Spikenard Farms – March lecture & workshop

Dear Rockwood beekeepers,

I wanted to pass on some information about a beekeeping lecture and workshop that we are sponsoring in March at the Richmond Waldorf School.  They are being led by Gunther Hauk who founded Spikenard, the honeybee sanctuary in Floyd, Va.
I appreciate all your group is doing to help honeybees and hope Gunther’s approach to beekeeping will be of interest to some of your members.
Please feel free to let me know if I can answer any questions about the workshop for you.
Many thanks,
Jenny Dilworth0001

2018 Chatham Virginia Backyard Beekeeper’s Conference – February 2, 3, 2018

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: http://halifaxbeekeepers.org/index.php/upcoming-events Checks, Money Orders or questions contact Jim Zeigler (jimmyz6@centurylink.net ) 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

To Register: http://halifaxbeekeepers.org/index.php/upcoming-events Checks, Money Orders and Questions go to Jim Zeigler jimmyz@centurylink.net or call Jim at 434-376-4490

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.

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

Honeybee Festival

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!!!

Gene DiSalvo

***SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER***

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.

Sam Comfort won six beehives in a poker game in 2002, then spent several years working in large-scale migratory pollination, honey production, and queen rearing. Exploring a different route, Anarchy Apiaries now provides surplus honey, queens, and bees from about 400 rustic, treatment-free hives, a mix of Kenyan top bar, Warre, and Langstroth mostly in New York, Vermont, North Carolina, and Florida. Sam freely shares a lot of tips, songs, why’s, how’s, and plenty of opinions for and against this approach, the state of the bee industry, and how communities can work together towards self-sufficiency in beekeeping.The mission of Anarchy Apiaries is to bring the means of production back to the beekeeper, to make beekeeping feasible, simple, and affordable for all, and to facilitate the beekeeping network with more hives than televisions, because bees are ultimately about awareness.

Additionally…

T-Shirts are still for Sale ($15), so bring your checkbooks or cash.

Future Topics:

· 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!

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Russ