North-Central Washington

 Beekeepers Association

  • Sunday, October 15, 2017 11:10 AM | Jeff Hampton (Administrator)

    NCW Beekeepers Meeting

    October 15, 2017


    November 18 Mead Class See email from Jeff for detailsNovember 19 Business/Education meeting 5 p.m. Douglas County Fire Station

    December No Bee Chat

    December 17 Business/Education meeting, 5 p.m. fire station

    Educational Video – Randy Oliver: Reading the Combs

    Bees need 3 things: a dry home, flowers, and parasite control

    Look for recruitment (brood and new bees) vs. attrition (bees dying); aim to increase recruitment and decrease attrition. Peak number/s relates to nectar flow and availability of pollen. Hive inspection should examine interface between brood and honey store. Young brood pheromone stimulates foraging for pollen. “Wet” brood, with plenty of jelly in cells, indicates good nutrition. Lack of this pheromone, or 8-10 frames filled suggests no more brood space and stimulates formation of queen/swarm cells. Production of white wax indicates need for more honey storage space; add a super. Bees can carry varroa mites 2 miles, so be considerate of neighboring beekeepers and keep mites under control in your hives.  With first frost bees go into survival mode until spring pollen starts.Randy’s website is recommended. Discussion: Shop towel method under review for official approval. Fogging of oxalic acid can be done with water as long as temperature is warm enough to keep oxalic acid dissolved. Alternatively it can be done with part or entirely alcohol, but bees clearly do not like alcohol. Pollen/protein patties (Mann Lake’s recommended) can be used in August and February. Treasurer Report Kriss is on vacation

    Old Business

    Bulk equipment order has gone in and is being assembled for shipping. Wayne will notifybuyers when delivery date is certain.

    Mead class will require minimum of 20 participants to make it practical. See Jeff H.’s email for


    Additions and corrections cheerfully accepted.

    Alice Crawford

  • Sunday, September 17, 2017 3:30 PM | Jeff Hampton (Administrator)


    October 5 Bee Chat 6 p.m. Milepost 111

    October 15 Business/Education meeting 5 p.m. Douglas County Fire Station

    November 19 Business/Education meeting 5 p.m. Douglas County Fire Station

    November 18 Mead Class 

    December No Bee Chat

    December 17 Business/Education meeting, 5 p.m. fire station

    Educational Panel

    Kristin reported on Randy Oliver’s presentation in Everett. Bees need a dry space, nectar, pollen, and mite control… only. He’s trying to breed mite-resistant bees. Brood should be swimming in jelly; if dry, they need pollen. He treats for mites with shop towel system in April, July, September and December (in southern California). See Kristin’s email for more detail. See Randy’s website “Scientific Beekeeping” for lots more.

    Stan led a panel of Chris, Craig, Felix and Wayne on preparations for winter. There is wide variety of systems, but general agreement that mite control, adequate food, ventilation sufficient to keep the hive dry, and insulation for hives in exposed locations are required. It was noted that super frames containing some honey and some nectar can be stored in a freezer over the winter, then replaced in the super the following year. Insulation can raise the temperature in the hive during the day enough to cause bees to break up their ball. It was noted that honey is a considerable heat sink. There was suggestion that not insulating over the winter was followed by stronger hives in the spring.

    Treasurer Report Checking account $2755.86 Savings Account $1130.39

    Old Business

    County fair went very well; Kriss got a big hand

    Bulk equipment order will go out next week. Get orders in to Wayne Ranne.

    Additions and corrections cheerfully accepted.

    Alice Crawford

  • Sunday, August 20, 2017 3:28 PM | Jeff Hampton (Administrator)


    September 7-10 Chelan County Fair

    September 17 Business/Education meeting

    October 5 Bee Chat

    October 15 Business/Education meeting

    Educational Panel

    Discussion included topic of honey extraction, bottling, storage and sale. Also labeling, and where to have this done. Hive weight and yellowjacket control were also covered.

