The purpose of the SKF Beekeepers Association is to learn to recognize the broad spectrum of the apiary experience by becoming a beekeeper. Regardless of your level of expertise, the goal of this group is to share apiary experiences and knowledge while mentoring or supporting each other. Topics include the anatomy, biology, and life cycle of the honeybee; different types of honeybees; disease recognition, both gross and microscopic; treatments; bee hardware construction and use; beekeeping tools such as the hive tool and smoker; pollen production and other products of the hive; apiary setup; how to obtain bees, both swarms and purchased packages, as well as installing them in the hives; creating a “beekeepers calendar”; feeding honeybees; inspection; bee lining to locate wild bees; collection, extraction, processing, and bottling honey; and, most important, gaining confidence, inner calm, and a deep appreciation of Apis mellifera, the honeybee.
Meetings will be held every first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in the barn classroom at Stony Kill Farm, 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls, NY. Membership dues are $30 for a year that includes attendance to all SKF Beekeepers Association meetings, use of the extractor once a year ($20 each additional use) and a membership card. For non-members, there is a drop-in rate of $15 per meeting. There will be no meetings in December. Visit our facebook page and follow us. Download a membership form today!
Next meeting: March 5 at 7 pm, Join us for guest speaker Bob Mooney’s presentation: Honey, What is this stuff? on the history, chemistry, uses, terroir and adulteration of honey. Bob Mooney is a self-taught bumbling beekeeper, who has been trying for 15 years or so to learn and experiment with bees and beekeeping. He belongs to four clubs, own over 100 books on bees and have been a librarian for a local club sharing those books for several years. He loves working with wood and build and experiment with hive designs. Also on the agenda, Bee member and VP, Andrew Buckland will be showing members How to build a hive.