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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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. 

 

 

The Madison County Beekeepers Association is sponsoring a presentation by Mel Disselkoen on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 9:00 am at the Madison County Extension Office, 230 Duncannon Lane, Richmond KY 40475.
Mel Disselkoen will be speaking regarding his 40+ year experience with beekeeping with his On The Spot system of queen rearing and mite control.
Hopefully, weather permitting, there will be an opportunity for a hands-on experience with several hives Saturday afternoon (arrangements are being made) with Mel regarding his OTS system. (If so, we will have a break for folks to go get lunch on their own.)
We are asking for a $5-$10 donation at the door to help with expenses, but won’t turn anyone away. We want to invite everyone to come and hear this important talk.

See the attached PDF for more information.

Mel Disselkoen Invite PDF

The Bluegrass Beekeepers will have a display table set up at the Headley-Whitney Museum Garden Affair this Saturday, May 12 to educate folks about the importance of bees as pollinators. We would like to have some more members be available during the 10am to 5pm event to share about beekeeping. It allows you free admittance to the event. Be sure to check out their website and let us know if you are available. https://www.headley-whitney.org/

Below you should see a link to all the lecture notes, etc. from Bee School 2018. You will have to have a password for opening most of these files and if you don’t have the password then you need to talk to one of the organizers of the event who can verify you were at Bee School 2018.

The webmaster does not have the ability to verify your presence and as such will NOT give you the password. All inquiries of the sort will be deleted.

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