax, and someone tests it, you are not going to get all tied up with restrictions or regulations if oxalic acid were to show up in it. The FDA’s goal is to protect human health by limiting the amount of residues on certain foods through the use of tolerances. These tolerances are enforced by testing foods. An exemption from a tolerance means they will not be testing those food products for that particular pesticide. The EPA on the other hand, has broader interests than just human health. The EPA is also concerned about how pesticides are used (not just how much ends up on final food products), which is why they enforce pesticide label restrictions. A pesticide label describes many things such as what should be worn while applying the pesticide, if it should not be mixed with other pesticides, and how it should be applied. Pesticide labels are written by the manufacturer of the pesticide and approved by the EPA. Labels relate to tolerances in that if used according to the label, there should be no illegal residues. So tolerances are basically one  tool to ensure pesticides are applied according to the label.

pests develop resistance. Use Oxalic acid as part of your Varroa mite management strategy not as your only mite management strategy.  • Oxalic acid does not work through the cappings (Rademacher et al. 2006).  During peak summer, when honey supers are on there is usually a lot of capped brood in the hive, and most of the Varroa will be in the capped brood. If you treat at this time, you will be missing most of the mites. Some beekeepers try to get past this by treating many times, but that can be damaging. Any time you treat it is disruptive and damaging to bees, so it is important to time treatments so you are maximizing damage to mites while minimizing damage to bees. Otherwise you will cause unnecessary harm to your colony. • When honey supers are on there are often a lot of open brood cells as well.  Oxalic acid is known to cause damage to open brood (Terpin et al. 2019).  Damaging brood during honey flow can weaken the colony later in the summer.  • We already have treatments that are labeled for use when honey supers are on and that work through the cappings—Mite Away Quick Strips and Formic Pro. If you live in a place where mite levels get high during honey production, use these products instead.  

The label for oxalic acid currently states “Do not use when honey supers are in place.” As long as this label is in place, it is the law, regardless of FDA tolerance rulings. However, that doesn’t mean that this label restriction is permanent. Manufacturers are constantly updating their pesticide labels as new research is done or as situations change. This means that it could be possible that the manufacturer may submit a new label to the EPA for approval in the future, especially if there is new research. But for now, that has not happened, so do not use OA while honey supers are on. If you want to make a change regarding pesticide use in honey bees, it is important to know who the manufacturer is of the labeled product, as they are the ones that will be changing the label. You can contact them, and you can also support the researchers who are working to study the effects of pesticides on honey bees and honey so that there is more scientific evidence to drive change.  

Oxalic acid is still a useful tool for beekeepers to keep Varroa levels under control. OA is the best tool to use when colonies are broodless. For example, it can be applied to new packages, and it is often used with success to clean up mites in the fall after bees have stopped brood rearing. Some beekeepers have also used OA in conjunction with splits and queen cells when they are making increases, to reduce the mites in newly created hives. 

The final important regulatory consideration is that pesticide use and registration is done at the state level. Your state may restrict OA use, or they may not enforce it in all situations. It is important to understand rulings in your state. 

1. Information on the Upcoming Amendment to the Varroacide, Oxalic Acid (API-Bioxal™) 2. Resources for Varroacide Registration References Rademacher, E. , & Harz, M. (2006). Oxalic acid for the control of varroosis in honey bee colonies – A review. Apidologie, 37 (1), 98–120. Terpin, B., Perkins, D., Richter, S. et al. A scientific note on the effect of oxalic acid on honey bee larvae. Apidologie, 50, 363–368 (2019). US EPA, Pesticide Product Label, Oxalic Acid Dehydrate, For Varroa mite control on bees. https://www3.epa.

From the beekeepers’ perspective, however, these label limits are not that restricting, because Oxalic Acid is not that useful when colonies are in honey production (and there are other options for use at that time). Some points to consider if you were hoping to use OA during honey production: • It is important to use more than one treatment when managing mites. Using only multiple applications of a single pesticide like oxalic acid over and over is how

OA is not the best tool when a colony is in honey production with a lot of brood and it still isn’t labeled for use when honey supers are on.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE TOPIC, PLEASE SEE THESE NEW RESOURCES FROM THE USDA:

gov/pesticides/chem_search/ppls/091266-0000120150310.pdf

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Recipe of the Month

Ingredients

Old-Fashioned Ham With Brown Sugar Honey Mustard Glaze

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1 Sunterra Market Gammon ham 1 cup unsweetened apple juice or apple cider 1/2 cup whole grain Dijon mustard 2/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar 1/4 cup honey

Preparation Preheat oven to 325°F. Place ham in large roasting pan. Pour apple juice over ham. Cover ham and roasting pan completely with heavy-duty foil, sealing tightly at edges of pan. Bake ham until instant-read thermometer inserted into center of ham registers 145°F, about 3 hours. Remove foil and parchment from ham. Drain and discard liquids from roasting pan. Using long sharp knife, score fat in 1-inch-wide, 1/4-inch-deep diamond pattern. Spread mustard evenly over fat layer on ham. Pat brown sugar over mustard coating, pressing firmly to adhere. Drizzle honey evenly over. Bake until ham is well glazed, spooning any mustard and sugar glaze that slides into roasting pan back over ham, about 30 minutes. Transfer ham to serving platter; let cool at least 45 minutes. Slice ham and serve slightly warm or at room temperature.

Recipe adapted from: https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/

food/views/old-fashioned-ham-with-brown-sugar-andmustard-glaze-241636

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favourite at Easter time, this recipe for glazed ham features a locally sourced Gammon ham from Sunterra Market, and pure local honey from Gull Lake Honey Company.

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Alberta’s Economic Recovery Plan:

building on agriculture’s strength to diversify the economy By Shannon Sereda, Senior Government Relations and Policy Manager, Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions

required under the OHSA will be moving into guidelines yet to be defined. While having basic safety programming is still an imperative part of risk management on farms, the changes will allow for more flexibility to adapt safety programs to fit the structure and needs of all farm businesses. Other positive changes have reduced time limits for disciplinary action complaints and made changes to clarifying what is determined to be dangerous work. OHSA changes are expected to come into effect on September 1, 2021. AgSafe Alberta will be monitoring the details as more information becomes available, stay tuned! For questions please contact AgSafe Alberta at

ALBERTA’S ECONOMIC RECOVERY PLAN recognizes the agri-food sector as an important part of Alberta’s post pandemic recovery, growth and diversification strategy. Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions’ general manager, Tom Steve participated in the provincial agriculture and forestry sector table that contributed to the plan. To achieve growth in agriculture, the plan focuses on core areas including: attracting investment to expand and diversify valueadded processing, increasing access to key global markets and expanding infrastructure to increase primary production. The Government of Alberta made a number of new announcements within the last few months that support these priorities.

info@agsafeab.ca. Changes to Mandatory Entry Level Training for experienced Class 3 drivers

• The Government of Alberta has set a goal to increase agrifood exports to $16.6 billion by 2022, a 43 per cent increase from 2018 that totaled $11.6 billion. In September 2020, it was announced that more agricultural representatives will be sent to the province’s trade offices in U.S., Europe, Mexico and Singapore to help meet this goal.

On November 26, 2020 the Government of Alberta announced two initiatives to help reduce the cost and time for Albertans to become Class 1 drivers. The Experience and Equivalency Class 1 Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) program will recognize the experience and knowledge that farm workers and workers in other industries gain through work experience. The program will recognize Class 3 drivers with a minimum two years of experience and allow them to take an abbreviated MELT program, requiring 40 hours of training compared to the 113 hours required for the full Class 1 drivers MELT program. Team Alberta and other industry partners have advocated for measures to streamline the process for farm workers to obtain their Class 1 MELT licences such as eliminating barriers to cost and time associated with Class 1 licencing.

• In October 2020, investments in irrigation infrastructure were announced between the Government of Alberta, the Infrastructure Bank of Canada and eight irrigation districts. These investments into new irrigation projects totaling $815 million will convert open canals into underground pipelines, modernize existing systems and open new reservoirs that will allow for expansion in farming areas. Additionally, $10 million has been invested in irrigation rehabilitation projects for maintenance and infrastructure improvement. • Invest Alberta has been created as Alberta’s first crown corporation dedicated to investment attraction. They have named agriculture a key sector supporting investments in valueadded processing.

A second program, Driving Back to Work will cover up to 90 per cent of the costs associated with obtaining a Class 1 commercial truck license for unemployed Albertans. This program aims to help Albertans pursue a career in the commercial trucking industry while also working to fill an expected shortage of 3,600 commercial truck drivers by 2023.

