January Monthly Meeting Jan/15th

The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild will have their first monthly meeting for 2015 on January 15th at 7:30 at St. James School. Suzanne Matlock will examine the scientific method and present on how bee experiments have helped to broaden our knowledge of bees. We will also have a panel discussion on record keeping for beekeepers (pen and paper, Hive Tracks, duct tape method?) –attendees are encouraged to bring any record keeping materials they have to assist the discussion. Lastly, Wynn Geary will cover the high-tech end of record keeping and data collection by sharing with us what others around the world are doing with open source hive sensors. As always, these meeting are free and open to everyone.

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2015 Natural Beekeeping Symposium

Sunday February 8, 2015  10 am to 4 pm

Temple University – Kiva Auditorium
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave Philadelphia, PA 19122

Due to generous sponsorships from Temple University Office of Sustainability and Whole Foods Market (Mid-Atlantic North region), we are able to offer the symposium tickets for LESS THAN LAST YEAR’S PRICE for those who register by January 31, 2015!  Guild Members $20; Non-members $30, and holders of current Temple University IDs $15.  Click the following EventBrite link to register.

Eventbrite - Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild 5th Annual Natural Beekeeping Symposium
Groups of 10 or more people registering at the same time will receive the member rate, which is ideal for other local beekeeping associations who want to organize an educational trip to our fair city! Contact info@phillybeekeepers.org to arrange the group rate.

Box lunch is included in the ticket price.  Vegetarian options are available.  When purchasing your ticket, please comment on your dietary restrictions so the caterer can provide what you require.

Tips on parking and public transportation may be found at the following link: http://campusoperations.temple.edu/parking-transportation

The symposium will feature Ross Conrad, who is a well-respected beekeeper and author of a number of books and DVDs on natural beekeeping.  Ross also runs the dancingbeegardens.com website which has a wealth of information about keeping bees without the use of chemicals and pesticides.

The first 50 ticket purchasers will be entered into a drawing to have a free dinner with Ross Conrad and the Board of the Guild Sunday Feb 8 after the symposium.
Registration opens at 9:30 am, tentative agenda follows:
10 am – 12 pm Ross Conrad
Getting started with Organic Beekeeping: a balanced view of natural and organic beekeeping topics and practices  with emphasis on pest management.
12 – 1 pm  lunch and vendor browsing
1 – 2 pm  Katy Ciola Evans,  University of Delaware
 Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and results of her 2014 IPM study of treatment-free beekeepers; citizen science.
2 – 4 pm  Ross Conrad 
Working with Swarms & Queens:  Based upon research conducted at Cornell University, Ross will share tips on understanding the swarm and how to evaluate the queen and resolve queen issues as they come up.
4 pm raffle drawing . . . socializing/cleanup 

More details about the topics will be provided as the date gets closer.  Please check back periodically for updates.
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Getting Started with Honey Bees: 3-Part Short Course 2015

Getting Started with Honey Bees

Day-long classroom instruction for new beekeepers on March 7

PLUS hands-on Field Days May 16 & July 11

Enrollment is limited to 25. Course fee includes a one-year membership to The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild, text book, and lunch on March 7th

Eventbrite - Getting Started with Honey Bees: 3-Part Short Course 2015
Part 1 in the classroom.  Learn from a group of experienced urban beekeepers:

  • Basic bee biology
  • Considerations about equipment, hive set-up, and location
  • Where to get your first bees & how to put them in the hive
  • Hive management through the seasons (focus on Spring)
  • Natural beekeeping approaches & strategies
  • What is going on in a live hive
  • How to recognize common pests & diseases

 Part 2 in the apiary May 16: Suit up for a look at what’s going on in the hive.  Conduct an inspection with an experienced beekeeper and focus on Summer management techniques, starting at St. James School.  Travel to the hives of several classmates and compare what’s going on in each, discuss, and get answers. 

 Part 3 in the apiary July 11: Suit up for a look at what’s going on in the hive.  Conduct an inspection with an experienced beekeeper and focus on Fall management techniques, starting at St. James School.  Travel to the hives of several classmates and compare what’s going on in each, discuss, and get answers. 

All short course attendees are strongly encouraged to participate in both apiary inspecion sessions as well as the day-long classroom course.

