* The next regular meeting of the ACBA will be on September 14, 2017. The meeting will feature a discussion on making stuff (recipes/demonstrations if possible) by Maggie McClelland, Helen Baldwin and Joy Lewis. (Door prize - lotion bars, candle, healing salve, etc.)
* This month's meeting will be held at the Ashe County Agricultural Center Office, located at 134 Government Center Drive in Jefferson, NC.
March 9 - Randy Baldwin will talk about nucs (Door Prize - "Harry B Healthy" made by Maggie McClelland
April 13 - B. Townes, President, Wilkes Bee group, will tak on foragng (Door prize - 1-2 bee-friendly plants potted by Maggie McClelland).
May 11 - Bob Cole wil discuss Swarms: How to manage the capture and use them (Door prize - book from Bob Coles, "First Lessons in Beekeeping"
June 8 - Greg Fariss, NC State Apiary Inspection and E.A.S. Master Beekeeper will speak on pests and diseases.
July 13 - Jime Miles will talk about queen rearing (the old fashioned way) with two hands-on classes at Baldwin bee yard (small fee)
(Saturday - dates to be determined - queen rearing classes at the Baldwin bee yard. Dates dependant on availability of queen cells and the weather.
August 10 - Doug Galloway will speak on treatments for hive health (Door prize - grease patties)
September 7 - discussion on making stuff (recipes/demonstrations if possible) by Maggie McClelland, Helen Baldwin and Joy Lewis. (Door prize - lotion bars, candle, healing salve, etc.)
October 12 - Greg Fariss to speak on winter prep.
November 9 - end of the year potluck dinner and elections.
Parties in Watauga interested in beekeeping, the Allegheny bee group's evening meetings have been changed to the second Tuesday of the month, beginning in March.
* The August ACBA meeting was held on August 10, 2017 at which time Doug Galloway, Master Beekeeper (pictured right) presented information on treatments for hive health.
* The regular meeting was attended by 20 ACBA members. Recorded minutes from the meeting are here.
- Thumbnail pictures:
- H.S. Greene modeling a respirator for use when treating hives using oxalic acid as a fumigant.
- Three photos of the Varroa easyCheck by Veto-pharma which is a simple alcohol wash for use when determining mite loads in a hive.
* After the program concluded, several door prizes were awarded to attendees.
* The June ACBA meeting was held on June 8, 2017 at which time Greg Fariss, State Apiary Inspector for this area who presented information on Pests & Diseases. Greg is pictured (on the left in the top photo with Randy Baldwin, right).
* The regular meeting was attended by 18 ACBA members. Recorded minutes from the meeting will be posted soon.
* After the program concluded, several door prizes were awarded to attendees, as follows:
- Hidden Happiness Bee Farm donated frame lifter - Ima Golds
- Hidden Happiness Bee Farm donated fuel - Josh Branam
- Bee balm plant - Jim Rash
- Honey dipper - Ben Ray
- Purple cone flower plant - Doug Hart
* The May ACBA meeting was held on May 11, 2017 at which time Bob Cole, certified Master Beekeeper by the Eastern Apicultural Society of North America, presented a program on bee swarms that included a riveting, hour long video which had many vignettes displaying the capture of swarms from various locations.
* The regular meeting was one of the ACBA's largest with 28 association officers and local beekeepers in attendance. Open/read minutes of the meeting here...
* After the meeting program concluded, several door prizes were awarded, as well as the recipient of the Nuc provided by the Hidden Happiness Bee Farm was selected, as follows:
- Doug Hayes won a copy of "First Lessons in Beekeeping" (the book most commonly used for bee classes) donated by Bob Cole.
- Jeff Taylor won a set of pliers from Hidden Happiness Bee Farm.
- George Katsoudas and Doug Hart both won a pint of Harry Bee Healthy donated by past president Harry Galer.
- Jim DeJuneas won the Nuc from Hidden Happiness Bee Farm. Congratulations!
* Thanks to everyone who participated by buying raffle tickets and supporting the ACBA.
* The Honey Cookbooks being sold by NCSBA will be picked up on July 14, the day after our July meeting. If you ordered a book or two ($20 each), you may pay for it at any of the next three meetings (May, June, July). Your book(s) will be delivered to the August meeting, although you can make arrangements with Helen or Randy before then.
* NC Chapter members who also hold NCSBA membership are being asked to help mark the NCSBA’s centennial with the purchase of an outstanding cooking-with-honey cookbook that has been completed by the cookbook team of Sandy Carlson, Lynn Lucas, Mary Jaynes, Teresa Green and S. Anne Fifer.
* This cookbook would make a wonderful addition to your cooking library or as a birthday, anniversary or Christmas gift. All profits will be donated to the NC Agricultural Foundation and will directly benefit the Apiculture program at NCSU.
* Support is needed to help make this project a success. Please consider purchasing or pre-ordering copy(s) for later sale of gifting so as to help greatly with our start-up costs.
* Price is $20 per copy and the deadline for pre-order commitment is April 30, 2017...money will be collected upon delivery.
* Please send your pre-order commitment to Sandy Carlson at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact her via phone at 919-853-9060.
* ALL 300 recipes in the cookbook have honey as an ingredient, Many of the recipes have received awards and/or are winning recipes of the NCSBA Summer Conferences.
* Categories covered: Appetizers & Beverages; Soups & Salads; Vegetables; Main Dishes; Breads; Desserts,
* Example recipes include:
- Start your meal with a Honey Mango Margarita served with an Orange Honey Glazed Salmon and Spinach Salad with Honey Dressing & Honeyed Pecans topped off with Honey Fudge Pie.
- Honey Sweetened Lemonade served with Honey Glazed BBQ Pork and an Apple Baked Bean Casserole topped off with Honey Cream Apple Pie.
- For those in-between hunger pains, have a Cinnamon Pecan Granola Bar.
Please forward this message to family and friends who enjoy honey or cooking, and thank you for your support.