April 1 Meeting – Weather, Swarms, Packages & Small-Scale Queen Rearing

7:00-7:30 Beginners Session and Q&A (Robert Clark)
- Weather problems & early nectar flows
- Swarm management
- Package installation

Long-time beekeeper Robert Clark provides monthly topics based on an annual, local beekeeping management calendar, with each 30-minute session divided between upcoming colony activities and Q&A.  Emphasis is on basic principles of how honeybees respond to beekeepers’ actions. Click here for the beginners’ hive calendar.

7:30-8:00 Tea Time and Announcements
8:00-9:00 Small-Scale Queen Rearing (Paul Hosticka)
Paul Hosticka is a long-time beekeeper who with his wife Susan runs Octopus Garden Honey, a small honey and hive product operation, from their home near Dayton in southeast Washington. Paul has been successfully raising his own queens since taking Sue Cobey’s class at Ohio State in 2000. He uses the Cloake Board Method, which he believes is particularly well-suited to small-scale queen rearing. He is a former president of West Sound Beekeepers Association and was an area representative and treasurer of the Washington State Beekeepers Association until his retirement this year. He serves on the WSDA Apiary Advisory Committee and the Washington State Legislature Honey Bee Work Group. After a career as a self-employed carpenter, he now mostly spends his days messing about with bees and living for the day when he finally figures the little buzzers out.

EZ Money

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.

May 6 meeting: Sideline Beekeeping (Charles Schaffer)

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2014 Pacific Northwest Treatment-Free Beekeeping Conference

2014 Pacific Northwest Treatment-Free Beekeeping Conference
Science Supports Healthy Bees!
August 2-3, Medford, Oregon

This year’s conference will allow participants to experience our small, diverse farm in Southern Oregon. A great lineup of speakers includes Maryann Frasier and Sam Comfort. Participants will attend two hands-on workshops limited to 12 people each; choices include health checks, hygienic testing, bee-lining, splits and nucs, grafting, mead making, top bar beekeeping, warre beekeeping, and assessing queen egg laying. The farm venue limits participants to the first 75 to register, so sign up early to avoid disappointment.
For details, visit www.blisshoneybees.org/2014conference.html

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Spring Reversals – Why and Why Not

As mentioned at the meeting – Walt Wright on why reversing may be doing the opposite of what you intend.

http://www.beesource.com/point-of-view/walt-wright/spring-reversal-not-good-management-for-all-areas/

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2014 Member Benefits – Why Join Now

Membership in SVB is $20/year per family and offers many benefits. Only members who are paid in full may:

  • receive discounts on woodenware and packages
  • participate in the SVB mentor program
  • participate in club apiary inspections
  • rent club equipment (e.g. honey extractor)

Woodenware and package orders are due now. See details for the March 4 meeting.

Mentor program. If you would like to either be a mentor or have a mentor assigned to you for this beekeeping season, please review the Mentor Guidelines (posted under Resources: Education, above), then email Ken Reid, Mentor Program manager, at the link provided.

Club apiary. Coming in May!

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March 4 Meeting – Spring Management, Orchard Mason Bees

7:00-7:30 Beginners Session and Q&A (Robert Clark)
Spring Management:
- Honey and pollen vs. starvation
- Feeding for survival
- Feeding for stimulation
7:30-8:00 Tea Time and Announcements

Raffle! Each person submitting 2014 membership dues will receive a ticket to a drawing for one of two gift cards.

For members only:
- Woodenware orders due. Bring your completed Woodenware Order Form and your checkbook.
- Package orders due. Charles Schaffer still has 3-lb packages for sale, with delivery scheduled for April 18. See Charles at the meeting or call 253-315-5084. Pickup details will be provided when the order is placed.

8:00-9:00 Orchard Mason Bees (Roger Ledbetter)
- What are mason bees, and how do they compare to honey bees?
- Why beekeepers should consider keeping both
- Three methods of keeping mason bees
9:00-10:00 Board meeting  Cancelled

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.

