Bee Hotels at McMaster!


We would like to invite you to a public reception at the McMaster campus apiary on Tuesday, November 4th, 4:30pm. Students in Judy Major-Girardin’s ART 2ER3 Environmentally Responsible Studio program designed a series of bee hotels to support pollinator habitats on campus. They will be installed in and around the campus apiary and will be unveiled at the reception. I hope you can join us if you are available to see the student’s work. Please share with others you think may be interested. This project has been funded doubly by OPIRG!


Seedy Saturday!

The Hamilton Urban Beekeepers have a booth at this year’s Seedy Saturday and will be talking about how to plant pollinator friendly gardens. We will also have handouts and seed samples to take home!

The event is being held on February 22nd at Pioneer Memorial Church, 1974 King Street East from 11am-4pm and will include local/organic seed vendors, a seed swap, garden workshops, community groups (such as us), refreshments and a chance to win prizes.

Come on down and say hello!


A Discussion with the Hamilton Urban Beekeepers

The Urquhart Butterfly Garden is holding  A Discussion with the Hamilton Urban Beekeepers on Thursday, September 12 at 6pm with our very own Brandi as guest speaker!

Join her for this informal discussion on beekeeping and the logistics of establishing a hive; and the current threats to bee health, including the mysterious deaths of local bees this spring, linked to the use of new pesticides. This workshop will demonstrate the ability for grassroots community initiatives to respond effectively to big problems like Colony Collapse Disorder and to build local food security.

The event is being held at the Air Force Club in Dundas.


Our interview on CFMU’s Morningfile

We were interviewed by Lindsay for Morningfile!

To download the Morningfile segment , visit the cfmu’s website:

– Click on the “Programming” button along the top browser bar. 
– You will see the weekly schedule. Click on the Wednesday morning programming block, “Morningfile” 
– “Past shows” will then pop up, and you can click on the date (29.05.2013) to download tomorrow’s show.

 Here is some more coverage of our meet and greet.

Event Alert! Hamilton Urban Beekeepers Meet and Greet

Are you interested in getting involved with the Hamilton Urban Beekeepers? We are hosting a meet and greet / cleanup night on Tuesday, May 21st from 5pm-7pm. Our bees will be coming to campus in late May and we need to prepare our space for their arrival. We’ll be having some conversation and doing some light landscaping. If you’d like to come out to meet us, see the space, and perhaps pull a few weeds, please come join us. We will be meeting at the West side doors of the Mary Keyes residence. Here is a map.

If you are unable to make it and would still like to be on our mailing list, please contact us at Rain date for this event will be Wednesday May 22nd, 5pm-7pm.


We are excited to officially announce that we have been successful in securing funding from both the OPIRG Public Interest Grant, and the Academic Science Fund hosted by the McMaster Science Society. We are so grateful for the encouragement and support of everyone toward helping see our initiative come to fruition. Because of this funding we will now be able to get bees on campus for the 2013 beekeeping season. Thank you again to all who have helped us achieve our goal!