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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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Mass Bee Field Day - June 18, 2016

Speaker and Event Schedule as of 6/13/16

Link to pdf copy of this schedule here

Registration - 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Fresh hot donuts and coffee available for purchase from Moe’s Donuts.

Welcome - 9:30 AM - 9:45 AM Introduction by Pete Delaney, President, Mass Bee.

Session #1:  9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Main Tent:          "All about Pollen and Pollen Collection" - Jim Gross, provides an introduction into collecting pollen from your apiary along with tasting various pollen.

 

Vendor Area:      "Managing an AZ Hive - How to Keep Bees with a Slovenian Hive" - Suzanne Brouillette, owner of

Slovenian Beekeeping shows how bees are managed using an AZ Hive.

Bee Station 1:     “How to Open and Evaluate a Beehive” - Mary Duane, EAS Master Beekeeper offers tips on how to get

the most out of inspecting your hive.

 

Bee Station 2:     “An In-depth Look at Warre Hives” - Mel Gadd of Essex County Beekeepers will discuss the advantages

and disadvantages of the Warre hive and demonstrate how honey is collected from it with

participation by the attendees.

 

Bee Station 3:     "Queen Rearing Using the Miller Method" - Rick Intres, Past President of the Franklin County

Beekeepers, will explain the steps to CC Miller's Queen Rearing Method.

Bee Station 4:     "The Many Uses of the Snellgrove Board" - Roland Sevigny, Worcester County, talks about how to raise

queens, control swarming, and create splits using the double screen board.

Bee Station 5:     "Treating Mites with Oxalic Acid" - Bob Johnson, Norfolk County, Bob will explain how Oxalic Acid is used

to treat a colony with Varroa mites.

 

Session #2:  11:00 AM - 12 Noon

Main Tent:         "The Essentials of Essential Oils" -Wayne Andrews of the Bristol County Beekeepers will talkabout essential oils and their use.

Vendor Area:      “Getting started with Top Bar Hives” - Christy Hemenway, Author of The Thinking Beekeeper and

Advanced Top Bar Beekeeping.

Bee Station 1:     "Apiary Program - Hive Inspections" - Ken Warchol, Mass Bee Inspector for Worcester County, takes you

on a tour of what an inspector looks for in a hive.

Bee Station 2:     "Creating Mid to Late Season Nucs for Overwintering" - Leslie Huston, EAS Master Beekeeper

demonstrates how easy it is to create nucs for overwintering and shows how you can build a sustainable

bee yard.

 

Bee Station 3:     "Bee Kill Investigations" - Taryn LaScola from MDAR's Pesticide Division along with Chief Apiary

Inspector Kim Skyrm, will explain and demonstrate the process used when a bee kill is reported.

Bee Station 4:    “Keeping Bees Healthy Organically” - Mass Bee Inspector, Anita Deeley - Shows alternative ways to keepbees healthy, how to inspect for disease and she shows mechanical methods of controlling Varroa.

Bee Station 5:     "Queen Rearing - Part 1 of 2" - Bob Hickey, Norfolk County, provides an in-depth look at grafting and

explains how to properly identify the right age larvae for grafting.

Lunch:  12 Noon - 1:30 PM Lunch must be preordered by June 11th.  You may bring your own bag lunch.                                                                               Ice Cream - available for purchase during lunch hour.

MBA Board Meeting:  12:30PM - 1PM

Smoker Contest:  12: 30 PM Don’t forget to bring your smoker, fuel, and a lighter!

Raffle Drawing:  1:15 PM Lots of great prizes!

Session #3:  1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Main Tent:          "New Varroa Mite Treatments" - Kim Skyrm, Chief Apiary Inspector/Apiary Program Coordinator,

explains the new treatments available to deal with varroa mites and how they are used.

Vendor Area:      "Managing an AZ Hive - How to Keep Bees with a Slovenian Hive" - Suzanne Brouillette, owner of

Slovenian Beekeeping shows how bees are managed using an AZ Hive.

Bee Station 1:     “How to Open and Evaluate a Beehive” - Mary Duane, EAS Master Beekeeper offers tips on how to get

the most out of inspecting your hive.

 

Bee Station 2:     “An In-depth Look at Warre Hives” - Mel Gadd of Essex County Beekeepers will discuss the advantages

and disadvantages of the Warre hive and demonstrate how honey is collected from it with

participation by the attendees.

 

Bee Station 3:     "Queen Rearing Using the Miller Method" - Rick Intres, Past President of the Franklin County

Beekeepers, will explain the steps to CC Miller's Queen Rearing Method.

Bee Station 4:     "The Many Uses of the Snellgrove Board" - Roland Sevigny, Worcester County, talks about how to raise

queens, control swarming, and create splits using the double screen board.

Bee Station 5:     "Treating Mites with Oxalic Acid" - Bob Johnson, Norfolk County, Bob will explain how Oxalic Acid is used

to treat a colony with Varroa mites.

 

Session #4:  2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Main Tent:          "Raise Monarch Butterflies" - Richard Callahan PhD, Worcester County, explains how you can increase

the awareness of the needs of pollinators by starting a Monarch project in your area.

Vendor Area:      “Getting started with Top Bar Hives” - Christy Hemenway, Author of The Thinking Beekeeper and

Advanced Top Bar Beekeeping.

 

Bee Station 1:     "Apiary Program - Hive Inspections" - Ken Warchol, Mass Bee Inspector for Worcester County, takes you

on a tour of what an inspector looks for in a hive.

 

Bee Station 2:     "Creating Mid to Late Season Nucs for Overwintering" - Leslie Huston, EAS Master Beekeeper

demonstrates how easy it is to create nucs for overwintering and shows how you can build a sustainable

bee yard.

 

Bee Station 3:     "Bee Kill Investigations" - Taryn LaScola from MDAR's Pesticide Division along with Chief Apiary

Inspector Kim Skyrm, will explain and demonstrate the process used when a bee kill is reported.

Bee Station 4:    “Keeping Bees Healthy Organically” - Mass Bee Inspector, Anita Deeley - Shows alternative ways to keepbees healthy, how to inspect for disease and she shows mechanical methods of controlling Varroa.

Bee Station 5:     "Queen Rearing - Part 2 of 2" - Bob Hickey, Norfolk County, demonstrates how to raise high quality

queens using a Cloak Board.

 

Clean up:  4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Massachusetts Beekeepers’ Association Annual Field Day

June 18th, 2016, 9AM – 4PM

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

Follow the yellowBEES Signs to the event!

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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