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.
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.
(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:
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
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.
Your hosts: John & Martha Adams