“Nucs” are small honey be colonies housed in small hives. Consequently, their importance in beekeeping is often overlooked. Despite this, nucs can become an indispensable tool in one’s beekeeping operation. In this lecture, the benefits of using nucs will be discussed and their importance emphasized.
About the Speaker
Jamie Ellis is the Gahan Endowed Professor of Entomology in the Department of Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida. He has a BS degree in Biology from the University of Georgia (Georgia, USA) and a PhD in Entomology from Rhodes University in South Africa. At the University of Florida, Jamie has responsibilities in extension, instruction and research. Regarding his extension work, Jamie created the UF, South Florida, and Caribbean Bee Colleges, and the UF Master Beekeeper Program. As an instructor, Jamie supervises PhD and masters students in addition to offering an online beekeeping course. Currently, Jamie and his team have over 30 active research projects in the fields of honey bee husbandry, conservation and ecology, and integrated crop pollination.
Beeswax Workshop: Ellen Zampino & Patty Pulliam (Norfield Grange)
Learn how to clean and process beeswax so that it may be utilized for candle and ornament making. Also learn (and get recipes) to prepare your own lip balm and hand creams, and other techniques to create beautiful beeswax crafts. Just in time for you to create your own hand made holiday gifts! Contact Patty Pulliam at (201) 722-4789 or email@example.com
BYBA board members Patty Heyl and Rick Glover will demonstrate how to make handmade soap the way your grandma did: using lye, oils such as coconut and palm, beeswax, honey, and natural fragrances. Bring along a waxed cardboard milk carton and towel to wrap it in, and you can bring home some handmade soap to try! Note: we are using lye, so dress accordingly. Not appropriate for children under 12 yrs (must have an adult present).
Contact Patty at firstname.lastname@example.org
Assessing Hives going into winter, David Blocher (BYBA Bee Yard)
Join other members in this workshop to evaluate various colonies’ strength going into winter. We will be evaluating colonies on 5, 10 and 20 frames, with suggestions on how to winter small colonies and colonies that don’t occupy the standard 10 or 20 frames. This workshop will be held at the bee yard at the Aspetuck Land Trust property in Easton. Contact David Blocher at 203-449-8147 or at email@example.com if you plan to attend.
Board member Ellen Zampino will host a honey harvest workshop. We will take honey from the hive, extract it and bottle it. Come see just how it’s done. The workshop will start at 11 a.m. Contact Ellen Zampino at (203) 981-0611 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hive Inspection Part 4: Richard Glover (Glover apiary)
BYBA board member Rick Glover will conduct this workshop, location TBD. This final inspection workshop of the season will look at hives to assess their preparedness for winter, and point out final touches that can help the bees survive the winter months. The workshop will start at 11 a.m. (no rain date). RSVP to Rick Glover at email@example.com
Fall Preparation Workshop: David Blocher (BYBA Bee Yard)
BYBA Board member and Past President David Blocher will be hosting this fourth inspection addressing the important issues of fall preparation. This inspection will look at hives to assess their condition and discuss what actions can be taken to give the bees the best shot at surviving the winter – August is the time to start preparing your hives for winter! Contact David Blocher at (203) 938-2539 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Board member Ellen Zampino will host a honey harvest workshop. We will take honey from the hive, extract it and bottle it. Come see just how it’s done. Contact Ellen Zampino at (203) 981-0611 or email@example.com
This workshop is a unique opportunity for you to learn how to overwinter valuable queens in nucleus colonies. The workshop will provide you with the knowledge required to make you successful, and will also provide with the equipment you will need.
The $100 workshop price includes a specially designed deep brood box modified to house two nucleus colonies side by side. To accomplish this, the box comes equipped with a thin center divider and two special inner covers. In addition to all of that, the workshop will provide you with two locally bred queens raised by our expert team of queen breeders. The queens alone are worth the price of admission.
This year the workshop will be led by Bruce Wartlieb and will occur at the BYBA Bee Yard on July 22rd at 10 am. The workshop is limited to 10 participants and sells out quickly so, please contact Bruce at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot and receive payment instructions.
Hive Inspection Part 3: Mary Howansky (Howansky apiary)
BYBA member Mary Howansky will conduct this bee inspection workshop at 1042 Stillwater Road, Stamford, CT. There is only a limited number of cars that can be parked in the driveway and one cannot part on Stillwater Road so the best thing is to park on Stillview Road and walk along Stillwater Rd. This inspection will start at 9:00 a.m. and will focus on mid-summer activity, ongoing mite inspection and queen evaluation, nectar flow (and/or dearth!). Contact Mary Howansky for directions at email@example.com
Board member Bill Hesbach will lead this workshop that will check in with the Top Bar Hive at the bee yard. He will also address … y’know … other considerations. The workshop will start at 10am. Bring a veil!
At this year’s “Other Considerations” workshop Bill Hesbach, and others, will cover how to evaluate a colony’s health and strength. Also, on the list is a Varroa evaluation, and when to consider splitting a colony. Starts at 10am. It’s an all hands-on event so bring your veil and questions – looking forward to seeing you there.
