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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.

 

2016 MCBA Beginner Beekeeper Class

MCBA-sponsored event

MCBA will be offering two Beginner classes this year.

The first class will be held on Saturday, Feb 6 from 9:00-5:00 and Sunday, Feb 7 from 1:00 to 5:00. The Saturday/ Sunday class will be held at the Medina County Library. Instructors for the Saturday class include Jim Alysworth, and Peggy Garnes current and past Presidents of Medina Beekeepers and other club members.

The second class will be held on Monday evenings from 6:30-9:30 on Feb 29, Mar 7, Mar 14 and Mar 28. The Monday class will be held at the A.I.Root Company in Medina,Ohio. The instructor for the Monday night classes is Kim Flottum.

Our lead instructor is Kim Flottum, Editor of Bee Culture magazine and author of Backyard Beekeeping and A Honey Handbook.

In addition to the approximately 12 hours of classroom instruction, there will be field days at the Club’s apiary once weather conditions are appropriate.

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.

Cost for the class is $75 for an individual or $100 for a family. As part of the class tuition, students receive a copy of Kim's Beginner’s Book (a $25 value), a 1 year membership in the Medina County Beekeepers Association (a $20 value), and a variety of magazines and catalogs from the beekeeping industry. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged so we know how to prepare.

Please check back here for updates and details. To register or for additional information, please email MaryJane Poling, [email protected] Please include your name, address, phone, email address, and class preference.

Current MCBA members who have paid for and taken the class before may retake the class for no charge (per club records) but will not receive the textbook.

Location: In our regular meeting room at A.I. Root Co. and the Medina County Library.


2016 Feb 6-7 - MCBA Beginner Class - Weekend track

MCBA-sponsored event

Saturday, 9 - 5
Sunday, 1 - 5

The weekend class will follow the same Syllabus as the Monday evening classes.

Please bring a lunch.

Location: In the _A_ room of the Medina County Library


2016 February 15 - MCBA Monthly Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beginners half hour - Topic tbd The Beginner half-hour is across the street from our regular meeting room.

7:00 Main Speaker - Ben Slay, retired Ohio State EMT Trainer

Don’t break your back keeping Bees. Learning to lift, carry, move, twist and turn without destroying your back, legs and joints. Break the legacy that every beekeeper has, or will have a bad back.


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


2016 Feb 29 - MCBA Beginner Class - Monday track 1 of 4

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9:30

Topics to be covered:

  • Ohio Beekeeping Overview
  • Beekeeping History in Medina
  • Locating you hives
  • Good Neighbor Beekeeping
  • Hive Stands
  • Honey bee food

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


2016 March 4-5 - Tri-County Beekeeping Workshop

non-MCBA event

Friday Evening & Saturday, 9:00 - 4:45

Ohio State University Extension and Tri-County Beekeepers Association of Northeastern Ohio will hold their 38th 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 keynote speaker will be Mr. Dan O’Hanlon talking about Diagnosing a Dead Out. Other speakers for the 2016 Workshop include Jennifer Tsuruda Phd, Ralph (Buddy) C. May Jr, Dr. Reed Johnson, Donald Downs and Doug Sponsler.

For more details and to register online, go to www.tricountybeekeepers.org/register.

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


2016 Mar 7 - MCBA Beginner Class - Monday track 2 of 4

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9:30

Topics to be covered:

  • Equipment you will need
  • Kinds of Bees
  • Getting Bees
  • Honey Bee Biology, Queen, Worker, Drone


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


2016 Mar 14 - MCBA Beginner Class - Monday track 3 of 4

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9:30

Topics to be covered

  • Nasties, I.E. Parasites, Pests, and Disease
  • Examining your colony


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


2016 March 19 - Another Class - MCBA's Intermediate Beekeeper Class

MCBA-sponsored event

Saturday, 9-5

You’ve taken the “Beginner’s Class”, then you took the “Next Class”, (March 2015), so this year, (2016) take “Another Class” - an intermediate level class. The preliminary class schedule is:

  • Enough Good food – Kim Flottum-What bees need, and how to grow it
  • Biology 201 – Jim Tew-Using what you know for better management decisions and more honey
  • Everything but Varroa – Tracy Alarcon-Every honey bee pest and disease except Varroa mites
  • Honey House Rules – Kim Flottum-So you want to expand your extracting operation.

