Beekeepers Workshop
Come Join the Learning and Fun
June 18th 2012, 5 pm to 7 pm to 9 pm

The Knox County Beekeepers Association is sponsoring an educational workshop for beekeepers and anyone interested in learning about bees and beekeeping. Come for all the activities starting at 5 pm, or just come at 7 pm for the general meeting.

We will be running hive inspections from 5 pm to 7 pm. For hive inspections please bring a veil. There will be a few extra veils available. We will be checking the condition of the hives, demonstrating proper hive inspection techniques, and what things to look for when inspecting a hive. During the hive inspections there will be Learning Stations placed around the apiary, where specific topics can be discussed one on one, or in small groups with experienced beekeepers. Remember this is a live demonstration and you may be stung.

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Hive Inspections: a new hive will be opened every ½ hour
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Learning Stations see topics below:
Managing Supers, Queen Excluders: How and When to harvest honey?
Varroa Mites: Identifying and Counting Varroa Mites.
Equipment: Boxes and frames to smokers and cloths; what is needed and how to use it.
Feeding Bees: Why, How, When, and Feeding Equipment.
Swarms: How to catch and manage a swarm and managing your hive after it swarmed.
Queen Grafting Demonstration: Where queens come from.

7:00 to 9:00 General Meeting
7:00 to 7:15 - General Meeting and Announcements
7:15 to 7:40 – Requeening: Why, When and How to Requeen a Hive? Dana Stahlman
7:40 to 8:00 – “Nucs” Why you should have a nuc and how to start one? Scott Taylor
8:00 to 8:20 - Varroa Mites: Review of the latest Control Methods. Jeff Gabric

Directions: The event will be held at the invitation of Steve Collins at 7175 Patton Rd, Mt. Vernon. This is located near Bangs, Ohio just off Rt. 36. From Mt. Vernon take Rt. 36 towards Columbus. When you get to Bangs, go 2 more miles and make a left on Patton Road. The Bee yard is ¼ mile on the right. Restroom facilities are available. Bring a lawn chair if you have one.

Admission will be $10 per person and free to Knox County Beekeepers Association members. With the $10 admission fee you will receive a free membership to the Association which happens to cost $10. Well supervised children are free; remember this is a live bee demonstration.

If you don’t have time for dinner we will have free hotdogs and refreshment for the hungry.

Simpsons Bee Supply will be on site for your equipment needs. Call or email your orders the week before and you can pick up at the event. 740-599-7914.

For updated information go to the Knox County Beekeepers Association Web site: or call Jeff Gabric: 515-450-1359 SEE YOU THERE!!!