Hi there! I'm Adrienne. I am a first year beekeeper located in the high desert of Central Oregon.
This year I participated in the Oregon Master Beekeeping Program and became a Certified Apprentice. I am now working on my Journeyman Certification, which will, at the very least, take two more years. I am really enjoying the program and it's totally been worth the cost, which is certainly cheap!
Finances could only afford me one hive this year, I know, I know, it's *better* to have two. Whattaya gonna do? I needed a hive and colony because I was accepted into the Oregon Master Beekeeping program. Haha. Anyway, if all goes well this winter, I will expand with another Nuc this spring from a somewhat local keeper. I am super excited. I hope maybe I will split my current hive or find a swarm this year.
So far so good with my colony Goldenrod, they were slow to build up and I was really worried. My mentor said that they looked good and should last the winter *fingers crossed!*. They had a high mite drop after treating with Apiguard in September. Did a OAV treatment on Saturday, Dec. 8th. We're having a warm spell here this December with temps over 40 degrees and some above freezing nights. So I am thinking I will add some mountain camp (I think that's what it's called) style sugar feeding soon.
Anyway, I could go on and on.