Cost for the course is $100 per person.
Registration and payment are due by March 12th.
Registration form can be found in the latest edition of the Newsletter.

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


2016 March 21 - MCBA Monthly Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beginners half hour - The Beginner half-hour will be held in the bee yard in March, April, May, September, and October beginning at 6:30 sharp until 7:00, WEATHER PERMITTING, with the regular meeting beginning at 7:15 instead of the regular 7:00. If weather does not cooperate the Beginners half hour will meet across the street from our regular meeting room. A veil is required in the bee yard.

7:15 Main Speaker - James Wilkes, from Hive Tracks.

Hive Tracks is a powerful computer application accessed through any Internet Browser. It can be used from a laptop, desktop, iPad, iPhone or other type of smart phone with Internet access. Visit www.hivetracks.com and create an account. Add one or more bee yards (the place where your bees are kept.) Use the integrated Google map to place the yard in just the right spot. Add hives to each yard. Build each hive to look like the actual hive in the yard. Enter inspections, harvests, notes and observations. Track your history, changes, hardware and queens. Generate reports and view Google maps that show the range your bees will cover from their yards. Medina County Beekeepers beeyard is using Hive Tracks this season.

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


2016 Mar 28 - MCBA Beginner Class - Monday track 4 of 4

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9:30

Topics to be covered:

  • Harvesting your crop
  • Wintering
  • Package installation demonstration
  • Waxing plastic frames

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


2016 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


2016 April 18 - MCBA Monthly Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beginners half hour - The Beginner half-hour will be held in the bee yard in March, April, May, September, and October beginning at 6:30 sharp until 7:00, WEATHER PERMITTING, with the regular meeting beginning at 7:15 instead of the regular 7:00. If weather does not cooperate the Beginners half hour will meet across the street from our regular meeting room. A veil is required in the bee yard.

7:15 Main Speaker - Dr. Tom Seeley, Professor Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornel University. Author, Honey Bee Ecology, Honey Bee Democracy and Wisdom Of The Hive, and to be released in April, Hunting Honey Bees.

Tom will be here to discuss his new book Hunting Honey Bees, also known as beelining. The biology and behavior of foraging honey bees, techniques and tricks and equipment to use and the challenge of the hunt. Weather permitting we will have a beelining event the evening of the meeting. Watch the web page and newsletter for additional information.


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


2016 April 21 - MCBA Website Training

MCBA-sponsored event
MCBA-sponsored event
Thursday, 7-8:15 pm

MCBA hosts an "open website" that any member can edit. You can ask questions on our website - or answer them. You can create a beeyard report, write a page about the latest pesticide research, comment about different kinds of beekeeping equipment, or just help keep the list of Current Events up to date. Our website depends on the effort of volunteers and will be as much or as little as we, the members, make of it. Mike Rossander will host an open session on how to use our website. We will set up your account, edit a page, start a discussion, create new pages and learn lots of tricks so you can get started making the club's website a better, more useful tool.

Location: Medina County Library computer room. The Computer Lab has 18 computers available first-come, first-served but you can also bring your own laptop and connect to the library's internet connection.


2016 May 16 - MCBA Monthly Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beginners half hour - The Beginner half-hour will be held in the bee yard in March, April, May, September, and October beginning at 6:30 sharp until 7:00, WEATHER PERMITTING, with the regular meeting beginning at 7:15 instead of the regular 7:00. If weather does not cooperate the Beginners half hour will meet across the street from our regular meeting room. A veil is required in the bee yard.

7:00 Main Speaker - Steve Repasky, Burg Bees President, author of Swarm Essentials.

All about Swarming, biology, prevention, capturing, care for after, and the benefits to the colony. For more visit the publisher’s page http://wicwas.com/Swarm_Essentials


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


2016 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.


2016 __ - OSBA Summer meeting

non-MCBA event

Saturday, 9 am - 4 pm

See www.ohiostatebeekeepers.org for details


2016 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 June __. 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.


2016 June 20 - MCBA Monthly Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beginners half hour - There will not be a Beginners Half Hour this month.

