Meeting of the Southern Vermont Beekeepers Association
September 21, 2015 7:00PM
Manchester Community Library
It was noted that September is National Honey Month. A great resource for information about bees, honey, literature, recipes is the National Honey Board at honey.com. A sample recipe was distributed.
We discussed information about a grant program available for beekeepers.
Grants are available from the federal government and from state governments for various aspects of establishing and keeping honeybees as a business.
The website link for more information is:
Our guest presenter was Pat Imbimbo who has had over 30 years of beekeeping experience. Like most of us Pat has experienced the challenges of successfully over-wintering bee colonies.
Partly from his forensic investigation background and his genuine desire to find and improve methods of beekeeping his presentation started by described various hive preparations that haven’t worked. Then he demonstrated some techniques that have shown promise. He stressed that these results really apply to his experience and the environmental conditions that are at his apiary. Someone else could have different results.
For the past two winters he has been experimenting with placing a modified deep on the top of his hive that contains wood shavings. There is screen fastened to the bottom and a few holes for ventilation. The objective is to reduce moisture build up in the hive over the winter. He believes that excessive moisture is a key factor in colony dead-outs.
The wood shavings, which he shakes first to remove dust, absorb moisture that would otherwise be trapped in the hive over the winter. To date his success rate has been 100%.
He found the idea in a book by Ed Simon, “Bee Equipment Essentials” available from Betterbee Company and Wicwas Press.
The latest design that Pat is evaluating is with hives made in Slovenia, Eastern Europe. These hives are intended to be stacked in a “bee house” that is open on one side to the front of the hives. All access to the hive is from the rear through a hinged door. Here the beekeeper can slide out frames for inspection or harvesting.
Because the rear doors are inside the bee house, where the light is minimal, they can be opened for inspection with almost no disturbing of the bees.
The Slovenian beekeepers claim that this design results in very few winter losses
Pat will be experimenting with these next season and evaluate them side by side with traditional North American style hives. He offered to report his findings back to our association.
Southern Vermont Beepers - November 17th 2015; Meeting and Workshop
Vermont Beekeepers Association – January 26, 2016; Winter Meeting
SABA –November 16th, 2015; General meeting
Jack Rath shared upcoming meeting Apimondia, the International Federation of Beekeepers Associations, conference and show, which was in Korea this year, will be in Montreal in 2019. See apimondia.com.
Adjourned at 8:25