Beekeeping in Iowa: Challenges and Sweet Rewards

Sunday, September 22 | 4 – 7 p.m. | Glenwood, IA

2018 Reunion Weekend Mass

This field day will focus on the basics of beekeeping in the fall and winter months in Iowa. Carol will discuss a range of topics, including honey harvesting, marketing and storage options; preventing and detecting colony collapse and loss; site selection for beehives; bee forage considerations; supplemental feeding of bees; parasite and pest treatment options; bee breed characteristics; winterizing colonies; and more.

RSVP by Sept. 18

HOST: Carol Fassbinder-Orth | Bountiful Blossoms Bee Company | (712) 355-2704


Carol and her husband, Brian Orth, started Bountiful Blossoms Bee Company, LLC, in 2015 on their 23-acre farm north of Glenwood. They sell varietal honeys and an all-natural skin and hair care line that includes honey and beeswax soaps, shampoos, salves, scrubs and more. Carol is also a biology professor at Creighton University, and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of their products supports Carol’s honeybee health research program at Creighton. To increase pollinator foraging diversity in the area, Carol and Brian incorporate bee forage plantings around their property, including clover cover crops and native prairie plantings, using funds through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program.


  • Preventing and detecting colony collapse disorder
  • Winterizing hives
  • Honey harvesting
  • Supplemental feeding

LOCATION: 21341 Eastman Road Glenwood 51534


From I-29 N: Take Exit 42 for IA-370 toward Bellevue / U.S. 34 W and turn left onto Bunge Avenue. Go 0.6 mile and turn right (south) on 195th Street / County Road L31 and follow for 3 miles to Eastman Road. Turn left and go 2.8 miles; the farm will be on the right (south) side of the road. Google Maps works.


Dinner will be provided, including a honey tasting. Bring your own beverages. Please RSVP by clicking the blue button below. 

We take RSVP numbers to get an idea of the amount of food that we need to provide for the event. If you RSVP after the deadline but before the event, you are still welcome, but we cannot guarantee a meal.

RSVP by Sept. 18

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