Person County Beekeepers Association
Date: January 17, 2013
Location: Person County Cooperative Extension, Room 165
Mary Deitz welcomed the group and introduced fellow officers: Inge Kautzmann, Vice President and Program Chair; Lynn Wilson, Secretary, and Donna Steen, Treasurer.
Minutes of the December 20, 2012 meeting were approved, with date correction.
Inge outlined plans for bee school classes and two field days for equipment-building and hive-inspection. Class members will receive handouts by e-mail in advance of each class. Computer-free participants received a handbook. Participants who want to take the state test to become “certified beekeeper” must join the State organization and may take the test at the final class.
Todd Walker listed topics and speakers for each class and described NC’s Master Beekeeping steps: Certified, Journeyman and Master Beekeeper. He answered Frequently Asked Questions like:
- Cost for basic equipment and package of bees? About $310. Recommendation: Start TWO hives so strong hive can support weak hive if necessary.
- Time required? Recommendation: Inspect hives about every two weeks.
- Honey produced? None the first year, but maybe as much as 40 pounds per hive in later years.
- Stings? They don’t hurt much. Learn how to get the stinger out without pumping more venom into yourself!
- Why I’m a beekeeper? Diverse aspects like animal husbandry, cooking with honey, woodcrafting, cosmetics, and mead-making.
- What bees need? Shelter, Food and water, Safety
Honeybees are important for pollination, honey and other hive products….and beekeepers are important because (quoting Dick Rogers from Bayer Crop Science): “Honeybees cannot survive without beekeepers.”
Bee School classes continue for the next nine Thursday evenings. The next Association meeting is February 21 at 7 PM in the Person County Cooperative Extension Building and will coincide with the Bee School class about Bee Plants.
Lynn S. Wilson