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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.
Honey Harvest, Ellen Zampino (Greenwich Audubon)
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
This workshop will be held from 10am-noon at the BYBA Bee Yard in Easton. Click here for directions.
Bring your bee apparel!
Rain date: Sunday August 6.
Honey Harvest: Ellen Zampino (Greenwich Audubon)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Basic Queen Rearing: Michael Lund & Leslie Huston (BYBA Bee Yard, 11am)
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 email@example.com
Hiving Package Bees: Bobbie Meyzen (BYBA Bee Yard)
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.