OCBA’s June Meeting will be held Thursday, June 9th at 7:00 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Hillsborough. Master Beekeeper Randall Austin will be presenting on a very interesting subject- The Hive as a Super Organism. I encourage everyone to attend, it’s very enlightening.
We also need volunteers to help man the beekeeping booth at the Eno River Festival in Durham next month. I’ve never been to the festival, but I’m really looking forward to it. Full details at the meeting.
On Saturday, May 14th, OCBA moved its Carrboro Demonstration Hives to Carrboro High School (CHS). OCBA members Walter and Cathy Starks, Fred Fesel, Brad Kosiba and John Rintoul provided the volunteer effort to accomplish the move. They were assisted by Stephen Rintoul.
The hives will continue to be maintained by OCBA for demonstration purposes, but will be available to familiarize members of the CHS Eco-Action Club and the CHS Beekeepers Club with the principles of beekeeping and the role of pollinators in our natural environment.
Setting this move in motion John Rintoul contacted Amy Olsen, a Spanish language teacher at CHS. Amy is a ‘wanna-bee’ beekeeper who directed OCBA to the teachers and staff at CHS who were best positioned to advocate for relocating OCBA’s hives to the CHS campus.
Stefan Klakovich, AP Environmental Sciences teacher at CHS, has been working closely with OCBA since late January to secure all of the reviews and approvals necessary to relocate the hives to the CHS campus. CHS Principal, LaVerne Mattocks, and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Sustainability Coordinator, Dan Schnitzer, also acted as advocates within the school system on behalf of the move.
Do you need a queen? That’s a question that Jennifer Keller from the NCSU Apiculture Program will be answering at our May meeting. Everyone is encouraged to attend. The meeting will be at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Hillsborough at 7:00 pm on Thursday, May 12th.
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.