Blackwood Farms Package Install
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Cynthia Woodsong and Cedric Pearce get assistance from Keith Barnhart loading truck.
On April 1st, Cynthia Speed, Cynthia Woodsong and Cedric Pearce met at Blackwood Farm Park to install packages in OCBA’s Demonstration Hives. At Blackwood, OCBA willl manage two traditional Langstroth hives and two Top Bar hives. The volunteers sharing the responsibility for managing the Langstroth hves are Cedric Pearce and Cynthia Woodsong. Mary Leonhardi and Cynthia Speed will co-manage the Top Bar hives. The bees for all of the hives were donated by David Bailey of Bailey Bee Supply. OCBA is grateful for the volunteer assistance of our members who manage our demonstration hives and for the generosity of Bailey Bee Supply.
Blackwood Farm Park is located near the intersection of NC 86 and New Hope Church Road. It is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. OCBA members are encouraged to visit the park and the hives.
Patrick Jones who is the Deputy Director of Pesticide Programs for the North Carolina Dept. of Agriculture will be the guest speaker at our April meeting. His presentation will cover North Carolina’s Pollinator Protection Plan as well as the new FieldWatch/BeeCheck program which is designed to help protect your bees from deadly pesticides. To find out more please plan to attend. We will be meeting at the Unitarian Universalists Congregation of Hillsborough at 7PM on Thursday April 14th.
Chris Richmond will be giving a presentation on swarm retrieval and cutouts. This is a subject he has a lot of experience with as the coordinator of the OCBA Swarm Patrol. Should be a great meeting. The meeting will be at the Unitarian Universalists Congregation of Hillsborough at 7PM. I encourage everyone to attend.
OCBA Demo Hives at Blackwood Farm Park 1
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Walter and Cathy Starks heading to the hives at Blackwood Farm
On January 30 several OCBA members met with Keith Barnhardt, Park Manager at Blackwood Farm Park, to prepare for the installation of OCBA’s demonstration hives later this spring. As part of OCBA’s community outreach efforts, the club will maintain two traditional Langstroth hives and two Top Bar hives at the park. The hives will provide a focal point to share information with park visitors about bees and beekeeping. OCBA will also make use of the hives to educate school groups and interested community groups about the plight of honeybees and other pollinators.
The Langstroth hives will be maintained by Cedric Pearce and Cynthia Woodsong. The Top Bar hives will be maintained by Mary Leonardi and Cynthia Speed. Blackwood Farm Park is located near the intersection of Highway 86 and New Hope Church Road.
Nancy Rupert will be giving a presentation on winter feeding.
Since Jan Rogers is no longer able to continue as Secretary, we will also be seeking nominations for someone to fill this position.
We will meet Thursday, February 11th at the Unitarian Universalists Congregation of Hillsborough at 7PM.