Melissa (Mel) Harvey, Secretary-Treasurer ran the meeting and got it started at 7pm. At least 71 people attended the meeting.
Tellita and Winfried Bakker were thanked profusely for bringing the drinks and one more person is needed to bring drinks to the November 14th meeting to finish out the year. Please let Mel know if you're interested, please.
A few new folks were introduced and there were probably a few more out there that were too bashful!
Brett and Tina Scroggins announced that they have bees and equipment for sale. They handed out the following information:
DoublEEBees – 2011 Equipment / Bee Price List
Prairie Grove, Arkansas
Friday July 8, 2011
Individual price/check for availability – see packages below:
9-5/8's hive body w/10 frames & Pierco
Foundation with drawn comb, each set $110.00
Screened bottom board, each $15.00
Entrance reducers -0-
Inner cover, each $10.00
Rapid feeder (Canadian), each $15.00
6-5/8's Dadant super, each $20.00
Telescoping cover, each $20.00
Package 1: All above, minimum 3lb bees and AR raised proven queen
(unmarked), 6 available $235.00
Package 2: All above plus an additional Large super,
10 frames Pierco and drawn comb, 2 available $325.00
All equipment and bees inspected and approved by Melissa Mercer,
State Plant Board Inspector, 7/7/11
Thank you for your business!
The program tonight was about selling your honey. Lots of good tips can be found online at places like https://agdev.anr.udel.edu/(the Mid-Atlantic Apiculture Research and Extension Consortium Newsletter, September 1999) and most lists say similar things. A good thing to think about are the 5 senses when preparing to sell your honey:
•Seeing: The appearance of your stand and your honey (far away and close up)
•Feeling: Don’t let your jars get sticky!!
•Hearing: Be ready to answer questions.
–common questions I get: what plants is this honey made from? why is it so pricy? why not in little honey bears? why not in comb?
•Tasting: Have a sample!
•Smelling: have wax with you, maybe you can sell another product!!
We got lots of words of wisdom from members and lots of good questions. Thanks everyone for being patient with me when I didn't have my presentation working!!
Jim Pickett made a comment that this has been a very unusual summer and many beekeepers have had little-to-no honey. If you are one of these, don't feel bad or alone, lots of people had no honey when they usually have gallons and gallons. It's just been very wet and then very dry and hot and things have just not bloomed at the right time.
Lynda Conlan gave us some good examples of drought-resistant plants: any of the sages, especially Russian Sage, Althea (Rose of Sharon), any of the verbenas and salvia. Maybe we should all try to get us some of this stuff to ensure our bees have stuff to eat even if we have another summer like this!
Ken, our President, closed the meeting with words of encouragement: even though this was a tough year for the bees, we can look forward to a better year next year. Those of you who are first year beekeepers and didn't really see the success they were hoping for this year, just hold on and there will be a good year ahead where you'll be glad you stuck with it.
Next month we hope to talk about mites and anyone who does mite drop counts with sticky boards are highly encouraged to bring their sticky boards in. And a magnifying glass if you have one!!! There are always questions about what the economic threshold is for mite drop and even though most people consider 50-75 mites over a 3-day period to be too many and start treating, Jim Pickett said that his threshold is 30-50, but he also doesn't treat with harsh chemicals but with Thymol instead. More on this next month and possibly a bit about record-keeping long term by Larry Tompkins!
Have a good one and stay cool!!!
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