Introductions and discussion of current state of membership's bees and hives. One new member - Dana.
Discussion of Betterbee Field Day with Michael Palmer.
Susan Marmer shared flow chart to check for mites @ http://www.beginners.info
Discussed the powdered sugar test for mites: put a few bees in a ball jar with a screen over top. Shake into bowl of water. If you see more than 12 mites in the pan, use mite-away.
Registration of hives can be done through the Vermont State website.
Discussed that there are no more bee inspectors in New York State. Former retired NYS bee inspector Earl "Juicy" James lives in Granville.
Discussed moving the dates of meetings to be more consistent with hive activities.
Discussed Bennington Garlic Festival over Labor Day weekend and having club representation at this event and others like it.
Discussed club subscriptions to Bee Culture and Bee Journal, and American Bee Journal (which one said was available for free online, although another said 1 year is $24 paper and $16 for the online version).
The Full Palette is being held at Stratton Mountain August 31, and September 1. We'd also like to have club representation at this event. We might need to consider obtaining a banner and posters.
Fresh Market is loooking for honey to sell.
One member mentioned the value of freezing wax to prevent wax moths, and installing mouse guard early in the season when the temperature/weather changes.
Bee Away is a product that is available again. Fishers Bee Quick is available in the Betterbee Catalog.
Double layered uncapping pan is available through Breezy Meadows.
The Association discussed Tristan Winnpenney's of Pawlet, and his 1,400 hives for sale. It was learned that he had sold all of his bees.
The Association needs to notify Matti Sobel to redirect the old Southern Vermont Beekeepers to our site and Facebook site as well.
The next meeting will be on November
All memberships were paid up for the year.
The association reviewed the amount in the checking account, and discussed obtaining 501(c)3 status.
Jack Rath's presentation had to be postponed because he is in Georgia picking up bees. His wife Sarah Rath brought videos to share with the membership.
The Association established a swarm team, and discussed swarming; it discussed website improvements, and additions.
The membership was encouraged to participate in the Seed, Shovels, Boots, and Buckets event May 17 and 18.
The Association is also seeking mentors for those who are starting out in beekeeping.
The club's extractor resides with Keld.
Discussion of Mites
Two treatment types
(1) apastan strips
(2) thymol - an extract of thyme. Use in the fall
(3) mite-away - approved organic, can use the honey. Very strong. (July & September)
Betterbee is conducting experiments with different types of treatments.
Types of mites: varroa mites and tracheal mites.
When treating, treat after you take off the last honey.
For earlier bees' production, order overwintered nucs.
Please register your bees with the state.
Last year Myers in Granville, New York lost 220/500 hives.
Discussed use of neonicotinoids
Bee The Change is a new federal report on honey bee health
The meeting was in the conference room of The Manchester Chamber of Commerce.
Eleven people were present. Several signed up and paid for membership.
Susan Marmer, President opened the meeting at 7 PM.
Keld Alstrup took notes/minutes in the absense of our secretary.
We discussed our plan for quarterly club meetings, but also that Better Bee has classes on many bee subjects. Their field day will be July 13 in Greenwich, NY. Free for all.
Jack Rath also made known that his company Better Bee will donate a honey extractor to our club. The extractor will be picked up and kept by Keld Alstrup at his home on 657 Riverbend Drive, Manchester, and will be for the use of club members only. It will be expected that the extractor will be out only for a couple of days at a time, so that it can be available to as many members as possible. Also expected that it will ALWAYS be returned in very clean condition and ready for the next member to use.
There will be a meeting at SABA on Saturday, July 16 at the State Museum in Albany.
Discussion to utilize our Facebook site for member communication.
Input was given to Susan for future speakers and topics.
Jack Rath gave us all an interesting presentation on spring bee management. His wife Sara contributed a special honey based snack (as well as the recipe for same) Uhmm!
Until further, meetings will be held at The Chamber Conference room at 39 Bonnet Street, Manchester. Our club is now a paid up chamber member. Meetings will be announced on the chamber weekly bulletin the week before each meeting.
Our next meeting will be May 7 and deal with the overwintering of nukes.
Submitted by Keld Alstrup