Bill 47, Ensuring Safety and Cutting Red Tape Act In November 2020, Alberta’s Minister of Labour and Immigration, Jason Copping tabled omnibus Bill 47, Ensuring Safety and Cutting Red Tape Act. The legislation will roll back changes made under the previous government to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the Workers Compensation Act. For producers, these changes mean that the nine components of a health and safety system currently

More information on the program and applications is available on the Government of Canada’s website.

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PARADIS VALLEY HONEY LTD Apiary in Watino, AB (NE-34-77-24-W5); requires the following for the 2021 beekeeping season. 5-Apiary Technicians (NOC8431) $15.42/ hr; 5-Apiary Workers (NOC8431) $15.42/hr & 2-Farm Labourers (NOC8431) $15.42/hr. APIARY TECHNICIAN applicants must have, minimum 3 years' experience with commercial beekeeping & are expected to work efficiently unsupervised. Experience driving trucks and a clean driving record are assets. APIARY WORKER applicants must have one or more years' experience working with live bee colonies; all work will be done supervised. FARM LABOURER applicants do not require any previous experience, training is available and all work will be done under supervision. All listed positions are seasonal/fulltime positions from April 2021-November 2021 with 40-50 hours of work per week. Hours of work are dependent on weather conditions. No formal education is needed for any of these positions. All positions take part in the break down & rebuilding of live bee colonies, honey harvest, honey extraction, collection of pollen & feeding of hives. On-site farm housing is available. Interested applicants can apply by emailing resumes info@paradisvalleyhoney.com. Follow us on FB or visit us online at www.paradisvalleyhoney.com to learn more about our values and operations

July to September 2021 (45+ hours per week). All positions may require some evening and weekend work. A valid driver's license may be required. Applicants must be physically fit and willing to work in a team environment. Staff accommodations will be provided. Apply with a resume to Daryl or Sharon Lynes, Lynes Apiaries Ltd., P.O. Box 272, Clyde, Alberta T0G 0P0. Email: sdlynes@hotmail.com

may also apply. Duties include caring for honeybee colonies, moving beehives into an out of canola pollination fields, monitoring and controlling bee health issues, honey harvesting and extraction, construction of new beehive equipment, all duties associated with a Canadian style commercial apiary. Preference will be given to applicants that have a valid drivers licence recognised by the province of Alberta. Ability to drive a lift truck is an asset. Ability to speak English is an asset, must be physically fit, & be prepared to work in a fast-paced team environment. Staff accommodations available. Please fax, mail, or email your resume to Mountainview Honey, Attn: Terry Greidanus, at Box 126 Cayley, AB, T0L 0P0. or jobs@mountainviewhoney.com

LYNES APIARIES LTD. (61118 Range Road 251) has 6 positions available for Apiary Technicians (NOC 8431). Applicants must have two years of Apiary technician experience. The rate of pay is $15.20-$17.00/hr., depending on experience. Applicants must be able to work in the presence of bees and will assist with colony management and honey extraction and processing. Duties include caring for honeybee colonies and coordinating the production of replacement bees and equipment. Also: recognizing, reporting, monitoring and controlling hive health issues. These positions are available from March to October 2021 (45+ hours per week). All positions may require some evening and weekend work. A valid driver's license may be required. Applicants must be physically fit and willing to work in a team environment. Staff accommodations will be provided. Apply with a resume to Daryl or Sharon Lynes, Lynes Apiaries Ltd., P.O. Box 272, Clyde, Alberta T0G 0P0. Email: sdlynes@hotmail.com LYNES APIARIES LTD. (61118 Range Road 251) has 10 positions available for Apiary Workers (NOC 8431). Applicants must have a minimum 1 year apiary work experience. The rate of pay is $15.20-$16.00/hr. depending on experience. Applicants must be able to work in the presence of bees. Duties include: assisting Technicians with bees and equipment, harvesting honey and extracting. Also: bee yard and equipment maintenance. These positions are available from

DEJONG’S HONEY FARM BROOKS, AB requires four general farm workers (NOC 8431) from March 20, 2021 to November 1, 2021. $16/ hr. 30 to 60 hours a week. Must be willing to do some weekend work. Three years beekeeping experience a necessity. Specific skills include apiary work, queen management, harvesting honey, assemble, maintain, and clean supers and frames, and work around bees. Work is fast paced, repetitive, and physically demanding. Must be a team player, able to operate a lift truck, and automatic honey extractor. Valid drivers license is an asset. Located in isolated rural area. WCB coverage is provided. Worker accommodation is available. Location is #9 Hajash 190012 RR 142. Fax resume to 1-403362-6506 or call 1-403-501-4226. MOUNTAINVIEW HONEY near Cayley, Alberta is seeking interested applicants for 3 positions as Apiary Supervisor NOC 8252 (40+ hrs/ wk) seasonal employment. The applicant must have a minimum of 5 years (seasons) experience working in a Canadian style commercial apiary environment with a minimum of 3 years as an Apiary Technician. Wages will be set by the NOC guidelines approx. $16.00 - $19.00 per hour, depending on experience. Possible bonus may also apply. Duties will include Supervising and working with Apiary technicians, caring for honeybee colonies, moving beehives into an out of canola pollination fields, monitoring and controlling bee health issues, honey harvesting and extraction, construction of new beehive equipment, all duties associated with a Canadian style commercial Apiary. Must be able to drive a lift truck. The applicant must have a valid drivers licence recognised by the province of Alberta. Ability to speak English is an asset, must be physically fit, & be prepared to work in a fastpaced team environment. Staff accommodations available. Please fax, mail, or email you resume to Mountainview Honey, Attn: Terry Greidanus, at Box 126 Cayley, AB, T0L 0P0. or jobs@ mountainviewhoney.com MOUNTAINVIEW HONEY near Cayley, Alberta is seeking interested applicants for 4 positions as Apiary Technician NOC 8431 (40+ hrs/wk) seasonal employment. The applicant must have a minimum of 2 years (seasons) experience working in a Canadian style commercial apiary environment with a minimum of 3 years as an Apiary Technician. Wages will be set by the NOC guidelines approx. $15 - $16 per hour, depending on experience. Possible bonus 15

GREIDANUS APIARIES in Sturgeon County, Alberta for the 2021 season from March to November. Requiring four (4) Apiary Labourers, four (4) Apiary Workers and six (6) Apiary Technicians. Seeking four (4) Apiary Labourers at $15.00/hr for seasonal/full time position. (54.00 hrs/wk) As Apiary Labourer you are required in all manual labour of the Apiary as directed. Main duties involve all aspects of harvesting honey and processing beeswax. Apiary Labourer must have a minimum of one year of experience.  Seeking four (4) Apiary Workers at $16.00/hr for seasonal/full time position. (54.00 hrs/wk) As Apiary Worker you are required to assist management and apiary technician with beehive maintenance, this involves cleaning, checking, treating and feeding colonies, honey harvesting and extracting. Apiary Worker must have a minimum of one year of experience. Seeking six (6) Apiary Technicians at $18.00/hr for seasonal/ full time position. (54.00 hrs/wk) As Apiary Technician you are required to work with, supervise and instruct other employees. Other requirements include maintaining field records, monitoring and reporting to management. Apiary Technicians must have a minimum of two years of experience. Accomm for all positions are provided. Bonuses apply. Email grapiaries@ gmail.com. Greidanus Apiaries Ltd. 56107 Range Road 245, Sturgeon County, AB, T8R 0M1 GREIDANUS FARMS INC.at Granum, AB requires 17 general farm workers (NOC 8431) from March 10, 2021 to November 10, 2021. $15.20/ hr. 30 to 72 hours a week. Possible bonus. Must be willing to do some weekend work. Three years beekeeping experience a necessity. Specific skills include apiary work, queen management, harvesting honey, preparing honey for market, assemble, maintain, and clean supers and frames, and work around bees. Work is fast paced, repetitive, and physically demanding. Must be a team player, able to operate a lift truck and automatic honey extractor. Valid drivers license is an asset. Located in isolated rural area. WCB coverage provided. Worker accommodation is available. Fax resume to 403-687-2375 or e-mail ggreidanus@hotmail.com.

