November 2016 Meeting

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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

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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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Thursday August 4 meeting tonight at 6:30

Just a quick reminder that there shall be a meeting tonight at the usual time and place (Collegeside Church - 6:30) as usual come early to hang out and talk bees. The subject duJour is treating for varroa mites.
Just a quick reminder that there shall be a meeting tonight at the usual time and place (Collegeside Church - 6:30) as usual come early to hang out and talk bees. The subject duJour is treating for varroa mites.

Jennifer Berry Beekeeping Seminar – Saturday July 16th

“Keeping Honey Bees Alive and the Impact of Industry on Bees”

Cookeville, TN:  The Mountain Valley, Cookeville, and Overton Beekeepers Associations are pleased to invite their members and the public to a joint beekeeping association gathering on Saturday July 16, 2016 at the Collegeside Church of Christ, 252 E. 9th Street, Cookeville, TN Auditorium in Cookeville, TN from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm.  Ms. Jennifer Berry will be the guest speaker and will be presenting two sessions on “Keeping Honey Bees Alive” and a session on “The Impact of Industry on Bees.

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July 2016 Meeting

Monthly Meeting: Our Regular monthly meeting will be on Thursday July 7th – 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 much honey your bees made!

This month we’ll be doing a live demonstration of honey extraction.  There are lots of options when it comes to extracting your honey, and we’ll be exploring one of those ways (the system I use).  So come on out and join us and learn.

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June 2016 Meeting

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Monthly Meeting: Our Regular monthly meeting will be on Thursday June 2nd – 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 much honey your bees are making!

This month, we’ll be having a guest speaker – Jeff Herel – president of the White County beekeepers club, and our TBA regional VP for middle-Tennessee.  He’ll be presenting to us on a mite treatment method using formic acid.  So come on out and join us and learn.

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Be Careful with your Queen Excluder

Almost every beginning beekeeper has a queen excluder that came with a kit - and almost everyone is anxious to deploy it so that they can get a super or two of nice pristine honey without any brood to worry about. To everything there is a season, and your first year with bees is not the time to use your excluder - at least not like that. Every year I get a question or run across someone who is wondering why their bees won't go through their queen excluder - to get to the super of bare foundation sitting on top. Well the short answer is that they probably never will.
Almost every beginning beekeeper has a queen excluder that came with a kit - and almost everyone is anxious to deploy it so that they can get a super or two of nice pristine honey without any brood to worry about. To everything there is a season, and your first year with bees is not the time to use your excluder - at least not like that. Every year I get a question or run across someone who is wondering why their bees won't go through their queen excluder - to get to the super of bare foundation sitting on top. Well the short answer is that they probably never will.

Queens For Pennies

April is prime time for making increase (at least it is when there isn't a cold front blasting through) and while splitting hives is simple, effective and helps to manage swarming - you might also be interested in giving queen rearing a try. Now is the time to go for it if you are.
April is prime time for making increase (at least it is when there isn't a cold front blasting through) and while splitting hives is simple, effective and helps to manage swarming - you might also be interested in giving queen rearing a try. Now is the time to go for it if you are.