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Wooden Ware Workshop Feb 24, 2018

Hello fellow Beeks,

Just checking to see if you would join us in Feb 2018 for a combined wooden ware workshop. We have a large enough space where we meet in Sandston to assemble hive parts and frames. In the past we have ordered supplies from Andy Westrich and people picked them up on Saturday. Some stayed to assemble and others took their supplies with them. See info below on prices, etc. We will do the workshop on Sat Feb 24th from 9am-2pm. We’ve had three air nail guns and jigs etc to use. Please let me know if your group would like to join us or if a different Sat that would work for your group.  To see new beekeepers putting things together is refreshing too. Thank you.

Steve Bugnacki

East Richmond Beekeepers

http://www.eastrichmondbeekeepers.org/
I got the price list Andy Westrich will use for the Feb Wooden Ware Workshop on the 24th of Feb. Please send it out to your members that would like to order some things. I realize it is early but perhaps some there are some who would like to at least place an order for the holiday gift season. Any questions on ordering please contact Andy Westrich at  andy@hamptonapiary.com

They can pick up at our location for the workshop…. 13 N Confederate Ave, Sandston,
VA 23150 on the 24th of Feb between 9 am and 2 pm.
If you are interested in helping with the workshop or could lend some assembly equipment please let me know. Our beekeeping family is growing. Let’s make 2018 our best year ever for beekeeping!
PS Andy has kept the 2017 prices for us to take advantage of for 2018.
PSS Also is attached something to sing along to if you want. Share it so
freely if you want.
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2016 Honey Bee Festival

7th annual festival

Mid-Atlantic Organic Honey Bee Convention

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE MID-ATLANTIC ORGANIC HONEY BEE CONVENTION IS ALL DAY SATURDAY, JULY 16, 2016.  And this year it will be held at a new location–the American Legion Hall at 21 J. B. Finley Road in Sandston, VA–not far from Richmond International Airport.    
See our website WWW.MAOHBC.COM for details, easy registration, topics, etc. Our speakers will be: Sam Comfort, Wyatt Mangum, PhD, Virginia State Apiarist Keith Tignor, and John Adams. $50 person, $90/family – snacks & lunch included.
Thanks again from your hosts,
John and Martha Adams  
Phone:  (804) 285-BEES

Tom Sawyer Queen Rearing Classes

Tom Sawyer queen rearing class:
Learn all in one day @ $50
Simple rearing 1-100 queens
Limit 4 persons per day class
Field work on active hives
Bring your veil
No gloves allowed
May weekends
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2016 Bumblebee Jamboree

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2016 Mid-Atlantic Organic Honeybee Convention

ATTENTION ALL BEEKEEPING CLUBS IN VIRGINIA !  PLEASE INFORM YOUR MEMBERS AND INTERESTED FRIENDS ABOUT OUR 5TH ANNUAL MID-ATLANTIC ORGANIC HONEY BEE CONVENTION NEAR RICHMOND, VA. ALL DAY SAT., MARCH 5, 2016. MORE INFO AT WWW.MAOHBC.COM

$50 PER PERSON/$90 FOR FAMILY OF TWO.  FOOD PROVIDED ON PREMISES (SMALL DONATION OPTIONAL)–OR DINE OUT IF YOU PREFER.  HOPE TO SEE YOU ON MARCH 5, 2016.  NOTE OUR NEW LOCATION–SEE BELOW.
Mid-Atlantic Organic Honey Bee Convention (5th annual) will be on
March 5, 2016 at new location near Richmond International Airport: American Legion Post 242, 21 J. B. Finley Road, Sandston, VA 23150.  This is located very near Richmond International Airport. Speakers Sam Comfort, Wyatt Mangum, PhD, Virginia State Apiarist Keith Tignor, and John Adams. $50 person, $90/family.
For information, visit www.maohbc.com
DOORS OPEN 7:30 AM /NAME TAG/SNACKS.
SPEAKERS START 8 AM (SEE TOPICS BELOW).
SAM COMFORT of Anarchy Apiaries has hundreds of hives from NY to FL.  He gives bee talks around the country and the world, and just arrived back in Florida this month after giving a talk in Anchorage, Alaska.  His talk to us will include:  “Alternative Bees, Local Queens, and the Future Zombee Apocalypse. That pretty much sums it up.  Let’s stick together!”
WYATT MANGUM PhD:  “How to Catch $100 Dollar Swarms with Bait Hives.” (“Last spring I caught 17 big swarms or 30% bait hive occupancy.  That’s better than paying $2,040 ($120.17) for 17 packages.”)  “How to Catch $100 Dollar Swarms with Bait Hives”

