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2019 Orange County Beekeepers Association State Fair Booth

2019 OCBA Fair Exhibit

Results of almost 30 contributors working together

Designers

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

Contributors

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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Varroa Management Field Day

The scene

Saturday, June 16, varroa conscious OCBA members met at Randall Austin’s apiary to participate in a live demonstration of mite assessment in the colony. Upon inspection the mite count warranted attention. This allowed for a broad discussion of treatment options based on hive status (honey supers were still on) and temperature variables during treatment.

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From Comb to Home™ – The Essentials of Honey Extraction

On Saturday, June 9th at 9:30 Mark Powers and Brad Kosiba will lead an open workshop to familiarize new beekeepers with the basics of honey extraction. This annual extraction workshop will be presented at Cedar Ridge High School in Hillsborough. This year OCBA will be joined by Durham County Beekeepers who will also partici­pate.

You’ve worked hard for your honey. Learn how to collect your reward.

 

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Confetti Bees

On Monday, April 15, three OCBA beekeepers joined five beekeepers from 5 County Beekeepers and one from Caldwell County to tag newly hatched worker bees. The numbered tags are coupled with a painted abdomen to allow researchers to identify the age cohort of the bees. The research study is headed by Dan Charbonneau, a post doc at NCSU’s Apiculture Research Center. The study is investigating the role of worker bees in the selection and rearing of queen larvae.

900 newly emerged bees were tagged and painted by OCBA members Dawn Rogers, Tim Struttmann and John Rintoul. As the study progresses, several other OCBA beekeepers will participate in the study to help tag and paint bees. 

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Spring Increase Workshop – Splitting Your Hives

Spring Splits Workshop 

If your hives overwintered well and are busting the box with bees you may want to consider a spring split. OCBA has two demonstration hives at Carrboro High School. Both overwintered (as of February 15th) and one is busting at the seams with bees – 16 of the 20 frames in are covered edge-to-edge with bees. There is very little drone brood yet so there is time to plan one or more splits before the bees will be ready to swarm.

Spring splits can help you increase your colonies.

To help our second and third year beekeepers understand hive increase basics, OCBA is planning a Spring Split Workshop at the Carrboro High School demonstration hives. Randall Austin (OCBA Master Beekeeper and Director of Education) will demonstrate hive splitting techniques.

After several weather related delays for our weekend dates we will finally have good weather. Unfortunately the good weather is coming mid-week rather than on a weekend. But 19 members have indicated that they can be available even mid-week. So we are moving forward. The workshop will take place Thursday, March 29 at 1:00p at Carrboro High School. The hives are located to the left of the traffic circle. Parking is available in the parking lot south of the hives. 

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