Meeting Mon Feb 13th

This is a friendly reminder that our next meeting will be Monday, February 13th at Rockwood Nature Center from 6:30-8:30pm:

  • The February meeting will include announcements and Festival updates
  • Our Educational Segment will be presented by Rob Wokaty. He will be discussing what to do in our hives now and how to manage possible early swarming
  • Our Guest Speaker will be Nancy Rose. She is a Master Gardener and will be discussing pollinator friendly gardening. Nancy has a lot of great information to share on how we can all help the bees

We also have some great classes on the books! The 2 separate Introduction Sessions are for those interested, but not sure about keeping bees, and the 1 Beginning Course (4 days total) is for those already interested in getting started!

Intro to Beekeeping Feb 11th
Intro to Beekeeping Feb 18th
Beginning Beekeeping Course March 11-12 & April 8-9


Beginning Beekeeping Course

March 11-12 & April 8-9, 2017 – click here for more information and to sign up.


Introduction to Beekeeping Feb 18 1-4pm

Click here for more info and to sign up.



Lady Spirit Moon Presentation 2016

Nucs for sale – Blackstone, VA


I will have five-frame, medium nucs available for sale this year.   Please see the attached pdf description: nucleus-honey-bee-hives-for-sale-2017

Many bee colonies die between January and late March. Usually this is due to mites or lack of stores (starvation).

Hopefully, your bees were checked for mites in early fall and treated if necessary.  Here is a video illustrating using the sugar shake method of determining whether you need to treat for mites.

There are many different ways to treat for mites.   Here are three natural ways:

  1.  Mite Away Quick Strips can be used anytime in spring or summer when the daily high temperatures exceed 50 degrees, but are less than 92 degrees.  It can even be used when honey supers are on the hive.
  2. Oxalic acid was approved, in the Spring of 2015, by the EPA for treatment of mites.  I prefer the dribble method.  It is easy to do and very inexpensive.
  3. Apiguard, a thymol-based, product, can be used in late summer/early fall.

All of these are considered natural miticides. Here’s a good article on miticides, including the natural miticides.

If your hives are light on stores, there are several ways to feed them in the winter. Perhaps, the easiest is to use the Winter Patties sold by Dadant in quantities of 10 or 40 one lb. patties. This approach has the advantage of providing some protein in addition to carbohydrates.  The disadvantage of patties is that small hive beetles (SHB) will lay their eggs in them.  If you monitor the patties, you can control this problem of SHB.

I have not seen SHB larvae in dry sugar.  To feed dry sugar, I use 1 1/2 inch high shims (boxes) made from 1 X 2 furring strips ( to make room for the sugar, rather than a super. It will hold at least 5 lbs. of regular, granulated, dry sugar.  See the attached photo.

I also cover the bottom of the shim with 1/2 inch hardware cloth. This enables me to easily lift the sugar off anytime I need to inspect the hive. You can open the top of the hive to add dry sugar anytime the temperature is above 32 F as long as you do it quickly.  Here is a video demonstrating the technique.  Note that the presenter is replenishing the sugar after the bees have consumed most of the sugar placed on the hive earlier.

In the past, I haved mixed regular dry granulated sugar with dry protein supplement (such as AP23 or MegaBee  However, SHB will lay eggs in this mix.  I believe it is better to use pure granulated sugar alone. A protein patty can be added by placing it near where the bees are consuming the sugar. It is easy to just lift the hive top and examine the patty for SHB larvae and remove the patty if it is infested.

Here are some links with more details about feeding bees in the winter:!


James Hicks




Introduction to Beekeeping Feb 11, 2017

Click here for more information and to sign up! Only $10!

Saturday, February 11, 2017 10am – 1pm at Rockwood Nature Center


***Jan 16th = Rescheduled January Meeting***

Good Morning Folks!

As a reminder, our meeting tonight is postponed due to inclement weather. The good news is that we have rescheduled for next Monday, January 16th, same time, same place (6:30p-8:30p at Rockwood Nature Center).

Hope you all can make it!

On behalf of your 2017 Officers:

Paul Edens, President
Stan Houk, VP
Jody Conway, Secretary
Theo Hartmann, Treasurer

***Meeting Postponed***

Good Morning Folks!

Due to the inclement weather, we have decided to postpone Monday’s meeting. We are going to try to reschedule the meeting for the following week if possible rather than canceling altogether. We’ll send another email once a rescheduled meeting is confirmed.

Stay safe everyone!

On behalf of your 2017 Officers:

Paul Edens, President
Stan Houk, VP
Jody Conway, Secretary
Theo Hartmann, Treasurer

January Meeting Reminder

Hi Folks – this is a friendly reminder that the next meeting is Monday, January 9, 2017 from 6:30-8:30pm at Rockwood Nature Center.

Gene – will begin planning for our 8th Annual Honeybee Festival
Jill – will talk about membership renewals, facebook & our website
Harlan – will talk about the Master Beekeeper Program and will also be our main speaker presenting how to overwinter your hives.

On behalf of your 2017 Officers

Paul Edens, President
Stan Houk, Vice President
Jody Conway, Secretary
Theo Hartmann, Treasurer

Dec Christmas Agenda

Rockwood Park Backyard Beekeepers Association Monthly Meeting this month is our annual Christmas Party!!!!

Monday, December 12, 2016 at 6:30pm

Please come and share an informal get-together at our Club Christmas Party.

Bring a favorite covered dish, hors d’oeuvre, salad, or dessert and enjoy a nice dinner and holiday time together.

We will have a Christmas game after dinner where we exchange or choose gifts that those that wish to participate have brought. ($10 or less please. It can be a funny, wacky, or useful gift.)

REMINDER: RPBBA Monthly Meetings at

Rockwood Park Nature Center, 6:30 PM,

Every 2nd Monday of the month.

Our Next Meeting is January 9, 2017

On behalf of your 2016 Officers:

President – Richard Tuohy

Vice President – Paul Edens

Secretary – Jody Conway

Treasurer – Theo Hartmann

Dec 2016 – Annual Bee Club Christmas Agenda.docx