Southern Tier Beekeepers, Broome County, NY

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Southern Tier Beekeepers Association members are working together to learn the tools and techniques needed to keep healthy hives in today's challenging environment.  We meet year around!

Club Meetings are held at 7pm (unless otherwise noted) the Chenango Town Hall,1525 NY RT 12, aka Upper Front Street, in the Town of Chenango (~0.3 miles North of the new Price Chopper.) Generally, club Meetings are the first Tuesday of the month during the fall and winter. Please check back regularly for updated information, plans change!

WINTER WEATHER CANCELLATIONS: If Binghamton Schools are closed we are staying home by the fire and cancelling the meeting.  Watch our Facebook page for a notice as well.

UPCOMING EVENTS

 When      What     Where
 2016   

 
 September 6
 Do you need insurance to keep bees, and how about if you're thinking of selling honey?   Save all your questions for our speaker, Tonia Northrop of the Andrew P. Hinkley Agency, Farm Family Casualty Insurance.     Tonia knows the ins and outs of farm and farm product insurance.

·         Bob Finch leading a discussion on “what we should do now stressing mite treatments.” Possibly Joel Babcock covering oxalic acid and Earl Villecco covering formic acid treatment methods.

·         Q & A 15 min. session

·         Topic to be covered:  harvesting and extracting honey methods (Bob Finch, Joe Underwood with the Flow Hive, other members) What to do if you do not have an extractor.

EAS and ESHPA meeting reports

DUES ARE DUE!!!

 7pm Chenango Town Hall
 October 8
Social hour at 5:30

·         Potluck Dinner and Chinese Auction.  Bring your own place setting and a dish to pass.  Please coordinate the dish you plan to bring with Kate Bouman, katebouman@gmail.com. There will be a snack/social time beginning at 5:30.  Plan to bring your auction donations at this time so the helpers have time to get the bags labeled for the raffle tickets. Remember to bring extra raffle ticket cash for that special item you are anxious to own. Crock pot foods are permissible.

We are excited to have Emma Mullen, Cornell Honey Bee Extension Associate as our dinner speaker tonight.  Emma will brief us on the wealth of resources and programs that are being implemented for bees and beekeepers by Extension.  Visit her program site: http://pollinator.cals.cornell.edu/
 5:30 pm Chenango Town Hall
 November 2
CHANGED DATE.  Moved to Wednesday at CCE!

 6:30 Cornell Cooperative Extension building on Front St. Binghamton.

Michele Colpy, Program Director and in demand speaker, from the national organization Pollinator Stewardship Council, will speak about the Pollinator Protection Program.  (Previously scheduled topics may be shortened or moved to December:   winterizing, Q&A, Photo show)

http://pollinatorstewardship.org/

6:30   Cornell Cooperative Extension  840 Front St, Binghamton, NY 13905
 December 6

·         Bob Finch leading a discussion on feeding your bees for winter.

·         Q & A 15 min. session

·         Holiday Shopping!  Bring your market items for sale to other members.

·         Honey Swap: Bring a 1 pound jar of your honey and at the end of the meeting, take home a jar from the swap table.  Don’t forget to label it so we know the beekeeper, location and type of honey.

·         Nominations for the upcoming ballot are due.  The offices up for election are Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Social Director and Public Relations.  Of course, volunteer positions are not elected for life so we will need volunteers again and the positions including: nuc order chairman, Facebook director, clothing chairman and club hive caretaker.

·         Speaker:  Erin Madden from Cornell Cooperative Extension on record keeping for getting reimbursed for hive losses of 30- 50% through USDA Farm Service Agency.

 7pm Chenango Town Hall
 2017  
 January 10

7pm  Speaker: Dwain Wade on candle making.   Dwain is a long time bee products market vendor at the Ithaca Farmers Market.

  • Sign up tonight to be a teacher at STBA beekeeping classes. 
  • Nominations for the upcoming ballot welcome.  The offices up for election are Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Social Director and Public Relations.  Of course, volunteer positions are not elected for life so we will need volunteers again and the positions including: nuc order chairman, Facebook director, clothing chairman and club hive caretaker.
  • Share your favorite bee related photos
 
7pm Chenango Town Hall
 January 21    
 Beginning Beekeeping Class see sub page for information
 
 January 28    
 snow date for Beginning Beekeeping Class
 
 February 7
 

·         Elections and Volunteer Positions

·         Topics to be planned at a later date

  7pm Chenango Town Hall
 February 18  
 Intermediate Beekeeping Class see sub page for information
 
 February 25
 snow date for Intermediate Beekeeping Class
 
   




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NEWS & NOTICES

Dues are due in October.  Please join us  and renew for membership for $15.

...AND THE WINNERS ARE....

2016 Club Hive #1: Carmel Buneo

2016 Club Hive #2: Dawn and John Alfano