What's the Buzz?
Our recent event "Beekeeping 101" on Saturday February 22, 2014 at the Cooperative Extension Service's Enviromental Education Center in Campbell County, KY was one of our most well-attended events in recent history. Thanks to all our participants and presenters.
We had presentations on Beekeeping 101, Hive Construction, Pest Management and much more. Craig passed out coloring books and honey candy and spoke about beginning beekeeping. Jack and James Hunt did a great presentation on putting all the wooden ware together. They had some very effective tools to get the framing done! Melanie discussed those darn hive pests and ways to identify and manage them. Jacob demonstrated tools of the trade and Kentucky State apiarist Sean Burgess gave a great presentation covering many aspects of apiculture in our fair state of Kentucky.
It is a tremendous benefit to our local beekeepers to have access to our Kentucky State Apiarist and our Kentucky State Agricultural departments!
And thanks to all our members who attended and helped answer the many questions we all have about the art and science of beekeeping in the modern world.
Our Next Meeting Is...
Our next meeting of The Northern Kentucky Beekeepers association is:
Tuesday, March 4 from 6:30pm-8:30pm at Boone County Cooperative Extension Service.
Our fascinating topic for discussion will be “swarms” lead by Tom Bushelman & Pamela Messer.
It is open to the public. Refreshments will be provided by the association members. It's a chance to meet and greet with some well-seasoned beekeepers and our newbees. You don't have to join the club to attend. We encourage all in our community to take part in learning about the art and science of beekeeping in our modern world.
The Boone County Extension Office is easy to find but be careful, there is a lot of construction and you can't turn left out to Camp Ernst Road (if I remember correctly).Just get there a little early if you can, we'll be there. Anyway, here's the directions to the meeting:
Tuesday, March 4 from 6:30pm-8:30pm
Boone County Cooperative Extension Service
6028 Camp Ernst Road
Burlington, Kentucky 41005
Phone: (859) 586-6101
Please visit our CALENDAR Page to view upcoming events and Beekeeper Meetings. All meetings are open to the public.
Click here for our meeting notes archive.
We have a list of members that can respond quickly to "hive" a swarm. Call Rita Bushelman at 859-586-6641 or just scroll down this page to find a list of members that are willing to help.
Have A Swarm?
If you have a swarm of honeybees, you can call us. We will be glad to help you.
Swarming Season is around April and May! (Sometimes earlier, sometimes later.)
As spring begins to arrive, a vigorous, healthy colony of honey bees - whether from a hive, a tree or your home -may likely swarm as nature's way of continuing their genetic line. A swarm is docile, not to be feared and it has incredible energy to produce comb and brood and honey. The swarm can be spotted in unlikely locales from backyards to industrial areas.
Honeybees have had to battle a lot of environmental factors and pests, more so over the last decade. Fortunately, a lot of good folks are interested in doing what they can to help save the honeybee and other pollinators.
The Northern Kentucky Beekeepers Association is committed to assisting in preserving and encouraging the honey bee population. We respectfully request that you contact us if you are the proud recipient of a swarm and would like one of our beekeepers to remove it and add it to their apiary.
Never underestimate the value of the honey bee for pollination, honey, wax and other hive commodities that are used in everyday products. And we should never underestimate that when a very important species is falling into rapid decline we should take notice. Even if you don't keep honeybees, you can do a lot to help them survive.
Upcoming Meetings and Events
March 4 @ Boone County topic for discussion will be “swarms” lead by Tom Bushelman & Pamela Messer
April 1 @ CC library topic for discussion will be “queens” lead by Jack Hunt
May 6 @ Boone County topic for discussion will be “extraction” lead by Carl Knochelmann + a demonstration of the club extractor.
June 3 @ location to be determined. We plan to open a hive and observe and question the hive activity.
July 1 @ Boone County (hopefully a guest speaker)
September is traditional the club picnic
October 7 @ CC library topic for discussion will be “closing down the hive” lead by Jake Robholz
November 4 @ Boone County topic for discussion will be “hive by-products” other than honey. (yes, this is election day however the polls close at 6:30 and the extension office is open.)
Local Honey and Local Suppliers:
If you are a local supplier and want on our list, please let us know!
Tom Bushelman & Pamela Messer of Waller Holler Honey still have Raw Honey for Sale from their 2013 Summer Harvest from the Verona, KY area.
Please call: 859-991-5197 or 859-689-7789