Association News


SAVE THE DATE!
Our much-anticipated Spring Workshop is just around the corner.

We will have our hands-on workshop on Saturday, May 14, in Crockett’s Cove (near Wytheville). Paid members and 2016 students are welcome to attend. We’ll get into hives, do hive inspections, look for queens, brood and drones, have a great potluck luncheon, raffle a four-frame extractor, and have a great day of beekeeping and fun. Details will soon be sent to all members and recent students.


MEBA’s Basic Beekeeping classes have concluded for the spring

If you are interested in taking our next offering, send a message with your contact information to our secretary at abeeskep@gmail.com. We maintain a list of interested students and will contact you when our next class is scheduled.


Meeting minutes for March 2016 have been posted…
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Report to MEBA on Virginia Plan to Save the Pollinator

 BACKGROUND:

  • First of SEVEN meetings across the Commonwealth
  • Meeting of the western 42 counties convened at South County Library, Roanoke, Virginia on January 28, 2016 at 6:30 P.M.
  • Approximately 130 persons  attended with mix of Beekeepers, Commercial Crop Sprayers, Landscapers/Planters, VA TECH Entomology, VA Extension Agents, State Apiarist, VA State Pesticide manager, and USDA representative
  • VA State Pesticide presenter–Chief importance-honeybees and Monarch Butterflies; Pesticide Label is the Law.
  • USDA-Directive for National Program-each state must have a plan by Presidential Directive of July 2014.
  • USDA will manage federal funds and allocate to states when/after plan approval.
  • Professional facilitator conducted the breakout discussion groups.  Attendees divided into 8 work groups to discuss four questions.  Each group reported as a whole with recommendation after discussing each question.

KEY POINTS WHICH FACILITATOR TOOK AWAY FROM MEETING:

  • Beekeepers want less spraying on crops, highways and railroads
  • VDOT and RAILROADS, key players, were not invited to the meeting(s)
  • Pesticides applicators want to know location of bees
  • Pesticides applicators willing to work with beekeepers
  • Parks and Recreation, and Wildlife Management Areas  were not invited to meeting(s)
  • Beekeepers want a daily CALL-IN TELEPHONE NUMBER to check where commercial spraying is being conducted
  • Beekeepers and Pesticides Applicators want a GPS locator system for hives for use by the food producers and industry

Meeting adjourned at 8:40 P.M.


Treasurer’s Report for February 2016 is available here.


Membership Form for 2016 has been posted here


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MEBA 2016 Meeting Schedule

Meetings are the fourth Thursday each month EXCEPT for November which meets the third Thursday; there is no meeting in December. Meetings begin at 7:00 pm and last approximately 1 1/2 hours. In 2016, all monthly meetings and classes, except for November, will be held in Room 201/202, Galax Hall, Wytheville Community College. INCLEMENT WEATHER: if WCC is closed to evening classes, MEBA will not meet.

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A new source for essential oils for bees has been added to our suppliers page. Click here for a PDF with the details.


HONEY “B” HEALTHY RECIPE
Since Honey-B-Healthy is needed year-round, here’s a recipe to do-it-yourself.

Makes 1/2 gallon.
5 cups granulated sugar
5 cups water
15 drops spearmint oil
15 drops lemongrass oil
1/2 teaspoon granulated lecithin

DIRECTIONS:
• Combine water and sugar in pan and heat until sugar is dissolved; do not boil. Remove from burner and cool.
• When water is tepid, add spearmint and lemongrass oils to sugar water.
• Heat 1/2 teaspoon granulated lecithin in about 3 tablespoons water. Stir until lecithin is dissolved; when it foams, remove from heat and add to sugar water.

Spring treatment:
Add 1 tablespoon of Honey “B” Healthy to 1:1 sugar-water ratio per quart in the spring. This recipe used in early spring stimulates queen bees to lay and simulates an early nectar flow.