North Central Washington Beekeepers Association
2013 Business/Education Meeting
December 8th, – 5pm
Chelan County PUD
In Attendance: James & Kriss Crilly, Felix Slette, Mike McGregor, Michelle Satterfield, Craig Genereux, Amy & Frank Cummings, Jeff & Heidi O/Brien, Steve Foley, Dalton Graham, Kelly & Jemma Riedel, Al & Carol Jielski (Manson), Naomi (Leavenworth), Brin & Brennan, Stewert & Shaye Elliott, Maria Langer
Treasurer’s Report: $225 – all from membership dues
Dues for 2014 should be paid by January 19th to take part in the elections.
The Club needs to purchase Apprentice Beekeeper books, as well as consider starting a book & DVD library for members to check out.
Next Bee Chat – Jan 16th @ 6pm – rescheduled for January 9th – El Agave’s in Wenatchee
Next Business/Education Meeting scheduled for January 19th – 5pm @ Chelan PUD
Steve Foley is the Region 4 Washington Beekeepers Association Rep. We will learn more as he learns more.
Swarm Information needs to be set up with the Wenatchee World, Rivercom, & the Humane Society. May want to consider Pest Control businesses.
(WHO IS GOING TO DO THIS?)
Maria is our Website Master.
Felix takes care of Craigslist.
Kriss takes care of Facebook.
Coastal Farm and Ranch will be getting Bee Packages – they need to be ordered ahead of time. Coastal will have a Bee Seminar December 17th – 6 – 8pm.
Name Tags – will be provided at the next meeting.
Talked about color/shape preference of bees. Talked about wrapping hives in black tar paper to help keep bees warm in the winter.
Economics of Honey
• setting up a hive (you should have 2 minimum)
• containers for honey – if you plan on selling your honey
• labeling & what information you might include on your label (weight, raw, name, email, flower source, etc.)
• what to charge for your honeu
• pollination contracts/services
• raising queens
• raising bees for packages or nucs
MAKE BEES & QUEENS OR HONEY – CAN’T DO BOTH . . . . .
• products of a hive – wax or honey?
• porpolis – how to harvest? Use for?
Discussed again the cost of starting up your first bee hive . . . .
Sources: Mannlake, Brushy Mountain, Coastal Farm in East Wenatchee
Good Magazine: Bee Culture