MCBA maintains a beeyard at <location goes here> as an aid to teaching and education of the community and of our members. As described in our bylaws, the Beeyard Steward is responsible for <paste here>.
The specific responsibilities of the Beeyard Steward are:
- Evaluating overall colony health
- Feeding as needed
- Cleaning and repairing equipment
- Swarm control
- Checking for and identifying diseases. AFB, EFB, IBDS, DWV, chalkbrood, sacbrood, etc.
- Checking for parasites. Varroa, small hive beetles, tracheal mites, wax moths, etc.
- Treating for the above (within parameters established by the MCBA Board)
- Making splits
- Keeping records via the computer program Hive Tracks
- Reporting to the Board the status of the Bee Yard
The "ideal" Bee yard Steward(s) will
- Be a member in good standing of the MCBA
- Regularly attend MCBA monthly meetings
- Follow all Apiary Laws, both State and Local
- Have been keeping bees for a minimum of five years
- Will have attended at least one Beginners Short Course
- Will be able to perform and demonstrate various methods of monitoring for varroa such as alcohol wash, sugar shake, natural mite drop, etc.
- Will understand and can explain Basic Seasonal Hive Management
- Will understand raising Queens. The individuals don't have to raise them but should understand the biology
- Attends the various conferences within a two+ hour drive from Medina. Such as the Tri-County meeting in Wooster, the OSBA conference in Plain City, the PSBA Western PA conference in Mars PA. The Honey Bee Expo in Parkersburg WV, etc. This is to demonstrate a willingness and ability to learn from a variety of people and disciplines.