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