September 8th Meeting

 Richmond Beekeepers Meet Sept 8, 2016    7-9 PM  Thursday
   at Martins Grocery 10250  Staples Mill Rd 23060
SEPT 8 Program.  Summer is ending,  Fall is just ahead and colonies are preparing for winter.  You have a role to play in this seasonal change.  To help you prepare for winter, we invited  John Adams, a beekeeper with 40 years of experience, to talk to you about what to expect and what you can do to help your hive investment survive the winter.  His slide show will cover the Fall/Winter hive-keeping subjects along with “How to Avoid Certain Disasters.”  A retired teacher, John is an interesting, accomplished speaker on apiary subjects that you won’t want to miss.  John started beekeeping in 1974 and formed BeeBusters in 1986.  
   Fall blooming plants like Asters, Goldenrod, Autumn Sedum and Knotweed  may provide a modicum of nectar and pollen that the hive can use for rearing new brood for a winter  that may last more than five months.   You may need to turn your hive into a bee soup kitchen to get them through the winter.  Come to our meeting and learn how to protect your  investment, save your bees and give them a head start next Spring..
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August Picnic

picnicJoin us for our annual August picnic for food, fun, and bee advice on Sunday August 14th from 2 – 4pm.  RBA members Stacey and Steve Condrey will host us at their farm Whispering Springs Farm.  As an added attraction, the Condrey’s will have some of their goat products on display.  BBQ, cole slaw, backed beans, and drinks will be provided.  Feel free to bring a side dish or dessert to share.  Also bring a lawn chair and questions and bee stories for our fellow beeks.  The farm is located at

Whispering Springs Farm                                       CELL TEL for lost folks
15181   Whispering Springs Place                                804.357.0647 
Montpelier 23192
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August Picnic! Mark your calendar!

picnicIt is time for our annual summer picnic.  Join us August 14th at 2:00 pm.  The picnic will be held at Whispering Springs Farm (off Staples Mill Rd).  I’ll post more details when I receive the information.  Check back soon!

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Got a buzzy summer?

IMG_2536Summer is a busy time of year.  So, we will take a break from our normal meeting for July to give everyone time to relax and stay cool by the pool.  We will have our annual picnic in August.  Check back later for picnic details.

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June Round Table and Picnic: Let’s Talk Bees!

You won’t want to miss our June activities! Our regular meeting will be held on Thursday June 9th at 7:00 pm. at Martins on Staples Mill Rd.  (see below for location information). We will hold a round-table discussion on what works, what doesn’t, and what you need to do.  Our experts will be on hand to answer questions and give you a chance to share your bee stories.  Come join the discussion!

And if you want to talk more…Come to the Richmond/Ashland Beekeepers Picnic

We have planned a terrific picnic for RBA members on June 12 at 4 p.m.  on Hundred Acre Farm in Western Henrico.  It’s a beautiful horse farm and we’ll have a 60 foot tent complete with tables and chairs, all compliments of member Rene Dosh and Theresa Johnson.   This is a joint party with the Ashland Beekeepers, so you’ll meet a lot of beekeepers!   Plenty of free parking.  Free for members and their families.   You won’t want to miss this!  Rain or Shine!  Directions: Go past 10915 OPACA Lane, Glen Allen 23059 and keep driving to the end of the lane  where you’ll see the Big Tent!

  We’ll have  a menu of BBQ chicken, hamburgers and hot dogs off the grill of BBQ master Calvin Cauthorn who has worked at previous beekeeper picnics.  Plenty of soft drinks.  It would help if you bring a special dish (with serving utensil) to share.  Dessert?  Salad?  We’ll have a wash station so you can clean up afterwards.  But, no microwave. 

GREEN:  This is a NO TRASH event. Please bring your own Plates, Flatware, Napkins, Cups and a Bag to take them home in.  We don’t want to leave any trash on-site.

FOR YOU TO DO:  RSVP to TDKay@comcast.net  with the number of adults and children. We need to know how much food to order.   Questions?  Call Theresa 370.1773

Meeting Information:

Our meetings are held at the Martin’s Grocery in the Cross Ridge shopping center on Staples Mill Road at Warren Road,  2 miles Northwest of Parham Road. The store features nice meeting rooms and of course lots of parking.  The meeting room is on the second floor.  The store address is 10250  Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen 23060.  Our meetings begin at 7:00 pm. and are open to everyone.  We hope to see you there!

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And the winners are…

IMG_2460Congratulations to our 2016 Young Beekeeper scholarship winners.  This year’s winners were announced at our May meeting.  Mary Beth and Michael will receive a complete hive and equipment to get them started.  Most importantly, they will have a mentor to help them through their first year.  Last year’s recipients, Macon, Grant, and Seth; gave us an overview of their year as a beekeeper with trials and joys of keeping bees.

If you know someone between the ages of 10 and 18 who would be interested in this program, go to our activities page for more information on how to apply for next year’s award.

https://richmondbeekeepers.wordpress.com/activities/

 

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Pollinator Protection Plan

keith-tignor-webBe sure to join us for our May meeting on Thursday 12th.  Our state Apiarist, Keith Tignor, will talk about the Pollinator Protection Plan and best  management practices.  This is a topic all beekeepers will want to know about.

Our meetings are held at the Martin’s Grocery in the Cross Ridge shopping center on Staples Mill Road at Warren Road,  2 miles Northwest of Parham Road. The store features nice meeting rooms and of course lots of parking.  The meeting room is on the second floor.  The store address is 10250  Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen 23060.  Our meetings begin at 7:00 pm. and are open to everyone.  We hope to see you there!

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