June 9, 2014 Meeting Agenda & Minutes

RPBBA-logo-jpgGood Evening Folks,

Our next meeting will be Monday, June 9th from 6:30pm-8:30pm


6:30-7:00 Meet and Greet and announcements, Rockwood calendar for upcoming training and activities

7:00-7:45 Education topic to assist with training for qualified beekeeper testing – Dale Buck

7:45-8:15 Additional Education on pollinators and beekeeping plants – Chris Buck

8:15-8:30 Open mic for questions/comments.

Additionally, we will be discussing the development of a nuc program and what to expect when buying nucs.

Upcoming Events:

5th Annual Honeybee Festival

Saturday, June 28, noon-4 p.m., Rockwood Park Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road, Richmond. Enjoy music, face-painting, arts and crafts, honey and other bee items for sale, refreshments, games, nature activities and more. Learn about backyard beekeeping, gardening for beesand more. Sponsored by RockwoodPark Backyard Beekeepers.    This year we will be having Joey’s hot dogs, Gelati Celesti Ice Cream truck with a featured honey ice-cream, and Adbibo coffee serving drinks.  Please invite your friends!

Meeting Minutes

Rockwood Park Backyard Beekeepers

Rockwood Park Nature Center, Chesterfield, VA
June 9, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 pm


–Meeting opened by – Rob Wokaty

Meet & Greet-Welcome visitors and new members – Attendance-36+



Honey bee Festival– headed up by Gene Disalvo and Kristy Orcuit- June 28th @Rockwood Nature Center-12-5 p.m.  Promoting sustainable, chemical-free beekeeping practices; cultivating community awareness of bees and their important role in our well-being.  Buzz Talks with Keith Tignor, Mark Kraemer (VA State) & Cath Cowan Culinary & Medicinal purposes, demonstrations, vendors: coffee, Galati Celesti, Jadean’s smoking six 0 BQ, Rae Pottery, RPBBA soda/water

Hurray for honeybees—Hurray for Honeybees, July 19-10:30-11:30 a.m., Midlothian Library, 521 Coalfield Road, Midlothian. Learn how to take care of bees, taste honey made from three types of flowers, try on a beekeeper’s suit and see products from the hive including wax, pollen and honey. Registration required. 751-CCPL.-Chesterfield Library. Several Saturday morning during summer headed up by Kristy Orcuit.   Volunteers’ names were emailed to Kristy. .

Reyah Carlson “ An Evening of Apitherapy”  hosted by Richmond Beekeepers @ science museum Friday night July 27 from 7-9 p.m.  Workshop Saturday June 28th 10-12 a.m. at RBA meeting house

Items for Sale:

Ten Frame deeps for sale, hive tools, smoker fuel by Rob  (brought to club meeting)

Nuc program:

Rob Wokaty would like to start Nuc program with club (club would be producing):  need to look at logistics, standardizing nucs. A. insecticide free nucs b. deep vs med etc.  also who would sell.  Plans for nucs can be found on bee sourse.com . .Rob said he made 40 nucs. .

August meeting:  Having a picnic instead of meeting.  August 23rd.  @ 4 p.m.  Club providing drinks, meat, buns, condiments, etc.  Club members asked to bring side dish.  In event of rain picnic will be held in nature center.  Was suggested if you have anything to sell/trade bring it to picnic.

Current cost for queens $25-$30 each . .good time to set up nucs. .price $150/nuc 5 full frames

Education:  taking measures to prevent swarming:   growing bees

Q & A