Photos from Our April Beekeeping Workshop

We had a great April beekeeping workshop hosted by Scott Wilson. In the workshop we covered unpacking hives, feeding, equalizing, winter kill diagnosis, and as always review of best practices. We unpacked some very strong overwintered colonies as well as diagnosing a weaker colony. Thanks for the excellent turnout. Here are a few photos from the workshop yesterday, you can find more photos from Vermont beekeepers on the Addison County Beekeepers Association facebook page.

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See everyone at the May workshop!

Addison County Beekeepers March Meeting – Your First Year of Beekeeping

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Our next meeting will be March 17th, 6:30pm at the Middlebury Ambulance community room. Fellow Addison Beekeeper Andrew Munkres will be our featured speaker.

This month’s meeting topic is “Your First Year of Beekeeping”. Full-time beekeeper Andrew Munkres will discuss how to tend a hive from installing a package through the next twelve months. Andrew’s slide show will explain the do’s and don’ts of establishing a hive and ensuring that it thrives in those crucial first months.

http://www.addisonbeekeepers.org/event/acba-march-meeting-first-year-beekeeping/

When: March 17, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: Addison County Beekeeper’s Association Mtg.
Middlebury Ambulance Room
55 Collins Drive, Middlebury, VT 05753

Find out more about Andrew and visit his website Lemon Fair Honeyworks to find out more: https://lemonfairhoneyworks.wordpress.com/.

Our meetings are open to the public, so please feel free to forward this email to anyone you think would be interested.

2016 Workshops Details:
During this meeting we will be announcing the details of our 2016 Workshop schedule. Join us for our 2016 Apiary Workshop season!

Scott Wilson has organized a monthly schedule from April-September. You can view the dates and topics covered on our Events Calendar here:

http://www.addisonbeekeepers.org/events/list/

Workshops are subject to weather conditions and change. Updates will be posted on here on our website along as well as on the ACBA Facebook page. Special thanks to those volunteering their apiaries for a workshop!

Seed Savers Exchange Has New Bee Feed Flower Mix

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Seed Savers Exchange has a new Bee Fee Flower Mix. The mix contains a blend of flowers that provide excellent sources of nectar and pollen for your pollinator friends.

Check out the Bee Feed Flower Mix here:

http://www.seedsavers.org/bee-feed-mix

A blend of annual and perennial flowers that provides nectar and pollen to wild bees, honey bees and other pollinators.

Annual and Perennials
Early, late, and mid-blooming flowers
Beautiful mix or colors

This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States.

This blend of annual and perennial flowers provides nectar and pollen to wild bees, honey bees, and other pollinators. It is suited for use in maintained landscapes such as garden beds, borders, and managed meadows. The colorful early, mid and late blooming flowers provides bee forage all season long. Flowers are suitable for short-tongued and long-tongued bees. Mix components include:

Baby Blue-Eyes
Bergamot
Blue Flax
California Poppy
China Aster
Chinese Forget-Me-Not
Corn Poppy
Fleabane Daisy
Forget-Me-Not
Globe Gilia
Indian Blanket
Lance-Leaved Coreopsis
Lavender Hyssop
New England Aster
Plains Coreopsis
Purple Coneflower
Siberian Wallflower
Sweet Alyssum
Tidy-Tips
White Rockcress

Organic Beekeeping Workshops Coming Up

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Fellow Addison County Beekeeper Ross Conrad will be teaching a couple Organic Beekeeping courses this season. Please find the details below:

Getting Started with Organic Beekeeping
June 4-5, 2016
Sterling College
Craftsbury, VT
1-800-648-3591

This two-day intensive provides an introduction for folks interested in small scale and backyard beekeeping. Ross will cover natural and organic beekeeping topics and practices including: location and equipment requirements; basic honey bee biology; swarming as an expression of the bees vitality; presence and mindfulness in the bee yard; non-toxic pest and disease control; and an appreciation for the role that pollinators and beekeepers play within the Earth’s ecosystem. The program will be punctuated with an open hive demonstration with the opportunity for hands-on experience for students weather permitting.

Getting Started with Organic Beekeeping
July 16-17, 2016
Vermont Farmer Veteran Coalition
Bristol, Vermont
To Register Call:

This two-day intensive provides an introduction for folks interested in small scale and backyard beekeeping. Ross will cover natural and organic beekeeping topics and practices including: location and equipment requirements; basic honey bee biology; swarming as an expression of the bees vitality; presence and mindfulness in the bee yard; non-toxic pest and disease control; and an appreciation for the role that pollinators and beekeepers play within the Earth’s ecosystem. The program will be punctuated with an open hive demonstration with the opportunity for hands-on experience for students weather permitting.

You can also find Ross’s full schedule on his website here:

http://www.dancingbeegardens.com/Workshops.html

About Ross Conrad

Conrad is the author of Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture. He learned his craft from the late Charles Mraz, world-renowned beekeeper and founder of Champlain Valley Apiaries. A former president of the Vermont Beekeepers Association, Conrad is a regular contributor to Bee Culture: The Magazine of American Beekeeping. His beekeeping business, Dancing Bee Gardens, supplies honey, candles, and other bee-related products and also provides bees for Vermont apple pollination.