March 14th Meeting: A practical approach to swarm prevention

“As a child, Fred Jones’s family moved 17 times before he left home for college.  So, it is understandable that his life has continued to hold many changes.  Trained as a veterinarian, he practiced as an equine vet specializing in race track work.  Since then he has worked as a medic with the rescue squad, operated a saw mill, built his own timber frame house, played banjo in a bluegrass band, and won numerous awards for his oil paintings.  But his proudest accomplishment was staying home to raise and educate his four children.” 

“Nine years ago, Jones added beekeeping to his list of avocations.  Near disaster ensued when in his second year of beekeeping his four colonies swarmed six times.  As a result, swarm prevention has become an area of special interest for him. This month he will share some of his insights pertaining to this important management problem. In contrast to last year’s presentation, which had a theoretical/academic focus, this year’s talk will be entirely new and have a more practical approach.”

Please join us on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 6:30 pm at the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building at 210 Pepper St., Christiansburg to hear Fred’s presentati0n.

Meeting Agenda

-Business:

  • Treasurer’s report
  • Apiary report
  • Education update- Saturday half day review sessions
  • Apparel Committee
  • Silent Auction final report

-What you should be doing with your bees

– Featured Presentation:  A practical approach to swarm prevention by Past President Fred Jones

-The Buffalo Jack Raffle: Please note: there will be no intermission so buy your tickets before the meeting or, quietly, any time during the meeting in the back of the room. Items will include:

  • 10 each assembled deep frames with crimp wired foundation installed
  • 8-frame medium box, assembled and painted
  • “Increase Essentials” book by Connor
  • Size medium leather gloves
  • 10-frame IPM (screened) bottom board, assembled

-Close of formal meeting.  Join in for socializing, refreshments, and a time for asking questions.  Please consider bringing a snack or beverage to share.

-Emory B. Altizer, NRVBA President

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