Sorry for the late notice but wanted to let the gang know that we will be there tonight 7pm as usual.
The season is starting early and have lots of questions on feeding and methods of getting our bees through these next few tough weeks so come and tell us how yours are doing.
Our club members have been involved in a few activities also and want share some stories and concerns with us.
So come rub elbows!
We are having our MONTHLY MEETING and it is going to be informative Thur 12-14-17 @ 7pm as usual.
Lorien R. Koontz
Private Lands Biologist
NRCS * VDGIF * VTCMI
Chatham Service Center, is coming with a presentation for us. She had some good information for us at the recent PCBA dinner so come check it out!
Jim Zigler, Chatham Symposium Event Coordinator is coming to discuss our 5th annual special beekeeper event at the Olde Dominion Ag Complex in Chatham, Virginia on Friday February 2, and Saturday February 3, 2018.
We have a couple more things to throw out there so sled on down!
Thanks to all who came to last nights supper and to those who couldn’t make it please come and join us for our next meeting! The food was so good we might have to make it a part of every meeting!
Enjoy some pics below courtesy of Mike:
Get ready for another FUN beekeeper night.
We have decided to combine this month’s meeting with our annual pot luck dinner on the third Thursday, Oct 19th instead of the second Thur.
Bring your favorite covered dishes and such to Betsy and Rusty’s house, 455 East Store Lane, Chatham, VA.
Rusty says that If people want to come at 5PM he will open his honey house for a tour.
Then around 5:45 Lorien R. Koontz Private Lands Biologist “will discuss one of the federal programs available that helps landowners create pollinator habitat.”
And then Dinner around 6 PM.
Rusty and Betsy will provide smoked pork, iced tea and the plates, forks, and perhaps other more potent beverages (Strawberry Mead).
Please feel free to bring a covered dish and join us, this has always been a good night to relax, eat and mingle with BEEKEEPERS so come visit!
Sorry for the late posting!
This month we will have local artist and club member Elsabe Dixon speaking to us about her latest project and how we as a club may be able to help.
In addition we will have a demonstration with live bees as to how to do a mite assessment and get as accurate a count as possible. Now is the time to get on top of your mite loads! Just because there is traffic in the front of the hive does not mean all is well within!
As always there will be plenty of fellowship, stories, and snacks. Please bring something to share and join us.
There will also be updates following this meeting as to when/where we may be having our annual fall potluck and possibly a bee school announcement with the help of the local Ag Extension office.
The Virginia State Beekeepers Association will be convening at Ferrum College in Ferrum VA for their meeting this year on Friday the 16th and Saturday the 17th.
This event is a great opportunity to hear world class speakers and meet beekeepers from all around the state of Virginia. With the meeting being so close to us – just one county over in Franklin County – it really is a prime opportunity for all of you to come and learn from the hundreds of people sure to be in attendance. There will be workshops as well as presentations, so come out, learn, and become a better beekeeper!!!
Link to the state website: http://www.virginiabeekeepers.org/
This coming month’s meeting will be an “open meeting.” We will be going over the status of this year’s honey crop and seeing who is and who isn’t pulling supers as well as generally sharing stories about beekeeping over the past few months.
Be sure to bring pictures and any harrowing tales from the bee yard as we mingle and enjoy each other’s fellowship. As always snacks and drinks will be provided, all are welcomed to contribute to the assortment of refreshments.
As always all walks of beekeepers are encouraged and welcome to attend from the most novice to the 30 year vet!
Despite what some of you may be telling yourself no beekeeping question is “dumb” and no bee story is “boring” please come attend and share with us Thursday night at 7pm!!!
Steve Porter, last month’s speaker and Past President of the Roanoke Beekeepers will be having a field day at his house – June the 15th at 6:30 PM!!! There will be refreshments and snacks available as we are all invited to go through Steve’s bee yard with members of the Roanoke club.
There are sure to be lots of knowledgeable beekeepers there for all you new folks, as well as things to learn for those of you who have been keeping bees for awhile!
His address is 9150 Sontag Rd – Rocky Mount VA 24151
Our speaker for the May meeting will be Steve Porter, Past President of the Blue Ridge Beekeepers Association in Roanoke.
Steve will be discussing bee biology and the reasons why bees swarm as well as methods for swarm prevention and capture. He is an experienced beekeeper and presenter and his program is sure to be one you won’t want to miss!
A short bio on our guest can be found below:
Steve rebuilds starters, alternators and generators and has his own rebuild shop in Boones Mill, VA (Porter’s Automotive Rebuilders) since 1984.
He has been a beekeeper since December 2011 and was going to name his bee farm Steve’s Bees, but after his daughter Abigail was injured in an ATV accident Steve changed the name to AB-BEES.
Steve is a member of the VA, N.C., and WVA state beekeepers associations and enjoys going to all the State meetings. In 2014 he became vice president of Blue Ridge Beekeepers in Roanoke, VA and was President from 2016 and 2017. He is also a member of Moonshine Beekeepers in Franklin County.
Steve has done many basic beekeeping speeches for beginners for his clubs and the Bedford library systems. Currently, Steve is an apprentice level in the VA. State Master Beekeepers Program and has taken the journeyman level test and is waiting on the results.
Above all else, he enjoys sharing his love for bees with other beekeepers.
Important note: There will be a field day to inspect hives at Dadant, Sunday afternoon (04/09/17) around 2-3pm.
Our monthly meeting this month will be on 04/13/17 at 7pm at Dadant. During this meeting we will be talking about different ways by which to raise queens. This discussion will cover the ‘why and the how’ of queen rearing and will go over different methods as well as some of the equipment used in those methods.
Sneak peak at some of the equipment and methods that will be covered: