Recent November Happenings

If you attended our last meeting, we were treated to four different presentations. Our President, Ira Poston, initially introduced Mr. Richard French, the coach for FIRST LEGO League team of four kids from Alamance County. Each year r_first_lego_league FIRST LEGO League team at the ready to test their smoker fuel. (Photo: Richard French)[/caption]

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Lighting the fuel puck. (Photo: Geoff Leister)

The next three presentations during our meeting by 1st-year beekeepers Sally Bryan & Darrell Holt and 2nd-year beekeeper Zivon Price were both informative and entertaining.

During the Burlington Christmas Parade on November 19th the Alamance County Beekeepers introduced Sweet Betsy (aka Jennifer Welsh) to the city. Our mascot’s name is from the native red flowered sweet betsy bush (christmas-parade-2016-sweet-betsy-4

During the parade Sweet Betsy was transported in Randy Stinson’s float (aka BMW). Sweet Betsy made her first appearance to the public during the Farm-To-Table event on September 20th & 21st at Historic Cedarock Park. Members Ira Poston, Corey Gillespie, Mike Ross, Randy Stinson, and Charles Black also participated as some 800 fourth graders experienced ever so briefly the wonders of honey bees, beekeeping and pollination services.

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North Carolina State Fair Booth 2016

Members Zivon Price and Sheyenne Michelizzi assembled and created the following display that was delivered to the fair grounds on Tuesday, October 11 with the help of Ira Poston. 

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Photo by Zivon Price

Our booth received 4th place overall.
Zivon & Sheyenne’s display of Geoff Leister’s (No.’s 1 – 12) Nectar and Pollen producing plants received a 1st place. Posted images HERE.

Geoff Leister’s Black & White photo (No. 13) received a 3rd place ribbon
Mike Ross: Chunk Honey received a 3rd place ribbon.
Keith Elkes: Pure Beeswax received a 2nd place ribbon.
Sylvia Willis: Gift Basket received a 6th place ribbon.

Honey Bee Swarming Chart

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It is free and downloadable as a PDF from Vita Europe after you register your name, email address, country, zip code and select a password:  HERE  This gives you access to an amazing group of 100’s of honey bee, bee, plant, and beekeeping related images. It is well worth a look. You may have used Vita’s Apiguard or Apistan products for control of Varroa mites.

New Links Added to Resources

I have added several NEW links to our Resources webpage that you are invited to explore. First, the following link was suggested to me by visitors using our Resources page to further their interest in honey bees, beekeeping and insects in general. Through additional research they discovered A Guide to Beekeeping from Flowers to Harvesting and they wanted to share this helpful resource with our members.
The Strathcona Beekeepers Association of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada are “dedicated to the support of bees (both native and honey) and beekeepers. Their site is “intended to be a resource for gardeners, educators, farmers, beekeepers and anyone interested in creating a healthy, sustainable environment.” I have added the links to their menu entitled “The Beekeepers’ Library.” This is a “must see” webpage that will take you hours & hours of your time to examine and digest. In addition, I added a link to “A Quick Reference Guide to Honey Bee Parasites, Pests, Predators, and Diseases” from Penn State.

 

Star Tribune Documentary: “Bees at the Brink”

The following links lead to an extremely well written 4 part documentary that includes amazing images and imbedded videos posted on Star Tribune website. Enjoy!

Nature’s Dying Migrant Worker Part 1
Battle For Our Hearts And Mind Part 2
Fields Of Green A Desert For Bees Part 3
A Scientist’s Aim: Save The Bees Part 4

For a clearly presented explanation of the Waggle Dance be sure watch this 5-minute video on the Waggle Dance on Vimeo HERE.

Farm to Table 2015

 

Cynthia Pierce with one of the 19 4th grade classes.

Cynthia Pierce with one of nineteen 4th grade classes that participated in Farm To Table on September 23, 2015.

If you’ve never taken the opportunity to work at the annual Farm to Table event, you should consider doing it. It’s work, but it’s fun, and you’ll learn a thing or two. But mostly, you’ll enjoy sharing your love of beekeeping with young members of our community.

This annual event is offered by the Chamber’s Agri-Business Committee and provides about 800 area 4th-graders the chance to learn about agriculture in our community. The program, provided at no charge, educates students about where their food comes from and what is involved in food production before it reaches the dining room table. Several different areas of farming are represented including dairy, poultry, farm technology, beekeeping, forestry products, beef cattle, field crops, soil and water conservation, and plant science.

Our club was well represented at this years’s 2-day event held on September 22nd & 23rd at Cedarock Historical Farm. Over two days, volunteers from our club talked about honey bees’ role in agriculture as pollinators of flowers, fruits, and vegetables. The kids asked great questions [What does mate mean? Why does smoke calm them down — shouldn’t it make them panic? What do drones do?], and they got to practice being still instead of panicky around free-ranging bees, as some bees escaped the observation hive. Mike Ross, Randy Stinson, Corey Gillespie, Charles Black, Wayne and Janice Foulks, Geoff and Linda Leister, Tony Abbruzzi, and Cynthia Pierce represented beekeeping this year. Thanks to all. (Submitted by Cynthia & Geoff)

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Student using a lighted smoker carefully guided by Cynthia Pierce.

Tony Abbruzzi captivates the students attention with honey bee flight facts.

Tony Abbruzzi captivates students’ attention with honey bee flight facts.

Beginning Beekeeping Course – 2019

ANNOUNCEMENT OF

BEGINNING BEEKEEPING COURSE

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We would like to announce that starting on January 22, 2019 the Alamance County Beekeepers will start the 28th consecutive year of offering a Beginning Beekeeping Course. The objective of the course is to create an interest in beekeeping and provide information needed for a person to become a keeper of honey bees, a beekeeper. No prior experience is required to take the course.

This is a 24-hour course, 20 hours in the classroom and 4 hours in the field. The structured classes start, as noted above, on January 22, 2019 and will continue each Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 PM through April 2nd. All class sessions will be held in the auditorium of the Ag Extension Office located at, 209 N. Graham Hopedale Rd, Burlington, NC 27217.

At the completion of the classroom instructions, we will have a Field Day on Saturday, April 6th, depending on weather. During the Field Day, we will spend 4 hours in a bee yard to gain hands-on experience in working with the bees.

It’s best to register in advance to assure you have a seat and course materials. The room can only hold 50 people comfortably, so be sure to register early. The cost of the course is $85.00. This includes $10.00 building usage fee, $25.00 for Local and State dues and hand books. If your spouse or other member of your family wants to take the course and you can share the books, then the cost for the additional person would be $35.00. To register in advance, please send your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address along with your payment to: Zivon Price, 421 Canterwood Drive, Mebane, NC 27302. Please make check payable to Alamance County Beekeepers.

If you live in the Burlington area, you most likely won’t need directions to the Ag Building; however, if you are coming from out of town one simple way to get to the Ag Extension Office is to get off I-85/1-40 at exit 145 and head toward downtown Burlington. This street is Maple Avenue. Stay on Maple Avenue through the center of Burlington until you get to Church Street, turn right travel approximately 2.1 miles until you get to Graham Hopedale Road, turn left, travel one block and the Ag Building is the first building on the right.

We would also like to announce that in 2019, the Alamance County Farm Bureau will again be sponsoring a Cost-Share program. This is a program where a number of people are awarded two hives each, along with a package of bees for each hive. Applications for this program will be available on the first evening of the class.

Even though you have registered in advance, we would like for you to come a little early, maybe 6:00 PM, on the first night, January 23rd , so that we will have time to issue nametags and handbooks and still be ready to start our class at 6:30 PM.

If you know someone interested in taking this course, we would appreciate you sharing the above information with that person. This course announcement will also be posted on the Alamance County Beekeepers Web Site – https://www.alamancebeekeepers.org

Hope to see you on January 22nd.

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