March 8th Meeting: Splits and Nucs

Creating New Colonies: A Necessity for Successful Beekeeping Today

Please join us at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday 8th March 2018 at the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building at 210 Pepper St., Christiansburg .

The heavy winter losses sustained this year by beekeepers across our region underscore the importance of raising our own colonies.  Aside from being a strategy for apiary sustainability, raising new colonies is one of the more rewarding aspects of beekeeping.  While this topic has become an annual event for our association, this year Richard Reid will direct the presentation toward beginning beekeepers.  His approach should enable even first year beekeepers to successfully start a nuc or full size colony with confidence.  Ultimately the NRVBA hopes to break the cycle of bringing in bees from distant states and, instead, replace them with bees successfully adapted to our region.

NRVBA March 2018 Meeting Agenda

  1. What you should be doing with your bees.
  2. Business:
    • Report From Logo Committee
    • Report From Mentor Program Committee
    • Updates on Package/Queen Sales
    • Report on BBC
    • Report on NRVBA Apiary
  3. Fred’s Follies:What you should have learned at last month’s meeting had you been paying attention!
  4. Main Topic: “Splits and Nucs: Expand and Sustain Your Beekeeping” by Richard Reid.
  5. Raffle: Note, there will be no intermission. Buy your tickets before the meeting or, quietly, any time during the meeting in the back of the room. Items will include:
    • 10-frame screened bottom board
    • Queen-rearing Essentials Book
    • 10-frame deep, unassembled
    • 10 deep frames with wax-coated plastic foundation, unassembled
    • Doublescreen
  6. Close of formal meeting and, for many, the beginning of the “real” meeting. Join in for socializing, refreshments, and a time for asking questions.  Please consider bringing a snack or beverage to share.

-Fred Jones, NRVBA President.

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