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Weather Advisory: Please Use Common Sense.

If Medina Schools are closed, we will cancel the meeting or beginner’s class that night. If your roads are bad, ours probably are too.
Stay home and stay safe. Your bees need you.

 

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]

Location: Community Room at the Medina County Library

2017 Feb 11 - MCBA Beginner Class - Saturday track 1 of 2

MCBA-sponsored event

Saturday, 9 -5:00

Syllabus:

  • Registration
  • Introduction to beekeeping
  • Beekeeping History in Medina
  • Bees and Biology
  • Pests, Disease and Critters
  • Equipment
  • Colony Location, Zoning Being a Good Neighbor
  • Inspecting your Hive

Please bring a lunch.

Instructors for the Saturday track will be Jim Aylsworth, Peggy Garnes and other MCBA members.

Location: Community Room at the Medina County Library


2017 February 20 - MCBA Monthly Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beekeepers Q & A - New Location - regular meeting room.

7:00 Main Speaker - Ross Conrad - Topic Natural Beekeeping in the Age of Neonicotinoid Pesticides and Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD)

Ross will address how beekeepers can cope with the current state of honey bees and beekeeping in North America through proper nutrition; non-toxic, organic and treatment-free ways to control Varroa mites, Small Hive Beetles, and Wax Moths; and drug-free ways to keep colonies healthy in the face of high virus loads, American Foul Brood, Nosema and CCD symptoms.

MCBA Meetings are open to the public. If you are not a member of the club, please consider making a donation at the door to help cover the cost of the speaker.

Location: In our regular meeting room at A.I. Root Co.


2017 February 21 - MCBA Beginner Class - Tuesday track 1 of 5

MCBA-sponsored event

Tuesday, 6:30 - 8:15

Syllabus:

  • Registration
  • Introduction to beekeeping
  • Beekeeping History in Medina
  • Hive Location/Being a Good Neighbor/Zoning
  • What your Bees will Eat (Ohio forage)

The instructors for the Tuesday track are Jim Alysworth, Peggy Garnes and other members of Medina Beekeepers.

Location: Community Room at Medina County Library.

2017 February 21 - MCBA Intermediate Class - 1 of 2

MCBA-sponsored event

Tuesday, 7 - 9 pm

Medina Beekeepers is offering a pair of intermediate beekeeping classes taught by Kim Flotum. Kim has been keeping bees for 40 years, was involved with the USDA Honey bee Research Lab, has served as Editor of Bee Culture magazine for 30 years, was past president of both the Medina Beekeepers and the Ohio State Beekeeping Association and past chair of the Eastern Apicultural Society.

The intermediate class will consist of two sessions. This evening's session will be The 10 Rules of Modern Beekeeping, a discussion of honey bee biology and nutrition. The second session will be on March 21. Cost is $10 for Members and $25 for non members. (Non-Members also receive a 1 year free membership with the class.)

Register online or by calling Ron Zickefoose at 330-466-3642 or [email protected]

Location: A.I. Root Conference Center


2017 Feb 25 - MCBA Beginner Class - Saturday track 2 of 2

MCBA-sponsored event

Saturday, 9 -5:00

Syllabus:

  • Where to get Bees
  • What your Bees will Eat (Ohio Forage)
  • Harvest and Extracting
  • Marketing, Labels and Hive Products
  • Fall and Winter Management
  • Winterizing your Hive
  • Honey Tasting
  • Mentor Availability/Package Installation
  • Q & A Time

The instructors for the Tuesday track are Jim Alysworth, Peggy Garnes and other members of Medina Beekeepers.

Please bring a lunch.

Location: Community Room at the Medina County Library


2017 February 28 - MCBA Beginner Class - Tuesday track 2 of 5

MCBA-sponsored event

Tuesday, 6:30 - 8:15

Syllabus:

  • Bees
  • Types of Bees
  • What's available
  • Getting Bees
  • Biology Basics
  • Queen, Drones, Workers

The instructors for the Tuesday track are Jim Alysworth, Peggy Garnes and other members of Medina Beekeepers.

