Next Meeting: Tuesday, January 13th, 7:30 P.M. in the
large room at the West Barnstable Community Building on Route
Featured will be commercial beekeeper Andy Card, of Merrimack Valley
Apiaries in Billerica, detailing the Life of the Professional Beekeeper.
His Power Point presentation also includes some information on nuc
Also on this evening, in the small room, is the no-commitment,
introductory session of Bee School 2004. Come meet your bee school
mentors, ask all the questions you can think of.
From the President
I want to thank everyone who contributed to the December meeting
in which we displayed some bee by-products and enjoyed holiday cheer.
There was enough positive response to repeat it next year. We will
plan ahead better and get firm commitments from members to display
January tends to be a slow month for our girls. Keep snow off the
entrances and heft the hives to judge stores of honey remaining.
Feeding sugar syrup is frowned upon now because of the moisture
build up in the hive, however one can sprinkle sugar gentle over
the top of the frames for their consumption (or at least around
the oval inner cover so as to not expose the entire box to the elements).
But don't go messing around if it it's freezing out. If you need
to venture a peek, do so on a forty or fifty-degree day.
My heath is not pink yet, but I trust it will begin to show color
soon. February and March the girls go wild on warm sunny days. About
the same time they forage on my pink helleborus too, often poking
around the crusted snow weighing down last year's foliage.
Bee School is beginning soon! Please let your fiends know if you
think they have an interest. Our first class is introductory and
holds no commitment at all.
Happy New Year to everyone! Geoffrey