Short-Course After-Party

Inspecting a frame

We’re planning on adding a new component to the short-course this year to help enrich the learning experience.  Immediately after the short course is over at 3:00pm, we’ll be heading over to our un-official club apiary (weather permitting) to have a short hands-on apiary session.  The location will be announced at the end of the short course.

A veil is required to attend the apiary session, so be sure to bring one.  While gloves, long sleeves, and long pants are optional, they are also recommended for first-time beekeepers.  If you do not already own a veil, you can order one from here or here or here, but order it asap so it can be here in-time.  If you’re really in a pinch, you can usually find these at your local Walmart.

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Cookeville Beekeepers 2017 Short Course

Short Course

The Cookeville Beekeepers Association is presenting its annual Beginner Beekeepers short course this year on Saturday March 4th.  The details for the event are below.

Location: Collegeside Church of Christ – 252 E 9th St, Cookeville, TN 38501 in “The Gap”… enter through the East entrance.

Date/Time: Saturday March 4th 2017  8:00am – 3:00pm CST

Cost: This class is free to anyone who is interested – no prerequisites are required other than an interest in beekeeping and the desire to learn.   No registration is required… just show up.  A $10 donation to the club – while not required – would be graciously accepted.

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January 2017 Meeting

Monthly Meeting: Our Regular monthly meeting will be on Thursday January 5th – as usual the meeting will be at Collegeside Church beginning at 6:30PM – the doors will be open at 6:00PM, so come early to discuss how your bees are doing, and what’s happening next!

This month we will be playing a very popular game from last year… the “10 Scenarios game”.  It’s a scenario-based question/answer game used to help you learn more about your bees and how to become a better beekeeper.  So put your learning hat on, and come enjoy this fun game with us!  See you on Thursday 🙂

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Making Lotion Bars

While our honeybees produce many different products for us, one of the most precious is wax.  If you have kept bees for very long, you have probably collected at least some of it.  There are many different possible uses for bees wax, but one very common use is making lotion bars.  Many people suffer from dry skin in the winter and need a moisturizer that is a little more durable and long-lasting than lotion.  Here is a recipe that I have found to be a good balance between hardness (not melting) in the heat of the summer, and softness (you’re not rubbing your skin with a rock) during the colder months.  You’ll need the following:

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Winter Feeding – BeeCakes

Keeping your bees alive and healthy during the winter is a very important and sometimes challenging task.  One very effective method of feeding is putting sugar directly on the top-bars of the top box of the hive.  When the cluster is in direct contact with sugar (even solid sugar), it is very difficult for them to starve.  Below I have outlined a recipe I have found to be very useful in keeping my bees healthy and happy during the winter.  In order to make Bee Cakes, you will need the following:

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November 2016 Meeting

honey_jars

Monthly Meeting: Our Regular monthly meeting will be on Thursday November 3rd – as usual the meeting will be at Collegeside Church beginning at 6:30PM – the doors will be open at 6:00PM, so come early to discuss bees and how your bees are doing, and what’s happening next!

This month, we will be discussing a very tasty answer to the question, “What do I do with all of this honey?”  We’ll be discussion the process of making mead… a fermented honey product (commonly referred to as “honey wine”).  It is a very fun and interesting process to observe, and it makes a delicious holiday gift for family & friends.

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October 2016 Meeting

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Monthly Meeting: Our Regular monthly meeting will be on Thursday October 6th – as usual the meeting will be at Collegeside Church beginning at 6:30PM – the doors will be open at 6:00PM, so come early to discuss bees and how your bees are doing, and what’s happening next!

This month Matt Phillips & Star Douglas will be presenting on various uses for your extra wax.  Things like lotion bars, lip balm, and candles can be a great use of your leftover wax as well as a good source of some extra income.  We’ll have a live demo – creating some of the wax products, so come on out and join us and learn!

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September 2016 Meeting

honey_jars

Monthly Meeting: Our Regular monthly meeting will be on Thursday September 1st – as usual the meeting will be at Collegeside Church beginning at 6:30PM – the doors will be open at 6:00PM, so come early to discuss bees and how your bees are doing, and what’s happening next!

This month we’ve got Arlis Swafford who will be teaching us some tips and tricks on processing, packaging, and showing honey – particularly for competitions and/or fairs.  Arlis has won many blue ribbons over the years, so come on out and join us and learn.

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