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 cost is $35 per adult, $10 for students High School and younger, $45 for family of one adult and 2 or more children, $70 for family of two adults and 2 or more children.
To register and pay online click here: https://beeschool.eventsmart.com/events/bluegrass-beekeeping-school/
To download pre-registration form to mail in click here: 2020 BBS pre registration
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.
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.
See the attached PDF for more information.
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/