June 2015 Meeting

Want to know what you should be looking for as plants in your bee garden? What is blooming right now? How do you harvest the honey that the bees have made? Then come for the June 2nd meeting where Robert and Kate will be discussing the northwest pollen and nectar sources and we’ll have a demo of an extraction.

Also a reminder that Charles Schaffer and Bob Combs will be giving a hands on Apiary lesson at 6pm, weather permitting.

6:00 – 7:00 Hands On Apiary Lessons by Bob Combs and Charles Schaffer
How to Inspect the Hive, with Charles Schaffer
7:00 – 7:30 Beginners’ Session: Extraction Demo and Q&A by Flack and Ledbetter
This month we’ll have a real life extraction occur so that all can learn and ask questions
7:30 – 8:00 Tea Time
8:00 – 9:00 Pacific Northwest Nectar and Pollen Sources by eRobert Clark and Kate

One of the neat benefits of keeping honeybees locally is how much more observant one becomes because of all the native and introduced flowers and blossoms that exist  around us – the Pacific Northwest is an enviable beekeeping environment.

Meetings are 7:00-9:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Meadowbrook Interpretive Center (directions to Meadowbrook) and are open to the public.

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May 2015 Meeting

Tired of the same old Langstroth hive design? Want to try other home types for the honey bee? Then come for the May 5th meeting where Tel Jensen will be discussing alternative hive designs and low intervention beekeeping.

Also a reminder that Charles Schaffer and Bob Combs will be giving a hands on Apiary lesson at 6pm, weather permitting.

6:00 – 7:00 Hands On Apiary Lessons by Bob Combs and Charles Schaffer
Queen Marking, with Charles Schaffer
7:00 – 7:30 Beginners’ Session: Basic Bee Principles by Robert Clark
This month Robert will be going over

  • May Hive Activities
  • Queens and Requeening
  • Splits
  • Yellow jacket Control
7:30 – 8:00 Tea Time
8:00 – 9:00 Alternative Hive Designs and Low Intervention Beekeeping by Tel Jensen

Tel will be presenting on alternative hive designs and low intervention beekeeping.  Tel will also be available to share his experiences with bait hives and cut-outs!

Meetings are 7:00-9:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Meadowbrook Interpretive Center (directions to Meadowbrook) and are open to the public.

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April Meeting

Want to know what else honeybees do in addition to making sweet honey and pollinating the flowers? Well, come this Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm to learn from Jacqueline Freeman about Biodynamic Beekeeping.

We are also starting up the before meeting Apiary Lessons at 6 pm in the apiary out back. Bob Combs will be there going over what to inspect and how to notice issues in the hive with real hives.

6:00 – 7:00 Hands On Apiary Lessons by Bob Combs
7:00 – 7:30 Beginners’ Session: Basic Bee Principles by Robert Clark
This month Robert will be going over

  • April Hive Activities
  • Weather Problems and Early Nectar Flows
  • Swarm Management
  • Package Installation
7:30 – 8:00 Tea Time
8:00 – 9:00 Biodynamic Beekeeping by Jacqueline FreemanJACQUELINE FREEMAN is a pioneer in the emerging field of natural beekeeping. A biodynamic farmer, she is gifted in perceiving nature intelligences, particularly honeybees, and has spent many years working alongside them with an open and prayerful heart. Her work with the bees has uncovered how bees fulfill broader roles in the hive and in nature.

Jacqueline teaches bee classes at her farm and honeybee sanctuary in Washington state. The documentary movie “Queen of the Sun” showed her caring work as a gentle swarm rescuer. Her bee articles appear in national magazines and anthologies. She is a featured speaker at conferences for organic and treatment-free beekeeping, permaculture and sustainable agricultural.

In 2013, the Dominican Republic hired her to work with rural beekeepers to help them create healthy bees through respectful and treatment-free beekeeping. Jacqueline’s ongoing bee work is updated on the website, SpiritBee.com. Jacqueline and her husband Joseph live on their biodynamic farm in southwest Washington.

Meetings are 7:00-9:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Meadowbrook Interpretive Center (directions to Meadowbrook) and are open to the public.

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March Meeting

A friend is eating a banana over at your house and so a bee stings their arm. What do you do? Well, come this Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm to learn from Eastside Fire and Rescue about Emergency Medical Technician training for beekeepers.

