Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Bennington County Beekeepers Club

Saturday, September 15, 2018
1:00 meeting
Crispe Room at the Vermont Veteran's Home

We will have a special Saturday meeting with Dr. Carl Jurica, author of Practical Queen Production in the North.  His topic will be about backyard queen raising and other tips for successful beekeeping on a small scale.  We won't have a meal but feel free to bring snacks and drinks.

Announcement: Club member Gunny Gundrum is looking to sell all of his 40 years worth of beekeeping equipment.  This includes new bottom boards, frames, covers, packages of foundation, as well as used boxes, a 4 frame hand powered extractor with settling tank, jars, swarm traps, stainless steel drain trays, two boxes of combs with honey and 4+ boxes of  frames with drawn comb.  Also included is a hive of bees, new this year from Antoine, that we mite tested  (very low 2/300 bees) and that are doing very well.  Gunny hopes to sell the whole collection in one sale.  If you are interested call him at 518-368-3409 or gunj200@yahoo.com . If you are interested in only parts of what he has to sell you can leave him a message but he's really hoping to sell it all as a complete package.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Bennington County Beekeepers Association and the Southern Adirondack Beekeepers Association Joint Picnic Meeting August 4, 2018 at Betterbee in Greenwich, NY

12:00-3:00 PM
Bring a potluck dish to share
Bring a chair
Swap meet. Price any items you wish to sell and we'll have them available in the Betterbee drive area.

We will have an apiary visit so please bring a protective clothing.

This meeting may include a video in the Betterbee classroom.  All parts of the afternoon may be altered by the weather.

Betterbee is open till 4:00 on Saturdays, so if you like, you can send in an order ahead of time so it can be ready for pickup.
Hope to see you!

Friday, July 13, 2018

The Bennington County Beekeepers Club- August Meeting
Saturday 08/04/2018
12:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Our August meeting will take place jointly with the Southern Adirondack Beekeepers Club, and will be hosted at Betterbee in Greenwich, NY. 

We may have a beeyard tour, oxalic vaporizer demo and/or a swap meet. We'll let you know for sure about these activities ASAP. Please plan on the potluck and beeyard visit; bring a dish to share and safety gear.

Rain date: Saturday, August 25
Rain date of rain date: Sunday, August 26

Location: 8 Meader Road
Greenwich, NY 12834

Other news:
·       We still need a couple hours' more help at the Pownal Fair booth on July 28
·       We still need a couple hours' more help at the Fun and Sun Fair on August 25
·       If you are interested in either, contact Jeanne Davis: jdavisbwheat@comcast.net, 802-823-7955

Hot weather reminders:
·       Make sure your hives have access to water: some put out poultry watering feeders, others use Boardman feeders of water at each hive entrance.
·       Crack open the top lids to help air ventilation.
·       Check for mite levels with an alcohol test for best accuracy and rinse the bees 3 times to get all the mites out for your count.
·       Remove large areas of drone brood before they hatch to decrease the number of varroa emerging.

For more information, or if you would prefer to receive notices via e-mail, please contact Erin Kiley
at emkiley@gmail.com, or 413-662-5144.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Upcoming Summer Events Calendar

May 20 - World Bee Day (United Nations)

May 21 - SABA meeting on cut comb honey production 

May 22 - Nothern Berkshire Beekeepers meeting on Spring Management 

June 2 - Bennington Beekeepers field visit to John and Melanie Letourneau's apiary in Pownal 

June 9 - Langstroth Bee Festival, 2nd Congregational Church, Greenfield MA 9:30-12:30.  Looking to carpool?  Call Jeanne 802-823-7955 Our pastor Rev. Lorenzo Langstroth invented the modern moveable frame beehive in 1852. He wrote the first apiary manual here, "On the Hive and the Honeybee," still in world wide use today. Every June since 2010, Bee Fest celebrates the importance of bees today with free fun kid activities and informative lectures by leading experts.

June 14 - Bennington Beekeepers Club discussion meeting, no meal, 7:00, see earlier post.

June 23 - VT Beekeepers Association summer meeting Swanton VT. 

June 23 - Betterbee Field Day, free but must sign up ahead of time.  Speaker Dr. Kirsten Traynor 9-3 pm 

June 30 - Bennington Farmer's Market Our club will have an exhibit/table. Do you have some honey to sell?

July 28 - Pownal Valley Fair Bennington Beekeepers booth, We need volunteers for our table, set up and take down.  2 hour shifts are needed 10:00-3:00 

We are still negotiating a site and date for our club picnic in August, look for further details soon.

August 25 - Sun and Fun ecological fair at 2nd Cong. Church Bennington.  We need volunteers for our booth, set up and take down.  2 hour shifts are needed

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Bennington County Beekeepers Club's next meeting on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018
                          Saturday, June 2, 2018, Field Visit   10am to 12 noon
We’ll be meeting at Melany and John Letourneau’s bee yard on Mount Anthony Rd. in Pownal.  Bring a veil, gloves, a drink and sunscreen.  We’ll be looking into hives and discussing what we see, what’s going on and what beekeeper management might be coming up next.  Directions to the bee yard:

In Pownal go to Mount Anthony Rd. by turning west from Route 7 at the Pownal Center Fire House (North Pownal Rd.) and travel west till you see Mount Anthony Rd.  It will be the next right after passing Carpenter Hill Rd.  Travel north from the foot of Mt Anthony Rd., about 100 yards up on the left look for the bee hives. 

                        Our Next regular Club Meeting is June 14, 2018 at 7 pm
                        at the
                The Crispe Room, Vermont Veterans Home
                  325 North Street
                     Bennington, VT 05201 
                         There will be no potluck at the June meeting. 

                 TOPIC is Group Discussion of Spring/Summer Management of Hives

Friday, March 16, 2018

                           Bennington County Beekeepers Club's Next Meeting

                  April 12, 2018 at 7 PM for Potluck 
                      The Crispe Room, Vermont Veterans Home
                325 North Street
              Bennington, VT 05201

                        Speaker Joanna Santos, will be discussing Floral Sources & Saving Seeds                                           
                      We will also discuss Spring Bee Management.                       

    Bring a dish to share for the Pot Luck, as you are able.

                         For more information, contact President Jeanne Davis at                        jdavisbwheat@comcast.net or call 802-823-7955 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Bennington County Beekeepers Club-January Meeting

 The BCBC will hold their January 2018 meeting at
The Crispe Room, Vermont Veterans Home
325 North Street
Bennington, VT 05201
on January 11, 2018 at 7 PM

Planned Schedule of events:

7:00 Pot Luck Supper: Bring a dish to share

7:30 Business Meeting

7:45 Our Guest Speaker will be Dan Conlon of Warm Colors Apiary, Deerfield, MA talking about “Managing Healthy Honey Bee Colonies”  

Dan is a past president of the Massachusetts Beekeepers Association and is an active member of the Russian Honey Bee Breeders Association.  His work focuses on using the best breeding stock, providing nutrition using natural sources of forage, and the early detection & prevention of disease and pests. 

8:45 Question and answer session

 For more information, contact Jeanne Davis at jdavisbwheat@comcast.net or  802-823-7955