We will meet at the Louisville Nature Center and test for mites using alcohol wash and sugar methods. We will then look in the microscope in the classroom to see if there is any mite biting behavior.
This field day will go over Mite tests and we will do a vaporizer demo, an important part of mite control in the Fall. This will take place at Jim Tock’s apiary near Waverly Park in the Pleasure Ridge Park neighborhood.
7435 Arnoldtown Road
Louisville, KY 40214
This will also be our annual elections.
This will be the club introduction to our KBA club hives at the Louisville Nature Center. We will pull honey frames from the hive, then take them into the Louisville Nature Center for a demonstration on honey extraction with our club extractor and equipment.
We also have a speaker. Sarah Preston, the KY Certified Honey Program Manager for the KY St Beekeepers Assoc. will speak to us on getting your honey certified as local!!!
Yes, we know it’s the day after Derby, but we still have to care for our bees! Join us to get rid of your hangover and hang out with other cool beekeepers. We are going to meet at Hope Community Farms and go over hive inspections. Hope Community Farms is a partner of Louisville Grows.
This is a hands-on event where we will take the On the Spot queen rearing technique and implement it. We will have already notched the cells 7 days prior and will be able to show you queen cells and do starts from them. We will also show you the first step, which is how to notch.
Please note, this site is not easily accessible to the handicap as the hives are out in the middle of a field and will require a walk there.
The Kentuckiana Beekeepers Association is hosting Mel Disselkoen "OTS Queen Rearing" Author in February 2018
SATURDAY February 2nd, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the South Central Regional Library @ 7300 Jefferson Boulevard Louisville, KY 40219
I'm happy to announce that the KBA will be hosting Mel Disselkoen to speak to us about OTS Queen Rearing and OTS Beekeeping on Saturday, February 2, 2019. This will give you time to implement the OTS methods in Spring of 2019, if you choose to do so. Exciting!
Register your spot here!
This event is free and open to the public, but we are asking you register and we are suggesting a $10 donation to help with the costs of hosting. If you cannot afford it, you are still welcome to come, but please register.
*We have reserved the large meeting room that holds 120 people. We need volunteers to help us setup, take-down, take donations, etc., so if you are willing to volunteer an hour before or an hour after, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The January meeting is an introduction to beekeeping for anyone wanting to start in 2019. Please come to get more information and to meet local beekeepers.
We originally were going to have the autoclave for this meeting, but the Univ had a change of operators, so we are looking to reschedule for it.
I have some exciting news about this year's holiday party! We are expanding the competition categories so that more people are able to participate!!! This year, we will be giving away six awards going to the below categories. Get your entries ready!
2018 Volunteer of the Year - pre-selected by leadership.
Best Edible Honey Product - Any kind of edible food product made with honey. This includes savory dishes like honey bbq wings or honey cornbread cakes, spiced honey butter, honey bread as well as drinks like mead and honey tea. Creamed honey flavored or unflavored is also included in this category. Will be judged by the crowd. Everyone will get a ticket to vote. Unlimited entries per person.
Best Honey Dessert - Speaks for itself, bring your baklava, honey cakes, honey tarts, honey nut bars, honey cookies, honey pies and more! Will be judged by the crowd. Everyone will get a ticket to vote. Unlimited entries per person.
Best Black Jar Honey - Bring in your different honey varieties, we will pour a little in a small cup for judges and return the bottle to you. Unlimited entries per person. We will have a panel of judges who will vote on the honey by FLAVOR alone.
Best Beeswax Art - Time to bring out the creative juices! This category includes honeycomb art, beeswax art, and candles. Anything you can make that is artistic in nature out of beeswax is included. It does not have to be your own beeswax. Will be judged by a panel of judges. Criteria: Color, Cleanliness, Novelty of Mold or Sculpture, Workmanship.
Best Beeswax Product - Do you like making beeswax products? If so, please bring in your items to participate in this portion of the competition. This includes any soaps, body lotions, body butter, lip balm, wood polish, mustache wax, bug bite and sting balm. Candles are included in the beeswax art category, not this one. Will be judged by a panel of judges.
Criteria: Attractiveness, Originality, Commercial Appeal, Quality, and Usefulness.
Reminder this is also a pot-luck style event, so bring a dish with you to share. The club will be providing meat/veggie sandwiches.