    Old Business

    Chelan County Fair: All slots are covered. There will be two presentations on Sunday: Keeping Bees, and Extracting. We will be in the old building, Wilkins. The theme this year is “Fun for the Whole Herd.” Our bulletin board will be “Fun for the Whole Hive.”

    Bulk Equipment order will be handled again by Wayne Ranne. Forms will be out soon and you will have a month to plan your order. Deadline will be 10-1- 17.

    New Business

    Jana Howard gave a short talk on having a representative from the beekeepers club talk to the Rock Island City Council to educate them on bees. They destroyed a hive on church grounds instead of having it moved. Their next meeting is August 28 at 6 p.m. Kriss will contact Daryn and Peter to see if they are willing to talk to the council. They will take the Wenatchee Bee Ordinance.

    There are people in the valley who have offered to keep bees for us on their property and small orchards. Kriss forwards names and numbers to club members.

    Many thanks to Kristin Taylor for taking notes in my absence.

    Additions and corrections cheerfully accepted.

    Alice Crawford

  • Sunday, July 16, 2017 9:03 PM | Jeff Hampton (Administrator)

    NCW Beekeepers Meeting

    July 16, 2017


    August 10 Bee Chat 6 p.m. El Agave

    August 20 Business/Education meeting 5 p.m. Douglas County Fire Dept.

    September 7-10 Chelan County Fair, a few signups still needed

    Educational Presentation

    Control of Varroa Mites – Al Zalewski

    Expectation that bees will develop resistance to varroa is upset by interbreeding with pollinator and native bees.

    Powdered sugar to encourage removal of mites by grooming is not recommended by WSU.

    Apivar strips must be left in for 45 days to cover brood and mite cycles, cannot be used with super, need temperature 50-90o, resistance develops slowly but miticides should be rotated.

    HopGard II is expensive, very messy, but strips do not have to be removed, and can be used with supers on… although there is some concern about this.

    Several other less effective materials were mentioned briefly.

    Formic acid, commonly used in Canada, is inexpensive and works on capped brood, but can kill queen and brood if used at too high temperature.

    Oxalic acid is probably preferred treatment now. It doesn’t kill in capped brood so must be repeated at 3-5 day intervals x3. Homemade vaporizers can heat too fast/hot and produce formic acid. Al showed several expensive but effective alternatives to vaporizers. A respirator with an acid cartridge is recommended as is a bee suit. Early morning when all bees are in the hive is recommended. The “blue towel method,” with oxalic acid + glycerine on a towel placed between the brood boxes looks promising. The towel can be left in. thus getting both brood and mite cycles, and the bees will eventually destroy it.

    Al strongly recommends treating about August 1, then again in December (brood break) if there is adequate temperature.

    Old Business

    The hive at WV College was re-queened after a slow start and is now doing well.

    Reports Treasury: savings $1130.26, checking $3230.96

    New Business

    Leavenworth Farmers Market: Kristin and Imelka are in charge of our booth. Markets are Thursdays 4-8. We will start July 20 and participate every two weeks. 2-3 volunteers are needed in addition to those wanting to sell honey.

    Wayne is planning another bulk equipment order from Western Bee. More information will be available on the website.

    No bee chat in September – it’s fair time.

    An observation hive is needed for the fair for Friday and Saturday.

    A gift basket for the Douglas County Fire Department was approved.

    Additions and corrections cheerfully accepted.

    Alice Crawford

  • Sunday, June 11, 2017 9:05 PM | Jeff Hampton (Administrator)

    NCW Beekeepers Meeting

    June 11, 2017


    July 6 Bee Chat Potluck, WallaWalla Park Shelter #2

    Bring salad or finger food, place setting and drink, maybe a chair

    Club will provide dogs, buns and condiments

    July 16 Business/Education meeting, Douglas County Fire Station, 5 p.m.

    August 20 Business/Education meeting

    September 7-10 Chelan County Fair, email with details and signup request

    Educational Presentation

    Video of Mike Palmer: Building a Sustainable Apiary, part 2

    A progressively more complex and progressively more incomprehensible presentation of a system possibly useful to large-scale operations. Al stopped it before the end; there were no objections from members present.