7:00 Pollinator Evening. (National Pollinator Week is June 20 – 26).

The June meeting will be at the A. I. Root Pollinator Garden, behind the office buildings on the North side of W. Liberty Street. Parking is available right at the garden site. New this year will be the buffer strip gardens created by the Pollinator Protection organization, and the roadside seeding gardens created by the Ohio State Beekeeper’s Association, and a pollinator prairie seed mix created by Ohio Prairie Nursery from Hiram, OH. www.ohioprairienursery.com. These compliment the gardens already there including the pollinator prairie mix from Ernst Seeds, the Monarch Watch garden from Pollinator Protection, and the Phylogeny garden by OSU and Medina Master Gardeners. Also present will be Denise Ellsworth, OSU Pollinator Extension, Mary Galea from Pollinator Protection, Ashley Kulhanek, from Medina County Extension and members of the Master Gardeners who provide the phylogeny garden, and members of OSBA. Also present will be members of Medina County Soil and Water, seed company representatives, The Pollinator Stewardship Council and others. June 20th is the longest day of the year and the meeting will run from 6:30 till dark.


Also at this meeting will be our annual Plant Exchange. Bring one, take one.</br> 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!

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


2016 July 18 - 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)


2016 July 16- Library Day

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

Details - please visit the website of the Medina Library (MCDL)

Location: Medina Library


2016 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


2016 July 25-29 - EAS 201x

non-MCBA event

Mon-Fri times tba

The Eastern Apicultural Society's annual Conference and Short Course will be hosted this year by the Stockton University in Galloway, NJ. Read more at easternapiculture.org

Location: Stockton University, Galloway, NJ


2016 July 31 - 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


2016 Aug 1-7 - 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


2016 Aug 7 - 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


2016 August 15 - MCBA Annual Picnic and Pot Luck Dinner

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:00 - dusk

Details: Burgers, Brauts to be furnished by the club, members will bring sides and desserts. Games for members and children!

Location: Buckeye Woods Pavillion Buckeye Woods Park on 162


2016 September 19 - MCBA Monthly Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beginners half hour - The Beginner half-hour will be held in the bee yard in March, April, May, September, and October beginning at 6:30 sharp until 7:00, WEATHER PERMITTING, with the regular meeting beginning at 7:15 instead of the regular 7:00. If weather does not cooperate the Beginners half hour will meet across the street from our regular meeting room. A veil is required in the bee yard.

7:00 Main Speaker - Joann Dunlevey, Ohio Department Of Agriculture, will discuss the new honey label laws and the new food safety laws at both the federal and state level and how they affect beekeepers. This one is important.

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


2016 October __ - A Case For Honey

non-MCBA event

times tba

Details to follow.

Location: The BeeCulture Conference Center at A.I. Root Co. (our regular meeting room)


2016 tbd - Fall Foliage Tour

non-MCBA event

Day, time

Description

Location: tbd


2016 October 17 - MCBA Monthly Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beginners half hour - The Beginner half-hour will be held in the bee yard in March, April, May, September, and October beginning at 6:30 sharp until 7:00, WEATHER PERMITTING, with the regular meeting beginning at 7:15 instead of the regular 7:00. If weather does not cooperate the Beginners half hour will meet across the street from our regular meeting room. A veil is required in the bee yard.

7:00 Main Speaker - Karen Rennich, of the Bee Informed Partnership.

Bee Informed Partnership is dedicated to working with beekeepers to better understand which management practices work best. They gather survey data from thousands of beekeepers every season to understand how different management practices affect honey bee health, and report those findings back to the industry. Medina County Beekeepers is a data gathering club, sharing data from hives in our beeyard. Karen is the day to day get it done person at BIP. Find out what they have to share.


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.

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


2016 November 5 - OSBA Fall meeting

non-MCBA event

Saturday, 9 am - 4 pm

See www.ohiostatebeekeepers.org for details


2016 November 21 - MCBA Monthly Meeting & Honey Harvest Analysis

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beginners half hour - Topic tbd The Beginner half-hour is across the street from our 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.


2016 December 19 - MCBA Holiday Party

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 pm

Details tbd

Location: tbd


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


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


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