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SUMMER 2016 NEWSLETTER

The Summer 2016 newsletter, with info on Field Day, current events and much more, can be found here

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Coming Events - Save the date!

June 4, 2016 - Greenfield Bee Fest, Greenfield, MA    click for more info.

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Massachusetts Beekeepers’ Association Annual Field Day

June 18th, 2016, 9AM – 4PM

UMASS Agronomy Farm, River Road, South Deerfield, MA 01373

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Come join the MBA at the UMASS Agronomy Farm in South Deerfield for this year’s annual Field Day taking place on Saturday, June 18th from 9AM – 4PM!  It is a full day of fun in the sun with all your beekeeping friends.  Multiple workshops will be going on throughout the day covering a wide array of topics.

The event is FREE to all beekeepers including non-club members, but registration is required to participate in this special all-day event.  You are highly encouraged to pre-register as this is a huge event.

For those interested, a BBQ lunch is available for $10 each.  Lunch must be pre-ordered.  Orders for lunches will be accepted up to June 11th.  If you would like a lunch, please make sure your payment is received before the cut-off date.  If you choose not to purchase a lunch, you can bring your own brown bag lunch to the event.  There are also many nice places locally where you can pick up a lunch, but most beekeepers typically prefer to stay at the field and socialize during the lunch hour.  Ice cream will be available for purchase at the event following lunch.

A schedule of speakers will be provided at the event.  Workshop topics will be appropriate for all, from beginners to advanced beekeepers.  This is a live bee event.  Dogs and other pets are not allowed.  Presenters and participants are required to bring protective clothing to the event and wear veils while presenters work hives.  This is a policy of MBA and we want everyone to safely enjoy Field Day.  Because the event takes place in an open field, it can get hot.  It is a good idea to bring a folding chair, sun screen, a hat, and plenty of water.  Bottled water will be available for purchase at the event.

We will have many vendors at this year’s event.  Better Bee, Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, Gold Star Honey Bees, Mann Lake, and Slovenian Beekeeping will all be participating.  If you plan ahead, you can place an order with your preferred vendor(s) and ask them to bring it to field day and save some money on shipping.

This event is a collaborative effort with the University of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Beekeepers Association and the Franklin County Beekeepers.

Registration form here

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