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WESTLOCK HONEY PRODUCERS INC. Located at 59332 RR15 Westlock County is seeking applicants for the following positions available in the 2021 season:4 Apiary Technicians (NOC 8431). $15.20-18/hr depending on experience. Full time 45+ hrs per week Feb thru Oct 2021. Applicants must have a minimum 2-3 seasons experience working in a Canadian commercial apiary. Duties include spring, summer and fall management of bee colonies, bee health monitoring, hive feeding, honey harvesting, operating /maintaining apiary equipment and coordinating some workers. Two apiary workers (NOC 8431) with a minimum of 1 year (season) experience and with full time employmentApril thru September 2021. ($15.20 - $17 /hr depending on experience) Duties include assisting technicians with bees and equipment, honey harvesting and equipment maintenance. A valid drivers license may be required for some of the positions. All applicants must be in good physical condition, ability to speak English is an asset. Must be able to work with bees in a fast paced team environment.Email westlockhoney@gmail.com or mail to Westlock Honey Producers RR1 Busby, AB T0G 0H0

staff. Bonuses may be available. Email resumes to kiwijobs@witdouckfarms.com Drop off resumes at 94056 Highway 845 Coaldale AB, Mail resumes Box 65 Iron Springs AB T0K 1G0

depending on experience. Must have a minimum of 1-year (season) experience. (Bonus possible) Duties include: Caring for honeybee colonies in the appropriate manner. Assisting technicians with bees & equipment. Assisting with harvesting honey, pollen & beeswax. Assisting with the bee yard and equipment maintenance. 3 APIARY Laboure’s (bee farm worker) (NOC 8431) F/T (40+hrs/wk.) starting at $15.20/ hr. Applicant must have 7 months to less than 1 year of experience Duties include: Manual labor of the apiary. Harvesting honey and extraction, processing beeswax. Contact Meijer Honey Farm 181072 TWPRD 32-4 Box 295, Delia, AB T0J 0W0 Email: meijerhoneyfarm@outlook.com

KIWI BRIAN’S HONEY near Coaldale AB(94056 H845), is seeking employees for the 2021 season. Apiary Technicians: 8431 (4 positions; starting at $16.50-$20.00/ hr) and Apiary Workers Noc: 8431 (15 positions; starting at $15.50-18.00/hr) and Farm Laborers (2 Positions; starting at $15.0016.00/hr) needed full time (45+ hrs/wk) as early as February 2021 up until November 16 2021 weather depending. Some evening, night and weekend work will be required. Accommodations are available if required. All applicants must be willing to work with both leafcutter and honeybees, be in good physical condition, and work in a team environment. Having a valid Alberta driver’s license and the ability to speak English will be considered an asset. Apiary Technicians must have a minimum of 3 seasons of full time experience in a commercial apiary, have the ability to supervise/ train staff, have knowledge in commercial hive management for pollination, honey production, queen rearing and disease diagnosis. Apiary Workers must have a minimum of 1 season full time experience in a commercial apiary, and have knowledge to assist technicians with hive management, building and repairing bee equipment, placement/pick-up of pollination equipment, and honey harvest /extraction/ processing. Apiary Laborers do not require any experience but must be committed to working with bees, be in good physical condition and have the ability to work in hot, sweaty, fast paced environment. All wages are negotiable based on knowledge/experience/skill set. Personal Protection Equipment benefit is provided to all

HICKS HONEY FARMS LTD. Near McLennan, AB, 77405 Range Road 193A, is seeking for the 2021 season, 2 Apiary Supervisors, NOC 8252. Applicants must have 5 years experience working in a Canadian apiary and must have a valid drivers license. Duties will be running a crew of apiary technicians and workers to help maintain hive health. Feeding and treating bees, making splits, queen work, harvest preparation, harvesting honey, and getting the bees ready for winter are the critical duties. Wages will be $22.00/hour for the right candidate. Year round work available starting January 20, 2021. Also seeking 6 apiary technicians, NOC 8431. Three years experience in a Canadian apiary required. $16.50-$18.00/ hour. Duties include helping supervisors in maintaining bee health. Includes, feeding, treating, splitting, queen work, harvesting, and winter preparation. Also includes equipment maintenance and woodwork. Starts January 20, 2021 to November 5, 2021. Also seeking 10 apiary labourers, NOC 8431. $15.20-$16.50/ hour. Labourers will assist in harvest preparation, harvesting, extracting, and winter preparation. Experience an asset but will train the right candidate. Starts May 5, 2021 to November 5, 2021. All jobs may have weekend and evening work. Accomodations available. Supervisors and Technicians may have some work in the Similkameen valley in BC for both spring and fall. Apply to hicksry82@gmail.com or mail to Hicks Honey Farms Ltd., Box 181, McLennan, AB T0H2L0. MEIJER HONEY FARM is looking for applicants for the 2021 season. All positions are F/T on a seasonal basis from Feb 2021-Oct 2021. Applicants must be able to work in the presence of honeybees. All positions may require some evening, night & weekend work. All applicants must be in good physical condition and able to work in a team environment. 9 APIARY TECHNICIANS (NOC 8431) F/T (40+ hrs./ wk.) starting at ($17.00-$22.00/hr. depending on experience. (Possible bonus). Must have a minimum of 2-3 years (seasons) working fulltime on a Canadian commercial apiary. Duties include: Caring for honeybee colonies in the appropriate manner. Coordinating the production of replacement bees & equipment. Recognizing, reporting, monitoring hive health issues and applying appropriate treatment/controls. Harvest & package honey, pollen & beeswax. Supervise and instruct other employees. Drive (including std transmission & medium duty trucks) & daily maintenance on vehicles. Operate & maintain other apiary equipment (including forklifts, chainsaws & pumps). Conduct bee yard maintenance. Maintaining field and/or production records. Monitoring and reporting to management. 5 APIARY WORKERS (NOC 8431) F/T (40+hrs/wk.) starting at ($16.00-$19.00/hr. 17

SUPERNUC APIARIES located near Granum, AB (251032 TWP RD 104) has the following positions for the 2021 season. APIARY WORKERS (Technician/ worker NOC 8431) 4 positions; wage starting at $15.20 - $18.00/hr, needed full time (45+ hrs/wk) from Mar 1, 2021 through October 31, 2021. Some evening, night and weekend work will be required. Accommodations are available. 1 year experience required. No educational requirements. Duties include assisting with beehive maintenance and treatments, building and repairing bee equipment, moving hives, harvesting and extracting honey, andwinter preparation. All wages are negotiable based on experience and productivity. A valid driver's license and the ability to speak English is an asset. Must be physically fit and accustomed to working with honeybees. Email resumes to aovinge@gmail.com or fax to 403-687-2154 TEGART APIARIES HONEY is seeking for the 2021 season (Dec 15, 2020 - Nov 15, 2021): 4 APIARY TECHNICIANS min 3+ years experience at a Canadian commercial apiary or equivalent. Must have driving experience & may be required to supervise a crew ($16.40- $19.00/hr with possible bonus) 7 APIARY WORKERS min 2+ years experience at a Canadian commercial apiary or equivalent ($15.25-$16.40/hr with possible bonus.) All applicants must be in good physical condition and able to work in a team. Applicants must be accustomed to working with honey bees and have a good understanding of colony management, bee equipment maintenance and honey/beeswax processing. Both Apiary Techs and Apiary Workers can expect average 45+ hrs per week. Accommodations available. Some evening, and night work may be required. Main work location is Tegart Apiaries Honey Farms is located 2.5 miles from Fairview, Alberta (30024 TWP RD 820). All positions may require travel to Harrison Mills, B. C. for spring and fall hive work (small travel allowance and accommodations provided) For more details or to apply, contact Dan Tegart directly: ph. (780)835-2115 or email tegarthoney@telus.net; Box 904 Fairview, AB T0H1L0

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PLEASANT VALLEY HONEY LTD. (SW 15 46 27 W4) requires: Four APIARY TECHNICIANS (NOC 8431) with a minimum of 2-3 years (seasons) experience working on a Canadian style commercial apiary in the min. capacity of Apiary Worker or General Farm Worker with employment March thru November 2021 ($15-$19/hr depending on exp.) (40+ hrs/wk); Duties include: caring for honeybee colonies in the appropriate manner; coordinating the production of replacement bees and equipment; recognizing, reporting, monitoring hive health issues and applying appropriate treatment/controls; harvest and fill honey barrels and containers; supervise small teams of workers; driving and daily maintenance of vehicles; operate and maintain other apiary equipment; conduct bee yard maintenance; keep some field production records. A motor vehicle operator's licence with no serious infractions, recognized by the Province of Alberta and major insurance companies is required. Six APIARY WORKERS (NOC 8431) with a minimum of 1 year (season) experience and with employment March thru November 2021 ($15-$17/hr depending on exp.) (40+ hrs/wk); Duties include caring for honeybee colonies in the appropriate manner; assisting Technicians with bees and equipment; assisting with harvesting honey; assisting with the bee yard and equipment maintenance. All wages are negotiable based on experience and productivity. Applicants must be able to work in the presence of honey bees. All positions may require some evening, night & weekend work. All applicants must be in good physical condition and able to work in a team environment. Ability to speak English is an asset. Contact Ryan Olthof at 272072 Highway 13, Falun, AB; mail to RR1, Wetaskiwin, AB T9A 1W8; or email at pvhpbees@gmail.com.