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December Guild Meeting (Pot Luck)

Join us on December 13th from 4-7pm to celebrate the turn of the year, as the days get longer after the winter solstice and we begin to look toward the next beekeeping season . . .

The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild‘s annual Winter Solstice Pot Luck at St. James School, 3217 W. Clearfield St., will be a great event for people wanting to start beekeeping next season – come and meet beekeepers in a casual setting and start asking questions.

We have a full agenda this meeting which includes partying, followed by more partying.  Bring your family, friends, random strangers and your favorite dish to share.  A sandwich tray, soft drinks and utensils/cups/plates will be provided by the Guild – so we need a head count.  Send an e-mail to Sarah@sarahplusbees.com to tell us   

  • what food you will bring
  • how many people you will bring 

St James School has graciously allowed us to bring alcohol on the premise, so feel free to bring a bottle of your best meade, a 30 pack of PBR pounders, or anything in between that you like!

Please note:  This Pot Luck IS the December 2014 meeting – there is no other meeting on December 19th, 2014.

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20 Nov 2014 – Business Meeting

In order for the Guild to operate as a well-oiled machine (or a stoked smoker!), members rotate onto and off of an Executive Board.  The remaining members do their best to take part in the vote, which satisfies our requirements as a not-for-profit entity in the Commonwealth of PA.

Two important votes at the next meeting will position us to become a 501C3 – FEDERAL non-profit.
1) Slate of officers – click each name below, to read the Candidate Statements
Don Shump (Pres.)
Dave Harrod (Vice Pres)
Amy Hsu (Treasurer)
Russ Alexander (Secretary)
Leah Troiano (Info Coordinator)

Member Representatives:  Wynn Geary (Social Media Coordinator), Mike Gonzales (Newsletter), Austin MartinKaren Cherubini, Norris Childs, Suzanne Matlock (Past President)

2) Constitution & Bylaws – click here to read them *INPUT REQUESTED ON THIS DRAFT*

Even though the Bylaws are not officially approved by you, the members, we are acting in the spirit of the bylaws by providing the information that is the subject of the voting ONE MONTH in advance of the meeting.  On 20-Nov-2014, we will vote on these two important topics.  And then we will have our usual beekeeper educational session.

Thank you in advance for participating in the important practice of voting.  Oh, yeah, don’t forget there’s another election on Nov. 4th!!

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October Guild Meeting

f971b3e5-4b5c-45b0-a98d-ff60b47fbd27Thursday, October 16, 7:30 pm at St. James School

Overwintering techniques with Keith Jardine

Winter is right around the corner, are you wondering how to prepare the hives to make it through?   Come and hear Keith Jardine discuss overwintering techniques on Thursday, October 16, 7:30 pm at St. James School.  Keith started beekeeping in 1976 when a swarm arrived in his yard in South Africa.  By the time he was 16, Keith had over 17 hives.  Keith, who grew up with Africanized bees is now local to Philadelphia and shares beekeeping experience from both hemispheres.  Keith Jardine is also the President of Chester County Beekeepers Association.

Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild meetings are free and open to anyone.  As the sun goes down at 6:30 these days, we do not expect to hold an open hive talk again until spring.

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18 September – Montco Beekeepers Meeting

Since the Honey Fest was our September meeting, you may want to get out to Montgomery County Beekeeper’s Association (MCBA) meeting on Thursday, September 18. 7 pm at the Skippack 4-H Center.  1015 Bridge Rd., Collegeville, PA 19426

The presentation is by Walter Sheppard, Professor and Chair, Department of Entomology, Washington State University (WSU).  In 2008, the WSU honey bee program began overseas collection and importation of semen from three European honey bee subspecies, Apis mellifera carnica (Carniolan), A. m. caucasica (Caucasian) and A. m. ligustica (Italian)under permit from USDA-APHIS Starting in 2011, the cryopreserved semen was used for backcrossing and further enhancement of the proportion of Old World parentage of US honey bee stock.  WSU now distributes Carniolan, Caucasian and Italian breeder queens that have approximately 75% genetic origin from Old World sources.

MCBA is holding a Bee-Fit 5K at Pottstown’s Riverfront Park on Sunday, Oct. 5 to support their programs.  For details about the 5K, click here.

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