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ACBA regular meeting

October 10, 2019

* Greetings, and happy October!

* The featured speaker at the Thursday, October 10th meeting is Greg Fariss, NC Apiary Inspector for our area. Greg has spoken to our group several times, and while his presentation typically focuses on pests and diseases, he’s always been open to answer questions related to other matters.

* Hope to see you at the County Extension Office - meetings are held at the Ashe County Agricultural Center Office, located at 134 Government Center Drive, Jefferson, NC...meetings begin at 7 PM, but food (pizza and Maggie’s delicious treats) and good company are available at @ 6:30 PM :)

Other Notes:

* Dues for 2020 will be taken Thursday, so if you’d like to get that out of the way, Liam will be happy to oblige. Dues remain the same: Individual - $10, Family - $15.

* Incredible as it seems, this will be our final regular meeting of the year!!! Our annual end-of-the-year potluck dinner will be held next month (November 14), so mark the date! More info will be provided over the next few weeks.

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3rd Annual Mite-a-Thon

September 7-21, 2019

* It's still not to late to participate in the 3rd Annual Mite-a-Thon.

* Open the link for all the particulars and JOIN THE COUNT!

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Posts from Catch The Buzz – Bee Culture for 09/09/2019

Kim Flottum | Bee Culture

This is a post that was forwarded for all beekeepers information and, hopefully, utilization...check it out!!

* The resulting varroa mite information will be published as described here.

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Honey Meth??

Good Grief1

* See an article about an unfortunate traveler and the aftermath of his trying to bring honey via the BWI airport.

* Travelers beware!

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Doug Hart Request

August 14, 2019

* Doug is in need of a dehumidifier to dry out some uncapped frames of honey.

* Is there anyone in our ACBA that could loan one to Doug for a few days? Thanks!

* Contact Doug at 954-682-3848 (C) or 828-386-1398 (H) or send him a message, e-mail = dskee@aol.com.

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Miteathon!

September 7-14, 2019

* Open the below link to learn more about the "Miteathon" being held on the Pollinator.org website...

Log into the pollinator.org site to join the event...

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ACBA regular meeting September 12, 2019

ACBA regular meeting

September 12, 2019

* The September regular meeting of the ACBA will be held on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 7:00 PM.

* Here are some of the particulars:

- We had a fun time with Randy and his lesson on extracting last month! He put a few members to work practicing their extracting skills, including visitor Joel, the good-natured son of our president, Ken.

- Jim Rash will be the featured speaker at the meeting Thursday, and you won’t want to miss it! He’ll cover beekeeping month by month - what’s going on with the bees each month, and what we need to be doing. With winter approaching, this is particularly timely.

- Speaking of what the bees are doing now, Randy was called to get a swarm yesterday, and he did a split. First time for either (for him, anyway) in September.

- First time happening for me was a lulu of a sting in the temple a couple of weeks ago. I apparently unwittingly walked smack dab in the path of a 'girl on a mission' who had built up so much momentum, the stinger was buried deeper than usual. I don’t know if that set off the systemic reaction or not, but when the crazy itching and red rash appeared on my arms and trunk, I landed in the ER, where I received the works and orders to get an Epi-pen. The nurse in charge relayed an incident with another woman with a ‘reaction’ who also had no trouble breathing, but by the time she was whisked to the exam room, they feared they might have to intubate her.

- Meanwhile, our visiting daughter missed out on the hurricane excitement in Charleston but was stung in the upper eyelid while standing in what she thought was a relatively safe zone. She didn’t have a systemic reaction, thank goodness, but the time spent trying to get the/a bee out of her hair delayed the removal of the stinger about a minute. She decided the hurricane would have been preferable.

- Meanwhile, Part 2, one of our members, Shelia, reported that her son had been stung a few times on the hand while helping work in the hives and also had a bad reaction. Benadryl was sufficient for him this time, but they’ll be on the alert for a potential next sting.

- If you haven’t subscribed to Bee Culture it’s loaded with info! This looks like it might be a particularly enticing article, so check it out!

