Privacy Policy

Who we are

This website is owned and operated by the Toe Cane Beekeepers Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping beekeepers flourish in our neighboring communities. We achieve our voals via education, outreach, cooperation and mentoring.


When visitors leave comments on the site, we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection and prevention.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Contact us and other forms

When you fill out a form on the website, such as the “contact us” form, any information you submit on that form and your IP address will be retained by us so that we may address your query. Any information you submit may be used to contact you.


If you upload images to the website or submit them to us via email or any other electronic medium, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website. By submitting images and video to us, you are giving us a non-exclusive license to use that content.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two to thirty days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for at least two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Purchases and donations

When you pay for your membership online, make an online donation to the TCBA, or buy merchandise sold on our website, personal information is collected and shared with third parties so we can complete your payment, fulfill your order, confirm and record your membership, and/or comply with tax and any other state and federal regulations.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

For example, if you pay your dues online or make a donation, certain information required to make that transition will be shared with our payment prcessor.

Who we share your data with

We do not rent or sell any personal information we collect on you, but we may use non-personally identifying data and site analytics to evaluate and optimize the performance of this website.

If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. Information necessary to complete monetary transactions provided to our payment processor. If you purchase merchandise, we may share shipping and contact information with our fulfillment partners to facilitate delivery of your goods. Google Analytics may anonomously track your site visits. Email addresses and other personal information collected on the site may be sent to our third-party email service.