June 9, 2014 Meeting Agenda & Minutes

RPBBA-logo-jpgGood Evening Folks,

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

Agenda:

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

Announcements/Updates

–Meeting opened by – Rob Wokaty

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

Announcements

Events:

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

Social:

–Adjourn

May 12, 2014 Meeting Minutes

RPBBA-logo-jpgRockwood Park Backyard Beekeepers
Rockwood Park Nature Center, Chesterfield, VA
May 12, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 pm

Announcements/Updates

–Meeting opened by – Sara Buckley

Meet & Greet-Welcome visitors and new members – Attendance-35+

Announcements

a. Bee club purchase of educational tools/materials for use at meetings and festivals.

Purchase the following materials. Teaching hive “live demonstration hive with the bees frozen in place by the camera.  Each side of the eight frames have a photograph of real  bees in actual size.  Photographs include pictures of brood-honey-pollen, etc.  In 8 frame hive body.  Comes with CD for pp presentation.

Teaching hive                                                 $90.00

Lifecycle poster                                              $15.00

Beekeeper’s year chart                                  $35.00

Bees facts bookmark  (Qty 500)                    $60.00

Stickers                                                           $10.00

b. Motion was made to purchase educational tools and seconded.   Club voted yes to purchase educational tools.  Chris Buck will purchase and club will reimburse for cost.  Plan to have available by June meeting.

c. Honey bee Festival- Gene Disalvo- June 28th noon-5 p.m.  @Rockwood Nature Center-Admission free.  Karen Abel will raffle off cedar Langstroth hive ($5/ticket).  Learn how to create a bee-friendly yard, choose bee-friendly plants, and how to get started as a backyard beekeeper.  Music, face-painting, arts, and crafts.  Club has flyers to pass out.

d. Bumblebee Jamboree- June 14th Maymont Children’s Farm 11 a.m. -3 p.m. Rick McCormick heading up for club

e. Hives from Wilhelm will not be available so people who purchased them will be given refund.  Email him @ bluehivesbees@gmail.com

f. nucs @ $125 are available from Kenny Roberts

g. Valerie West from Richmond Beekeepers Association  greeted people and sold tickets for

“ A Evening of Apitherapy” with Reyah Carlson at the Science Museum of Virginia Friday June 27th 7-9 p.m.  Also, an intensive hands-on workshop is being offered for $20 Saturday June 28th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (limit 20 people)  In addition, they are looking for volunteers to pull 2 hour shifts at the Science Museum to cover their new observation hive.  The RBA club hopes to hive installed by May 18th.  If interested in helping go to http://richmondbeekeepers.wordpress.com

Education:  What to expect in May. .by Dale Buck-

Check hives make sure have solid brood pattern and hive is queen right

Swarming season- take steps to prevent swarming – choose what works for you

Supply crowded colonies with additional hive bodies

Cross level

Get honey supers on for nectar flow

Speaker: Jones Tyler- Special l talk about what he’s doing now in the bee yard and general methodology.  He has 70 hives.

Every beekeeper should have nucs-best to buy local bees that are untreated-

Have a goal before you inspect your hives. Ex. Count frames of brood

Make notes-what’s blooming etc

Best to have two hives

Water: cools hive off- good to have a source. . bees like mud or wet soil

Feeding- do not feed established hive –feed packages

Questions:  richmondhoneybee.com

–          Social

–Adjourn

April 14, 2014 Meeting Agenda

RPBBA-logo-jpgGood Afternoon Folks!

This is a friendly reminder that we have a bee club meeting on Monday, April 14th from 6:30-8:30pm.  Our guest speaker will be Pete Ostrowski who will be talking about making splits and nucs.
Also, you might be interested that Virginia will now have a new Pollinator Plate!  The bill finally passed and the final hoops are being jumped through.  For more information, visit Pollinator Plates.
 

