January 2016 HOW TO HELP/LEARN/BUY SELL HONEY

Future opportunities for you to help BONS at an event or behind the scenes.

1. March 2016 Woodenware Workshop March 19/20. Contact Rusty at rustyfoltz@gmail.com

2. April 23, 24 OR 25 (TBD) help distribute 300 packages of bees coming for our club contact Rusty.

3. Learn how to use and supervise the use of our extractor which is kept at Blandy Farms contact Timo 248-425-2766 or timobranstetter@gmail.com  Extraction season will be July/Aug/Sept 2016

4. Mothers Day Weekend at Blandy from 9:30am-4:00pm  May 7/8 2016

Contact Rusty BONS president for details  rustyfoltz@gmail.com

Sign up sheets will also be available at monthly meetings. You can sell your honey here.

5. NATIONAL HONEY BEE DAY – SKY MEADOW
Doug and Ramona will be spearheading the beekeepers display at Sky Meadow this year for National Honey Bee Day August 20, 2016. They usually setup by 11am and tear down around 4pm. It is always a fun time and has good attendance. Contact Doug and Ramona at rmfineart@earthlink.net

6. ARBOR FEST October 2016  Blandy from 9:30am-4:00pm exact two days TBD

If you are a club member we could use you to stand at our booth and answer questions for the people who attend this event.  You can sign up for a two hour shift and you can sell your honey both while you are there and when you are not.  We keep track of what you bring and what of yours we sell.  There will be more information at our September meeting at our new meeting place in Winchester.  Helping set up and break down our display/tent is also helpful.  You can do this even if this is your first year.  I did and found out I did not have to defer any questions to other experienced beekeepers who were at the tent.  It is a great way to gain confidence if you need it to speak to the public about bees.  I am sure you have all done this to your family and friends. Please consider taking a shift or two. Sell your honey also.

7. Coordinator of the BONS Mentorship program

Would you like to help the club with a project behind the scenes?  We need someone to coordinate getting those members who volunteer to be a mentor to be hooked up with new members who take the class.  If you have a question before you commit please contact Rusty our president.  We got this program off the ground a couple of years ago with Branson taking on the challenge.  We now need someone to pick up the ball and take this valuable role to new heights.  Please consider helping our club and new beekeepers. In the meantime we will have new beekeepers meeting existing member at club meetings where we will provide the opportunity for those who want to mentor to meet those in need.

 more opportunities coming check back…..

Do you have a talent a some time to help our club?  Tell Rusty and we have numerous opportunities for you to take our club to new levels.

We always need help before and after the monthly meetings to help set up chairs and put them back.  This is a way to help and not have to be “in charge” of something.  THANKS!

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Monthly Meetings

Check out upcoming events for the topics and activities for upcoming meetings of the Beekeepers of the Northern Shenandoah.

Meeting Dates for 2016

January 14 – International Honey Tasting by Bruce Bryant

February 11 –

March 10 –

Woodenware Workshop weekend TBD at Tom Miller’s Berryville

April 14 –

Field Day TBD at John Lewis Apiary Winchester

May 12 –

June 9 –

July Picnic Date To Be Determined

August 11 –

September 8 –

October 13 –

November 10 –

December Potluck – Date to Be Determined

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

Meeting Dates for 2015

February 12th

March 12th

April 9th-Roundtable Discussion about beekeeping, Holiday Inn, Winchester,VA

May 14th

June 11th (may be replaced by the VSBA mtg June 12th-June 13th)

July 9th (usually a potluck)

August 13th

September 10th

October 8th

November 11th

December 10th (potluck)

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Beekeeping Links

http://www.honey.com/   National organization with recipes using honey

www.buzzwordhoney.com – a blog chronicling thoughts and activities of a beekeeper

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lYCSuj0dwg&list=FLOFQ4LRP8ynQN4uap9zUh0A&index=6 – YouTube #1, John Lewis of BONS demonstrates assembly of the beehive frame.

http://foristersonline.com/ellasbees/?p=59 (a fun blog by a new beekeeper in 2014, Ella Forister, 11yo)

http://entomologytoday.org/2014/07/24/honey-bee-super-foragers-can-be-replaced-by-hive-mates-if-necessary/ (good article on work of a beekeeper/citizen scientist and radio tracking of foraging bees)

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