Pulaski queen producer to speak at May 8 meeting

Karl and Beth Hunter own Hunter Apiaries in Pulaski County, where they produce queens, nucs, honey and wax products for sale.

Karl and Beth Hunter own Hunter Apiaries in Pulaski County, where they produce queens, nucs, honey and wax products for sale.

Karl Hunter of Hunter Apiaries in Pulaski County will headline the May 8 New River Valley Beekeepers Association meeting with a talk about what it takes to raise queens on a larger scale.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building, 210 Pepper St., Christiansburg.

Hunter, along with wife Beth Hunter are dedicated gardeners who raise Varroa Sensitive Hygienic Italian-derived queens throughout the beekeeping season, as well as selling nucs, honey and wax products.

Karl “attended the Georgia Master Beekeepers course. He has served as president of a local beekeeping association in Georgia. He has written and taught classes for local beginning beekeepers.  Karl especially enjoys giving beekeeping presentations to school children at Radford University’s Selu Conservancy.  Beth and Karl also serve as the beekeeping presenters at the annual Appalachian Festival at Radford University,” according to the Hunter Apiaries Website.

In addition to the speaker, we will have our monthly equipment raffle, discussion of what beekeepers should be doing for their colonies this time of year and answers to beekeeping questions. There will also be a short business meeting. Please read the minutes from last week’s meeting.

Please bring a snack or drink to share.

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