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President's Corner



2017 MCBA Beginner Beekeeper Class

MCBA-sponsored event

The class will cover basic honey bee biology, getting started with honey bees, all the equipment you will need, fundamental management skills, harvesting your crop and preparing for winter. Students will be advised on kinds of equipment to purchase, where to get bees and how to handle problems.

The class dates and the specific syllabus for each day are shown below. We cover 15 hours of classroom instruction plus field days at the Club’s apiary.

Cost for the class is $85 for an individual or $100 for a family. In addition to the class tuition, students receive a textbook, 1 year membership in the Medina County Beekeepers Association and a variety of magazines and catalogs from the beekeeping industry. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged so we know how to prepare, but fees can be paid at the first class. (Current MCBA members who have paid for and taken the class before may retake the class for free.)

Register online for the Saturday track or for the Tuesday evening track.Or call/email Ron Zickefoose at 330-466-3642 or [email protected]

Beginners Half-Hour returns in January!

The “Beginners Half Hour” at 6:30 across the street from our regular meeting room, so bring your questions, observations and notebooks so you can ask, and get answered those questions that too often don’t get asked during the regular meeting.

First-time users

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Mentor list

MCBA has a strong mentoring tradition. If you are interested in learning more in a one-on-one setting, go to our online mentor list and give a call to one of our volunteers. Be sure to read the expectations of a mentee so you can get the most out of the experience.

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Become a member

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Picture of the month

Enemy # 1, Thanks to Annette Birt Clark(Click to Enlarge)

Topics of Interest

  • MCBA - the Club - Club contacts, officers, become a member, talk about meetings, upcoming events and other things specific to the club
  • Bee diseases & parasites - for discussion of varroa, tracheal mites, Foulbrood and all the other things that can kill your bees.
  • Classifieds - Buy, sell, trade or talk about beekeeping equipment - what works, what doesn't and why.
  • Getting started with bees - questions for and by new beekeepers. Where should I put my hives? What do I really need? How hard is it?
  • Urban beekeeping - articles and experiences with beekeeping near people
  • Blessings of the Bees - some prayers, poems and other evidence of the spiritual connection between bees and mankind.
  • Bee Still Encounters - Bee Encounters of the Closest Kind by Medina Beekeepers
  • Resources and links - hundreds more links of questionable value
  • Photo albums - Look here for photos of Medina Beekeepers
  • Bait Hives Why not try to attract a swarm in your good, clean, unused equipment?
  • Growing Degree Days Want to know what's in bloom or about to? Looking to make varietal honey? One way to tell is by Growing Degree Days.

MCBA Contacts

President: Ann Cicarella
18820 Shelburne Road Shaker Heights, OH 44118
216.337.2689 [email protected]

Vice President: Kim Flottum
7011 Spieth Rd Medina, OH 44256
330-722-2021 [email protected]

Secretary: Kim Barkfelt
4717 Kingsbury Road Medina, OH 44256
330-225-7641 [email protected]

Treasurer: Ron Zickefoose
10294 Cleveland Road
Creston, Ohio 44258
330-466-3642 [email protected]

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