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INTERMEDIATE BEEKEEPING

AS OF MAY 19 ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT

Students: Limit 15 BONS beekeepers, w/a minimum of one year experience in beekeeping

>> MARCH 19, 2016 @ SKY MEADOWS STATE PARK   (9:30am to 1pm)

  • SPRING MANAGEMENT: MAXIMIZING YOUR BEES
  • BEE NUTRITION AND FEEDING
    • Teaching:  Doug & Ramona Morris & John Lewis

>> April 23, 2016 @ KERNSTOWN BATTLEFIELD   (930am to 1pm)

  • HIVE INSPECTION
  • NUC AND SPLIT PRODUCTION Randy & Candy
    • Teaching:  Randy & Candy Jackson & John Lewis

>> May 21, 2016 @ KERNSTOWN BATTLEFIELD   (9:30am to 1pm)

  • HIVE DISEASES REVIEW
  • VARROA MITE ASSESSMENT & TREATMENTS
    • Teaching:  Brenda Brown and Rusty Foltz

>> June 18, 2016 @ SKY MEADOWS STATE PARK   (9:30am to 1pm)

  • HONEY AND PRODUCTS OF THE HIVE
  • LATE SUMMER & FALL MANAGEMENT
    • Teaching:  Brenda Brown & John Lewis

Cost – $25. per class

Please email John Lewis for reservations.  johnlewis702@comcast.net

“Secrets of the Hive.”  It is a 2015 production, some of which was shot locally at the Virginia Arboretum will be shown at our JUNE 9, 2016 Club Meeting…..

NEW  NEWS posted May 19, 2016

Congrats to our new officers: President Charles Brown   Vice-President Jennifer Swartz

Thanks for continuing  our Secretary Shannon Brandstetter and Treasurer Lennie Mather

Links/Articles and more click on this

https://www.facebook.com/pages/VCE-Northern-Shenandoah-Valley-Agriculture-and-Natural-Resources/183932085102951

 

 

 

 

About Us

Welcome to the Beekeepers of the Northern Shenandoah (BONS) website. We are a group of beekeepers in the western and northern area of Virginia. The club sponsors beginning beekeeping and intermediate beekeeping classes each year, provides scholarships for young beekeepers, participates in local events related to bees, helps new beekeepers extract honey and is connected with the Virginia State Beekeepers Association.    Bylaws are in Club Info;

****2016 BONS MEETING LOCATION****

Welcome to the Beekeepers of the Northern Shenandoah (BONS) website. We are a group of beekeepers in the western and northern area of Virginia. Our educational meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of each month at the Grace Community Church at 2333 Roosevelt Blvd, Winchester, VA 22601.

The meetings usually start with a short business report (the business meeting is held separate from the educational meeting) then we have a topic presented by an experienced beekeeper on issues of managing beehives. The club sponsors beginning beekeeping classes each year, can provide a scholarship for young beekeepers, participates in local events related to bees, helps new beekeepers extract honey and is connected with the Virginia State Beekeepers Association.

If you are interested in beekeeping or would like information on beekeeping, contact one of the following individuals.

Charlie Brown – President (2016-2018)

mailto:charlesbrown880@netscape.net

DID YOU KNOW?

..Heating up to 37°C (98.6 F) causes loss of nearly 200 components, part of which are antibacterial
..Heating up to 40°C (104 F) destroys invertase, an important enzyme.
..Heating up to 50°C (122 F) for more than 48 hrs. turns the honey into caramel (the most valuable honey sugars become analogous to sugar).
..Heating honey higher than 140 degrees F for more than 2 hours will cause rapid degradation.
..Heating honey higher than 160 for any time period will cause rapid degradation and caramelization. Generally any larger temperature fluctuation (10°C is ideal for preservation of ripe honey) causes decay.
John Skinner, University of Tennessee