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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Spring means swarms!

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Swarm in tree

There is nothing better than finding a swarm of bees!  Unless they are your bees that are looking for another home.  Paul Hodge, former president of the Ashland Beekeepers, will tell us how to prevent our honeybees from moving out and what to do if you find a swarm.  Join us for our April meeting on Thursday April 14th at 7:00 pm.

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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Spring is coming!

nectarclose2We hope you enjoyed the March meeting on installing packages and feel ready to get your hives started.  Our next meeting will be Thursday April 14th.  I will let you know who the speaker will be as soon as I know.  Check back soon.

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.  We hope to see you there!

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March Meeting: Installing Bees

DSC_3004MARCH 10 PROGRAM:  Many of our members, especially new members, will be installing packages of bees about three weeks from now as the 2016 season gets underway.  We have called on member Ronnie Bolton to demonstrate how to install in an empty hive a package of 3 pounds of bees with a queen..  This will be a hands-on demonstration (minus the live hive tenants) using hive equipment.  New beekeepers will be especially interested in this comprehensive presentation.  Ronnie has been keeping bees for some 35 years and currently has four hives at his Hanover County home.  He’s a multi-faceted fellow, guitar player,  ham radio operator WG4U, a bank IT guru, an entertaining speaker and former president of the Ashland Beekeepers Association.

Our meetings are held at the Martin’s Grocery in the CrossRoads 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.  We hope to see you there!

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