August – November 2013
The scheduled meeting will include:1) A continuation of mite counting. This month do your mite count and bring in your bottom board so that we can do some of the counts together.2) We will be getting ready for extracting honey. We have several different ways to do this, in the club. Bring in your extractors so we can get a “hands on” look at what everyone is doing.Gregg said he will bring two jars of honey to give away at this month’s meeting.So bring your mite boards, magnifying glasses, photos, and questions and we’ll see you on August 14.
The meeting will consist of:
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- Tim Brod has agreed to chat with us about different types of honey and winterizing your bees
- Final information on The Honey Bee Jubilee (if you can help Friday afternoon or Saturday please call Vicki at (303)728-4422 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- How is harvesting you honey goin’?
As always we will meet at To Bee Or Not To Bee: 725 W. 39th, Denver, CO 80216 (303)728-4422. We will be discussing ways to give our girls the best chance to weather the coming Winter.If you are in need of bee help for the winter, let me know and I will include it in the reminder next week.
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Eleven Honey Facts and Myths
1. Fact: Honey is sweeter than table sugar.
So use less of it. Such as in drinks and as spreads on food like bread, buns, and pastries.
2. Myth: Honey is best taken when mixed in hot water.
Pouring hot water into honey would not only reduce its aroma and flavor, but also destroys the natural enzymes present in it.
3. Myth: Honey should not be scooped using a metal spoon.
While Honey is acidic, scooping it with a metal spoon is such a quick action that corrosion of the metal is unlikely. If in doubt, use a wooden or porcelain spoon.
4. Myth: Honey never spoils, even when it’s stored opened.
Honey absorbs moisture from the air when left opened, and this leads to fermentation. Keep the lid tightly sealed and in a cool place.
5. Myth: Honey comes in cream, liquid and powder form.
Honey comes in cream and liquid form, but not in powder form.
6. Fact: Honey’s quality is not affected by crystallization.
Crystallization does not affect the nutritional value and quality of honey. Crystallization can occur when honey is kept refrigerated.
7. Fact: Honey is healthier than artificial sugar.
Artificial sugars can cause harm to our bodies.
8. Fact: Honey contains no cholesterol.
Honey is cholesterol free. (This is good news for people with high cholesterol and a sweet tooth)
9. Myth: Honey contains a tiny amount of fat.
Honey has zero fat.
10. Fact: Honey helps burn fats when we sleep.
According to the Hibernation Diet, honey acts as a fuel to burn body fats while we are asleep.
11. Fact: Honey is a natural preservative.
Honey looks like liquid. However it has a very low water content. That is why it can prevent water preferring bacteria from growing. Some scientific research indicates that honey creates a viscous barrier against bacteria and infection. It creates a sticky barrier between itself and other ingredients in a product. The barrier acts as a trap and it prevents bacteria from contaminating the ingredients which could easily spoil when exposed to air and water based bacteria.
Join Grow Local Colorado, Waste Farmers, Slow Food Denver and The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union for a night of fun, food, and music to benefit front range farmers affected by the floods.
All tickets are donations to support the Front Range Farm Relief Fund, supported by The Local Food Shift, The Boulder Community Foundation and the Boulder County Farmers Markets. All funds will go into a special Front Range Farm Relief Fund for grants and low-interest loans to farms, ranches and food producers impacted by the floods.
Select whichever donation amount is meaningful to you. Let our local farmers, ranchers and food producers know how important they are to each of us and to our community!
Hello Mile Hivers!
The April meeting for the Mile Hive Bee Cub will be help on Wed. April 9. We will meet in the To Bee Or Not To Bee classroom (725 W 39 Ave, Denver, CO 80216). Meetings begin at 7:00 PM.
The Agenda is as follows:
1. Final vote on a club logo. See below for options and, if you can, print the attached ballot and bring it to the meeting.
2. The main portion of the meeting will cover the installation of Nucleus Colonies (Nucs) and Packages. If you have new bees coming in the next couple of weeks you will want to make sure that you have everything ready, beforehand.
3. Hopefully, we will have some updates on the other projects that have been brought up at previous meetings.
For the meeting: Bring in frames of brood that did not make it through the winter so we can all observe and discuss. We will, also, be looking at how and when to start the Spring feeding. Thanks, Gregg.
We will be discussing how we can get a head start on giving our bees the best shot at a great Spring and Summer.
Tim Brod has agreed to fill us in on his recent trip to India, as well.
We are hoping to have some ideas for a logo brought in to this meeting. This is your chance to make a contribution that will be a part of the club going on into the future.
Kristina will be bringing us up on the Elm Bore issue and what we can do to help our Bees from being exposed to lethal pesticides.
If you are having trouble getting the membership form to print out or have not officially joined us, I will have forms with me.
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I have heard that many bees are bringing home pollen. Anyone know what it is from?
Make sure that you have worked out your 2014 dues with Mitch.
I am putting this reminder out to over 70 different email addresses! We can get a lot done with all these interested parties. What would you like to see us accomplish this year? See you at the meeting!
Make sure to give your hives a “lift” in order to see how they are doing for winter stores. My hive became very light over the last cold spell.