March is finally here and I am hoping the budding trees will explode soon! I woke up this morning to -5 degrees and couldn't help but wonder will winter ever end????
This last weekend was the Tri-County Meeting which as usual was well attended. I heard 1,000 again - that magic number! The vendor area couldn't hold one more person...there were the regular vendors like Queen Right Colonies and Blue Sky Bee Supply and some new folks, too! I am always surprised to see how far beekeepers will drive for a chance to learn more on keeping bees alive.
I am getting a bit concerned about the bee loses this year. Please go out and check on your hives...make sure that they have ventilation and no mold is present. Fondant, sugar syrup and pollen substitute if added now may make the difference of a hive living or starving. Trying to lift the back of the hive will give an indication of needed food. Light weight now - add food! Don't feel you need to unwrap that hive now either...the up and down temperatures will be more stable if you leave that wrapping on a few more weeks - just make sure the ventilation is there!
I have been told that the package bees will be here about the third week of April - I hope it's warm by then. New beekeepers can plan on a busy year getting them started. Registering your apiary and paying club dues should be done by now.
This year my focus will be on the club's bee yard. If you are interested in assisting with the bees, forage plants or just keeping the bee yard maintained, please give me a call! I am looking into Hive Tracks for our club to monitor all the hives and progress in the bee yard. This application allows you to keep notes on a computer...maybe this will solve some note taking issues. (remember taking notes?)
Looking for a Bee Yard Steward
Welcome to the Medina County Beekeepers Association's website. We hope you enjoy your time here and can find what you want about bees and beekeeping.
The Medina County Beekeeper’s Association 2014 Beginning Beekeeper’s Class
The Medina County Beekeeper’s Association 2014 Beginning Beekeeper’s Class offers 2 independent classes in January and February. Classes will be held at the A. I. Root Company Conference room, 623 W. Liberty Street, Medina OH 44256. Doors open a half hour before class begins.
Pre-registration is strongly urged so we can anticipate attendees, but if you can’t send in your registration, please call Peggy Garnes to let us know you are coming. You can reach her at 330-723-6265 or email.
Cost is $70.00/family, which includes 1 year family membership in the Medina Beekeeper’s Association, several handouts, and one set of the texts The Backyard Beekeeper and Honey Bee Diseases and Pests, by Steve Pernal . CASH OR CHECK ONLY! Current members of The Medina County Beekeepers, who have paid for and taken the class previously, (per club Treasurer Records), may re-take the class for free, but do not receive the text book though it can be purchased for $20.00. Please call or send in the registration form so we know you will be attending.
Class instructor is Kim Flottum, with several club members participating also.
Beeyard Steward Needed
The club is still in need of a person or persons to help with the club beeyard. If you would like to help, please contact Peggy or Kim.
WANTED: County Bee Inspector for Summit and Cuyahoga County for the 2014 season
If you are interested or have suggestions, please contact Barbara Bloetscher, ODA State Apiarist , Bbloetscher@agri.ohio.gov 614-728-6373 and/or Cindy McGinnis at same number.
Other Counties will be looking for County Inspectors too, so please contact us if you are interested in being the Inspector for other Counties. read more ...
MCBA has a strong mentoring tradition. In the past, we let everyone know who was willing to serve as a mentor only via our club roster. In order to help new beekeepers find us, we are experimenting with an online mentor list. If you are interested in serving as a member, just add yourself to the list.
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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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11 March 2014