2019 Holiday Party

Please come and enjoy the Orange County Beekeepers Association social event on Thursday the 12th starting at 7PM at our usual meeting place, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Hillsborough.  
This year we’re trying something new with a Silent Auction to benefit the NC State Apiculture Program.  You’ll find some very nice items offered.  If you have something to contribute to the auction, please bring it!
Please bring an hors d’oeuvre to share.  Beverages will be provided by the club.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Celeste Mayer
2020 OCBA President
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2019 Orange County Beekeepers Association State Fair Booth

2019 OCBA Fair Exhibit

Results of almost 30 contributors working together


Thank you to everyone who contributed to the design and building of a beautiful 2019 OCBA State Fair Booth!

Larry Arnold • Ryan Chamberlain • Karen Lauterbach • Dick Lyon • Celeste Mayer • Jessica Mjelde • Loren Pease • Mark Powers • Frank Recker• John Rintoul • Vickie Robertson • Kent Robertson • Dawn Rogers • Lisa Vogel • Cynthia Woodsong


Thank you also to everyone who contributed honey and more to the booth display.

Kevin Bickford (frame of honey) • Ryan Chamberlain (extra light and amber honey and Color photo) • Diana Denz (light honey) • Carrie Donley (black and white photo, lip balms, soap) • Liz Gokay–Duffy (painted hive) • Virginia Holmes (mead; dry, sweet, and fruit) • Loren Pease (painting) • Elizabeth Pratson (lip balm) • Ian Rasmussen (cut comb and chunk comb honey) • Vickie and Kent Robertson (dark amber honey, flower photos) • Dawn Rogers (beeswax model, candles, creams, soaps, gift package, and jewelry) • Amy Singleton (frame of honey) • Cynthia Speed (candle, novelty items, foods cooked with honey) • Walter Starks (extra light and amber honey, 50 pounds of honey) • Tim Struttmann (dark amber honey) • Lisa Vogel (dark amber honey and flavored creamed honey) • John Wallace (creamed honey, quilt, and beeswax block) • Cynthia Woodsong (decorative item and Blackwood Farm 20lb bottle of honey) 

Interested in helping out next year? Let us know…..

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Orange County Bee School 2020 Open for Enrollment

Are you interested in beekeeping but don’t know where to begin? Are you a beekeeper who is interested in improving your beekeeping skills? Whatever your level of interest, Orange County Beekeepers Association’s Bee School is here for you!

Classes start January of 2020.

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July 11, 2019 Membership Meeting

NC Master Beekeeper Randall Austin will tell us about the tiny little ninjas lurking in our bee colonies. We can’t see them. We can’t get rid of them. The goal of their very existence is to kill, kill, kill! They are extremely good at it. Typically, the ninjas make the deaths look like an accident. Most beekeepers aren’t even aware they exist. When their colonies die, the beekeeper thinks “my bees left,” or “GMO crops must have killed my bees” or some other equally sensible-sounding, YouTube based explanation. Hint: the culprits are NOT Varroa mites (we can see those) although Varroa mites act as the ninjas’ henchmen. Join Randall at the July meeting to find out what is going on in your hives.

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June 13, 2019 Membership Meeting

Lewis Cauble, Past President of OCBA and current NC Apiary Inspector for the mountain region, will return to Orange County as our speaker in June.

His presentation will focus on what should give us comfort vs. what may be problematic as we read the frames in our hives. Lewis will share his perspective on the threat of varroa to the health of our colonies and help us recognize diseases that accompany high mite loads as we inspect our hives. He will also help us understand what is typical, seasonal variation in our hives as we evaluate frames of bees, brood and stores. For example, what is a shotgun laying pattern versus merely a random scattering of empty cells in an otherwise solid patch of brood? What are the bees telling us with the placement of nectar, bee bread, brood and open space? Can the placement of nectar tell us that the colony is queenless? Learn how to read the frames in your hive.

Learn to read your frames. What are they telling you?

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