July is here and our bees are finally exploding! Many beekeepers have called to tell me they have 3 honey supers on and others have harvested hundreds of pounds of honey! For such a horrible winter, the bees are making up for it now.
On June 30 and July 1st I attended the OSU Honey Bee Health Seminar in Wooster, Ohio. The two day event gave insight on disease, mites and viruses that affect our bees. I came away with a lot of knowledge to raise better queens and keep healthier bees! I will post a blog on this on the Bee Culture Webpage.
The club's bee yard is still growing nicely! I would like to thank all the members who came and gave of their time and expertise to build the shed and assist with the hives. We will be participating in the survey that Ohio Department of Agriculture has going on. The State Apiarist from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Barb Bloetscher, will be taking samples from ten hives. Anyone else in the club with 10 hives or more can participate, also. I will let you know how our hives measure up in the state.
With summer here, we will have HAS and EAS Conferences, Bee Festival at the Library and our County Fair! Many volunteers will be needed to help out at some of these events. Please call Nancy Riopelle if you can help out at the fair. We still have spots available! This is a great opportunity to meet the public and spend some one on one time with other beekeepers!
Thank you all for volunteering your time!!!! Your participation is what makes our club work so well!
Planting bee forage in and around your apiary helps vary the diet for the hives. I want to thank everyone who helped Kim plant extra plants in the bee yard this year. Beautiful plants and healthy bees - a great combo! Keep planting bee forage now for next year's honey crop.
It's a nice afternoon so I am off to a bee yard somewhere....
Executive Board Meeting - July 9, 2014 6pm at Root Lunch Room
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President: Peggy Garnes 6045 Lance Rd Medina, OH 44256
Vice President: Kim Flottum 7011 Spieth Rd Medina OH, 44256
Secretary: Molly White 1737 Halls Carriage Path Westlake, OH 44145
Treasurer: Paul Kosmos 6386 State Road Sharon Township OH, 44281
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