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