November – December 2013
There is so much to talk about, honey extracting, leaving honey for winter, preparing the hive for winter (done in September), and of course whatever is on your minds. I'd really like to hear from you all about what is going on in your hives, what you have learned, all that! Congrats to Del and Jodi for talking home both the Grand Champion and Champion in the honey competition at the fair! Thanks to all who entered! Don't forget to clip the grass around your electric fence, the rain is really making it grow, and good electric fencing is really the only way to be sure to protect your hive. As long as you are out there, you might as well check the water in your battery, too!
We’re looking forward to a crowd again – but this time YOU all are our speakers. Please come and bring observations about your hives/bees, questions that we can share and maybe answer, news about what’s going on in the bee community, maybe how you did at the Honey Festival in Parker, etc. How are your honey supers doing? Come and talk about them.
We are a good group of beekeepers, both old and new, so do come and share the bees with us. Everyone is welcome.
Also, if you’d like, bring a dish for our put luck. The club will furnish utensils, napkins, plates, and water. Who knew – great beekeepers = great cooks…..There may be honey for sale at the meeting.
The library will be there also for your use.
For you newbees, the parking lot in front of the firehouse fills up rapidly, but there is plenty of parking just past the firehouse in an athletic field public parking lot.
We hope to see you there. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or need directions to the firehouse.
It is in the capacity of CSBA Pesticide Committee Chairman that I finally realized my obligation to my community. I must speak out about the important things I’ve learned with respect to pesticides. Systemic poisons have become so pervasive in our environment they are damaging the nervous and immune systems of all living things.
I have created a slide presentation covering:
- Why everything related to pesticides is so hard to understand and how to simplify it.
- How we arrived on pesticide treadmill and how to get off.
- The domino effect of sub-lethal doses and how everything is getting exposed.
Bee-zaar Holiday Sustainability Fair and Craft Sale
Friday, December 6th 5:00 – 9:00 PM at the Chilson Center in Loveland, NCBA is sponsoring its first large-scale event intended for participation by the general public. A combination Holiday Craft Sale and Sustainability Fair!
Our Bee-zaar will feature:
- A wide spectrum of local crafters selling their products (not limited to bee-based products),
- A variety of information tables sponsored by local non-profit and sustainability-oriented organizations,
- Two free showings of the award-winning film “More Than Honey” (Maximum 50 viewers per showing)
- and possibly, mead tastings!
For more information about the event or to apply as a vendor, see http://nocobees.org/beezaar
Home made Holiday Gifts: Bee Smooth Hand Balm with Elaine Patarini