NCW Beekeepers Meeting for August 21, 2016
Sept. 1 Leavenworth Farmers Market 4-8 p.m.
Sept. 5 Fair set-up
Sept. 7 Check in honey, photos, etc. 3-8 p.m.
Sept. 8 (9 a.m.-9 p.m.), 9 (9-9), 10 (9-10) -11 (9-5), Boswell bldg; need a ticket to get in;
can exhibit but not sell honey (but could get a blue ribbon…)
Sept. 2-25 Puyallup fair. Entries required online by August 28, received at the fair by 8/31.
Sept. 18 Business/education meeting, PUD, 5 p.m.
Oct. 5 Bee chat 6 p.m., location TBA (El Agave?)
Oct. 16 Business/education meeting, 5 p.m. PUD auditorium
Treasurer: Checking account $1731.14; education/outreach (savings) account $1128.49
Leavenworth Farmers Market: last chance Sept. 1 Honey selling well, especially if samples are offered. Please bring some honey to sell, and feel free to sign up to help with the booth.
Bulk equipment order: Wayne will send out email with costs sometime in the next month. There will be about a month to place orders. Parts aiming to arrive in November.
Motion for NCW Beekeepers to pay fair admission for members working 5 hours or more was passed.
WA State Beekeepers Master Beekeeper program has had some turnover recently. Not sure what this means for the spring class.
Considerable interest in having another mead class in the fall. Kits and supplies will be available. Participants should bring honey, about a quart per gallon.. A Saturday in November is preferred.
NCW Beekeepers official annual meeting will be in January, at which time changes can be made to the bylaws. There will also be election of officers. Bring ideas for bylaws changes to meetings for discussion before the annual meeting. Consider running for one of the officer positions.
Stan Peak showed a cage to capture queens from queen cells. With some experience it appears to be quite effective keeping virgin queens safe in the same hive, before moving them to their own mating nucs with some additional bee/honey/brood resources.
Possible problem of orchard spray getting into honey was discussed. Two suggestions were made to minimize the possibility: not putting honey supers onto hives before the main (early spring) spraying season is over, and asking orchardist to spray at night when bees are in hive. Remember, with honey, there is no Organic designation due to the variety of compounds bees come in contact with during their potentially long flights.
Additions and corrections cheerfully accepted.