Mid-Winter Gathering

The Aroostook County Beekeepers Association will be having a mid-winter meetng/instructional session. Meeting will be held in Presque Isle, Saturday, January 25th, 10:00 – 12:00 at the “Transformations” building.

The easiest way to get there is:
As you drive through Presque Isle’s main street, the movie theatre will be on your right (going North) on your Left (going South), take the street/parking lot across from the movie theatre heading towards the Riverside Restaurant, take a left, we will be in one of the last buildings.

Steve Miller will be our presenter and provide instruction as well as field questions asked. Our presenter has several years of experience and will provide a great deal of insight for seasoned and novice beekeepers.

Depending on the group and topics of discussion, we are in hopes to have this session spring board into additional sessions/classes. If the interest of the group is to continue having additonal sessions, the association will be looking for able body facilitators willing to take on some of those responsibilities.

Coffee & light snacks will be provided.
Looking forward to a good turnout from most I have spoken to
For additional information,please contact Mark or Melinda King @ 538-5622.

Spring-Time Greetings

Greetings to all you fellow beekeepers!  Spring is in the air.

Beekeepers that have wintered their bees, I hope they are all doing well. If you have monitored your hives and are low on feed, try a sugar block or winter patties; winter patties have provided some additional value to my hives development.

Our last get together was in November, with additional contact with some since that time. If anyone feels the need to touch base and get their season off on the right foot with questions for our seasoned beekeepers we could host a meeting in April?

If someone has a suggestion for a meeting place and time, I am open to that.

 

 

 

 

November Meeting

The meeting was a perfect setting for our association to gain momentum for bringing the area beekeepers together to share ideas swap stories and gain more of a prospective of how to become better beekeepers.

The group was represented by seasoned beekeepers as well novice ones; attendees represented our Southern Aroostook County to Fort Kent and points north.

The groups discussion centered around a number of topics from treating, feeding, wintering colonies and success stories. A lot of  questions asked, with great responses from our seasoned beekeepers providing us more insight and awareness.

A special thank you to the University of ME at UMPI for allowing us to utilize a room on campus, enabling the meeting to be centralized for those attending.

Thank you to all that were able to attend and bringing snacks and look forward to seeing you all again.

Best regards,

Melinda King

November Meeting Panned

The Aroostook County Beekeepers will be meeting on Friday, November 2nd in

Presque Isle at Normal Hall on the UMPI campus from 6-8 pm.

This will be an open discussion meeting to meet and greet other area Beekeepers.

Pot luck snacks and bring your own beverage.   Hope to see lots of you there!!!

For more info, please give Melinda King a call @ 694-0118.

 

Aroostook County Roundup – October 2012

Greetings to all you seasoned beekeepers and newbies. It has been a marginal season here in Aroostook County, with all the rain early in the year and drought in July/August.

I have been hearing good reports however from several of you on how pleased your bees did this summer. Time is running short for treating your hives if you’re planning on wintering your bees. I am planning on attempting this again this year. I have started treating for Mites and Nosema.

I want to welcome Wayne and Rachel Law from Portage Lake ME, beekeepers that have recently relocated to Maine from another state. I also want to welcome Shae Armstrong and his family from Fort Fairfield; I have had some discussion with Shea this past summer and wish him the best of luck on his adventures in beekeeping.

I wanted to provide you some information I received from a MSBA brochure.

Beekeeping goes way back, the earliest evidence of keeping bees in artificial hives was about 4500 years ago with the Egyptians.

Honey Oatmeal Muffins:
2/3 cup milk
1/3 cup Veg. Oil
1/4 cup honey
1 egg
1.5 cups oatmeal
1 cup flour
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped nuts – your choice
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 TBL baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until just combined. Put batter in muffin pans (greased or lined)
Bake @ 400 degrees for 15 – 18 minutes

In order for 550 bees to make 1 pound of honey, they need to visit over 2.5 million flowers, pollinating as they collect nectar for honey. About a third of our food comes from insects/pollinated plants. Honey bees do about 80% of that pollination.

Aroostook County Beekeepers Assoc. is newly formed this past summer. We are very excited to get our chapter up and running with a helpful agenda to promote bee keeping in the county. We look forward to having the association grow and become better beekeepers with shared knowledge that we can all benefit from.
We will be posting a meeting soon, hope you will be able to attend. More on that to follow.

Please contact us via e mail (wpfsuppliesu@gmail.com) with your contact information so we can send invitations to your emails.

Best,
Mark & Melinda King

Our First “County” Meeting – July 2012

We believe our first “County” meeting was a great success thanks to Tony Jadczak making the trip North to hold an open- hive demo at our house in Littleton.   The day was very warm , the bees were busy and didn’t seem to mind at all that we were poking around.

We had all different levels of beekeepers and I believe everyone walked away with some great information to put to use in their own backyard.

We are looking forward to our next meeting  and growing the association in the “County”.