“For a money saving presentation, I’ll discuss bait hives for catching swarms.  A three-pound package is well over $100 now, somewhere around $120.  Last spring I caught 17 big swarms or 30% bait hive occupancy.  That’s better than paying $2,040 ($120*17) for 17 packages.”  Also:

“What’s Hot:  Thermal Top-Bar Hive Beekeeping”

“For a cutting-edge presentation, I have been using thermal cameras for determining a colony’s condition in a top-bar hive.  Commercial beekeepers have started using thermal cameras to save time when inspecting many hives.  I have articles published or in press on thermal cameras in the ABJ and BC.”

VA STATE APIARIST KEITH TIGNOR:   To be announced.
JOHN ADAMS focuses on bait hives with many pictures of newer ideas – an easy way of getting free honey bees – what makes an excellent bait hive – the “how to” of location – what works and what does not – a specialized device that goes into the bait hive that is not a top bar or a frame but has what I think of as incredible potential.  It is very useful if you are one of those beekeepers who never seems to have enough equipment or the right equipment at the right time.  It is simpler, easier, faster and maybe even less expensive.  Also, these same bait hives can be used to gently get an established colony of honey bees out of a building with less work than a normal “cut out.”  A “cut out” is any process of removing honey comb out of a wall or ceiling.  A “cut out,” if you have done one, is not easy work, but with the right equipment many new doors open up.  Pest control operators and beekeepers will be interested in this.
Registration at our website WWW.MAOHBC.COM
(If you prefer to avoid registration over computer, send a check to HSS Inc., 10514 Gayton Road, Henrico VA 23238 & include name, address, phone.)
A personal note from your hosts follows:
Dear Beekeepers,
 
This is our fifth year of another adventure in organic beekeeping.  This year should be our best yet, and that is only possible because of the help  we receive from both our beekeeper & non-beekeeper friends.  Be sure to check out our Mid-Atlantic Organic Honey Bee Convention at our website
WWW.MAOHBC.COM for more details.
 
This year our one day of intense beekeeping will be on March 5, 2016 at the American Legion Hall, 21 J. B. Finley Road, in the town of Sandston, Virginia–close  to Richmond International Airport.  You will experience the newest and most likely the most advanced of gadgets and ideas.  And as usual we will have the best of speakers.  It doesn’t matter what type of hive you are knowledgeable about–after you hear our speakers, you will come away with different perceptions of how to operate in the most effective manner, and hopefully save your bees against almost impossible odds.
 
Hope to see you soon.  If you have Q’s, please send email to martha.brooks27@gmail.com or call us at 804 285-BEES.
 
Your hosts:  John & Martha Adams

Tom Sawyer Queen Rearing Classes

Every weekend starting mid-April through end of May 2016:

Simple easy ways to raise 1-10 queens using several methods without even worrying where the existing queen is.

$50 each day that you wish to participate

Methods: Hopkins, splits, walk-away and Cloake

This will be field work – you will be in the hives.  No gloves allowed.

If interested email Wilhem at bluehivebees@gmail.com

Itinerary coming soon to help you decide which day(s) you would be interested in.

New Beekeeper Class Chatham VA

Class Dates: Each Saturday
February 13, 2016. – until April 2nd.
8:45 a.m. – Noon
Location: Dadant Bee Supply
820 Tight Squeeze Industrial Road
Chatham, VA
Registration Fee: $75.00 plus
$10.00 for books/literature
To reserve your class room seat-
Ph. 336-234-9320

Ph. 434-432-8461

Classes & Resources mentioned in Monday’s Meeting

Hi Folks – The following were mentioned during the meeting and in case you didn’t have pen or pencil to jot down notes, below is the information regarding the upcoming classes as well as links of interest:

  • Check with your local Southern States for free beekeeping classes this weekend.
  • September 27th 2-4pm Kristi & Harlan will be teaching beginners and intermediate classes in Dinwiddie. Class cost $35 – to sign up please email cindy
  • Sarah mentioned several very helpful beekeeping sites on facebook that you might be interested in:

Have a great weekend – enjoy the UCI Bike Race next week!

Jill Reid
RPBBA Communications Director

Video montage – Honeybee Festival 2015