an asset. GENERAL LABOURERS (FARM)– NOC 8431 (7 positions) ($15.20 - $17.00/hr with possible bonus) for full time (40 + hrs/wk) from Feb to Nov, 2021. Applicants must be able to work in presence of honeybees (Apiary work) & will assist with colony management & harvest crop. Some labourers may be required to spend 3-4 months out of province to BC (March-June) as bees may be moved to BC for spring pollination services and return to AB mid-June. Room and board will be provided for employees working in BC. Must be able to travel out of province. English an asset. No skills, experience or education required. All positions may require some evening, night and weekend work. All applicants must be in good physical condition and have the ability to handle heavy loads, bending, crouching, kneeling. Accomm available. Rural area. Apply: paradishoney@outlook.com or mail to Paradis Honey Ltd, c/o Lise Paradis Box 99, Girouxville, AB T0H 1S0

involve the work and care of honeybees for honey production and pollination services. All applicants should be physically fit and able to perform work in a team environment. Having a valid driver’s license and the ability to speak English will be considered an asset. Wages are negotiable depending on experience. On-Farm accommodations are available. Applications can be emailed to Mike deJong at busybee@telus.net Busy Bee Farm Ltd, 48549 Range Road 224, Hay Lakes, Alberta T0B 1W0

PARADIS HONEY LTD. 5023-50 St & SW4-78-23-W5 Girouxville, AB Requires 1 FARM SUPERVISOR NOC 8252 for fulltime (40+ hrs/ wk) year round employment ($15.80 - $20.00/ hr - bonuses possible) depending on experience. Applicant must have a minimum of 5 yrs (seasons) in a Canadian commercial apiary. Duties include assist management in bee colony management & harvest crop. Recognize, report, monitor hive health issues. Operate and maintain farm machinery and equipment. English an asset. Valid driver’s license an asset. 4 APIARY TECHNICIANS NOC 8431 $15.20 - $19/hr (bonuses possible) depending on experience for full time (40+ hrs/wk) from Feb to Nov, 2021. Must have a minimum of 3+ yrs experience working with bees in a Canadian style commercial apiary. Some technicians may be required to spend 3-4 months out of province to BC (March-June) as bees may be moved to BC for spring pollination services and return to AB mid-June. Room and board will be provided for employees working in BC. Must be able to travel out of province. Duties include assist management in bee colony management & harvest crop. Operate and maintain farm machinery and equipment. English an asset. Valid driver’s license

HONEYBEAR APIARIES LTD. (49535 Range Road 234, Leduc County, AB. T4X0Y7) located near Rollyview, Alberta; needs 1 Apiary Worker (NOC8431), 1-2 years beekeeping experience at $16-22/hr. The top wage rates apply to successful applicants who significantly exceed the minimum experience requirements. Must be physically fit. A valid driver’s license is an asset. Employment is for the 2021 season from April – October. Job duties include spring inspections, unwrapping, splitting, supering, honey removal, applying mite controls, fall feeding and wrapping for winter. Onsite housing is provided. Direct your application to Barrie Termeer by email to honeybear@xplornet. com or fax 780-643-6928.

NOLTE APIARIES at 55503 Rge Rd 260 Sturgeon County, AB. T8R 0T6. Seeking 4 Apiary Technicians with 3+yrs of experience in Canadian commercial beekeeping. Education not required. Salary $15$24/hr. Job duties: bee colony management, monitoring & treatment of colony diseases, honey harvesting. Seeking 6 Apiary Workers NOC 8431. Wage $15-$22/hr. 1 yr. Experience, No education. Job duties asset with bee colony management, & honey harvest. Seeking 4 Apiary Labourers Wage $15-$20/hr. No Experience, no education. Job Duties honey harvesting & bee colony management. All positions Manufacturing & assemble hive equipment. Handling heavy loads. Full-time, March to October 2021, 40+hrs/wk. Operate vehicles/forklifts. Valid driver’s license. Apply by e-mail beebuss12@gmail.com

BUSY BEE FARM LTD. near Hay Lakes, Alberta, requires Four Apiary Labourers (NOC 8431) with a minimum of 1 year experience in commercial beekeeping, wages ranging from $15.50 - $17.50/ hour; Also required is Fifteen Apiary Technicians (NOC 8431) with a minimum of three years of experience in Canadian commercial beekeeping, wages ranging from $17.50 - $23.50/hour. All positions are fulltime (45+ hours/week) for the February 1st – October 31st, 2021 season and 19

HONEY MEADOWS FARM is located 10 km south of Calgary at 226012 72st St. E Foothills, Alberta. We are looking to hire 14 beekeepers for the 2021 season,  beginning mid January through  to mid October (~45+hours/week). The work entails colony  management, harvesting and extracting honey as well as manufacturing and repair of apiary equipment. The positions fall under NOC:8431$15.20/hr-will adjust according to NOC guidelines if required. Successful applicants must have experience working with bees on a commercial honey farm for at least  2 seasons. Please email resumes to Honeymeadows1@hotmail.com.  PALA’S VITAMIN HONEY FARM   in Wembley, AB for the 2021 season is seeking 4 positions for Apiary Technician (NOC 8431), $16.00$22.00/hr with 2 years experience minimum, in a commercial Apiary. Wages depend on experience. Major duties: knowledge of hive management, disease diagnoses and prevention, weekend work and evenings. Also require 4 positions for an Apiary Worker (NOC 8431), $15.00-$18.50/ hr experience required. Major duties include assisting Apiary Technician with all duties working with bees. Some weekend and evening work if needed. Physically demanding work (40 hours + a week). Both positions start February 1-November 15, 2021. Staff accomm available. Contact Dan Pala, 721042 Hwy 724. Wembley, AB d.pala@telus.net, phone 780-832-5809, fax 780-766-3009 MIGHTY PEACE HONEY Requires two Apiary Workers NOC 8431, for full time (40+ hrs/ wk) employment ($16-$18/hr depending on experience) February thru October 2021. Must have a minimum of 1 season working full-time on a Canadian style commercial operation. Duties include caring for honeybee colonies in the appropriate manner, coordinating the production of replacement bees & equipment; recognizing, reporting, monitoring hive health issues and applying appropriate treatment/ controls; harvest & package honey & beeswax; operate & maintain other apiary equipment (including forklifts, chainsaws & pumps); conduct bee yard maintenance; Accommodations available. We are located at 833071 RR231 Grimshaw, AB Canada. Contact Mighty Peace Honey PO Box 1759 Grimshaw, AB T0H 1W0. Rob 780 332 4862 or Fax 780 332 4822 or email andrewdicksonbeekeeper@gmail.com.

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POELMAN APIARIES LTD. located near Fort Macleod, AB (102007A Range Rd 254) has the following positions available for the 2021 season: 6 SUPERVISORS (SKILLED WORKER, NOC 8253) with a minimum of 5 years(seasons) experience working at a Canadian apiary. Employment needed from March through October 2021; wage starting at $15.20 - $17.50 (depending on exp. with possible bonus) (40 + hrs/week). Duties will include: caring for honeybee colonies in the appropriate manner; coordinating the production of replacement bees and equipment; recognizing, reporting, monitoring hive health issues and applying appropriate treatment/controls; harvest and fill honey barrels and containers; supervise small teams of workers; driving of vehicles; operate and maintain other apiary equipment; conduct bee yard maintenance. 18 TECHNICIAN/ WORKERS (LOW SKILL WORKER, NOC 8431) with a minimum of 1-2 years experience. Employment needed from April through November 2021; wage starting at $15.20$16.50(depending on exp. with a possible bonus) (40 + hrs/week). Duties will include: caring for honeybee colonies in the appropriate manner; assisting Technicians with bees and equipment; assisting with harvesting honey; assisting with the bee yard and equipment maintenance. 3 GENERAL FARM LABOURERS (LOW SKILL WORKER, NOC 8431) experience is an asset but will be trained. Employment needed for April through November 2021; wage starting at $15.20 per/hour (with possible bonus) (40 + hrs/week). Duties will include: Supering and harvesting honey, cleaning honey extraction and storage equipment, barrel moving prep, filling and storage, manufacture and assemble and maintain hive equipment, and bee yard maintenance. All wages are negotiable based on experience and productivity. Housing is available. Applicants must be able to work in the presence of honey bees. All positions may require some evening, night & weekend work. All applicants must be in good physical condition and able to work in a team environment. Ability to speak English is an asset. Email resumes to pollenpal@gmail.com attention Poelman Apiaries or fax to 403-6872410 or mail to Box 1887 Fort Macleod, AB T0L 0Z0.

