Bluegrass Beekeepers Association

Beekeepers in the Bluegrass

Association Meeting Information

The Bluegrass Beekeepers meet monthly throughout the year excluding January and August. The meetings are the second Monday of each month and include an always fabulous potluck starting at 7:00 p.m. The meetings are held at the Fayette County Extension Office in Lexington, Kentucky.

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The June meeting will be at McConnell Springs in Lexington on June 14th at 7pm. We will have the Beginners Q&A Session at 6:30pm if you have questions. The speaker will be KY State Apiarist, Tammy Horn Potter.

Feel free to bring your own food and lawn chair.
 
Take exit 6 on New Circle Road toward town. In one mile, directly across from the Fire Training Center, turn on McConnell Springs Drive. At the dead end, turn left on Cahill Drive, then turn right on Rebmann Drive to McConnell Springs parking lot.


 

 

We have missed getting together as an Association since the Extension office closed to groups. The office is still closed but the weather is warm enough that we can meet outdoors.

We will be meeting May 10th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Woodford County Fairgrounds, 293 Beasley Drive, Versailles.  From Lexington, take Versailles Road to Bluegrass Parkway. Take first exit #68 (Hwy 33), turn right (towards Versailles) at the top of the ramp. At the first light turn left onto Falling Springs Blvd. Follow signs to Falling Springs. Road ends at park entrance. Enter park, cross the railroad tracks and turn left, keeping the Railroad Museum on your left. Huffman pavilion is at the far end of the  parking lot.

We will not have any food provided (but you could bring your own) and everyone should bring your own camp chair/lawn chair. Masks are optional as they are not required outdoors. There are restrooms available near the pavilion.

The 2020 Bluegrass Beekeepers School will take place on March 7, 2020 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at Kentucky State University. The Keynote Speaker will be Clarence Collison.  Classes will be offered for first year beekeepers, second year beekeepers as well as classes on queen rearing, candle making, honey labeling, treating for Varroa mites and much more.

Pre-registration is closed but walk-in registrations are welcome at the door beginning at 8:00 am. Cost is $45 per adult and $15 per child. Coffee, donuts, beverages and lunch are included.

Click here for a finalized Class Schedule:  2020 Class Schedule

Click here for a Campus map of KSU.  KSU map compressed

Registration and classes will be in Bradford Hall. Parking is available in student and staff lots. Please don’t park in individually marked spots.

Questions to: president@bluegrassbeekeepers.com

At our June meeting, we spoke at length about the entry requirements for entering your honey and honey-related products for judging at the 2019 Kentucky State Fair. Here is a link to find the entry rules that we discussed and also to find how to enter:

https://kystatefair.org/participate/compete/

You’ll have to scroll down to “General Department” and find “Bess and Honey”. Please note that the entry deadline is July 1! 

Please also note that other areas of competition have different deadlines, so you will need to be alert.

Due to technical difficulties, we were unable to view the entire video on preparing your honey for show.

I have posted it here:

 

If this is a topic that interests you, I highly recommend watching all five videos on the playlist. They are informative and easy to understand.

AND if you do enter in any category, we would love to hear about your experience!

At our next association meeting on Monday, May 13th we have a busy meeting planned! We will have Sarah Preston, the KY Certified Honey Program Manager with KSBA make a presentation on the new program. Come find out how to apply for this certification for your honey that is produced in Kentucky.

Also, Sharon Tetterton, a beekeeper in our association a few years ago, has donated several beekeeping items to The Bluegrass Beekeepers Association.  Many of the items will be for sale at our next meeting with the proceeds going to the Association.  Listed below are some of the items up for sale.

Please come to the meeting with cash or check book to take advantage of this opportunity!

  • NEW  Assembled Garden Hive with 9 5/8 Brood Boxes. Includes frames and plastic foundation.
  • NEW and USED 8 Frame 6 5/8” (medium) Supers with frames
  • New 8 Frame 5 11/16” Super with frames and plastic foundation
  • 8 Frame Hive with frames and screened bottom board.
  • 10 Frame Hive with frames
  • 10 Frame Hive Body Boxes with frames
  • 10 Frame 5 11/16” Supers
  • 8 Frame and 10 Frame Bee Stands
  • 2 Ladies Bee Suits
  • Smoker and tools
  • Other bee supplies

In addition, we will present the updated Bylaws to the association members for a vote of approval.

Randy Rosbrook passed away Sunday, August 26th.  He was a long time member of the Bluegrass Beekeepers Association, mentor, educator and past president of the Madison County Beekeepers. He also participated in organizing Bluegrass Bee School and the EAS conference in Richmond.  If you only knew him through beekeeping, be sure to follow the link below to learn more about him and the services that are scheduled.

http://orpfh.com/obituary/randall-rosbrook

 

Looking for a beekeeper who has an observation hive who would be willing to make a short presentation to children about honeybees. Becca Self with FoodChain in Lexington, KY works to connect the community to fresh food. This summer, as part of their Farm to School efforts, they’re hosting a 10 week program in partnership with the Lexington Farmers Market, called Power of Produce Club (POP). From 10 -12 every Saturday they have a booth at the market with educational and fun activities for youth ages 4 -12, with a special focus on food systems and seasonal Kentucky foods. If anyone is available to help with this educational opportunity about the importance of honeybees, please contact Becca Self at 859.536.7157. It would only be a few hours on the Saturday of your choice before August 4th.

Hi, this is Eric.

 

Tonight I shared a swarm trap at the “show and tell” of our meeting and I had a few members ask where to find it. Click here to see where I got mine. I’m sure they’re available elsewhere but this is where I got mine and they seem to be of good quality. I will surely be ordering more from this seller for next year.  Mine took about a month to arrive because I’m sure it came from China but there are surely people in the States who have them but I doubt they’ll have the same price.  I will report back as to how I like them but so far the weight and size alone really sell me on them. 

 

 

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