Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Saturday Package Bees pick up location.

Because the Co-Op will be closed when our packages arrive and we will not have space there to set up a drive- through for pick-up. We have permission, from Michael’s restaurant, to set it up in the restaurant’s back parking lot. The restaurant is directly across from the Co-Op.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Package bees

Package bees should arrive this Saturday, March 28th. Make sure your hives are ready, assembled, painted and placed where you will be installing your bees. The hardest thing about installation is getting the feeder can out. Here’s a couple of things that works.  A suction cup or magnet works great! Outside of that it should be a breeze. If you need help!

CALL YOUR MENTOR or AN INSPECTOR!

MIGHT NEED TO STAY IN YOUR VEHICLE. WE NEED TO SUPPORT SOCIAL DISTANCING.  JUST LINE UP LIKE YOU’RE GOING TO A SATURDAY DRIVE-IN THEATRE. IT WILL BE FUN.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

February meeting! Thanks John White for an evening enjoyed by new and advanced beekeepers

What an action packed meeting Tuesday evening! We started out with John White talking Flora and Bees. We sat in silence taking in all of the information John shared about how bees see, what they see and what flowers (this includes trees) attract bees. Even learning how bees feed almost all year.
John also shared what was native, non-native, poisonous to bees, poisonous to humans. Lots of good questions generated. He has already replied to me and I will have the Secretary email everyone today. John has information about Holly and flowers for the Dearth.
Next, Kellye Bishop shared about different Feeder types. Again, wonderful discussion. I loved that she stated there are as many different types of feeders as there are opinions from beekeepers! ha!ha! It's true we each have our own opinion on what works for us. Thank you Kellye for leading this event!
Then our own Donna Yarber shared a New Beekeeper's Checklist and a Queen Information list. Both of these are forms that she has developed from her own experience and "OCD". She will be talking more about these forms as the year goes, so make sure you bring yours to each meeting. We look forward to hearing more as the year goes.
Lastly, Suzi Drumright revealed the winners of our Hive Grant. Please congratulate: Melissa Coyne, Stephanie Myers and Norman (Roger) McCullough!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

February meeting is just around the corner.

Per your request, local hive inspector, Kellye Bishop will be showing different feeders and best way to use them.

 Ever wonder about different honey plants? Wonder no longer! John White will talk about different honey plants in our area. 

Then Donna Yarber will get the new beekeepers started off on the right foot when she covers items needed when you check your bees.

 Come and join the fun while learning about the art of beekeeping.

Meeting starts 7:00 p.m.Tuesday, February 25th at the AgCentral Farmers Co-Op in Athens

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

2020 Short Course and first monthly meeting

Short Course
It was a great time at the annual short course. Thanks to organizers, guest speakers and attendees for making it a success. Don’t forget our next scheduled meeting will be Tuesday the 28th at the Co-op in Athens at 7:00.

First 2020 Meeting
Thank you to everyone that came out and supported our first meeting of the year! It is hard to believe that it has been 3 months since we have had an official meeting. We had lots of business to take care of for most of the meeting and lots of new beekeepers in attendance.
Of course, we had the challenges of technical support! I loved it! It should show us that beekeeping works the same way. What does that mean? Well, it means that every time you think you have it figured and planned out, that those lovely ladies in the bee world have a different plan. Never stop learning from them.
John Hartman talked with us about what we need to be looking for and what preparations we need to be doing for the next couple of months. We look forward to his words of wisdom at the next meeting.
We had a panel of beekeepers at the end answering questions from the attendees. We loved that each beekeeper had an answer and shared from their lessons learned. The most discussed question was about feeding your bees. So, an action item for our February 25th meeting, is to bring an example of what and how you feed your bees.
Susie Kyle, President CBA