INTERMEDIATE BEEKEEPING

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

BONS MEMBERS ORDERING PACKAGES

If you are a BONS member and want packages this year (2016) you will need to reserve what you want with Lennie the club treasurer.  You can do this by sending her an email http://lennie@mris.com and then sending her a check for $95 for each package you want to order. We need your check before delivery. Our expected time of arrival of those are about April 23, 24, 25 more on that as the time gets closer.  We only have 300 so “the early bird gets the worm bees.”

Checks can be sent to:  Lennie Mather 272 Star Tannery Rd. Star Tannery VA 22654

NEW  NEWS posted Jan 31, 2015

Due to the severe winter weather and the uncertain and variable road conditions in the area last week, the Stakeholder Listening Session scheduled for Tuesday, January 26, 2016  at the John Barton Payne Community Room, 2 Courthouse Square, Warrenton, VA was postponed.  The meeting has been rescheduled for March 1, 2016, from 6-8 PM at the same venue.

VDACS welcomes all interested stakeholders to participate in this and other listening sessions scheduled across the state. A list of the other meeting dates and locations is available on the agency website at http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/press-releases-160104-pollinator.shtml. Written comments may also be emailed to PollinatorProtection@vdacs.virginia.gov or mailed to VDACS at VDACS – Office of Pesticide Services, P.O. Box 1163, Richmond VA 23218. For additional information, please contact Liza Fleeson Trossbach, Program Manager, Office of Pesticide Services, at liza.fleeson@vdacs.virginia.gov or 804.371.6559 or contact Keith Tignor, State Apiarist, Office of Plant Industry Services, at keith.tignor@vdacs.virginia.gov or 804.786.3515.

Sincerely,  Keith Tignor; Office of Plant Industry Services VA Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services

BONS Members:  HELP   HELP 

Opportunity: You can help our club and new beekeepers during March 2016

The Beekeepers of the Northern Shenandoah have a woodenware workshop day every year to help out beginning beekeepers. We help new students learn how to build frames, hives etc.  We order the woodenware to come in the week before this weekend event and need some helping hands to organize things for the weekend.  If you can give an hour, two or more on a weekday please contact Doug at koch.doug@gmail.com and let him know than you can help out.  Once the date and time is established we will post when it will be and he will contact you directly.  Most likely it will be early March and this will take place as in past years at Tom Miller’s place in Berryville.  All we need now is if you are willing to help.  THANKS!!!

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We will also need help on Saturday March 19 and Sunday March 20 at Tom’s during the workshop. If you are available for any part of this day contact Rusty or Doug. We distribute the wood, foundation and tools they have purchased or bring their own.  We then teach them how to build frames, hive boxes and we share stories over lunch.  BarBeeQ is provided by the club and sides are brought by you all.  This usually runs from 10am-3 or4pm depending on the crowd.  Any part or all of those days your ability to help would be welcomed and appreciated.

 

 

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;

****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.

Rusty Foltz – President (2014-2016)

mailto:rustyfoltz@gmail.com

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