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How-To Festival

July 14, 2018

The How-To Festival will be held at the Ashe County Library on Saturday (July 14) from 11-3. ACBA will have a table under a tree; we had fun last year and are eager to share bee info again with some very thoughtful kids (and adults)! If you can help the entire time or even a part of the time, please let Helen Baldwin know - any and all help will be greatly appreciated! We could probably use another folding table if anyone who comes happens to have one.

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AppState Starts Beekeeping Program April 24, 2018

AppState Starts Beekeeping Program

April 24, 2018

AppState professor of computer science and ACBA member, James Wilkes is featured in a post about the university starting a program to teach about the importance of bees...

Click here to read full post in theappalchianonline.com:

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Ashe County Beekeeping Association (ACBA) April 12, 2018

Ashe County Beekeeping Association (ACBA)

April 12, 2018

* The regular meeting of the Ashe County Beekeeping Association was held on April 12, 2018 at the Agriculture Extension Office in Jefferson, NC.

* Jim Miles was the speaker who talked about hive splitting.

* Click here to view the meeting minutes.

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Open House Postponed! April 7, 2018

Open House Postponed!

April 7, 2018

* The 'hive open house' scheduled for this Saturday at Maggie McClelland’s house will not be held due to inclement weather!

* Stay tuned for information on a date and time if it will be rescheduled.

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NUCS!

April 2018

* Everyone's important topic for the start of a new year of beekeeping!!

* In the case of the Hidden Happiness Bee Farm (H.S. Greene), their nuc delivery is scheduled for the third week in April. The cost/nuc is $160.50. For more info, contact H.S. Greene at 336-957-0275 or by e-mail at moldings56@yahoo.com.

* James Wilkes’ son, Sullivan, is selling nucs. Links to the form for getting on the waiting list and Sullivan’s contact info are highlighted below....

From: James Wilkes re: Nuc form - Faith Mountain Farm

* Here is a link to a form for getting on a waiting list for nucs from Sullivan. Here are the details outlined in the form:

- Enter information to be added to our waiting list.

- We expect to have nucs available for pick up between April 16 and May 14 from our farm in Creston, NC or a mutually agreeable location.

- Exact dates and times to be determined.

- Cost is $175 per nuc and will be in an EZ Nuc box.

- No guarantee of availability, but we will communicate as soon as possible as things progress. Contact Sullivan Wilkes, sulli.wilkes@gmail.com or 828-434-0066 with questions.

* To open/complete the form to get on a waiting list, copy this link and paste to your browser: https://goo.gl/forms/YJ5iq4LY6e8DZfAI2

James Wilkes

www.facebook.com/faithmountainfarm

828-265-6263 (cell)

336-385-3510 (farm)

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ACBA Minutes

2018

* The minutes of the ACBA Meeting on March 8, 2018 are posted here.

* The minutes of the ACBA Board Meeting on February 19, 2018 are posted here

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Ashe County Beekeeping Association (ACBA) October 12, 2107

Ashe County Beekeeping Association (ACBA)

October 12, 2107

* The final, regular business meeting of the Ashe County Beekeepers Association was held on October 14, 2017 at which time Greg Fariss, NC State Beekeeper for counties including Ashe, spoke on winter hive preparations...thanks, Greg. Before his remarks, Julia Houck, County Executive Director of the USDA Farm Service Agency briefly described a program for small farmers, including beekeepers to receive funding for losses due to various circumstances. Open the meeting minutes here.

* At the end of the meeting, raffle and door prizes were awarded, as follows:

- Jeff Taylor was the recipient of the raffle for the anniversary mini-hive made by H.S. Greene...it was mini-hive # 7 and represents the seven years that the ACBA has been in existence.

Other door prizes:

- Raven Pruitt - Queen Catcher

- Jeff Taylor - hive tool

- Paulette Lawrence - smoker fuel

- Julie Smith - ACBA Hat

- Shirley Long - tee shirt

- Liam Jerkins - jar of candy

- Doug Galloway - jar of candy

- Greg Lyon - queen catcher

- David Tanner - Oxalic Acid kit

* The ACBA November meeting will be the final meeting in 2017. Click here for information.

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Hurricane Irma vs. Ashe County Bees

From David Tarpy, NCSU

* With uncertain track of hurricane Irma, there are some important considerations for beekeepers who may be affected by the heavy rain and winds. Please further disseminate to your local network of beekeepers.

- First, make sure hive equipment is secured to resist strong winds. A simple brick on the top lid is likely to be insufficient to keep the lid from flying off in winds above 50 mph. A lidless hive can cause problems for the bees by introducing moisture and letting heat escape. Strapping the lid down with ratchet straps or securing with duct tape might be in order, particularly for outlying yards. The same is true for hive boxes, particularly if they are relatively new (i.e., the bees have not yet propolized them together sufficiently). Also consider removing unnecessary boxes (e.g., top-hive feeders) to minimize the wind profile.

