INTERMEDIATE BEEKEEPING

AS OF MARCH 1 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

BONS MEMBERS ORDERING PACKAGES FOR MEMBERS ONLY

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.”

You can email Lennie at (sorry you will have to cut and paste the link) http://lennie@mris.com

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

NEW  NEWS posted March 1, 2015

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.

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