Location: Community Room at Medina County Library.


2017 March 3-4 Tri-County Beekeeping Workshop

non-MCBA event

Friday Evening 6:00p - 9:00p & Saturday, 9:00a - 4:45p

Ohio State University Extension and Tri-County Beekeepers Association of Northeastern Ohio will hold the 39th Annual Beekeeping Workshop at The Ohio State University, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC). This is the largest one-day beekeeping workshop in the United States.

This year’s Workshop theme is: A Matter of Record.

For more information or to register see http://www.tricountybeekeepers.org/register

The pre-registration fee is $50.00 per adult over 17; TCBA members pre-registration $45.00; and children, ages 17 and under, registration is $5.00 per child. (A hot turkey lunch with mashed potatoes, vegetable, and homemade pie or boxed lunch will be offered for an additional charge with pre-registration only.)

Location: OARDC is located at 1680 Madison Avenue in Wooster, Ohio-->


2017 March 7 - MCBA Beginner Class - Tuesday track 3 of 5

MCBA-sponsored event

Tuesday, 6:30 - 8:15

Syllabus:

  • Bee Space
  • Equipment
  • Box sizes, frames
  • Plastic or Wood
  • Assembling
  • Other Equipment
  • Tools, Protective Gear, Smokers
  • Examining your Colony

The instructors for the Tuesday track are Jim Alysworth, Peggy Garnes and other members of Medina Beekeepers.

Location: Community Room at Medina County Library.


2017 March 14 - MCBA Beginner Class - Tuesday track 4 of 5

MCBA-sponsored event

Tuesday, 6:30 - 8:15

Syllabus:

  • Harvesting your honey crop
  • Extracting/Filtering
  • Marketing your Hive Products
  • Fall and Winter Management
  • Winterizing your Hive
  • Mentor Availability/Package Installation

The instructors for the Tuesday track are Jim Alysworth, Peggy Garnes and other members of Medina Beekeepers.

Location: Community Room at Medina County Library.


2017 March 20 - MCBA Monthly Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beekeepers Q & A - New Location - regular meeting room

7:00 Main Speaker - Dr. Meghan Milbrath, MSU, Topic: Developing a Varroa management strategy

Synopsis: Keeping our bees free from parasites like varroa is one of the best things we can do to keep our bees healthy and to improve their survival. Currently, it is really difficult to figure out how to manage varroa populations without getting on the chemical treadmill or committing to a lot of extra work and cost. We will discuss varroa biology, and how we can use our understanding of population dynamics to manage the varroa mite, and develop a plan that keeps varroa in check, and our bees healthy.

Dr. Meghan Milbrath began working bees with her father as a child over 20 years ago, and now owns and manages The Sand Hill Apiary, a small livestock and queen rearing operation in Munith, Michigan. She is the coordinator of the Michigan Pollinator Initiative at Michigan State University, where she does honey bee and pollinator research and extension and has recently worked as a postdoctoral research associate in the Entomology Department, studying honey bee disease with Zachary Huang. She is an active member in the South East Michigan Beekeeping Association, the Center of Michigan Beekeeping Association, is on the board for the Michigan Beekeeping Association, is the past president of the Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers and the coordinator of the Northern Bee Network, an organization dedicated to promoting sustainable beekeeping in northern climates.

MCBA Meetings are open to the public. If you are not a member of the club, please consider making a donation at the door to help cover the cost of the speaker.

Location: In our regular meeting room at A.I. Root Co.


2017 March 21 - MCBA Beginner Class - Tuesday track 5 of 5

MCBA-sponsored event

Tuesday, 6:30 - 8:15

Syllabus:

  • Pests, Disease and Critter Issues
  • Varroa, Nosema and American Foulbrood
  • Controlling Varroa and Treatment Options
  • Wax Moth/Small Hive Beetles
  • Mice, Skunks and Bears
  • Managing Varroa
  • Honey Tasting
  • Q & A Time

The instructors for the Tuesday track are Jim Alysworth, Peggy Garnes and other members of Medina Beekeepers.

