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National Honey Bee Day!

August 12, 2017

OCBA kicked off National Honey Bee Week at the Chapel Hill Farmers Market. Vendors were asked to help promote the role of honey bees and other pollinators by displaying signs highlighting the role of bees in the production of their produce.

Chris Apple helped the non-beekeeping public appreciate the role of honey bees in the pollination of the world’s food supply. She staffed an information table about bees, beekeeping and honey production. Gifts of lip balm donated by Burt’s Bees and wild flower seed packets donated by BayerCropScience were available to market patrons who stopped by the info table.

Chris Apple offers information about beekeeping at the market.

Chris Apple offers information about beekeeping at the market.

Next Saturday on National Honey Bee Day, OCBA beekeepers will repeat this community education and outreach effort at the Eno River Farmers’ Market in Hillsborough.

More photos from the Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market event.

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OCBA Beekeepers Celebrate 100 Years of Beekeeping in NC at NCSBA Conference

OCBA was well represented at the 100th Anniversary NC State Beekeepers Association Conference in Winston-Salem in July – at least 27 of OCBA members attended. That may be a record for OCBA attendance. The conference itself also set an attendance record with 813 of the association’s 4,456 members attending. NCSBA is far and away the largest beekeeping organization in the U.S.

Cynthia Speed's bee quilt generated $760 for apiculture research at NCSU

Cynthia Speed’s bee quilt generated $760 for apiculture research at NCSU

Cynthia Speed’s honey bee quilt was the highlight of the silent auction. Conference participants bought raffle tickets in the hope of winning the quilt as the grand prize. NCSU’s apiculture lab got a significant financial boost from Cynthia’s efforts. The beautiful quilt garnered $760 in raffle proceeds and her soft sculpture varroa mite earned $30 in the silent auction.

To honor NCSBA’s 100 years of service to beekeepers OCBA provided 100 unique, native pollinator plants for display and sale. These plants were nursed through the heat of summer by Chris Apple, Celeste Mayer, Lisa Vogel, Karen Lauterbach, Amber Tarter, Mary Leonhardi and Jeanne Arnts. The plants were displayed in the main conference hall for to see – and buy. This plant sale raised an additional $262 for Dr. Tarpy’s apiculture program at NCSU. All told, OCBA’s dedicated volunteers generated over $1,000 to support apiculture research in North Carolina.

In the prize categories, two OCBA Beekeepers walked away with top honors. Mark Powers won top prize in the photography category. Randall Austin received top prize in the mead category and third prize in the melomel category.

The revival of Bee Quiz Bowl was both educational and fun. The Bee Bowl provided a great opportunity to learn some of the finer points of beekeeping and to showcase the deep talents of NC’s beekeepers in a fun format. There are a lot of talented beekeepers in this state! Even though OCBA didn’t take home the Bee Bowl trophy, it was well worth the effort. Our Bee Bowl Team of Randall Austin, Lewis Cauble and Jeff Lee represented us well.

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Extractor Workday Photos

Check out the Extractor Workday Photos!

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2017 Field Day

Randall demonstrating proper smoker lighting technique

Randall demonstrating proper smoker lighting technique

Saturday, March 25th, Randall Austin graciously hosted an OCBA Field Day at his apiary. Recent graduates of OCBA’s Bee School learned how to light a smoker, inspect a hive, and do a sugar shake to evaluate the Varroa mite load in their colonies. The Field Day offerred many new beekeepers their first look inside an active hive. As always, Randall’s bees were ‘honeys’ and remained calm and composed throughout.

Ryan Chamberlain demonstrating bucket method for Varroa sugar shake

Ryan Chamberlain demonstrating bucket method for Varroa sugar shake

Shaking the bees

Shaking the bees

Brood identification

Brood identification

All Field Day photos courtesy of Lily Doron

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OCBA Honey Extraction Workshop

On Saturday, June 20, at 2 pm, with temperatures soaring up to 97 degrees; OCBA held its annual Honey Extraction Workshop.  Our thanks go to Keith Yow, Cedar Ridge High School Furniture and Cabinet Making instructor, for providing an air conditioned workshop.  Dave Eckert, OCBA Mentoring Director, did a splendid job as usual. He went into great detail demonstrating different ways to remove bees from supers and frames in preparation for extracting as well as different tools used to remove wax cappings .  In addition, he reviewed the agreement for those who may choose to rent the extractor, and described all of the parts and their use.

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Haylee Borden Wielding the Uncapping Knife

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Uncapping with the cappings scratcher

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Spinning Out the Honey

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Honey!

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