you ever wondered what is involved in being a beekeeper and working with
honeybees?If so, plan to attend the
informational meeting, “Would You Like to be a Beekeeper?" on October 15,
7:00 p.m., at the Franklin County Ag Heritage Building, 185 Franklin Farm Lane,
Chambersburg.The Franklin County
Beekeepers Association is sponsoring this introductory meeting on beekeeping
for the general public.In particular,
it is for those who may be interested in starting their own hives and learning
a little bit more about what is involved. The meeting will include a brief
introduction to the honey bee, beekeeping information resources and time
requirements for managing hives.A
brief overview of tools, equipment, start-up costs, and ordering bee packages
will be presented.The meeting is open
to anyone interested in learning more about beekeeping.There is no cost to attend and registration
is not required.For more information
about the meeting or the Franklin County Beekeeper Association, contact Randy
King at 328-9256.
Franklin County Beekeepers Association 36th
Annual Banquet, Tuesday, Oct 6th, - 6:30pm at the Central Presbyterian Church
40 Lincoln Way West, Chambersburg(on the southwest
corner of the main fountain square in Chambersburg, Intersection of Rt. 30
& Rt. 11.)
COVERED DISH DINNER - Each family bring 1 hot and 1 cold
dish-and plates, silverware, etc. Beverages, dinner rolls, butter, honey
& table coverings will be provided. You need not be a member of the
Franklin County Beekeepers' Association to attend. (Invite other
beekeepers whom you may know, and who are not on our mailing list.)
SPEAKER - Jennifer King with Eversweet Apiaries,
Located in Kearneysville, WV http://www.eversweetapiaries.com/.
Eversweet Apiaries was organized thirteen years ago to develop a business of
producing honey and helping to increase the number of bees in the local
area. The business has grown into a bee equipment supply and information
source covering most aspects of bee equipment supply and free bee
education. Currently, they operate an average of about 100 hives of bees
all located in a 5 mile radius of Kearneysville. WV.
GRADUATION OF THE 2015 BEGINNING BEEKEEPING
SHORTCOURSE CLASS PARTICIPANTS
At Kingsland Apiary, 7920 WARD DR. Mercersburg, Pa
THE FRANKLIN COUNTY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION is
sponsoring the above event which will be open to the public and advertised in
two local papers and flyers.
Spaces are available and free to set up. Set-up
begins at 8:00am.
The picnic is free to all members and their guests.
Please bring a side dish, cookies, snacks or dessert to share. Also bring
chairs if you are able to. Any questions please feel free to contact Randy King
will be able to order FCBA TEE SHIRTS at the FCBA BOOTH!
DIRECTIONS to Kingsland Apiary, 7920 WARD DR.
Mercersburg, Pa 17236: FOLLOW THE BEES AND ARROWS. We will have pictures of
bees with arrows pointing the way when you get within a few miles of the
From RT116: Take RT16 west through Mercersburg toward
........go halfway to the top of the mountain and
turn onto RT456. Only turns to the left.
Continue south on RT456 (little cove road) going
past Saunderosa Camp Ground. The next right turn is WARD DR. (small stone
road). Continue one mile on Ward Dr to the fourth house on the left.Long driveway.Park in designated areas.
From RT30:Take RT30 west to RT75 in Fort Loudon.Make a left onto RT75 south.Make
the first right onto Mountain Road. Continue on Mountain Rd to COVE GAP.Make right onto RT16 west toward
McConnellsburg…..SEE ABOVE DIRECTIONS.
2015 Franklin County Beekeepers' Association ICE CREAM
The Franklin County Beekeepers' Association invites all
association members and their families to a delightful evening at the Ice Cream
Social -Tuesday, June 9th, - 6:30pm at Twin Bridge Meadow Family Campground,
1345 Twin Bridge Road, Chambersburg, PA. Directions: From
Chambersburg take Rt. 30 west for approximately 6 miles. Turn right on
Twin Bridge Road and travel 1.2 miles to the campground. Rain or Shine.
Members who have home ice cream makers
(turners/churns/machines) make their favorite flavor and bring it to share with
others. If you don't have an ice cream maker at home, that's okay!
Bring another treat or just bring your appetite for good homemade ice cream and
spend a pleasant evening meeting and talking with other beekeepers and their
2015 Franklin County Beekeeper Association Meetings, and
other items of interest
Summer Workshop-Wed, June 24th, -7pm-9:00 Ag Heritage Building, rooms 7 &
8. Topics: feeding, splitting, supers, moving.
b.) FRANKLIN COUNTY FAIR - Date: July 05 - July 11,
Fall Workshop - Wed. July, 22nd, -7pm-9:00- Ag Heritage Building rooms 7 &
Topics: harvesting, extracting, bottling.
2nd Annual Honey Bee & Bloom Swap Meet and Picnic - Sat. Aug. 22nd,
9:00am-3:00pm Randy & David King’s, Kingsland Apiary,
7920 Ward Dr Mercersburg,
Fall Management Meeting-Monday August 3rd, 6pm - Richard Paine’ Apiary
FCBA NUCS 2016 - August 26th, Order your bees early and get an early spring
Winter Workshop- Wed. September 16th, -7:00-9pm Ag Heritage Building rooms 7
& 8: Topics: pest management, treating, reducing, covering, winter feeding,
Annual Banquet, Graduation, Silent Auction - Tuesday, Oct 6th, - 6:30pm at the
Central Presbyterian Church, 40 Lincoln Way West,
“Do you want to be a Beekeeper” Thurs. Oct. 15th, 7:00-9pm Ag Heritage Building
rooms 7 & 8
2015 BEGINNING BEEKEEPING SHORTCOURSE
The Franklin County Beekeepers’ Association is conducting a five session short course on beginning beekeeping for anyone interested in becoming a beekeeper. The Monday evening classroom sessions will be on March 2, 9, 16, & 23, 2015, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Franklin County Ag Heritage Building located at 185 Franklin Farm Lane in Chambersburg. There will also be a field day at a local apiary on Saturday, April 11. Cost is $40.00 per family. For information, contact Penn State Extension at 717/263-9226. Subjects that will be covered include an introduction to beekeeping, bee biology, beekeeping equipment; maintaining healthy bees, installing packages and apiary colony management. Registration is required and is limited to the first 50. You do not have to be a member of the Franklin County Beekeepers’ Association to register. Registration includes a beekeeping manual, disposable gloves, refreshments and membership in the Franklin County Beekeepers’ Association.
FCBA Using Nucs Instead of Packages Meeting - Monday. Dec. 15, 7:00 p.m., Franklin Co. Ag Heritage Building, 185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg.
Randy King, FCBA President, has scheduled an informational meeting for beekeepers on the possible group ordering of Nucs for the spring. If you are interested in ordering a Nuc or learning more, plan to attend. For more information about the meeting, contact Randy King at 328-9256 or email: email@example.com
Benefits of using Nucs instead of Packages:
1. Nucs are already established colonies.
2. The colony within a Nuc have less work to do as the comb is already built out and brood rearing has already begun.
3. There are more bees as well as a diverse population since the queen has been laying and producing brood since last fall.
4. The queen included with the Nuc has already been accepted into the nuc. Sometimes with package bees the queen is superseded.
5. Overall, you get a colony with a head start in the spring.