Location: Community Room at Medina County Library.

2017 March 21 - MCBA Intermediate Class - 2 of 2

MCBA-sponsored event

Tuesday, 7 - 9 pm

Session two of the intermediate class will be Making bees pay & the Business of Pollination, a discussion on how to actually make money with beekeeping.

If you missed the first session, you can still register online or by calling Ron Zickefoose at 330-466-3642 or [email protected]

Location: A.I. Root Conference Center


2017 tbd - Beginner Beekeeper Field Day

MCBA-sponsored event

Date and time to be confirmed

Details tbd. Subject to change based on weather. Please check here the morning of the event to confirm.

Location: In the MCBA beeyard


2017 April 17 - MCBA Monthly Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beekeepers Q & A - New Location - regular meeting room

7:00 Main Speaker - Karen Rennich of BeeInformed. Topic: All About BeeInformed And Why You Should Be A Part Of It, and the Sentinel Hive, in the field if weather permits, April 17

MCBA Meetings are open to the public. If you are not a member of the club, please consider making a donation at the door to help cover the cost of the speaker.

Location: In our regular meeting room at A.I. Root Co.


2017 May 22 - MCBA Monthly Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beekeepers Q & A - New Location - regular meeting room

7:00 Main Speaker field day, with Jim Tew and Jim Aylsworth

MCBA Meetings are open to the public. If you are not a member of the club, please consider making a donation at the door to help cover the cost of the speaker.

Location: In our regular meeting room at A.I. Root Co.


2017 June 1 - Deadline to register your Apiary

/non-MCBA event

June 1 is the annual deadline to register your apiary with the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Registration costs $5 per apiary. The proceeds from registration go to fund the inspection program.

If you have registered before, you should have received a renewal form in the mail. If not, you can download a copy of the form here.


2017 __ - OSBA Summer meeting

non-MCBA event

Saturday, 9 am - 4 pm

See www.ohiostatebeekeepers.org for details


2017 June __ - MCBA Mandatory Sellers' Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 7 pm

All members planning to sell honey or any hive product at the Fair are required to attend this mandatory seller's meeting. We will have one additional date (TBD) for those who are out of town on this date. You must attend one of these mandatory meetings in order to sell. No exceptions.

Location: In our regular meeting room at A.I. Root Co.


2017 June 19 - MCBA Monthly Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beekeepers Q & A - New Location - regular meeting room.

7:00 Main Speaker - Field Day, Kim and Buzz and Jim Aylsworth

Also at this meeting will be our annual Plant Exchange. Bring one, take one. Please label your plant with its variety and how tall it gets or spreads so we know where to plant it in our flower beds. Bring a plant that the pollinators love!

MCBA Meetings are open to the public. If you are not a member of the club, please consider making a donation at the door to help cover the cost of the speaker.

Location: In our regular meeting room at A.I. Root Co.


2017 July 17 - MCBA Monthly Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9:00 pm

Preparation for the Fair
We will be doing a thorough clean-up of the booth, organize the sales and display areas, hang up posters and beekeeping information, etc. Please bring cleaning products to the meeting - brooms, pails, paper towels, rags, etc.

Beginner Class
For the newcomers to the club, we will have you set up in a separate section to learn the fair booth procedures for selling, explaining the observation hive, and candle rolling instructions.

Pizza and soda will be served.

Location: Building 5 in the Medina County Fairgrounds (710 West Smith Rd in Medina - the entrance is across from the corner of W. Smith Road and S. State Road)


2017 date tbd - Library Day

joint event
joint event
Saturday, times tbd but probably 10-2(-ish)

Details tbd

Location: Medina Library


2017 July 20 - Deadline for entries to the Fair

non-MCBA event

tbd, 4:00 pm

If you are entering honey, remember to sign up for all the honey categories, white, light amber, or dark amber, as you may not know what color your honey will be if you have not already extracted and bottled it. You may view all the entries, rules and enter on-line this year at www.medina-fair.com.

