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 queen, still cozy in the cluster, will begin to lay a few more eggs each day. It is still "females only" in the hive. Workers will take cleansing flights on mild days. The bees will consume about 25 pounds of honey this month.
THE BEEKEEPER. There is not too much to do this month. Read, attend bee club meetings, and get your equipment ready for spring.
Get Ready for Summer
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.
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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).
Justin Howard with the Natural Resources Conservation Service will talk about government grants for pollination plots and other government services of interest to beekeepers. This is your chance to recovery some of those tax dollars.
The menu at our February meeting will be chili and sandwiches. Please bring chili, sandwiches, salad, veggies, fruit, or dessert to share.
March – Bring your friends to CVBA’s annual short course and open house (see page 2)
April – Dr. Clarence Collison, retired State Apiarist of Mississippi, will talk about package bees, swarm prevention, and spring feeding
May – Linda Rizzardi, vice president of TBA, will speak on the anatomy and biology of the honeybee
Last Call for Package Bees!
Our spring order of package bees is going fast, so please contact Junior Snelson (423-626-5538) ASAP to reserve your bees! Do not wait until the last minute to reserve a package. The suppliers can supply only so many packages, and if Junior runs out, he may not be able to get more. Packages are $85 each. This year, we are requiring a $20 NONREFUNDABLE deposit per package. Your bees are not reserved until the deposit is paid.
Our one-of-a-kind CVBA 2014 beekeeping calendars are now available for a bargain price of $5 each. Thanks to everyone who provided photos!
Annual Short Course and Open House
Short Course – Thursday, March 20, 7:00 pm
Charlie Parton, president of the Tennessee Beekeepers Association, will teach us how to make splits and nucs.
Open House – Saturday, March 22, 1:00–3:00 pm
- Learn what the Clinch Valley Beekeepers Association is all about
- Learn how to get started in beekeeping
- Learn how to put together a hive
- Learn different bee diseases and treatments for mites
- Learn the different equipment necessary to start a beehive
- Learn about cooking with honey
Also, we will have…
* A raffle for a package of bees
* Information about the Tennessee Beekeepers Association and how to register your hives with the state
* Door prizes (must bee present to win)
* Equipment for purchase
* CVBA beekeepers’ calendars and cookbooks, shirts, and hats for sale
On Saturday we will give away three complete hive kits (TBA Hive Grant Program).
The Tennessee Beekeepers Association receives a grant through the Department of Agriculture to fund the TBA Hive Grant Program. Our club will participate in the program again for the 6th year. CVBA will receive 2 hive kits from the TBA and will purchase 1 hive kit at a discounted price. These hive kits will be awarded to three lucky winners chosen by random drawing from the pool of applicants. The drawing will take place on Saturday, March 22, at our Open House. You must be present to win. We will accept applications until the open house begins.
Each hive kit includes the following:
Screened bottom board, hive body (two 8-frame mediums), wired beeswax foundation, inner cover, entrance feeder, telescoping cover, round veil with plastic helmet, gloves, hive tool, smoker, and beginner’s book or How to Keep Bees and Sell Honey
Applicants must be new to beekeeping and must meet these requirements:
* be a resident of Tennessee
* complete a beginning beekeeping course
* commence beekeeping activities in the spring of 2014
* accept a beekeeping beginner kit grant
* purchase bees
* purchase additional equipment as needed
* be a member of a local Tennessee beekeeping association for 2 years
* be a member of the state Tennessee Beekeepers Association for 2 years
* register your new bees with the Tenn Dept of Agriculture
* work with a mentor for 2 years
* for the first 2 years, half of the honey production from the grant hive will be returned to the local club to help defray set-up cost.
* if one decides not to complete the 2 year commitment, return grant equipment kit to local association for redistribution.
CVBA Membership Dues are Due!
Annual dues are $15 for a family, $10 for a single membership, and $5 for a youth member. You may pay your dues directly to Joyce Capps. You may also mail dues to the following address:CVBA c/o Joyce Capps 7382 Circle Point Dr. Talbott TN 37877
Cleaning Frames? Save Your Slumgum!
As you clean up old frames and replace the foundation, 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.