Geneva was out of town so Todd Walker opened the meeting. David Bailey provided refreshments.
Mary Leonardi asked for entries for the fair booth.
Rex Williams thanked people who had recently given or would soon be giving presentations in the community.
Don Hopkins asked for volunteers to man the booth at the state fair. Anyone interested should contact Don at: (919) 233-8214
Lewis Cauble reminded everyone the elections will be held at the November 6th meeting. There are opening for President, Vice-President, and Director.
Don Hopkins discuss the apiary inspection service and introduced the guest speaker Bill Sheppard who spoke on honey plants.
OCBA meeting minutes-October 11, 2012 7:00 pm
- We had 2 visitors
- Dick reminded everyone about dues renewal for next year
- Watty reported that there had been 4 presentation by club members to the community since the last meeting at that we had been invited to have a booth at the Fresh Roots Festival on 10/20 . He asked for volunteers to man the booth.
- Lewis announced the preliminary results from the fair entries
- Inge Kautzmann gave a presentation entitled “Products of the Hive”
Cabot Creamery Cooperative sponsored the Co-Op-A-Fair in Durham to show us just how much can be accomplished when we come together. The event included local electricity, telephone and food coops, as well as credit unions and volunteer organizations. The OCBA sponsored 4H students, Kaylynn Dungan and Logan Kroothoep, were invited to attend to share there experiences in beekeeping. Watty Bowes and Geneva Greeen also attended as OCBA representatives and mentors.
Kaylynn and Logan did a great job of demonstrating the joys and benefits of 4-H beekeeping to dozens of adults and children of all ages who were at the Co-Op Fair at Diamond View Park in Durham. Geneva and Watty had a pleasant time just watching Kaylynn and Logan using the observation hive with a frame of Kaylynn’s bees and other instruction material to teach a variety of interested spectators about honey bees. Also Geneva and Logan gave short and instructive explanations of the OCBA-4H collaboration to the general audience at the fair.
A group of OCBA members met with Dick Rogers of Bayer Crop Science at the Duke Homestead to check on the bees there. The hives were set up last summer. Bayer Crop Science provided the hives and several OCBA members donated the bees. The plan was to have demo yard at the Duke Homestead to educate the public about bees. The hope was that beekeepers would work with Duke Homestead staff to maintain the bees as well as utilize the hives for demonstration and teaching purposes. The volunteer program didn’t get established and the person at Dike Homestead who was going to help with the bees left so, other than some emergency feeding in January, they were neglected through the Fall and Winter.
Despite being ignored, two of the three hives survived. Dick took us through the process of inspecting the hives. One of the survivors is showing several signs a Varroa mite infestation. The other is in a little better shape. Hopefully this year the hives will get better management. A new beekeeper who lives nearby as agreed to help to schedule any volunteers that would like to work to maintain the hives. If all goes well the hives will flourish and we can arrange to have teaching events at the Duke Homestead.
The Orange County Beekeepers Association will be hosting a half-day introductory class on beekeeping in November. Space is limited. More information here.