April 1 meeting: Small-Scale Queen Rearing (Paul Hosticka)

2014 Beginners sessions: Long-time beekeeper Robert Clark will provide a monthly preview of what beginning beekeepers should do in each upcoming month. Topics will be based on an annual, local beekeeping management calendar (Feb-Nov). Each 30-minute session will usually have 15 minutes on upcoming colony activities, followed by Q&A.  Emphasis will be on basic principles of how honeybees respond to beekeepers’ actions. Click here for the beginners’ hive calendar.

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Natural Beekeeping Classes – April 26 & 27

Board member Nathan Rausch is hosting Corwin Bell (http://www.backyardhive.com/) for two beekeeping classes in April at his 5-acre farm in the Renton Highlands (Lake MacDonald/Maple Hills neighborhood). Nathan has a great 1100-sq ft gathering space and apiary.

Natural, Treatment-free, Bee Guardianship Classes
Click here for more information. (Scroll down to view details for the Renton class.)
You must preregister online to attend. Directions will be sent to preregistered participants.

- Beginning Class (Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10:00-3:00, $75)
This class is for those just getting started. We will cover basic bee ecology, how bees communicate with each other in the hive, explain why bees are a superorganism, and cover setting up the hive, getting bees, catching a swarm and getting the bees into the hive. We will demonstrate how to work with the bees in an altruistic, gentle manner so that a symbiotic relationship is formed with the bees. And if there are combs to harvest, we will demonstrate how to harvest and process honey comb.

- Intermediate Class (Sunday, April 27, 2014, 10:00-3:00, $75)
This class is for someone who has had bees for at least one year and wants to learn an in-depth working relationship with the bees. The class will cover a deeper understanding of the workings of the colony and the brood nest, so that you can confidently work a hive and feel comfortable with interacting with the bees.

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Woodenware Order Form

2014 woodenware order form (members only). Just plug in the item counts and let the spreadsheet do the work.
Orders are due at the March 4 meeting.
WoodenwareOrderForm

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February 4 Meeting – Planning for the Year

7:00-7:30 Beginners session and Q&A (Robert Clark)
- Checking the health of the overwintered colony
- Preparing for spring
7:30-8:00 Tea time and announcements
8:00-9:00 The year in beekeeping (Nathan Rausch)
A review of the annual stages of the honey bee hive through the year, including how beekeeper action impacts hive activity 6 months later.  How a blackberry honey harvest in July actually starts with preparations in the autumn, and other details you may not have learned in your beekeeping 101 course.

First meeting of the year! Lots to plan: woodenware, packages, classes, mentoring, and other preparations for the new bee season.

2014 beginners sessions: This year’s Beginners sessions will use the same presenter, long-time beekeeper Robert Clark, to provide continuity and a preview of what beginning beekeepers should do for the upcoming month. Topics will be based on an annual, local beekeeping management calendar (Feb-Nov). Each 30-minute session will usually have 15 minutes on upcoming colony activities, followed by Q&A.  Emphasis will be on basic principles of how honeybees respond to beekeepers’ actions. Click here for the beginners’ hive calendar.

Upcoming main topics:
March:  Orchard mason bees (Roger Ledbetter)
April:  Small-scale queen rearing (Paul Hosticka)
Details will be posted after the February meeting.

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

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Xerces Society Pollinator Short Course – Feb 12

This is a one-day course in Seattle (Center for Urban Horticulture), presented by Eric Mader of the Xerces Society.

Introductory topics include the principles of pollinator biology, the economics of insect pollination, basic bee field identification, and evaluating pollinator habitat. Advanced modules will cover land management practices for pollinator protection, pollinator habitat restoration, incorporating pollinator conservation into federal conservation programs, selection of plants for pollinator enhancement sites, management of natural landscapes, and financial and technical resources to support these efforts. Throughout the short course these training modules are illustrated by case studies of pollinator conservation efforts across the country.