Swarming & Making Splits: Win Baum (Baum’s apiary)
Past BYBA President Win Baum and his wife Stefanie will be hosting this back yard bee visit at 500 Papurah Road in Fairfield, Connecticut at 10:30 am. Come and see how Win’s bees are doing, and discuss the swarming. Contact Win Baum for directions at (203) 255-9185 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hive Inspection Part: 2, Ralph Szur (BYBA Bee Yard)
Board member Ralph Szur will host this inspection workshop at 11am in the BYBA bee yard off of Freeborn Rd. Easton Ct.. This workshop will include top bar hive: designs, management, harvest, manipulation, and pros and cons vs. Langstroth design. The inspection will focus on the progress of newly hived package bees, early summer activity, and general hive health. Contact Ralph Szur at (845) 228-5635 or email@example.com
At this workshop we will demonstrate the Miller method of raising queens – a method that requires no special equipment and no special skills (i.e. eagle eyesight!). Attendees will also have a chance to try their hand at grafting larva into queen cups to raise queens. General background information will also be provided – how to set up and provision a colony to raise queen cells, timing, and other equipment that can come in handy when raising queens. Bring your bee apparel!
This workshop will start at 11am, at the BYBA bee yard at Trout Brook Valley, near Aspetuck Orchards Apple Barn. Contact Leslie Huston at (203) 417-2023 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bee Yard Open House: Steve Kinsella & Board (BYBA Bee Yard)
This workshop will focus on the start-up activities for the club’s bee yard colonies and pave the way for this year’s queen-rearing. General background information will be provided – a tour of the bee yard, and light refreshments. Bring your bee apparel! Hives will be inspected and some queen-rearing fundamentals will be discussed (reasons and methods for queen rearing).
This workshop will be held at the BYBA bee yard at Trout Brook Valley, near Aspetuck Orchards Apple Barn. Contact Steve Kinsella at 203-394-8237 or email@example.com
Please remember that sign-up is required and that registered participants should plan to attend both workshops. Please email or call Bobbie Meyzen to register (BobbieHoneyBeekeeper@gmail.com or 203-948-3529).
The workshops are limited to adults only.
The first workshop is hands-on so we will also require protective veils and gloves for each participant to bring with them to the yard. We also recommend bringing a folding chair as seats are limited at the bee yard.
This will be the first of two Bee Wellness workshops. This is the apiary portion, covering proper hive inspection techniques, identifying unhealthy colonies, specimen collection for in-field testing such as mite sugar rolls, and record keeping.
This workshop will be held at the BYBA queen rearing bee yard at Trout Brook Valley, near Aspetuck Orchards Apple Barn.
Contact Bobbie Meyzen at (203) 948-3529 or BobbieHoneyBeekeeper@gmail.com
Please remember that sign-up is required and that registered participants should plan to attend both workshops. Please email or call Bobbie Meyzen to register (firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-948-3529).
The workshops are limited to adults only.
The first workshop is hands on so we will also require protective veils and gloves for each participant to bring with them to the yard. We also recommend bringing a folding chair as seats are limited at the bee yard.
At the first inspection after hiving a new package, it’s important to check that the queen’s been released and has started laying eggs, as well as surveying the condition of the newly established colony. At this workshop Bobbie will check on how the bees hived at last week’s workshop are progressing. Starts at 11am. Contact Bobbie Meyzen at (203) 948-3529 or BobbieHoneyBeekeeper@gmail.com
NOTE: this workshop will be held one week after the “Hiving Package Bees” workshop.
Bobbie Meyzen will demonstrate how to hive package bees at the BYBA bee yard at Trout Brook Valley, near Aspetuck Orchards Apple Barn. This workshop will provide a hands on opportunity to learn and try the proper techniques for transferring a package of live honeybees into a new hive. It may be a little muddy. Bring a veil. If it’s pouring we’ll do it anyway! Starts at 11am. Contact Bobbie Meyzen at (203) 948-3529 or BobbieHoneyBeekeeper@gmail.com NOTE: date is tentative, and depends on package bee delivery. Stay tuned for more information – and be in touch with Bobbie.
Bobbie Meyzen will examine a hive or two that didn’t make it through the winter, to discuss what can be known about why the bees didn’t make it. It may be a little muddy. Bring a veil, because some of the colonies DID survive. Starts at 11am. Rain date: Sunday. Contact Bobbie Meyzen at (203) 948-3529 or BobbieHoneyBeekeeper@gmail.com
Bear Fence, Swarms & Cut-outs: Jeff Shwartz (Norfield Grange, noon)
Join Jeff Shwartz at the Norfield Grange, 12 Goodhill Rd., Weston, CT, at noon to learn about keeping the bears out of your bees, retrieving swarms, removing bees from inside walls and other structures. For more information, contact Jeff Shwartz at or Jeff@shwartz.com or 203-426-8620.