Clinch Valley Bee Club
The goal of the Clinch Valley Beekeepers Association is to attract people into beekeeping and to educate the public about bees for the ultimate benefit to our environment.
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The Bees. The drones may begin to disappear this month. The hive population is dropping. The queen’s egg laying is dramatically reduced.
The Beekeeper. Harvest your honey crop. Remember to leave the colony with at least 60 pounds of honey for winter (one super). Check for the queen’s presence. Feed and medicate towards the end of the month (the first two gallons is medicated). Apply mite treatment. Continue feeding until the bees will take no more syrup. Attend bee club meetings.
Tom Ramey obtained seed packets of "bee friendly" flowers earlier this year. The remaining inventory is now on sale at a reduced price. A collection containing 8 seed packets with different flowers in each envelope is available for only $3.00. Buy some for yourself or as a gift.Let your neighbors know important they are to our bees.
Try "The Shops" menu item on this page.
The featured speaker at the February 2013 CVBA meeting was Wayne Yates of Bloomingdale Apiary, who spoke about his queen bee breeding operation. Wayne is a certified master beekeeper, a state bee inspector and a Tennessee queen breeder. His goal is to breed queens that are locally adapted to improve bee colony hardiness to climate, pests and diseases in East Tennessee. Queens that are at least 42 days old sell for $15. Bloomingdale Apiary is located at 2238 Idle Hour Road in Kingsport TN. For more information, contact Wayne at (423) 288-6536 or (423) 302-7901 (cell).
Fair Food - sausage/onions, hot dogs, bar-b-q, soft pretzels, nachos & chips, candy apples, etc. (any food you would get at the fair/festival).
CVBA holds regular monthly meetings at 7:00 PM on the 3rd Thursday of each month
Treadway Fire Department,
1851 Mountain Valley Hwy
Thorn Hill, Tennessee 37881
Mark Your Calendars! Upcoming Events
September 18: Howard Kerr speaking- Winterizing your bees
October 16: Joyce Capps speaking - Making Lip Balm AND Elections
November 20: Thanksgiving Dinner & Kathy Sailer- "Making Candles"
December 18: Christmas Party/dinner
CVBA ELECTIONS IN OCTOBER
Club elections are coming in October. Please be thinking about who you would like to nominate. Nominations are due by Sept 30. We will be taking nominations for President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasure and three board members. We also need nominations for beekeeper of the year by Oct. 31
SUPPORT THE CLUB
2014 Beekeeping Calendars
Our one-of-a-kind CVBA 2014 beekeeping calendars are now available for a bargain price of $5 each. They are full of wonderful pictures and key things to watch for each month with your bees. Thanks to everyone who provided photos!
Tom Ramie will have Honey Mix Seed Packages from Roundstone Seed Company for sale. They are $2.50 per pack and will sew a 15 x 15 plot.
T-Shirts and Hats
We have new T-shirts and Hats available for sale!
Pick up our wonderful cookbook with hundreds of recipes submitted by our members. It is a steal for $10! Also, try the recipe of the month at each club meeting. Joyce Capps chooses a recipe each month to make and share with members.
Cleaning Frames? Save Your Slumgum!
As you clean up old frames and replace the foundation, remember to save your wax scraps for the club’s slumgum fundraiser project. Put the scraps in the barrel next to CVBA’s supply shed in the Treadway Fire Department parking lot. Once we accumulate enough, our slumgum contact will pick it up and pay the club for the privilege!
UPCOMING FAIRS AND FESTIVALS - WE NEED WORKERS!
We need people to sign up for the following fairs & festivals - Contact Junior Snelson 423-626-5538 or Tom Ramey - 423-944-3223 if you are able to help promote the club at these fun days! Mountain Memories (Sneedville): October 4th (Saturday) 10:00 - 6:00, October 5th (Sunday) 10:00 - 4:00, Heritage Days (Rogersville): October 11th (Saturday) 10:00 - 6:00, October 12th (Sunday) 12:00 - 6:00, Mountain Makins (Morristown): October 25th (Saturday) 10:00- 5:00, October 26th (Sunday) 11:00 - 5:00
Please, please remember to bring back your books and videos if you have checked them out. We have been waiting a long time to have some returned and other club members may be waiting for them! If you have any questions, please call Lynda Eskola at 423/733-2017 or see her at the meeting.
If you would like to use the club’s extraction equipment to collect your honey, you must have your hives inspected first. Ron Coleman will be willing to help anyone, just give him a call. (423-944-3230)
Annual TBA Conference
The annual Fall Beekeeping Conference is Friday and Saturday, October 10 & 11 in Cookeville, TN. There is a registration form at www.tn.beekeepers.org for folks to download and print and send in. There are LOTS of great speakers scheduled to present on a variety of topics. Some scheduled classes include: Bee Informed Partnership, Pollen Collecting, Glass Hive: What are the Bees doing today?, Cut outs and Trap outs, Making Honey Jelly, Making Lotion Bars with Beeswax, Using Propolis from your hive, Building a Honey House and TN Honey House Requirements, and MANY more!! Many members have previously attended this conference and all have had a great time and learned A LOT! It is well worth attending! If you have any questions, please see Debbie Clayton at the next meeting! There is a Scholarship from the TBA that covers 1 day at the conference for a NEW 2014 TBA Member one for each association. Please let us know if you wish to attend and are a new member. If we get more than one interested member, we will draw names to choose a winner.