September 2, 2014

Past-President Extraordinaire – Jacky Hildreth

Cumberland County Chapter Past President Jacky Hildreth

Last night the Cumberland County Chapter of MSBA honored Jacky Hildreth as he completed his 7th year as president of the chapter.  During his tenure, the chapter grew from 35 members to over 230 today.  Jacky has been a generous and tireless leader.  He  teaches beekeeping courses and is a mentor to many beekeepers.  He became a Master Beekeeper last year.  The chapter recognized his rich … [Read more...]

August 2012 – The Beekeepers Calendar

J. Hildreth - President of the Cumberland County Beekeepers Association with a spectacular frame of honey

→ Harvest honey the 1st week of August if not done in July. → Super hives during goldenrod bloom if needed. → If summer honey was not harvested, top super for goldenrod/fall honey flow. → Unite weak hives and position brood and honey stores in anticipation of winter. → Attend EAS (Eastern Apiculture Society) Conference in Burlington, … [Read more...]

My Ticket to EAS and the Master Beekeeper’s Certification Test

Support up until the end from my mentor, Erin. Thank you! [Erin, left; Jackie, right]

by Jacky Hildreth, President Cumberland County Beekeepers Association, (and 3/4 Jedi Master!) WOWZA!!! Is my head spinning! I am so jazzed up from the whole event. I can’t believe what a powerful week this was for me. From all the great people I met, the excellent talks, demonstrations and social gatherings all wrapped into five quick days. It was like a full year of information in an apiary, … [Read more...]

Remember That Swarm Trap?

The remnants of a undetected colony who had moved into a swarm trap last season

Remember that great contraption you built in the hopes of catching and hiving a swarm? Well, make sure you check it carefully from time to time for inhabitants! Jacky discovered unexpected contents in his mentoree’s swarm trap which had been left out over the winter. Apparently, the beekeeper’s swarm had indeed moved in sometime last season, but its activity was never noticed. Not … [Read more...]