    Questions for discussion: For a presentation of bees in observation hive to scouts, should a waiver of responsibility be obtained? Yes, and an EpiPen available as well. Where to obtain queens for queenless hive? Multiple sources suggested without details. Are slotted frames useful? Maybe. Honey supers off by August 1? Yes, to avoid having to feed over the winter. If planning to feed, can wait until August 15.

    Old Business

    Jeff has not purchased insurance or posted minutes of survey to website; he’s overwhelmed.

    Our exhibit at the fair will be in the Wilkins building. Mike and Steve O. will do the extraction demonstration; Steve Foley will talk on beginning beekeeping.

    The hive at WVCollege is doing well.

    New Business

    Steve O. reported on his WSU trip. Bees fed mushroom extract appear to be resistant to varroa mites. They need volunteers with at least 8 hives in one place to participate in further study.

    Peter and Daryn reported on a lively event presenting beekeeping to first-graders.

    There appear to be more than usual yellowjackets. A rumor that honeybees attract yellowjackets was denied.

    Additions and corrections cheerfully accepted.

    Alice Crawford

  • Sunday, May 21, 2017 9:06 PM | Jeff Hampton (Administrator)

    May 21, 2017

    NCW Beekeeper Association Business Meeting Minutes

    Al opened the meeting with a Michael Palmer video about managing your apiaries to avoid the purchase of bees from costly outside sources with, most often, less desirable and healthy bee populations.  The use of nucleus hives was the key part of his management process. The lecture was being given to the British Columbia Beekeepers. It is a series of 3, which you can find on

    There will not be a June Bee Chat, so if you have questions for anyone, just contact them individually. The regular Ed/Biz meeting will be on June 11th. Please remember that all of our business meetings are now held at the Fire Dept on Eastmont Ave just NW of Flowers to the Brim shop (3rd St.).

    On July 6th, we will be having a social BBQ at Walla Walla Point Park. It will be held in Shelter 2. This space is at the end of the road and off to the right. If anyone has a gas grill they can bring, please contact Kriss so she knows how many have been offered. More details to follow on this event.

    Jeff brought up the subject of the club insurance policy for the second time. Some attendees didn’t feel we needed the insurance, but the fire department that is allowing us to hold our meetings in their room require the insurance. It is also good policy to have at Earth Day, Chelan County Fair and our home apiary tours. A motion was made, seconded and passed. The policy cost is about $300 per year.

    No Treasurer’s report at this time.

    V/R submitted by Janice Ranne and Kristen Taylor

  • Sunday, April 23, 2017 9:09 PM | Jeff Hampton (Administrator)

    NCW Beekeepers Meeting

    April 23, 2017


    May 11 Bee Chat, El Agave, 6:00 p.m.

    May 21 Business/Education Meeting, Douglas Co. Fire Dept., 5:00 p.m.

    June 9-10 Basic Beekeeping Course, WSU ($125)

    June 11 Queen Rearing Course, WSU ($175)

    Reports: Treasurer: checking account $3795.27, savings account $1129.97

    Educational Presentation Natalie Boyle, PhD, USDA-ARS Pollinating Insects Research Unit

    Dr. Boyle reported on studies and experiences using both honey bees and blue mason bees in pollinating orchards. Mason bees collect dry pollen on their bellies and collect pollen and nectar simultaneously, so are better at moving pollen around in flowers. These bees overwinter in cocoons with just one generation per year.

    Studies involved 400 female mason bees per acre for almonds, 250 per acre for cherries with 1-2 hives of honey bees. There was better cross-pollination and better fruit set with this combination compared to honey bees alone.

    However, propagation of mason bees is difficult in orchards. They are more pesticide-susceptible, often just leave, and are quite expensive. Propagation has been fairly successful in 5-10 acre cages planted with an appropriate mix of flowers. They use a “cocoon attractant” to increase nesting. Placing mason bee hives on top of honey bee hives provides the needed temperature (80o) to encourage emergence at the desired time.