7:00 – 7:30 Beginners’ Session: Basic Bee Principles by Robert Clark
7:30 – 8:00 Tea Time
8:00 – 9:00 EMT Training For Beekeepers by Eastside Fire & Rescue

Meetings are 7:00-9:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Meadowbrook Interpretive Center (directions to Meadowbrook) and are open to the public.

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February 2015 Meeting

Spring is in the air and bees are starting to fly around, so that must mean that it is time for our beekeeping meetings are starting up again. So join us on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm and share your wintery tales with your fellow beekeepers.

More importantly we will have Jeff Steenbergen from PSBA coming to talk about Top Bar Hives and their advantages.

7:00 – 7:30 Beginners’ Session: Basic Bee Principles by Robert Clark

  • Checking the Health of the Overwintered Colony
    • Externally – Pollen and Weight
    • Internally – Stores and Cluster
    • Cleaning – Bottom Board
  • Preparing for the Coming Spring
    • Feeding, if necessary
    • Ordering Bees and Equipment
    • Assembling Equipment
    • Taking Beekeeping Classes
7:30 – 8:00 Tea Time and Membership Renewal
8:00 – 9:00 Top Bar Hives by Jeff Steenbergen (Puget Sound Beekeepers Association)
Jeff will answer the following questions during his presentation:

  • What is a top bar hive and why are they gaining popularity among hobbyist beekeepers?
  • How do you manage a top bar hive?
  • How does a top bar hive work with bee space and natural comb?
  • and more …

Meetings are 7:00-9:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Meadowbrook Interpretive Center (directions to Meadowbrook) and are open to the public.

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Additional Beekeeping Class from WSBA

Another beginner beekeeping class is being hosted by the West Sound Beekeepers Association in Silverdale.

Feb 24 to Mar 31 on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8pm. The 2015 class consisting of 6 sessions of approximately 2 hours in length.

If you would like to attend please fill out and send in their registration form.

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2015 Woodenware

2015 woodenware prices and order forms are now up.
Details can be found at Group Buying

Order and payment deadline is the February Meeting.

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2015 Beekeeping Classes

Beekeeping 101 – w/ Treatment-Free practices.

This class is a two-part class (two afternoons) including all the information you’ll need to get started in beekeeping. Also included is information on keeping bees in a treatment-free program (foundationless, small-cell, top-bar and langstroth). Enrollment in the Washington Master Beekeepers Apprentice program is included in the cost.

Price $30 per family.
Dates:
Class #1 Feb 7 & 8, 12:00 – 4:00.
Class #2 Apr 18 & 19, 12:00 – 4:00.

The April class will include hands on in the apiary weather permitting.

Information and registration at http://www.siviewpark.org/

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December 2 Meeting – Annual Meeting, Honey Tasting, Elections

7:00-8:00 Annual Meeting Part 1

  • State of the club
  • Volunteer recognition
  • Results of member satisfaction survey
  • Member comments
  • 2015 committees
8:00-8:20 Teatime and Honey Tasting

  • If you have honey, bring a sample. The diversity of flavors even among our local honeys is amazing.
8:20-9:00 Annual Meeting Part 2: Election of 2015 Officers and Trustees

  • Think about who you’d like to nominate to steer the club in 2015. And don’t be shy about nominating yourself!

Meetings are 7:00-9:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Meadowbrook Interpretive Center (directions to Meadowbrook) and are open to the public.

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November 4 Meeting – Lessons Learned & Annual Swap Meet

7:00-7:30 Beginners Session: Show & Tell, or Just Tell (Robert Clark)
What improvements to beekeeping gear have you made or discovered this year? What good experiences did y0u have, what mistakes are you are willing to admit to? 2-3 minutes each. Robert will start off with a demo of his own.

Click here for the beginners’ hive calendar.

7:30-8:00 Tea and Announcements
8:00-9:00 Annual Beekeepers Swap Meet and Garage Sale
Bring surplus (clean) gear to swap or sell, and set up a table. This was a hit last year! Great opportunity for bargains and to learn about new equipment.

Meetings are 7:00-9:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Meadowbrook Interpretive Center (directions to Meadowbrook) and are open to the public.

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