October 2017 Minutes

The Northern Neck Beekeeping meeting was held on October 9, 2017 at 7pm by our president John Elkin. The minutes were read and approved by Fran King and seconded by Dave Holt. The Treasury report was given by Dave Holt and approved. See the attached Treasury Report.

Education:

The Boots and Barbecue event was managed by Dave Holt, Hyte Smith, and Cliff and Elizabeth Harris. There was lots of interest in the observation hive and next year’s class.

The Stratford Hall Wine and Oyster Fest was organized by Chuck Cox. It was very successful with lots of interest generated.

The Gateway Beekeepers Teacher Consortium: Fran King, Mike Church, and Dave Holt attended the meeting in September. Fran will be the class coordinator for the upcoming Northern Neck Beekeeping Class. There is a push to get new beekeepers coordinated with mentors earlier so they can see the hives as the class is progressing.

The Teaching Consortiums name has been changed to Virginia Beekeeping Teaching Consortium. Dave Holt made a motion which was seconded and approved to pay two hundred dollars to a start up payment to become a member of this consortium.

The new class will begin the first Monday in February. Discussion followed as to use thumb drives or CDs for the student packets. It was decided to use thumb drives.

Upcoming educational events: November 4, 2017 the Weyers Cave meeting speaker Erin McGregar from Maine. April 21, 2018 will be the Fourth Annual Earth Day Festival in Heathsville, VA. It will be part of the first Farmers Market of the season. More information can be found at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. August 13-17, 2018 will be the EAS 2018 meeting. It will be held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. This is considered to be an excellent opportunity for beekeepers to take part in classes and talks concerning beekeeping. September 23, 2018 Boots and Barbecue, location to be announced.

John Elkin gave a demonstration of the use of Oxalic Acid. Acid is toxic and you should wear a mask. Allison’s Hardware carries those masks. You should wear gloves but not cloth gloves. If there is brood, treat three times in five to seven day intervals. Close all openings to hive for ten minutes after releasing acid. This is a quick and easy method of mite treatment. It would be good to do this twice when the hive is broodless in the winter. Treat before spring so you can take honey off. When you take the honey, treat the hive to keep the mite count down.

Mike's Notes: 1. Important things right now is to get rid of the mites. He endorses the use of the Oxalic Acid. Keep

testing for mites now and treat them with whatever method you choose.

2. Feed if necessary one to one now. Start two to one as it gets colder. Keep an eye on the hive so it won’t become honey bound.

3. There are still a lot of small hive beetles. Use the scotch brite cloths if you have a problem.

4. If hives are diminishing, take boxes away so wax moths are not invited in.

5. Time for mouse guards to be put on if you have not already done so.

6. Put up wind breaks in direction of northwest wind. One bail high of straw is all you need.

7. Time to start thinking of next spring. a. Plan on dividing colonies b. Prepare nucs c. May want to go from deeps to mediums

d. Determine if you want to re-queen to strengthen your hive, if so you need to decide what queen you

want and order by February. 8. How to store comb over winter. Comb with no brood ever, stack frames over a dish of PDB

8. How to store comb over winter. Comb with no brood ever, stack frames over a dish of PDB (paradichlorobenzene). If there are brood frames, use the PDB but you must air them out for a month before putting them in your hive.

9. If you do not have PDB place frames in a bag tightly sealed in the freezer for three days. Then store the frames in an air tight container.

Hyte Smith brought information on club t-shirts. Colors and sleeve length were discussed. Short sleeve shirts will be $15 from small to extra large. $18 for long sleeves from small to extra large. Double X to 4X would be $18 for short sleeve

$20 for long sleeve. Hyte will go back to the designer and will bring other samples to the November meeting. There was a lot of interest in the t-shirts and thirteen people signed up to order.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:55pm. The next meeting will be November 13, 2017 at 7pm

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