    Old Business

    Al requested recommendations for local speakers for the bus/ed meetings.

    Stan is mentoring the WVC student starting beekeeping with equipment used by FFA last year.

    Jeff circulated a proposal for insurance for the club. It would require notification and issuance of a certificate for the insurance to cover off-site events, e.g., fair, earth days. No action was taken.

    New Business

    A survey of hive survival over the winter related to management was requested; this will be considered.

    Additions and corrections cheerfully accepted.

    Alice Crawford

  • Monday, March 13, 2017 9:07 PM | Jeff Hampton (Administrator)

    NCW Beekeepers Meeting

    March 12, 2017


    March 18 & 25 Apprentice Class, Henry Bldg., Cashmere, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

    April 13 Bee Chat 6 p.m. Milepost 111 (in Cashmere)

    April 15 Chelan Earth Day 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    April 23 Leavenworth Earth Day 12 – 4 p.m.

    April 23 Education/Business Meeting 5 p.m. Douglas County Fire Dept. (on Eastmont)

    Reports: Treasurer: checking account $3430.47, savings account $1129.43

    Educational Presentation

    Panel of Al Zalewski, Emilka Fumanczyk, Jeff O’Brien, Craig Genereux, and Stan Peak

    1. Survey of hives surviving the winter showed approximately 2/3 survived

    2. Temperature criteria for doing hive inspection: Above 50-55o with bees actively flying was considered appropriate for a quick look from the top of the hive, done quickly to avoid chilling brood. Full inspection (pulling frames) should wait until 60o.

    3. Need for feeding: Hives with plenty of honey going into winter and being heavy in spring don’t need feeding. Pollen patty was considered. It was noted that fermented honey can cause dysentery, but honey in capped cells cannot ferment.

    4. Rotating boxes and frames: As the queen will likely be in the upper hive body, boxes should be reversed but the brood ball maintained intact and moved into the center of the box. (Reverse the boxes again in the fall to place the queen in the lower box again.) Keep boxes filled with frames to prevent excessive burr comb, and consider an additional spacer. Dirty comb can fairly easily be scraped from plastic frames.

    5. Varroa treatment: Oxalic acid was agreed to be the most effective and least costly. It has been considered that resistance does not occur, although there is some recent question. Higher (5x) concentrations have proved harmless to bees, but the recommended 2 grams is for a two-box ten-frame hive, and doses should be adjusted down for smaller hives.

    Old Business

    Volunteers are needed for both Chelan and Leavenworth Earth Days.

    It is possible that bee packages will arrive on Chelan’s Day. A net bag is recommended for

    transporting and transferring bees.

    Daryn reported that progress toward an installation at the tree research center is slow.

    A formal mentorship program was judged unnecessary as there is consultation easily available

    at bus/ed meetings and bee chats.

    New Business

    Whether the club could purchase and store bulk equipment for easier availability to members

    was considered; no decision was made.

    Additions and corrections cheerfully accepted.

    Alice Crawford

  • Monday, February 13, 2017 8:15 PM | Jeff Hampton (Administrator)

    NCW Beekeepers Meeting

    Feb 12, 2017


    March 2 Bee Chat, El Agave, 6 p.m.

    March 12 Bus/Ed Mtg., PUD Auditorium (last time!), 5 p.m..

    March 11, 18 & 25 Apprentice Class, Henry Bldg., Cashmere, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

    Reports: Treasurer: checking account $2548.70, savings account $1129.43

    Educational Presentation

    Mike Radford from Northwest Bee Supply spoke on control of varroa mites. All hives in the Northwest have mites. Oxalic acid is the only control measure to which mites do not become resistant. Vaporization is preferred over other applications (which may harm bees). Basic treatment is 3 treatments 7 days apart, but treatment can be repeated as needed. Supers can be removed before treatment, or a sheet placed between hive body and super, but oxalic acid occurs naturally in plants so a small increase of it in honey may not be important. Treatment in late fall may be most efficient to get mites during brood break. It is possible to treat during the winter, but the temperature must be above 40o, preferably above 50o.

