Friday, June 29, 2012

July "BeeBQ" Meeting...

           Hampden County Beekeepers July "BeeBQ"
       When: Saturday, July 28th at 2pm
 Where:  The home of Len Elie
                    1467 Main Rd. (Route 57)
            Granville, MA 01034

Len will be serving hamburgers, hot dogs and soft drinks.  The rest of us can pitch in by bringing a side, salad or dessert.  Please let me know what you plan to bring when you RSVP. 

Len will lead a round table discussion where we can all talk about our bees and what’s going on in our hives. 

BYOB if you like

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Tuesday July 24th
RSVP to Jessica Martin by email or
Phone 860-978-5388.  Texts are OK too.  Include your name, the number of people attending, and what you plan to bring. 

Monday, June 25, 2012

MA Beekeepers' Field Day...

This was my first time attending the MA Beekeepers' Field Day, and I really enjoyed it!  It was a beautiful day, and it was well attended.  It was a pleasure to see quite a few other HCBA members in attendance, and I hope to hear feedback from some of you on how you liked the event. 

Here are some of the photos I have to share...

The University of MA Agronomy Farm in South Deefield
"Queen Rearing and Grafting" with Dick Callahan PhD
Look at the line for lunch!  I guess everyone loves Bub's BBQ.
A break in the little bit of shade during lunch
Smoker contest contestants
Somker contest (cough!)  
    And the WINNER!
If you have any photos or stories from the day you'd like to share, please email them to me or share them in the comments section below. 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Bill Crawford... Professional Beekeeper

I just received and email from HCBA member Bill Crawford.  Bill was offered and has accepted a job at a commercial apiary in South Dakota!  Congratulations, Bill!  The apiary where Bill is now working is home to almost 5,000 hives!  Bill wrote to me to let us know about the experience he is having and that he will have plenty of stories to share.  I know I'm looking forward to hearing them!  I promise to share them here, so we can all share in Bill's amazing experience. 

If you have any questions for Bill, please email them to me, or post them in the comments here. 

Bee well!