Beekeepers’ Potluck Supper for March 13th Meeting, with short presentation on smaller, lighter hives

Hi folks–

Two or three times over the years we have had a “Beekeepers’ Potluck Supper” for one of our meetings, with a request that people bring a dish in which honey is an ingredient.  So we will have another Beekeepers’ Potluck for our March 13th meeting, at 6:30 PM in the vestry building of the West Auburn Congregational Church, 811 West Auburn Rd in Auburn. Perhaps if you can, send me an email (whiss@bates.edu) to let me know what you would like to bring, so we don’t end up with 15 plates of honey peanut brittle.  I will do a big platter with meat, to provide at least one main dish.  But in the past, people’s favorites have covered a good variety, so bring what you like to make, and don’t feel that honey is a requirement, just a suggestion.  (So bring those lobsters, standing rib of prime rib, or Lafitte-Rothschild ’59 wine, even without the honey ingredient…)

Also, we will have a short presentation from Jonathan Mitschele on a topic probably important for several of us: how to adjust as the heavy weights of deep boxes full of honey become a problem.  Below is a description:

Small is Beautiful, Light, and More Successful.

I have realized that I am not really up to lifting 60 lb supers off of the top of a hive that is nearly as tall as I, so I am changing the way I do things with bees. I am running two-queen side-by-side hives that consist of a pair of stacked 4-frame nuc boxes sitting on a modified 10-frame bottom board and covered with a standard 10-frame telescoping outer cover. I find survival is better than it is with standard 10-frame hives and honey production is about the same. The best part, of course, is that a full 4-frame medium nuc box (a) weighs less than 25 lbs, so easily lifted, and (b) has only four frames in each box, so doing an inspection and finding the queen is a breeze. With a table saw, a dado blade, and some scrap lumber you can make your own boxes. Come to the March 13 ABC meeting to learn more.

And, with all of our meetings, they are open to the public, so feel free to invite a friend or bring your family if they would enjoy it, or someone is thinking of taking up beekeeping.  We had 25 attending our Feb. meeting with Phil Gaven, so will hope for an equally good turnout for our Potluck.

Bill Hiss

whiss@bates.edu

207-576-4497