Technicians must have a minimum of 1-2 seasons working in a Canadian style commercial apiary, as an Apiary harvester. Apiary Technicians will be required to assist Apiary Supervisors with day to day colony management, extracting and honey processing. All positions do require some evening, night and weekend work. All applicants should be able to work in a team environment. English is an asset as well as a valid driving license. Work will be in southern BC (Fraser Valley). Contact Carolyn Shipley at jmcshipley@shaw.ca.

Apiary Worker or General Farm Worker with employment March thru October 2021 ($15.20$19/ hr depending on exp. with possible bonus) (40+ hrs/wk); Duties include: caring for honeybee colonies in the appropriate manner; coordinating the production of replacement bees and equipment; recognizing, reporting, monitoring hive health issues and applying appropriate treatment/ controls; harvest and fill honey barrels and containers; supervise small teams of workers; driving and daily maintenance of vehicles; operate and maintain other apiary equipment; conduct bee yard maintenance; keep some field production records. A motor vehicle operator's licence with no serious infractions, recognized by the Province of Alberta and major insurance companies is required. Five APIARY WORKERS (NOC 8431) with a minimum of 1 year (season) experience and with employment March thru October 2021 ($15.20$17/ hr depending on exp. with possible bonus) (40+ hrs/wk); Duties include caring for honeybee colonies in the appropriate manner; assisting Technicians with bees and equipment; assisting with harvesting honey; assisting with the bee yard and equipment maintenance. All wages are negotiable based on experience and productivity. Applicants must be able to work in the presence of honey bees. All positions may require some evening, night & weekend work. All applicants must be in good physical condition and able to work in a team environment. Ability to speak English is an asset. Contact Jeremy Olthof at 23318Hwy 50, Tees, AB; mail to RR1, Tees, AB T0C 2N0; or email at teesbeesinc@gmail.com

GOLDEN EARS APIARIES INC Mission, BC, is seeking 12 Apiary Supervisors at $14.80/hr starting Feb 1,2021 until Oct. 31/2021, working 40+ hrs/ week. Apiary Supervisors must have a minimum of 3 seasons working full time (40+hr/wk) in a Canadian style commercial beekeeping operation, and must have a good understanding of honeybee management and have the ability to independently assess hive health and make decisions regarding individual hive management. Also, we require 3 Apiary Technicians at $14.13/hr working 40+hr/ wk, from March 1,2021 to Oct.31/2021. Apiary

MIGHTY PEACE HONEY Requires Six Apiary Technicians, NOC 8431, for full time (40+ hrs/ wk) employment ($16-$20/hr depending on experience) February thru October 2021. Must have a minimum of 2 seasons working full-time on a Canadian style commercial operation. Duties include caring for honeybee colonies in the appropriate manner, coordinating the production of replacement bees & equipment; recognizing, reporting, monitoring hive health issues and applying appropriate treatment/ controls; harvest & package honey & beeswax; supervise small teams of workers; drive (including std transmission & medium duty trucks) & daily maintain vehicles; operate & maintain other apiary equipment (including forklifts & pumps); conduct bee yard maintenance; keep some field and/or production records; Accommodation available. We are located at 833071 RR231 Grimshaw, AB Canada. Please contact Mighty Peace Honey PO Box 1759 Grimshaw, AB Canada T0H 1W0. Rob 780 332 4862 or Fax 780 332 4822 or email andrewdicksonbeekeeper@gmail.com TEGART APIARIES is seeking 3 APIAIRY WORKERS with min 2+ years experience at a Canadian Commercial apiary operation. (@ $15.25-$16.40/ hr with possible bonus) for July 10, 2021 to November 15, 2021. All applicants must be in good physical condition and able to work in a team. Successful applicants must be accustomed to working with honey bees & have a good understanding of colony management, bee equipment maintenance & honey extracting/ beeswax processing. Apiary workers can expect on average 45+ hrs/week. Accom. available. Some evening & night work will be required. Main work location is Tegart Apiaries Honey Farms is located 2.5 miles from Fairview, Alberta (30024 TWP RD 820). Position may require travel to Harrison Mills, B. C. for spring and fall hive work (small travel allowance and accommodations provided) For more details or to apply, contact Dan Tegart directly at 780 835 2115 or tegarthoney@ telus.net; PO Box 904, Fairview, AB T0H 1L0 TEES BEES INC. requires: Three APIARY TECHNICIANS (NOC 8431) with a minimum of 2-3 years (seasons) experience working on a Canadian style commercial apiary in the min. capacity of 20

MCW APIARIES has two positions available for Apiary Technician (NOC8431) starting February 1st October 31st 2021. Must have at least three years of commercial beekeeping experience with wage staring at $18/hr, accommodation available if required, must have a valid driver's license. Hours are 45 hours per week with some weekends and evenings. Duties include doing and overseeing such tasks as feeding, medicating, spring brood management, queen rearing, making nucs, honey harvesting and moving hives. Contact Mike by fax at 780 624 9408 or mcwap@abnorth.com. We are located at 84172 Range Rd 204 East of Peace River near the hamlet of St Isidore. MCW APIARIES has two positions available for Apiary Workers (NOC 8431), starting February 1st October 31st, 2021. Must have at least one year of experience and a valid driver's license. Accommodation available if required. Wages starting at $15/hr with some evening and weekend work. Hours are 45 hours per week with some evening and weekends,1he lob involves doing such tasks as feeding, medicating, honey harvesting and moving hives. Contact Mike by fax at 780 624 9408 or mcwap@abnorth.com. We are located at 84172 Range Rd 204. East of Peace River near the hamlet of St Isidore.


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T’N’T APIARIES REQUIRE: An APIARY FOREPERSON (NOC 8252) for fulltime (40+ hrs/wk) year round employment ($19.00$25/hr depending on experience. Bonuses possible). Applicant must have a minimum of 5 years (seasons) fulltime in a Canadian style commercial apiary environment with a minimum of 3 years (seasons) working as an Apiary Technician. Duties include: Caring for honeybee colonies in the appropriate manner. Co-ordinating the production of replacement bees & equipment. Recognizing, reporting, monitoring and controlling hive health issues. Harvest & package honey, pollen & beeswax. Supervise & train workers. Drive (including std transmission & medium duty trucks) & daily maintenance of vehicles. Operate & maintain other apiary equipment (including forklifts, chainsaws & pumps). Conduct bee yard maintenance. Keep field and/or production records. Interact with external farm personnel. 5 APIARY TECHNICIANS (NOC 8431) for full time (40+ hrs/wk) employment ($17.00-$22/hr depending on experience. Bonuses possible) Two (2) positions year-round. Three (3) positions March 1st - October 31st. Must have a minimum of 2 years (seasons) working fulltime on a Canadian style commercial apiary in the min. capacity of Apiary Assistant or General Farm Worker. Duties include: Caring for honeybee colonies in the appropriate manner. Co-ordinating the production of replacement bees & equipment. Recognizing, reporting, monitoring hive health issues and applying appropriate treatment/ controls. Harvest & package honey, pollen & beeswax. Supervise small teams of workers. Drive (including std transmission & medium duty trucks) & daily maintenance of vehicles. Operate & maintain other apiary equipment(including forklifts, chainsaws & pumps). Conduct bee yard maintenance. Keep some field and/or production records. 6 APIARY WORKERS (NOC 8431) for full time (40+ hrs/wk) employment ($15.00-$19.00/hr. depending on experience. Bonuses Possible) January thru November 2021. Applicants must be able to work in the presence of honey bees. Duties include: Caring for honeybee colonies in the appropriate manner Assisting Technicians with bees & equipment. Assisting with harvesting honey, pollen & beeswax. Assisting with the bee yard and equipment maintenance. All positions may require some evening, night & weekend work. All applicants must be in good physical condition and able to work in a team environment. A motor vehicle Operator’s license with no serious infractions, recognized by the Province of Alberta & major insurance companies, is required for the Foreperson position and preference will be given to those Technician & Worker applicants holding one. Contact Dave Tharle, 44116 - Hwy 659, Ardmore, AB or Box 80, Ardmore, AB. (Fax 780-826-6013) tntapi@mcsnet.ca

