February Meeting

The TVBA regular February meeting was 2/9/17 at Moulton City Hall.

After discussing plans for the New Beekeeper Class, the club viewed a video on swarm traps.

 

Also, Charter Member Jerry Claborn provided this photo of his bees on a Mahonia plant in late January.

Bees on Mahonia - January 21, 2017

Bees on Mahonia – January 21, 2017

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Beginning Beekeeper Class – 02/11/2017

Lamar Roberson talking about feeding bees

Lamar Roberson talking about feeding bees

TVBA hosted a Beginning Beekeeper Class on 2/11/17 at the Moulton Church of Christ.

A group of 22 folks learned about the steps for getting bees through their first year:

  • Bee Biology
  • Hive Building & Supplies
  • Sources for Bees
  • Installing Bees in the Hive
  • Inspecting Bees
  • Feeding Bees
  • Overwintering
  • Mentors
Bud Rogers demonstrating package installation- complete with sound effects!

Bud Rogers demonstrating package installation- complete with sound effects!

Thanks to Larry & Debbie Mote, several suppliers offered prizes for the class.  The TVBA Club provided the grand prize, a nuc of Buckfast Bees from Kaleb Scott Apiaries.

Grand Prize Winner- Dale- A package of Buckfast Bees from Kaleb Scott's Apiary

Grand Prize Winner- Dale- A package of Buckfast Bees from Kaleb Scott’s Apiary

Division Board Feeder Prize- Mary

Division Board Feeder Prize- Mary

Hive Top Feeder- Norma

Hive Top Feeder- Norma

Veil Prize- Debe

Veil Prize- Debe

Hive Tool Prize- Diane

Hive Tool Prize- Diane

Frame Cleaner Prize- Jim

Frame Cleaner Prize- Jim

The tentative date for the Intermediate Class is April 15, 2017.

 

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October 2016 Meeting

The minutes for the October 2016 meeting are posted on the Newsletters page.  Our speaker was Dr. Tew, who spoke on the topic of “Winter Feeding of Bees.”  The link to the recording of the event is:

http://bit.ly/zoom_feedingbees  

Click on the link above or copy the link into your browser and you should be able to view the entire program.

Thanks to Allyson Shabel for setting up this informative event.

Our next meeting will be our Christmas Party on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 6:30pm.  We will meet at the Western Sirloin Steakhouse on Hwy 157 in Moulton.

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TVBA Meeting Minutes for August 11, 2016

Greetings,

The minutes for the August meeting are on the newsletters page.

Wes Caudle, the State Apiarist for the northern region of Alabama spoke at the meeting on hive inspections.  I took notes to the best of my ability.  If anyone has any additions or corrections, please let me know.

I also updated our Equipment Page with sources for Queens and Honey Containers.

david

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Bee on Oregano

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Bee on oregano, summer 2016 Photo Credit: David Hicks

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Seedles Donation

Thanks to Mr. Jon Chaffee from Big Heart Pet Brands in Decatur, AL for the donation of a box of Seedles to the TVBA.  Seedles are clay balls filled with wildflower seeds.  These balls can be distributed in open ground and rain causes them to open up and release wildflower seeds that bees love.  You can learn more at:  https://growtherainbow.com/products/wildflower-seedles

Seedles

 

The Tennessee Valley Beekeeping Association greatly appreciates the donation and the desire to support healthy habits for bees.

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Upcoming Events Page Added

Spring is a busy time for beekeepers.  In addition to all the hive activities, many festivals and events require attention.  Please see our new “Upcoming Events” page to see where TVBA Members are promoting beekeeping.

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