    Old Business

    Apprentice class fee was discussed. It was agreed that participants must be members of NCWBA and must pay the $30 fee. The “textbook” is available online free. If there is space available, exceptions to the membership requirement may be made for special individuals interested in the class but not planning on keeping bees.

    New Business

    Ordering bee packages was discussed. Deadline for ordering is March 19, but ordering early is recommended to assure that enough bees are available. It was agreed to add Mike’s 4# packages to the club order along with the 3# packages from Charles. Mike’s price will be $125 and includes guaranteed of live queen for 3-4 days. Bus/Ed meetings starting in April will be at the Douglas County fire station at 377 Eastmont. Members are requested to park in the upper part of the lot and to be sure not to block exit of engines. Mentoring for new beekeepers, planned for the hour preceding regular meetings, may have to be adjusted somewhat to accommodate fireman training.

    March educational presentation will be a panel of Al, Craig, Emelika and Jeff O’B. on spring preparation.

    WSU has not yet scheduled their summer course. Last year it was on Fathers’ Day weekend.

    Additions and corrections cheerfully accepted.

    Alice Crawford

  • Sunday, January 15, 2017 9:00 PM | Jeff Hampton (Administrator)

    NCW Beekeepers Meeting

    January 15, 2017


    Feb. 9  Bee Chat,  Bob’s Burgers & Brew, 6 p.m.

    Feb.12  Bus/Ed Mtg., PUD Auditorium, 5 p.m.

    March 2  Bee Chat, El Agave, 6 p.m.

    March 12  Bus/Ed Mtg., PUD Auditorium  (last time!), 5 p.m..

    March  Apprentice Class, Saturday mornings, specific dates, time and location TBA

    Reports: Treasurer: checking account $1645.77, savings account  $1129.06

        About $150 in anticipated expenses

    Old Business

    Bulk equipment order completed with about $2300 of equipment procured

    New website was judged useful and it was MSC to contract for 12 months at $40 per month.      Dues for 2017 can be paid online, due March 1, and any not paid by that time will be     locked out.

    Ordering new bees was discussed.  Rubin will have 5-frame nucs for delivery about April 15-16

        for $130. Mesh bags for transferring bees were recommended.  Charlie will have

        packages as previously.  Laurie Miller’s queens ($40) were recommended, but picking up

        directly (west side) is advised as USPS has been problematic.

    Annual Meeting Business

    Bylaws amendments were considered.  MSC to change Article VII section 4 to read:

    If NCWBA ceases to exist, funds and assets of record shall be disbursed to one or several non-profit organizations with the objective and intent that these funds and assets be used for the benefit of beekeeping or pollinator research, education, or outreach.  The destination of funds shall be decided by majority vote of the officers of the club prior to disbandment of the organization.  MSC to change Article X to read: The bylaws may be altered, amended, added to or repealed by a two-thirds vote of the members present at any meeting, provided the text of the changes has been made available to and announced to members at least 60 days before the vote.

    Steve presented a budged proposal for 2017; it is made part of these minutes.

    Audit/review committee suggested a spreadsheet for following the club’s finances.

    The proposed slate of officers for 2017 includes Jeff  Hampton, president; Daryn Klinginmith,

        vice-president; Kriss Crilly, treasurer; and Alice Crawford, secretary.  MSC to approve.

    New Business

    FFA wants to re-start their program.  Stan agreed to mentor.

    Insurance for club officers was suggested.  Al and Mike will find information.

    Educational Program  

    There was a brief discussion of winter hive care.  Check top entrances as bottom ones may be snowed in.  Scrape snow off the “front porch.”  Check to assure adequate ventilation.  And a quick peek inside when the temperature is >40 to assure adequate food.

    Additions and corrections cheerfully accepted.

    Alice Crawford

    Budget proposal available upon request.

NORTH CENTRAL WASHINGTON BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION Is a registered Washington State Non-Proift. UBI 603594512

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