GREIDANUS HONEY MILL We require 5 Apiary Workers (NOC 8431) with a minimum of 1 year experience on a Canadian style commercial apiary to work in Northern Saskatchewan ($15.20/hr) in 2021. The position is full time (40+ hrs/week) from early March to late October. Major duties involve all aspects of bee colony operations under the supervision of an Apiary Technician. A motor vehicle Operator’s license that is recognized by the province of Alberta and major insurance companies and the ability to speak English are considered assets. Staff accommodations are available in Northern Saskatchewan. Production bonus may apply. We are seeking workers for the 2021 beekeeping season near High River, AB. All positions will be available on a seasonal basis. Production bonus may apply. All applicants must be physically fit and willing to work in a team environment. Staff accommodations are available. We require 4 Apiary Technicians (NOC 8253) with a minimum of 3 years experience on a Canadian style commercial apiary ($17-$19/hr depending on experience). The position is full time (40+ hrs/ week) from mid February to mid October. Major duties involve all aspects of bee colony operations with the assistance of the Apiary Workers. The ability to operate and maintain equipment utilized in the beekeeping industry and keep accurate records for monitoring hive health is essential to the position. A motor vehicle Operator’s license that is recognized by the province of Alberta and major insurance companies is required for these positions. The ability to speak & write in English are assets. We require 4 Apiary Workers (NOC 8431) with a minimum of 1 year experience on a Canadian style commercial apiary ($15.50-$16.50/hr depending on experience). The position is full time (40+ hrs/week) from mid February to mid October. Major duties involve all aspects of bee colony operations under the supervision of an Apiary Technician. A motor vehicle Operator’s license that is recognized by the province of Alberta and major insurance companies and the ability to speak English are considered assets. We require 4 Apiary Workers (NOC 8431) with a minimum of 1 year experience on a Canadian style commercial apiary ($15.20/hr). The position is full time (40+ hrs/week) from late March to late October. Major duties involve all aspects of bee colony operations under the supervision of an Apiary Technician. A motor vehicle Operator’s license that is recognized by the province of Alberta and major insurance companies and the ability to speak English are considered assets. We require 10 Apiary Labourers (NOC 8431 - $15.20/hr) with a minimum of 1 year experience on a Canadian style commercial apiary. The position is full time (40+ hrs/week) from beginning of June to late Oct. Major duties involve all aspects of harvesting honey and processing beeswax. The ability to speak English is considered an asset. Apply with resume to Grace Strom at The Greidanus Honey Mill, Box 5504, High River, AB T1V 1M6 or fax resume to 403-652-7683

GOOD MORNING HONEY LTD. in Parkland County, AB (51516-RR15) is looking for: (2) APIARY TECHNICIANS ($16.50/hr NOC8431 for employment January thru October 2021. The positions are full time (44+ hrs/wk). Some weekend, evening and night work required. Accommodation provided. Located 10 min SW of Stony Plain, Alberta. The Apiary Technician must have a minimum of three years experience in a Canadian commercial apiary working as an Apiary Technician or Apiary worker. Experience required in hive management for honey production, disease diagnosis, general hive health and mite threshold monitoring. Applicant must be in good physical condition. A valid driver's license is required. We also require (3) APIARY WORKERS ($15.50/ hr) NOC8431 with employment January thru October 2021. The positions are full time (44+ hrs/wk). Some weekend, evening and night work required. Accommodation provided. Located 10 min SW of Stony Plain, Alberta. The Apiary Worker MUST be able to work in the presence of honey bees and will assist with colony management as well as honey extraction. Applicant must be in good physical condition and have a minimum 1+ years experience working in a Canadian style commercial apiary. We also require (2) APIARY LABOURER (Bee Farm Worker) ($15/hr ) NOC 8431 with employment January thru October 2021. This position is full time (44+ hrs/wk.) Some weekend, evening and night work required. Accommodation provided. Located 10 min SW of Stony Plain, Alberta. The Apiary Labourer MUST be able to work in the presence of honey bees. Applicant must be in good physical condition. Production bonus payments may be included for all positions. Email resumes to Richard at albertahoney@gmail.com or call (780) 257-9060 between 9am-5pm Mon-Fri only.

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YAREMCIO HONEY is seeking 8 full time seasonal Apiary Technicians (NOC 8431) for the 2021 March - October Season. Apiary Technician's must have at least 2 years previous bee keeping experience and a valid driver's license. Apiary Technician's must be able to work in a team environment, as well as, independently. Apiary Technicians must also have great attention to detail and handle the pressure of working under tight deadlines. Previous leadership experience is considered an asset. Duties of an Apiary Technician include but are not limited to site preparation, site maintenance, colony management, honey extraction, and preparing hives for winter. Hours of work are minimum 40 hours per week or more. The salary range for Apiary Technicians is $15.20-19.00/hr. Email: yaremciohoney@live.com Micheal Yaremcio 780-603-4594.


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NIXON HONEY FARM in Red Deer County, Alberta is accepting applications for the 2021 season on a seasonal full time basis, February thru October: 3 APIARY TECHNICIANS (NOC 8431) Full time employment (40+ hrs/week) $1720/hr depending on experience with possible bonus. Must have minimum 2 years of experience working full time on a commercial honeybee farm. Duties include: woodwork (building bee related equipment), caring for bees in an appropriate manner, coordinating the production of replacement bees and equipment; recognizing, reporting, monitoring hive health issues and applying appropriate treatments/controls. Moving hives as required; harvest, extract and package honey, lead small teams of workers, drive and maintain vehicles, operate and maintain other bee related equipment such as forklifts, conduct bee yard maintenance, general cleaning of working/production areas. 12 APIARY WORKERS (NOC 8431) Full time (40+ hrs/week) $15-18/ hr depending on experience, possible bonuses. Minimum 1 year experience. Duties include: woodwork (building bee related equipment), caring for bees in an appropriate manner, assisting technicians with bees and equipment, assisting with moving bees, assisting with honey harvest, extraction and packaging, assisting with bee yard and equipment maintenance, cleaning of working/ production areas. 2 APIARY TECHNICIANS Minimum 5 years (seasons) experience on a Canadian commercial honeybee farm. Job duties include woodwork (building bee related equipment), caring for bees in an appropriate manner, coordinating the production of replacement bees and equipment; recognizing, reporting, monitoring hive health issues and applying appropriate treatments/controls. Moving hives as required, harvest, extract and package honey, lead small teams of workers, drive and maintain vehicles, operate and maintain other bee related equipment such as forklifts, conduct bee yard maintenance, general cleaning of working/ production areas. These two positions are for full time year round work starting October 2020. Wage $17-20/hr. Winter work consists of the same jobs but heavier on the woodwork and maintenance of bee related equipment.All wages are negotiable based on experience and productivity. All positions may require some night and weekend work. All applicants must be able to work in the presence of bees, be in good physical condition and able to work in a team environment. On farm housing is available. Email resumes to: info@nixonhoney.ca or mail to: Nixon Honey Farm, #20, 35566 RR 263, Red Deer County, Alberta, T4G 0C9

(NOC 8431) - 4 seasonal positions, 3 full time. Wages $16 - 18.50/hour, depending on experience. Duties include hive management, queen introduction and nuc production, pest/disease recognition and treatment; hive supering, honey removal and extraction, and winter hive preparation. Positions require 2-5 years of experience. Apiary Worker (NOC 8431) - 2 seasonal positions, $15.20 - 16/ hr, depending on experience. Duties include assisting beekeeper technicians with spring hive management, nuc production, hive supering, honey removal and extraction, and winter hive preparation. Seasonal positions run from midApril to mid- October. Apply to termeerbill@ yahoo ca or fax resume to 780-833-5747

records, including using an online app. Three years’ experience required in a Canadian-style commercial apiary. Apiary Worker NOC 8431 (8 seasonal positions available, February to October 2021) - $15.50/hour plus bonus for superior work. Duties include caring for honeybee colonies; harvesting honey, pollen and beeswax. Minimum one year experience required in a Canadian-style commercial apiary. Apiary Harvester NOC 8431 (8 seasonal positions available, February to October 2021) - $15.25/hour plus bonus for superior work. Duties include harvesting and extracting honey, pollen and beeswax. Minimum six months’ experience in a Canadian-style commercial apiary. All positions are physically demanding and involve standing/bending/crouching for long periods; heavy lifting; repetitive tasks; working outdoors in the heat in a rural environment; driving and maintaining farm equipment (class 5 driver’s license required, class 3 preferred); 40-70 hours per week including evenings, weekends and overtime as required, as well as ability to work in a team environment and show attention to detail. Positions are in Rosedale, British Columbia with summer months spent in Boyle, Alberta. Accommodation provided at both locations. Worker Bee Honey Company Ltd. 10609 McGrath Road, Rosedale, BC V0X 1X2 tel: 604-794-3315; fax: 604-794-3085; jobs @workerbeehoney.ca