- The Autumn Leaf Festival will be held at the Museum of Ashe County History on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10-2. If you have something bee- and/or honey-related (or maybe even something else?), please come out! We’ll have a table or two (or three) set up with honey, products made with beeswax, etc., in the ‘bee’ section, and we’ve always had plenty of room for expansion :) There is no fee for participating in this festival, which has always been fun, and you keep all of the proceeds from what you sell. If you haven’t had a chance to take a peek inside the museum, this is a great opportunity to see what an incredible museum we have. Click here to learn more about the festival, but ignore the date in the link - it’s outdated! If you don’t have anything to show and/or sell but would like to come help, PLEASE DO! It’s great fun to meet folks, and the 4 hours pass quickly. For more info, contact me via email or phone (336-982-8289).

- Besides all the eggs Teri Goodman has graciously brought to the past few meetings for door prizes, Doug Ehrhardt brought a bag full of hive tools and other treasures to hand out as door prizes. Everyone should win SOMEthing this time - a bonus reason for coming!

* Meetings are always held on the 2nd Thursday of the month at the Ashe County Agricultural Center Office located at 134 Government Center Drive in Jefferson, NC (click here to open a map, if needed).

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ACBA regular meeting June 13, 2019

ACBA regular meeting

June 13, 2019

* The June regular meeting of the ACBA will be a "cookout, shop tour, demonstrations and bee supplies for sale at HS Greens's Hidden Happiness Bee Farm located at 1106 Chestnut Mountain Rd, Deep Gap,NC 28618.

* Click here for a map to Hidden Happiness Bee Farm.

* Send Maggie McClelland an e-mail below and include a head count of attendees as well as the pot luck side dish you plan to bring to the cookout...

* Alternatively, you can call Maggie at 336-982-4104.

Email: Click here to send an e-mail to Maggie by June 10

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ACBA Regular Meeting May 9, 2019

ACBA Regular Meeting

May 9, 2019

* The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on May 9, 2019 beginning @ 7:00 PM...in support of early arrivals, there will be food as well as a Q&A session, if desired.

* Lyn Soeder is our guest speaker; her topic is bee-friendly plants. To say she's multi-talented is an understatement! We’re excited to have her talk about bee-friendly plants, and not only will she be talking about them, she’ll also be selling some! Click on the below downloadable files: first attachment for flowers, shrubs and trees, the second for tomatoes. Tomato plants are $3/each; prices vary for the rest.

IMPORTANT!!! If you’d like to order something from Lyn’s lists, you must contact HER (mathomhous@gmail.com) before noon on Thursday so she’ll know to bring your item(s) to the meeting.

* Meetings are always held on the 2nd Thursday of the month at the Ashe County Agricultural Center Office (click to open a map, if needed), located at 134 Government Center Drive in Jefferson, NC.

Other important news for the meeting:

* The drawing of the raffle for a hive built by Randy Baldwin, a 7-frame or 10-frame hive (winner's choice), will be held at the conclusion of the meeting.

*HS will have swarm catchers available for purchase, and pick up a free swarm lure and the recipe print out when you arrive.

* As in prior years, the ACBA is making a host of information available to both our members and others visiting our website of many important resources. Click here to open/read/print a document that can be utilized all year to make your own beekeeping efforts successful.

* Thanks in advance for your participation in ACBA and for helping to make sure it continues to assist local beekeepers and our bees, wherever possible.

MORE NEWS!

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Raffle tickets for the complete hive (built by Randy Baldwin) will be available thru the end of the meeting Thursday, at which time the drawing will be held! You do not need to be present to win; however, the winner will have a say in how a few parts of the hive are finished, and Randy will be on hand to discuss options. Ticket prices: $5/each, 3/$10. Many thanks to Doug Ehrhardt for once again providing us with beautiful raffle tickets!

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If you haven’t already paid your dues, Liam will be taking those up.

ACBA membership: $10 - individual, $15 - family.

NCSBA (optional): $15/person. New dues and renewals can be made online.

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Door prizes will be given away. If you’d like to donate something for a door prize, let Maggie know, or just bring it!

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Our June meeting (13th) will be a cookout at Hidden Happiness Bee Farm! H.S. Greene will prepare hot dogs and hamburgers, and members will provide sides, condiments, desserts, etc. Please contact Maggie at mmcclelland@skybest.com no later than June 10 to RSVP and to sign up for an item to bring (a reminder with more info and directions will be sent out. You can also find directions on the HHBF web site). If you haven’t been to H.S.’ bee farm store, this is a great opportunity! It’s beautifully done.