Location: Medina County Fairgrounds Main Office


2017 July 30th - Fair set-up

MCBA-sponsored event

Sunday, 2:00 - 6:00 pm

Set up your entries for the Medina County Fair and bring your honey and hive products for sale. All entries must be in on-time and in compliance with the Fair's rules. Please have all your honey and hive products in by 5 so we can get them properly tagged and inventoried. The building closes at 6:00 pm.

Location: Building 5 in the Medina County Fairgrounds

Please note: The drop off hours for entering your honey/wax/baked goods into the Fair is noon – 4:00 pm at the Fairgrounds Main Office


2017 July 31-Aug 6th - Medina County Fair

joint event
joint event

Monday - Sunday, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Buy and sell honey, candles and other bee products. Watch the bees in the Observation Hive. Roll a candle. Learn about bees and beekeepers, their lives and equipment. Sample all the great honeys produced in our area. Taste the difference.

Then go to see the rest of the Fair.

Location: Building 5 in the Medina County Fairgrounds


2017 August 6th - Fair tear-down

MCBA-sponsored event

Sunday, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Tear-down and clean-up from the Fair. Pick up your entries and any unsold honey.

Dismissal time for your entries and our display is from 6 PM – 9 PM on Sunday, August 8th. Entries not picked up by 9 PM Sunday, will be donated to the Medina Co. Fair Board Auction for fund raising, unless previous arrangements are made with the Medina Co. Beekeeper’s President. No exceptions. Thank you for your understanding.

Location: Building 5 in the ections Medina County Fairgrounds


2017 July 31-August 4 - EAS 2017

non-MCBA event


The Eastern Apicultural Society's annual Conference and Short Course will be hosted this year by the University of Delaware at Newark, DE. Read more at easternapiculture.org

Location: Clayton Hall Conference Center


2017 August 21 - MCBA Annual Picnic and Pot Luck Dinner

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:00 - dark

Details tbd

Location: tbd Buckeye Woods Park on 162


2017 September 18 - MCBA Monthly Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beekeepers Q & A - New Location - regular meeting room

7:00 Main Speaker - Speaker and topic tbd

MCBA Meetings are open to the public. If you are not a member of the club, please consider making a donation at the door to help cover the cost of the speaker.

Location: In our regular meeting room at A.I. Root Co.


2017 tbd - Fall Foliage Tour

non-MCBA event

Day, time

Description

Location: tbd


2017 October 16 - MCBA Monthly Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beekeepers Q & A - New Location - regular meeting room

7:00 Main Speaker - Speaker and topic tbd

Also in October, we need nominations for the Club's officers. All officers (President, VP, Secretary, Treasurer) and one of the three Directors are up for grabs. See the bylaws for a description of the duties of the respective officers. If you'd like to give back to the club, this is a great opportunity.

MCBA Meetings are open to the public. If you are not a member of the club, please consider making a donation at the door to help cover the cost of the speaker.

Location: In our regular meeting room at A.I. Root Co.


2017 November 4 - OSBA Fall meeting

non-MCBA event

Saturday, 9 am - 4 pm

See www.ohiostatebeekeepers.org for details


2017 November 20 - MCBA Monthly Meeting & Honey Harvest Analysis

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beekeepers Q & A - New Location - regular meeting room 7:00 Main Speaker - Speaker and topic tbd

Also during the November meeting,

  1. We will vote on the club's officers for the next year.
  2. We will conduct our annual Honey Harvest analysis. Bring your notes about how many hives and how much honey you pulled off in the past year. We will look for trends by area and over time. Remember that we track new and established colonies separately.

Location: In our regular meeting room at A.I. Root Co.


2017 December 18 - MCBA Holiday Party (tentative)

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 pm

Speaker and topic tbd

Location: In our regular meeting room at A.I. Root Co.


2018 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 has not yet been confirmed but we typically cover 15 hours of classroom instruction plus field days at the Club’s apiary.


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