November 2015 Minutes

Becky and Ben Starr, owners of Starrlight Meadery in Pittsboro, shared their passion for mead-making, a simple recipe, and their products. Continue reading

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October 2015 Minutes

“LOOK! UP IN THE SKY! IT’S A BIRD! IT’S A PLANE! IT’S A SUPERORGANISM!” Randall Austin kept beekeepers smiling as he compared the honey bee colony to an individual mammal’s anatomy. There’s no such thing as a single honey bee. The essential diversity of bee responses, to temperature thresholds in the hive, for instance, is a very good thing that would-be bee breeders need to keep in mind. Do we really want ALL the bees to have ALL the traits? He recommends Jurgen Tautz’s The Buzz About Bees (available courtesy of PCBA at the Person County Library) for more details about the superorganism. He challenged us to become colony keepers (instead of beekeepers) and to align our objectives with colony objectives. Continue reading

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August 2015 Minutes

August 20, 2015 County Office-Auditorium WELCOME.  Carol Carter welcomed the group and introduced the speaker, Todd Walker. PROGRAM/ PREPARING FOR WINTER:   Todd’s previous preparation checklist included:  Check queen, check hives, check resources.   Now he checks queen, looks for … Continue reading

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September 2015 Minutes

September 17, 2015 County Office-Auditorium WELCOME./THANK  YOU.  Mary Dietz introduced Person County Library director Christy Bondy, who thanked PCBA for books donated this year and Amanda Blanks for August exhibit that stimulated questions about PCBA and circulation of bee books.  … Continue reading

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