- Second, be sure to have the hives on sturdy stands or level ground. Entire beehives can be blown over by strong winds, particularly when they are fairly tall with many honey supers or are otherwise top heavy. If the hives are on tall or insecure stands, you can move them onto (dry) level ground temporarily to lessen the chances that they topple. Importantly, if you’re using solid bottom boards, be sure to have your hives tilting forward so that rain water does not pool and collect on the floor of the hive.

- Third, beware of falling trees and tree limbs. These can be particularly problematic for beehives since they can completely crush all equipment and kill the entire colony. It is also hard to prevent with some sort of barrier or cover because of the sheer weight of many trees, so if you apiary is in a wooded location you may need to move the hives temporarily.

- Fourth, make sure the hives are not in low-lying areas or those prone to flooding. River banks can be useful apiary locations because of their proximity to fresh water, but in flooding conditions entire apiaries can be tragically swept away. Be sure to move any beehives in flood plains until the waters have subsided. Beehives on the ground but in recessed areas can cause water to flood the entrances and may even suffocate the bees if not given an upper entrance.

- Finally, following heavy rains like hurricanes, various local and state agencies have traditionally sprayed regions with stagnant water to control mosquito outbreaks. While important for public health, such insecticides can be extremely problematic for honey bees. If you are registered through the NCDA&CS, you will be contacted directly if your beehives are in an area schedule to be sprayed. If you are not registered, however, the state has no means to notify you and your bees may be at risk to insecticide exposure. Please consult the Agricultural Chemical manual for information and advice about how to mitigate exposure to pesticides.

David R. Tarpy

Professor and Extension Apiculturist

Department of Entomology, Campus Box 7613

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC 27695-7613

TEL: (919) 515-1660

FAX: (919) 515-7746

LAB: (919) 513-7702

WEB: http://entomology.ces.ncsu.edu/profile/david-tarpy/

EMAIL: david_tarpy@ncsu.edu

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Ashe County Beekeeping Association (ACBA) August 10, 2017

Ashe County Beekeeping Association (ACBA)

August 10, 2017

* 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.

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Ashe County Beekeeping Association (ACBA) June 8, 2017
Ashe County Beekeeping Association (ACBA)

Ashe County Beekeeping Association (ACBA)

June 8, 2017

* 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

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Ashe County Beekeeping Association (ACBA) May 11, 2017
Ashe County Beekeeping Association (ACBA)

Ashe County Beekeeping Association (ACBA)

May 11, 2017

* 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.

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ACBA Notes of Interest

April 10, 2017

1. Our April meeting Thursday will feature B Townes, president of Beekeepers of Wilkes County, who will talk about foraging. With our crazy winter and spring weather, we're particularly eager to hear what B has to say. The meeting starts at 7pm at the Extension Office behind Bojangles in Jefferson; B will be speaking first, so come early and grab some delicious snacks, too! Visitors are welcomed!

2. Bill Naser, our treasurer, will be on hand to take dues before the meeting and during break. ACBA (local) dues - $10/individual or $15/family. NCSBA (state) dues - $15/individual.

3. Tickets for the nuc will be sold thru the break at the meeting Thursday, and the drawing will be held at the conclusion of the meeting. Tickets for the nuc, valued at $140+, are $5 each, or 3/$10. If you took tickets to sell, please be sure to bring them and the tickets to the meeting! If you can't attend Thursday, let me know, and arrangements will be made to get them.

4. Door prizes this time: Wiss Utility Shears (courtesy of Hidden Happiness Bee Farm), cap (courtesy of Hive Tracks), comfrey plants, and pollen patties.

5. Pollen patties will also be on sale at the meeting: $3/patty, or 4/$10. All proceeds will go to ACBA.

6. Orders for NCSBA’s Honey Cookbook need to be turned in April 30. The cost for the book, which includes 300 recipes using honey, is $20. All profits will be donated to the NC Agricultural Foundation and will directly benefit the Apiculture program at NCSU.

7. Linda Katsoudas and I had fun representing ACBA at the Ashe County Library’s Seed Library kick-off on Friday! We talked to several folks very interested in bees, including a library staff member who is now a beekeeper. Big thanks to Marna Napoleon, beekeeper/new ACBA member/library staff member for inviting ACBA and to Linda for agreeing to help!

8. On Saturday, April 22, ACBA will be at the Ashe Farmers Market from 8am-1pm for Earth Day. Several members have volunteered to help, but we’re always game for more helpers! If you’d like to help for even a little while, please let me know. We always have fun! I don’t have any other information yet but will pass it on as soon as I get it.

9. Also on the 22nd (12-1pm) is a beekeeping meeting with Greg Fariss, state apiary inspector, at Southern States in Jefferson. Lunch is provided at no charge. Reservations need to be made by the 19th to the Extension Office (336-946-5850 in order for them to be prepared with ample materials, seating, and lunches.

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