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WILDROSE COUNTRY APIARY LTD in Smoky Lake, AB is seeking 2 full time Apiary technicians (NOC 8431) on a two year work contract starting March 2021-2023. A minimum of 2 years on a commercial beekeeping operation is required. We are also seeking to hire 2 seasonal apiary Technicians (NOC 8431) from March thru October 2021. $16-20hr 32-60 hours a week. 1 year experience is required. We are also seeking 1 apiary labourer for July thru September 2021. $15.20 -17hr (NOC 8431) Specific skills include colony management, honey production, spring & winter preparation, and general maintenance on the farm. Must be physically fit and prepared to work in an efficient team environment. Expect some weekend and evening work. Located in a rural setting. Worker accommodation is provided. To apply email wildrosecountryapiary@gmail.com SEVERSON HONEY FARM at 48143 Range Rd 204 Camrose, AB is seeking for the 2021 season from Feb – Nov 1: 6 apiary workers (NOC8431) with a min of 1-year experience, wages starting at $15/hr & 7 Apiary Technicians (NOC8431) with a min of 2-3 years experience, wage starting at $16.50/hr. These positions are fulltime 40+ hrs/ week & may req. some evening,night, weekend work. Work involves care of honey bees for honey production & pollination services. All applicants must be physically fit &be able to perform work in a team environment. On farm accomm are avail. Wages are negotiable depending on experience. Please send resume to Russell at rads@netkaster.ca Cell 780-608-0076. WORKER BEE HONEY COMPANY Apiary Technician NOC 8431 (6 seasonal positions available, January to November 2021) - $17.00/ hour plus bonus for superior work. Duties include caring for honeybee colonies; recognizing and monitoring hive issues; supervising 2-4 Apiary Workers; harvesting, extracting and packaging honey, beeswax and pollen; using power tools; and maintaining field and/or production 24

LALLIER APIARIES Located at 56226 Range road 64 Sangudo, AB is in need of one (1) apiary worker (low skill worker) for the 2021 season;wage $16/hr. The position is full time (40+ hrs/wk depends on the weather). The season willstart on March 2021 until October 2021. TheApiary Worker will assist the Apiary Technicianwith beehive maintenance this involves unwrapping, cleaning, treating, make new hives(splits), honey harvesting & extracting, feeding and wrapping in the fall. Applicant may send a resume to extremehaulinginc@gmail.com. S.S. HONEY INC. is looking for 4 Apiary Workers (NOC 8431) from April 1 2021 to October 31 2021. Full Time Seasonal employment on a Canadian commercial beekeeping operation. (40+/hrs a week) $16 to $18/hr depending on experience, minimum 1 year experience. Must be physically fit and be able to work as a team. Duties include and are not limited to: Hive Management, Detecting Hive Diseases, Treating Hive Diseases, Extraction of Honey, Operating Farm equipment. International Drivers License is an asset. Some evenings and weekends are required. Worker Accommodation is available. Send resume to sshoneyinc@gmail.com or by mail Box 765, High Prairie, Ab, T0G-1E0.


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PHILPOTT HONEY PRODUCERS LTD. located 10 kms north of Brooks is accepting resumes for Apiary workers for the 2021 beekeeping season. The position starts Feb 1st, 2021 and carries on until Oct 31st, 2021. Full time hours (45+hrs/week) and some weekends and evenings are required. All applicants must be in good physical condition and be able to work well with others. Duties to include helping with all aspects of beekeeping and honey production in a commercial beekeeping operation. No experience is necessary as on job training given; however, is an asset. Starting wage is $15.00/hour and is negotiable depending on exp. with a performance bonus determined at end of season. On-farm accommodations are also available. Please email resumes to colin@ philpotthoney.ca or mailed to box 555, Brooks AB, T1R 1B5 or faxed to 403-362-4350

of an Apiary Worker. All Duties associated with Canadian style commercial apiary such as Spring, Summer, Fall management of bee colonies, bee health monitoring, feeding, honey production and harvest, maintaining quality control/production records, operating and maintaining apiary equipment including trucks and forklifts, and coordination of some workers.

June – Sept, 2021. Wages will be range from $15.50 - $20.00 per hour, depending on experience. Duties include; caring for honeybee colonies, moving beehives into and out of canola pollination fields, monitoring and controlling bee health, honey harvesting and extraction, construction of new beehive equipment, maintain and repair equipment, all duties associated with a Canadian style commercial apiary. Some evening & weekend work required. Applicants must be in good physical conditions (able to lift up to 70 lbs) and able to work in a team environment. Must be able to work in the presence of bees and have no bee sting allergies. A valid driver’s license is required. Ability to operate a fork lift is an asset. Ability to speak English is an asset. Staff accommodations may be available. Please fax: (306) 967-2841, mail: Sweetheart Pollinators Box 155, Eatonia, SK S0L 0Y0 or Email: sweetheart. pollinators@sasktel.net your resume with references Attn: Neil Specht.

SWAN APIARIES are seeking workers for the 2021 season, February 20- October 31 2021, 12 Apiary workers (NOC 8431) and 2 Apiary Technicians(NOC 8253) in the Westlock area. Applicants for apiary worker must have a minimum 1 year (season) working fulltime on a Canadian style commercial apiary operation as an Apiary Worker. The position is full time (40+ hrs/week) from mid February to mid October. Major duties involve all aspects of bee colony operations under the supervision of an Apiary Technician. The rate of pay is $15-$16.00/hr (depending on experience) for apiary worker. Applicants for Apiary Technicians (NOC 8253) must have a minimum of 3 years experience on a Canadian style commercial apiary ($17-$19/hr depending on experience). The position is full time (40+ hrs/week) from mid February to mid October. Major duties involve all aspects of bee colony operations with the assistance of the Apiary Workers. The ability to operate and maintain equipment utilized in the beekeeping industry and keep accurate records for monitoring hive health is essential to the position. The positions are full time and may require evening and weekend work(45hrs+/wk) . Applicants must be in good physical condition as it is physically demanding work. Staff accommodations available. A valid driver’s licence will be considered an asset. Apply with resume to Hendrik Greidanus at Swan Apiaries, 520 4ST SW High River, T1V 1B6 or fax resume to 403-652-7683 P & J APIARIES INC. We are seeking interested applicants in the Westlock County area for the following positions, including... (10) APIARY TECHNICIAN(s) (NOC 8431) $15.42-$18/hr. depending on experience for full time (45+ hrs/wk) employment February thru October 2021. Must have a minimum of 2-3 years (seasons) working fulltime on a Canadian style commercial apiary operation as an Apiary Technician or in the min. capacity

- (10) APIARY WORKER(s) (NOC 8431) $15.42$16.50/hr. depending on experience for full time (45+ hrs/wk) employment March thru October 2021. Must have a minimum of 1 year (season) working fulltime on a Canadian style commercial apiary operation as an Apiary Worker or in the min. capacity of an Apiary Harvester/Labourer. All duties related to Canadian style commercial apiary associated with assisting Beekeepers/ Apiary Technicians with Spring, Summer, Fall colony management, moving colonies, maintaining of apiary equipment, and all aspects in the collection extraction/processing of honey. All positions may require some evening & weekend work. All applicants must be in good physical conditions and able to work in a fastpace team environment. All Applicants must be able to work in the presence of bees. A valid driver’s license may be required for some of the Apiary Technician positions. Apply with resume to Todd Eastman at P & J Apiaries Inc., p.j.apiaries.applicants@shaw.ca, Fax. 780 349 6610 . (Location 61232 – RR240 Westlock Co. AB.) YUAN ENTERPRISES is seeking for one Apiary Technician (from April 15 to November 30, 2021) and one Apiary worker (from June 15 to September 15, 2021) in Peace River, AB. Applicants must be in good physical condition and do all beekeeping management. Wages from $15/hr, depending on experience. Email canadian.prairie.honey@gmail.com or Box 7554, Peace River, AB, T8S 1T2. MARC G. PARADIS NE 23-79-5W6 Rycroft, AB. – NOC 8431(4 positions) ($15.00-$16.50/hr depending on experience) for full time (40+hrs/wk) from Feb to Nov, 2021. Applicants must be able to work in presence of honeybees (Apiary work) & will assist with colony management & harvest crop. English an asset. No skills, experience or education required. All positions may require some evening, night and weekend work. All applicants must be in good physical condition and able to work in a team environment. Operate and maintain farm machinery and equipment. Valid driver’s license an asset. Apiary Workers Accommodation is available. Rural area. Apply: rycrofthoney@gmail.com or mail to Marc G Paradis, Box 487, Rycroft, AB T0H 3A0. SWEETHEART POLLINATORS/JANEIL ENT INC 7 km SW of Eatonia, Saskatchewan is seeking applicants for 16 Full Time Apiary Workers (40+hrs/wk) seasonal employment for 2021 season. 5 positions start in March - Oct, 6 positions start in April - Oct remaining start in 26

