OCBA meeting minutes-May 10, 2012 7:00 pm
- Todd welcomed the group and reminded everyone to sign the clipboards for recording attendance.
- Geneva described one volunteer opportunity which Lucy Wilson is organizing—weeding the Pollinator Garden at the Hillsborough Visitor’s Center. See Lucy, or respond to her email, to sign up for a month of weeding. (Please see calendar on website for dates and times)
- Next Geneva mentioned the”Festival for the Eno” in Durham on July 4th, and the week end, July 7th & 8th. Volunteers are needed to man the booth in shifts on these three days. You can sell honey. Inga has the sign-up sheet.
- Watty thanked the volunteers for the last few spring events and listed new opportunities: May 18 at McDougal Middle School in Amy Parker’s classroom; June 2 at the American Tobacco Campus for the Community Fair (Craig Tucker will need help with 4-H); and July 4, 7 & 8 at Durham’s Festival for the Eno. Geneva also mentioned the field day to be held jointly with Alamance County on May 19 at Lewis’s shop (8411 Hwy 86 N, Cedar Grove) and the Potluck at the Fessels’ which will be instead of the July meeting
- Todd mentioned the Mentor program using Google Maps and encouraged all to sign on and check locations of hives. He encouraged all to come hear Buddy Martarre speak about organic, natural, sustainable beekeeping practices next month.
- 4-H member Logan Kroothoep, eleven, reported on his learning experience, including a slick video on hiving his package of bees.
The presenter was Todd Walker, who managed on his own since Lewis was traveling for work and unavailable. Todd discussed “Backyard Queen Rearing.” Some of the advantages to beekeepers are that queen rearing will add to your beekeeping skills, you will be able to better control queen quality, you can select the traits that you wish to encourage in your bees, and you can have fun. Among the resources Todd used are Successful Queen Rearing, The Practical Beekeeper (Michael Bush), Queen Rearing Essentials (John Connor), and The Cloake Board Method of Queen Rearing (Sam Cambry). Tood’s slides were clear and showed exactly what he was talking about. In order to simulate the bees to raise a queen, you must have a queen-less colony, the larvae must be the correct age, there must be an ample number of healthy nurse bees, there must be enough space for the bees to work in, and there must be ample resources. Stated simply, the beekeeper sets up the queen cell builder, grafts eggs of the proper age, waits patiently for these to mature, moves cells to mating nucs, and waits some more for eggs to show the nuc is queen-right.
Todd cautioned everybody to monitor for varroa now.
Following the presentation, members enjoyed fellowship and refreshments.
‘Lizabeth B. Collins