“Queens for Pennies” presented at the June 2016 MEBA monthly meeting.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could do that? The speaker at our June meeting showed us how; here is the detailed presentation if you missed it, or if you need to refresh yourself on what he shared with us. (Jerry’s Borger’s presentation was based on scientificbeekeeping.com/queens-for-pennies by Randy Oliver.)
Meeting minutes for June 2016 have been posted…
Did you miss out on taking a basic beekeeping class this year?
MEBA teaches a five-week Basic Beekeeping Class each year during February and March. If you are interested in taking our next offering, send a message with your contact information to our secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org. We maintain a list of interested students and will contact you when our next class is scheduled.
Reed Kegly near Rural Retreat has (5) frame nucs for sale $150.00 ea. Includes cardboard nuc box. 276-686-6557
A PowerPoint presentation, by Connie Armentrout, named 2016 Spring Apitherapy Class, is available here.
Report to MEBA on Virginia Plan to Save the Pollinator
- First of SEVEN meetings across the Commonwealth
- Meeting of the western 42 counties convened at South County Library, Roanoke, Virginia on January 28, 2016 at 6:30 P.M.
- Approximately 130 persons attended with mix of Beekeepers, Commercial Crop Sprayers, Landscapers/Planters, VA TECH Entomology, VA Extension Agents, State Apiarist, VA State Pesticide manager, and USDA representative
- VA State Pesticide presenter–Chief importance-honeybees and Monarch Butterflies; Pesticide Label is the Law.
- USDA-Directive for National Program-each state must have a plan by Presidential Directive of July 2014.
- USDA will manage federal funds and allocate to states when/after plan approval.
- Professional facilitator conducted the breakout discussion groups. Attendees divided into 8 work groups to discuss four questions. Each group reported as a whole with recommendation after discussing each question.
KEY POINTS WHICH FACILITATOR TOOK AWAY FROM MEETING:
- Beekeepers want less spraying on crops, highways and railroads
- VDOT and RAILROADS, key players, were not invited to the meeting(s)
- Pesticides applicators want to know location of bees
- Pesticides applicators willing to work with beekeepers
- Parks and Recreation, and Wildlife Management Areas were not invited to meeting(s)
- Beekeepers want a daily CALL-IN TELEPHONE NUMBER to check where commercial spraying is being conducted
- Beekeepers and Pesticides Applicators want a GPS locator system for hives for use by the food producers and industry
Meeting adjourned at 8:40 P.M.
MEBA 2016 Meeting Schedule
Meetings are the fourth Thursday each month EXCEPT for November which meets the third Thursday; there is no meeting in December. Meetings begin at 7:00 pm and last approximately 1 1/2 hours. In 2016, all monthly meetings and classes, except for November, will be held in Room 201/202, Galax Hall, Wytheville Community College. INCLEMENT WEATHER: if WCC is closed to evening classes, MEBA will not meet.
HONEY “B” HEALTHY RECIPE
Since Honey-B-Healthy is needed year-round, here’s a recipe to do-it-yourself.
Makes 1/2 gallon.
5 cups granulated sugar
5 cups water
15 drops spearmint oil
15 drops lemongrass oil
1/2 teaspoon granulated lecithin
• Combine water and sugar in pan and heat until sugar is dissolved; do not boil. Remove from burner and cool.
• When water is tepid, add spearmint and lemongrass oils to sugar water.
• Heat 1/2 teaspoon granulated lecithin in about 3 tablespoons water. Stir until lecithin is dissolved; when it foams, remove from heat and add to sugar water.
Add 1 tablespoon of Honey “B” Healthy to 1:1 sugar-water ratio per quart in the spring. This recipe used in early spring stimulates queen bees to lay and simulates an early nectar flow.