March 10, 2014 Meeting Minutes

RPBBA-logo-jpgRockwood Park Backyard Beekeepers

Rockwood Park Nature Center, Chesterfield, VA

March 10, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 pm

Announcements/Updates

–Meeting opened by – Rob Wokaty

Meet & Greet-Welcome visitors and new members – Attendance-50+

Announcements

Explore the Outdoors-May 4th Huguenot Park – Need Chairperson

Mid Atlantic Organic Honey Bee Convention Saturday March 15, 2014

Snack Committee volunteers needed: sign-up sheet pasted around

“Kiss of the Bee”– interpretive dance see Groupon for more information and tickets

LGBG:  Beginning Beekeeping: class is full

Ashland Beekeeping Club has class— check web site for more information

Education:  What to expect in March. .by Dale Buck

Library:  Books can be checked out by members

Speaker: David Fitzgerald Homestead Traditionals– Honey Hollow Homestead. E-mail:  Dfitzerald0059@aol.com  (honeybee healthy dealer)

“Natural Beekeeping”

Recommended books:  “Bees in America” by Tammy Horn,

“Spring without Bees”  by. M. Schacker, and “Fruitless Fall” by Rowan Jacobsen.

Recipe for powdered sugar shake:  2 lbs. powdered sugar, 4 oz. garlic power—shake over frames until bees come out front entrance white.  Helps keep SHB and mite levels down.  Also place 3-4 wintergreen cough drops on bottom board of hive after nectar flow.

Recommended:  Three banded bee

Recommended:  Trees:  Black locust and Honey Locust as good nectar source.  Virginia Department of Forestry sells them at cost.  (see website for more information)

–Raffle—sponsored by Sara

–Adjourn

February 11, 2014 Meeting Minutes

RPBBA-logo-jpgRockwood Park Backyard Beekeepers
Rockwood Park Nature Center, Chesterfield, VA
February 11, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 pm

Announcements/Updates

–Meeting opened by – Rob Wokaty-

Meet & Greet-Welcome visitors and new members (attendance around 65-70)

Membership– $15/year –

Bee classes: Introduction to Bee Keeping Saturday-Sunday March 1 & 2 from 9-4 $150/person $180/couple @ Rockwood Nature Center Course 28353

Announcements

Explore the Outdoors-May 4th Huguenot Park – (8 members signed up to help. . .) kid friendly-free-fun

“Honeybee hive is a medicine chest” Reyah Carlsonchanged to June 2014

“Mid-Atlantic Organic Honey Bee Convention” March 15, 2014, 4500 Kensington Ave, Richmond, VA, cost $50/person $90/family.  Third year of Organic beekeeping.  All day convention designed for high intensity, upper level beekeeping.  It doesn’t matter what type of hive your knowledgeable about-after you hear our speakers you will come away with a different perception of how to operate in the most effective manner.  John & Martha Adams see website for details or contact Martha.brooks2@gmail.com 804 285-BEES or 804 822-6267

Mentor/mentee program:  2 mentors per mentee- It will be mentees responsibility to contact mentor.  Rob passed out sign-up sheet

Education:  Feeding during winter months-sugar cake 4.5 cups sugar, ¾ cup water, tsp distilled vinegar mix thoroughly and place on candy board –tissue paper- look for u tube videos on subject.

Speaker: Jennifer Kelly “How to Inspect Hive and what to look for”  “Installing package bees”

Question and Answer session

–Adjourn

January 13, 2014 Meeting Minutes

RPBBA-logo-jpgRockwood Park Backyard Beekeepers
Rockwood Park Nature Center, Chesterfield, VA
January 13, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 pm

Announcements/Updates

–Meeting opened by – Rob Wokaty

Meet & Greet-Welcome visitors and new members

Bee classes: Introduction to Bee Keeping Saturday-Sunday March 1 & 2 from 9-4 $150/person $180/couple @ Rockwood Nature Center Course 28353

Announcements

Sustainable Honey Bee Program, Inc. –SHP looking for club support only

Explore the Outdoors-May 4th Huguenot Park –they need to know if RPBBA will be participating by Feb. 1, 2014 (8 members signed up to help. . .)

Ban on neonicotinoid pesticides sign petition on www.credomobolize.com/petition

Map of club members-To help members identify other beekeepers who reside near them.

“Honeybee hive is a medicine chest” Reyah Carlson March 25-27th

Mid-Atlantic Organic Honey Bee Convention  March 15, 2014

Education:  Prevent moisture in hives- place hive body on top of existing and fill with cedar shavings, pine straw, newspaper, any organic material wrap bottom with burlap to hold mater

Library:  Books can be checked out by members

Speaker Kenny Rodgers and Mason “Swarms & Splits”  Reference:  “Honeybee Democracy” by Thomas Seeley

Adjourn