Registrants will receive the Xerces Society’s Pollinator Conservation Toolkit which includes Xerces’ latest book, Attracting Native Pollinators. Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies, as well as habitat management guidelines and relevant USDA-NRCS and extension publications.

Eric is a terrific speaker. Space is limited and going fast. Click here for more information.

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2014 Class Schedule – Official class listings.

Registration for the following classes is done through Si-View (http://www.siviewpark.org/ Registration opens Dec 13). “Backyard Beekeeping – Is it for me?” can be done drop-in, but pre-registration helps the instructor plan for class sizes.

Backyard Beekeeping – Is it for me?
This class will discuss the logistics of keeping bees in your back yard. We
will discuss space requirements, initial costs, time commitment, equipment
overview, and other concerns for anyone wishing to take up the hobby. This
course is a short pre-cursor to the other beekeeping courses to help people
figure out if this hobby is for them before making an investment of time and
money. Class will be a 1 hour lecture followed by a 1 hour open discussion.

Min 10/Max 30
Instructor: Snoqualmie Valley Beekeepers
Location: Meadowbrook Farm
Fee: $5
Ages: All
Date: Tues Jan 28 7:00-9:00PM

Introduction to Natural Beekeeping (Treatment free, holistic practices)
Honeybees are fun to keep in the backyard for their honey, pollination, and personal enjoyment. Western Washington and rural King County offer prime honeybee habitat. Sustainable, treatment-free, and holistic beekeeping in the northwest is not only possible, but practical. This class will explore beekeeping basics treatment-free, and holistic beekeeping methods, including top-bar hive, small-cell Langstroth, and foundationless Langstroth hive methodologies. This class is a family-oriented, study of sustainable beekeeping without using medications, treatments or harsh chemicals. It is open to all age levels and is intended to provide new beekeepers everything necessary to plan for and maintain an apiary in the spring. Topics covered include the following:

  • Equipment — what you’ll need and how to use it, including alternates to standard Langstroth equipment.
  • All about honeybees, their life-cycle, members of the hive, and identifying honeybee ailments.
  • Chemical-free management and control of pests and diseases.
  • Planning for and managing your own apiary. Placing your hives, installing bees, swarm prevention, and long-term management.

Offered through Snoqualmie Valley Beekeepers, this class is a two-afternoon course in the Meadowbrook Interpretive Center. Fee per family includes the Washington Master Beekeeper’s Apprentice booklet. For more information please email bob@combshouse.com
Min 10/Max 30
Instructor: Bob Combs, Snoqualmie Valley Beekeepers
Location: Meadowbrook Farm
Fee: $45
Ages: 18+ (And family)
Date: 2-day class Sat and Sunday Feb 15-16 12:00-4:00PM

Introduction to Beekeeping
Honeybees are fun to keep in the backyard for their honey, pollination, and personal enjoyment. Western Washington and rural King County offer prime honeybee habitat. This class will cover beekeeping basics and traditional beekeeping methods of Langstroth hives. This class is a family-oriented, study of beekeeping, it is open to all age levels and is intended to provide new beekeepers everything necessary to plan for and maintain an apiary in the spring. Topics covered include the following:

  • Equipment — what you’ll need and how to use it.
  • All about honeybees, their life-cycle, members of the hive, and managing honeybee ailments.
  • Harvesting and processing honey, and other products of the hive.
  • Planning for and managing your own apiary. Placing your hives, installing bees, swarm prevention, and long-term management.

Offered through Snoqualmie Valley Beekeepers, this class is a two-afternoon in the Meadowbrook Interpretive Center. Fee per family includes the Washington Master Beekeeper’s Apprentice booklet. For more info please email bob@combshouse.com
Min 10/Max 30
Instructor: Bob Combs, Snoqualmie Valley Beekeepers
Location: Meadowbrook Farm
Fee: $45
Ages: 18+ (And family)
Date: 2-day class Sat and Sunday Mar 1-2 12:00-4:00PM

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