► Download:
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Soeder plants 5-19 (xlsx 60.7 Kb)
Soeder tomatoes 5-19 (xlsx 37.7 Kb)

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Ashe County Beekeeping Association May 9, 2019

Ashe County Beekeeping Association

May 9, 2019

* Lyn Soeder was our guest speaker at the May meeting of the ACBA. As part of her presentation, Lyn recommended an excellent resource for information about plants that are friendly for bees and beekeepers...check it out.

* Garden Plants for Honeybees.

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Ashe County Beekeeping Association May 9, 2019

Ashe County Beekeeping Association

May 9, 2019

* RAFFLE WINNER!

* Congratulations to beekeeper and ACBA treasurer, Liam Jerkins who was the winner of the complete 10 frame hive made by Randy Baldwin at the regular meeting raffle drawing on May 9...

* Thanks to everyone who purchased a raffle ticket, or tickets, to help with funds for our ACBA!

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ACBA Membership Roles 2019

ACBA Membership Roles

2019

- It is known that many ACBA members are no longer attending meetings, at least on a regular basis. Also, quite a few of you have lost bees, and as such, are either out of the bee business or trying to become better prepared before getting the next batch of bees.

- Another reason is that some of you who still have bees no longer drive at night, some attend bee meetings closer to home, some are working too hard, or some just don’t like meetings :)

- Whether you're interested in remaining on the ACBA mailing list for 2019 or NOT, please send an e-mail to Helen Baldwin to inform her as soon as possible so the necessary adjustments can be made.

- Emails pertain to meeting reminders, information sharing and ACBA/NCSBA announcements.

- Thank you!

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Protective Measures of Beehives durring Hurricanes (Florence) September 11, 2018

Protective Measures of Beehives durring Hurricanes (Florence)

September 11, 2018

* With the track of hurricane Florence poised to make a significant impact on North Carolina, there are some important considerations for beekeepers who may be affected by the heavy rain and winds. Please further disseminate to your local network of beekeepers and share this link: https://entomology.ces.ncsu.edu/2017/09/protective-measures-of-beehives-during-hurricanes-2/

* First, make sure hive equipment is secured to resist strong winds. A simple brick on the top lid is likely to be insufficient to keep the lid from flying off in winds above 50 mph. A lidless hive can cause problems for the bees by introducing moisture and letting heat escape. Strapping the lid down with ratchet straps or securing with duct tape might be in order, particularly for outlying yards. The same is true for hive boxes, particularly if they are relatively new (i.e., the bees have not yet propolized them together sufficiently). Also consider removing unnecessary boxes (e.g., top-hive feeders) to minimize the wind profile.

* Second, be sure to have the hives on sturdy stands or level ground. Entire beehives can be blown over by strong winds, particularly when they are fairly tall with many honey supers or are otherwise top heavy. If the hives are on tall or insecure stands, you can move them onto (dry) level ground temporarily to lessen the chances that they topple. Importantly, if you’re using solid bottom boards, be sure to have your hives tilting forward so that rain water does not pool and collect on the floor of the hive.

* Third, beware of falling trees and tree limbs. These can be particularly problematic for beehives since they can completely crush all equipment and kill the entire colony. It is also hard to prevent with some sort of barrier or cover because of the sheer weight of many trees, so if you apiary is in a wooded location you may need to move the hives temporarily.

* Fourth, make sure the hives are not in low-lying areas or those prone to flooding. River banks can be useful apiary locations because of their proximity to fresh water, but in flooding conditions entire apiaries can be tragically swept away. Be sure to move any beehives in flood plains until the waters have subsided. Beehives on the ground but in recessed areas can cause water to flood the entrances and may even suffocate the bees if not given an upper entrance.

* Finally, following heavy rains like hurricanes, various local and state agencies have traditionally sprayed regions with stagnant water to control mosquito outbreaks. While important for public health, such insecticides can be extremely problematic for honey bees. If you are registered through the NCDA&CS, you will be contacted directly if your beehives are in an area schedule to be sprayed. If you are not registered, however, the state has no means to notify you and your bees may be at risk to insecticide exposure. Please consult the Agricultural Chemical manual for information and advice about how to mitigate exposure to pesticides.

