Dear Rockwood beekeepers,
Practical Back-Yard Beekeeping
Friday- February 2 and Saturday February 3, 2018
For Small-Scale (Hobby) and Serious Sideline Beekeepers
DEBBIE DELANEY FEATURED SPEAKER – INSTRUCTOR
Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex in Chatham, Virginia
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 2, 2017 – $35
Friday Evening (6:00 PM) we will sponsor a Special “BEEKEEPERS DINNER AND PROGRAM” Starting with an exquisite catered meal. All courses will be flavored with specialty honeys! The main course will be Black Angus Beef. (This meal gets rave reviews every year from the attendees!) Immediately following the dinner, (7:00 PM) Dr. Debbie Delaney will present two fascinating programs titled “Bees in Trees” & “Coal Mining to Bee Keeping” to be followed by audience Q’s and A’s. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To Register: Checks, Money Orders or questions– contact Jim Zeigler ( ) or call Jim at 434-376-4490.
SATURDAY February 3, 2018 – $60
08:30 CHECK IN AND AT-DOOR REGISTRATION – PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Kickoff Coffee, Tea, Donuts and Fruit Light Lunch at Noon; planned morning and afternoon breaks.
Topics: Sustainability of Honey Bees, Nutritional Forage for Pollinators, Why Genetics are Important To a Beekeeper, and Honey Marketing. (End at 4:00)
Plenty of Q and A Time
Dr. Debbie Delaney Biography
Dr. Delaney is an associate professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware where she mentors graduate and undergraduate students working on various aspects of pollinator health and productivity. She teaches Insects and Society, Apiculture and Pollination Ecology and Aquatic Entomology.
Debbie has 20 years of experience working with pollinators, specifically honey bees and maintains between 25 and 60 colonies in the teaching apiary at UD’s Newark farm. She is also
proud to say she was a beekeeper before she became a scientist and ran a small honey business. Debbie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from her career achievements on many subjects relating to honey bees. We are fortunate to have Dr. Delaney include our two day symposium in her busy schedule.
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
“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.”
Just a few days until our 6th Annual RPBBA Honey Bee Festival. The club has done an excellent job and it should be a fun event for people of all ages and of all knowledge levels of beekeeping.
If you have volunteered and not heard from a committee leader, please just show up prior to 10 a.m. and ask any RPBBA member for either Gene DiSalvo or Kristi Orcutt and they will certainly find a place for you to assist. Thank you to those that have volunteered the last few weeks too. We need those extra hands and your assistance is greatly appreciated. If you have not yet volunteered and are interested in joining your fellow club members, then just please come out on Saturday and see Kristi or Gene. Volunteers, please wear your yellow RPBBA t-shirt if you have one. Rumor also has it that there will be club t-shirts for sale the day of the event too.
We also always need canopies and folding tables of every size. Every year the club members always come throughon Saturday morning with some extra tables and canopies that they loan us for the day and hopefully this year we can continue that tradition.
Looking forward to everyone joining in on Saturday as we live the mission of RPBBA!!!
Big Event, Special Guest! The next Rockwood Park Backyard Beekeepers Club meeting is Monday, March 9th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Rockwood Nature Center, Rockwood Park.
After a brief business meeting and club update, the members will be educated and entertained by Sam Comfort, founder of Anarchy Apiaries.
T-Shirts are still for Sale ($15), so bring your checkbooks or cash.
· April 13th – Raising Queen bees, followed up by a panel discussion on when to re-Queen.
· May 11th – Companion Plants, Nature’s Natural ‘Pesticides’
Hope to see everyone at the next meeting!