AP HONEY FARM LTD in Wanham AB for the 2021 season is seeking two positions for Apiary Technician (NOC 8253) $15 - $17 with two years’ experience minimum, in a commercial apiary, wages depends on experience. Major duties: knowledge of hive management, disease diagnoses & prevention, weekend work & evenings. Also require seven positions for Apiary Worker (NOC8431), $15 -$17 experience required. Major duties, include assisting Apiary Technician with all the duties in the work with bees. Some weekend & evenings work if needed, physically demanding work (45/ hrs + a week of work). Both positions start Jan 15 November 15, 2021. Staff accomm available. Send resumes to Artur Pala palashoney@ hotmail. com or fax 780 694 2282. SEVERSON HONEY FARM at 48143 Range Rd 204 Camrose, AB, requires 3 Apiary Supervisors/ Forman (noc8253) for the 2021 year. Must have a minimum of 5 yearexperience in commercial beekeeping, wages start at $17–$21 depending on experience. Must be able to supervise 3-4 people & operate trucks & equipment. Be organized, maintain records, work in team environment. This position is full-time 40+ hrs/ week. On farm accomm avail. Please send resume to Russell at rads@netkaster.ca 780-608-0076 SPIRIT HILLS SERVICES LTD. Apiary & Farm Manager. Spirit Hills Services Ltd. is seeking to hire 1 full time Apiary & Farm Manager for their apiary and honey winery operation located at 240183, 2380 Drive West, Millarville, Alberta. Duties will include but will not be limited to managing the apiary and honey harvest, maintain all vehicles and farm equipment during the summer season. In winter season assist with account management for sales in Belgium. Education, Experience & other requirements: verifiable automotive mechanic education and experience; apiary management experience; good people skills; team oriented; strong


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communication skills in English, French & Dutch languages. Wages: $17.00/hour for 40 hours per week. International Sales Manager Spirit Hills Services Ltd. is seeking to hire 1 full time International Sales Manager for their apiary and honey winery operation located at 240183, 2380 Drive West, Millarville, Alberta. Duties will include but will not be limited to managing relationships with accounts in Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and Italy, and to further develop the business in Greece, Spain, France and England.Education, Experience & other requirements: Bachelors degree or equivalent in management; strong oral & written communication skills in English, French , Dutch, German, Spanish and Greek languages; good people skills; team oriented; outgoing,pro-active, strategic and an experienced traveler. Wages: $23.00/hour for 40 hours per week. To apply send resume and verifiable references to hugo@spirithillswinery.com

BUTZ APIARIES Seeking: 1 Apiary Harvest Worker for Jun-Oct, 2021 and 1 Apiary Harvest Worker Jul-Sep, 2021. Starting $15/ hour according to NOC 8431 guidelines. 45 plus hrs/wk. 1+ year Canadian commercial beekeeping experience required and must be physically fit and able to work with bees. Duties include honey harvesting, extraction, equipment maintenance and associated duties. Jun-Oct Apiary Harvest Worker will also assist with winter hive preparation. Contact Butz Apiaries, butzbuzz@gmail.com. PO Box 36 Carnwood AB T0C 0W0

WOLFE HONEY COMPANY INC. requires 10 Beekeeper Apiary Workers for full time/ seasonal work (40-50 hrs/ wk.) for beekeeping season (approximately end of Feb to beginning of Nov 2021) in Guy, AB. Wages will be set by the NOC guidelines and is currently $15.20 per hour. Accommodation is provided in Guy. All applicants must be physically fit and able to work in the presence of honeybees. The job duties under the direction of the Field Supervisor and Managers include: maintaining the health of live honeybees, moving bees, collection & extraction of honey & preparing bees for winter. Also includes some woodwork for new beehive equipment, and general shop cleaning & maintenance. There will be some evening, weekend and night work required. This is an entry level position with on the job training. There are no job experience or educational requirements for this position. We work in a team environment. Wolfe Honey Company Inc. is located at #1 Main Street, PO Box 289, in Guy, AB, T0H 1Y0. The hamlet of Guy is located in the Municipal District of Smoky River. Applications accepted by email to accounting@honeybunny. ca; or by fax: 780-925-2943.

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P & J APIARIES INC. - We are seeking interested applicants in the Westlock County area for the following positions, including... - (6) APIARY LABOURER(S)- NOC 8431 (6) Positions- $15.42 per/hr. The positions are available on a seasonal/full-time basis (45+ hrs. per week) for June to October 2021. Apiary Labourer duties include honey harvesting, collecting & processing of honey Apiary Labourer position may require some evening & weekend work. All applicants must be in good physical conditions and able to work in a fast-pace team environment.  All Applicants must be able to work in the presence of bees.  Apply with resume to Todd Eastman at P & J Apiaries Inc., p.j.apiaries.applicants@shaw.ca, Fax.: 780 349 6610 . (Location 61232 – RR240 Westlock Co. AB.)

NOTICES Will winter and help split bees here on BC Sunshine Coast. Gain an extra month of spring. Steve Clifford, Halfmoon Bay, BC. 604-885-9664.

FOR SALE MOONDANCE HONEY INC. has the following equipment for sale: Paradise 500 Wax Press - $10,000 obo, several hundred telescoping lids $5 each. All equipment listed above is located near Beaverlodge, AB. For photos or further info, email termeerbill@yahoo.ca or text or call 780-505-0410 Cowan 120 frame extractor with dual unloaded. Cook and Beals uncapped. Cook and Beals spin float. Call Frazer @ 403-471-1433. 400 brood chambers & 200 5 frames nucs with frames bottom board and insulated telescopic lids in excellent condition. Will have honey and pollen in them ready for packages to start nucs or as a second for your colonies . Also have two1100gl thank and a 40 ft 9.5ft ceiling container for sale. Call or email Emmanuel (778)8477380, emmanuelandhoney@yahoo.ca 1998 Cook and Beals spin float for sale. Painted steel leg extensions. Two seasons on electric motor. Should have bearings replaced. Old style simple on and off. No heat exchanger available. Asking 7000$ obo. Contact Rene, Westlock Honey. 780-818-4268. 200 4 frame nucs, spring mated Okanagan survivor stock, young comb, no antibiotic use, $250.00, ready 3rd week of May, contact Doug Gordon @250-351-9111 or email okanaganhoney@gmail.com MIGHTY MOUNTAIN HONEY LTD. 4 FRAME NUCS FOR SALE in May until mid June, approx. 500 Nucs available and 100 single hives. These units all have young proven queens and new 2021 queens. For pricing and ordering contact Matt Nagy 250-306-9896 ORDER NOW WITH DEPOSITS TO SECURE YOUR BEES! HONEYBEAR APIARIES LTD. in Leduc is continuing to downsize in 2021.   Our tank system is now available and is priced to sell.   They are Wheatland Bins with powder coated interior and exterior.   Available are two 60 tank models on skids, one 110 tank model on leg pads with hot water lines, and one 110 barrel older tank with a steel interior, good for syrup only unless sand blasted and powder coated.. The two smaller tanks include an exterior service catwalk and a waterline heating system... all tanks have interior catwalks for washing ease.  Also available are limited quantities of bee equipment including bottom boards, excluders and single stack drip boards.   Surplus supers and a limited number of hives are currently presold but we are maintaining a list of buyers.. email Barrie Termeer at honeybear@xplornet. com or text 780-446-6924 for info or pictures.

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