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How-To Festival

July 14, 2018

The How-To Festival will be held at the Ashe County Library on Saturday (July 14) from 11-3. ACBA will have a table under a tree; we had fun last year and are eager to share bee info again with some very thoughtful kids (and adults)! If you can help the entire time or even a part of the time, please let Helen Baldwin know - any and all help will be greatly appreciated! We could probably use another folding table if anyone who comes happens to have one.

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AppState Starts Beekeeping Program April 24, 2018

AppState Starts Beekeeping Program

April 24, 2018

AppState professor of computer science and ACBA member, James Wilkes is featured in a post about the university starting a program to teach about the importance of bees...

Click here to read full post in theappalchianonline.com:

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Ashe County Beekeeping Association (ACBA) April 12, 2018

Ashe County Beekeeping Association (ACBA)

April 12, 2018

* The regular meeting of the Ashe County Beekeeping Association was held on April 12, 2018 at the Agriculture Extension Office in Jefferson, NC.

* Jim Miles was the speaker who talked about hive splitting.

* Click here to view the meeting minutes.

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Open House Postponed! April 7, 2018

Open House Postponed!

April 7, 2018

* The 'hive open house' scheduled for this Saturday at Maggie McClelland’s house will not be held due to inclement weather!

* Stay tuned for information on a date and time if it will be rescheduled.

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NUCS!

April 2018

* Everyone's important topic for the start of a new year of beekeeping!!

* In the case of the Hidden Happiness Bee Farm (H.S. Greene), their nuc delivery is scheduled for the third week in April. The cost/nuc is $160.50. For more info, contact H.S. Greene at 336-957-0275 or by e-mail at moldings56@yahoo.com.

* James Wilkes’ son, Sullivan, is selling nucs. Links to the form for getting on the waiting list and Sullivan’s contact info are highlighted below....

From: James Wilkes re: Nuc form - Faith Mountain Farm

* Here is a link to a form for getting on a waiting list for nucs from Sullivan. Here are the details outlined in the form:

- Enter information to be added to our waiting list.

- We expect to have nucs available for pick up between April 16 and May 14 from our farm in Creston, NC or a mutually agreeable location.

- Exact dates and times to be determined.

- Cost is $175 per nuc and will be in an EZ Nuc box.

- No guarantee of availability, but we will communicate as soon as possible as things progress. Contact Sullivan Wilkes, sulli.wilkes@gmail.com or 828-434-0066 with questions.

* To open/complete the form to get on a waiting list, copy this link and paste to your browser: https://goo.gl/forms/YJ5iq4LY6e8DZfAI2

James Wilkes

www.facebook.com/faithmountainfarm

828-265-6263 (cell)

336-385-3510 (farm)

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ACBA Minutes

2018

* The minutes of the ACBA Meeting on March 8, 2018 are posted here.

* The minutes of the ACBA Board Meeting on February 19, 2018 are posted here

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Ashe County Beekeeping Association (ACBA) October 12, 2107

Ashe County Beekeeping Association (ACBA)

October 12, 2107

* The final, regular business meeting of the Ashe County Beekeepers Association was held on October 14, 2017 at which time Greg Fariss, NC State Beekeeper for counties including Ashe, spoke on winter hive preparations...thanks, Greg. Before his remarks, Julia Houck, County Executive Director of the USDA Farm Service Agency briefly described a program for small farmers, including beekeepers to receive funding for losses due to various circumstances. Open the meeting minutes here.

* At the end of the meeting, raffle and door prizes were awarded, as follows:

- Jeff Taylor was the recipient of the raffle for the anniversary mini-hive made by H.S. Greene...it was mini-hive # 7 and represents the seven years that the ACBA has been in existence.

Other door prizes:

- Raven Pruitt - Queen Catcher

- Jeff Taylor - hive tool

- Paulette Lawrence - smoker fuel

- Julie Smith - ACBA Hat

- Shirley Long - tee shirt

- Liam Jerkins - jar of candy

- Doug Galloway - jar of candy

- Greg Lyon - queen catcher

- David Tanner - Oxalic Acid kit

* The ACBA November meeting will be the final meeting in 2017. Click here for information.

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Hurricane Irma vs. Ashe County Bees

From David Tarpy, NCSU

* With uncertain track of hurricane Irma, there are some important considerations for beekeepers who may be affected by the heavy rain and winds. Please further disseminate to your local network of beekeepers.

- First, make sure hive equipment is secured to resist strong winds. A simple brick on the top lid is likely to be insufficient to keep the lid from flying off in winds above 50 mph. A lidless hive can cause problems for the bees by introducing moisture and letting heat escape. Strapping the lid down with ratchet straps or securing with duct tape might be in order, particularly for outlying yards. The same is true for hive boxes, particularly if they are relatively new (i.e., the bees have not yet propolized them together sufficiently). Also consider removing unnecessary boxes (e.g., top-hive feeders) to minimize the wind profile.

- Second, be sure to have the hives on sturdy stands or level ground. Entire beehives can be blown over by strong winds, particularly when they are fairly tall with many honey supers or are otherwise top heavy. If the hives are on tall or insecure stands, you can move them onto (dry) level ground temporarily to lessen the chances that they topple. Importantly, if you’re using solid bottom boards, be sure to have your hives tilting forward so that rain water does not pool and collect on the floor of the hive.

- Third, beware of falling trees and tree limbs. These can be particularly problematic for beehives since they can completely crush all equipment and kill the entire colony. It is also hard to prevent with some sort of barrier or cover because of the sheer weight of many trees, so if you apiary is in a wooded location you may need to move the hives temporarily.

- Fourth, make sure the hives are not in low-lying areas or those prone to flooding. River banks can be useful apiary locations because of their proximity to fresh water, but in flooding conditions entire apiaries can be tragically swept away. Be sure to move any beehives in flood plains until the waters have subsided. Beehives on the ground but in recessed areas can cause water to flood the entrances and may even suffocate the bees if not given an upper entrance.

- Finally, following heavy rains like hurricanes, various local and state agencies have traditionally sprayed regions with stagnant water to control mosquito outbreaks. While important for public health, such insecticides can be extremely problematic for honey bees. If you are registered through the NCDA&CS, you will be contacted directly if your beehives are in an area schedule to be sprayed. If you are not registered, however, the state has no means to notify you and your bees may be at risk to insecticide exposure. Please consult the Agricultural Chemical manual for information and advice about how to mitigate exposure to pesticides.

David R. Tarpy

Professor and Extension Apiculturist

Department of Entomology, Campus Box 7613

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC 27695-7613

TEL: (919) 515-1660

FAX: (919) 515-7746

LAB: (919) 513-7702

WEB: http://entomology.ces.ncsu.edu/profile/david-tarpy/

EMAIL: david_tarpy@ncsu.edu

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Ashe County Beekeeping Association (ACBA) August 10, 2017

Ashe County Beekeeping Association (ACBA)

August 10, 2017

* The August ACBA meeting was held on August 10, 2017 at which time Doug Galloway, Master Beekeeper (pictured right) presented information on treatments for hive health.

* The regular meeting was attended by 20 ACBA members. Recorded minutes from the meeting are here.

- Thumbnail pictures:

- H.S. Greene modeling a respirator for use when treating hives using oxalic acid as a fumigant.

- Three photos of the Varroa easyCheck by Veto-pharma which is a simple alcohol wash for use when determining mite loads in a hive.

* After the program concluded, several door prizes were awarded to attendees.

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Ashe County Beekeeping Association (ACBA) June 8, 2017
Ashe County Beekeeping Association (ACBA)

Ashe County Beekeeping Association (ACBA)

June 8, 2017

* The June ACBA meeting was held on June 8, 2017 at which time Greg Fariss, State Apiary Inspector for this area who presented information on Pests & Diseases. Greg is pictured (on the left in the top photo with Randy Baldwin, right).

* The regular meeting was attended by 18 ACBA members. Recorded minutes from the meeting will be posted soon.

* After the program concluded, several door prizes were awarded to attendees, as follows:

- Hidden Happiness Bee Farm donated frame lifter - Ima Golds

- Hidden Happiness Bee Farm donated fuel - Josh Branam

- Bee balm plant - Jim Rash

- Honey dipper - Ben Ray

- Purple cone flower plant - Doug Hart

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