Aug 9 PA State Beekeepers Picnic

This year’s Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association (PSBA) Picnic will be held on Saturday, August 9th at the Wade Fisher Bee Farm, 3950 Ferguson Valley Road, McVeytown, Pa. 17051.

(This is a rare chance to tour one of the few commercial beekeeping operations in PA; about 3 hours drive west from Philly, Directions available HERE )  There will be a QUEEN SWAP (see image below) and “Scoring Hives” will be demonstrated for those into queen rearing.

General gathering at noon, with lunch to follow at 1:00.  The hosts are planning to roast a pig and will provide all paper products (plates/cutlery/napkins etc.). All guests are asked to bring a side dish/desert or drink to share and their own lawn chairs.

The location features the primary apiary and honey extraction facility for the Fisher’s, a small zoo with various animals, and a creek for cooling off. . New PSBA 110th Anniversary T-Shirts will be available.

Trade your queen

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The Vanishing of the Bees @ Radnor Memorial Library

Radnor Memorial Library, located in Wayne, PA, will host a screening of The Vanishing of the Bees on Wednesday, July 30 at 7pm. All are invited and admission is free.

This 87 minute documentary was an official selection of the International Wildlife Film Festival, a few years ago. The film examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and Mother Earth. After the screening,Warren Graham, a third generation Pennsylvania beekeeper from Delaware County, will show some of his hives and talk with us about his life’s work.

Graham oversees the population at Red Hill Farm, Colonial Plantation at Ridley Creek State Park, Linvilla Orchards, as well as other farms in the area. Warren has traveled the world, meeting and working with beekeepers in exotic apiaries. As a member of Eastern Apicultural Society, the PA State Beekeepers Association, and the Chester County Beekeepers Association, Warren is a determined mentor of young beekeepers. He has experience as a Pennsylvania State Bee Inspector, and is an enthusiastic raconteur of early American bee craft.

This screening is presented by Radnor Memorial Library, Radnor Conservancy, Radnor Bird Town, and Radnor Township’s EAC. Refreshments will be served. The Library is located at 114 West Wayne Avenue, Wayne, Pennsylvania. Contact: Pam Sedor, 610-687-1124 x62.

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July 12, 2014 Picnic / Meeting


bee-guild-picnicSaturday July 12, 2014 from 2-6 pm / Raindate Sunday July 13 from 2 – 6 pm

Bring a blanket or folding chair(s).  Kids may want to wear a bathing suit and bring a towel to do slip and slide and kid pool.

The Veitch family will host the event at their urban homestead in East Falls.  4015 Gypsy Lane, 19129
This event is POT LUCK – please email Tanya Veitch to let her know what you will bring (use and put “Picnic” in the subject line.) Continue reading

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Whole Foods + Philly Beekeeper’s Guild


A huge thank you goes out to Philadelphia area Whole Foods Markets for supporting the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild! If you buy a Honey Bee Bouquet at any of the areas stores, $3 of your purchase will go toward supporting local and sustainable apiculture.  Brighten up your home with one of these beauties or take one along to that graduation party, picnic, or 4th of July celebration.
Stores are located in Wynnewood, Jenkintown, North Wales, Devon, Plymouth Meeting, Glen Mills, Philly-South Street and Philly-Callowhill.  In NJ, there is Marlton, Cherry Hill & Princeton.  The fundraiser runs through June 30.

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May 15 Monthly Meeting

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL – Open Hive Talk 7 pm in the St James School Apiary.  Weather permitting; bring your veil.
The general meeting will begin at 7:30 at St James School.  These monthly meetings are FREE and open to anyone  interested in beekeeping, so come and join us to meet other beekeepers and hear great speakers who are knowledgeable in beekeeping.

This month we welcome Mark Antunes, President of our neighbors the Montgomery County Beekeepers AssociationMark-Antunes-150x150 (MCBA), where his enthusiasm and expertise for beekeeping results in the training of over 60 new beekeepers every year!  Many of the founding members of the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild began their beekeeping journey under Mark’s mentorship.  True to their motto “Beekeepers Helping Beekeepers,” Mark was extremely supportive of the start-up of the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild.

Mark will speak to us about MCBA’s program to raise and distribute cold-hearty, mite-resistant queens to their members at an affordable cost.  Those who receive the queens are requested to keep data on her performance.  Citizen Science at its finest!  He will make sure there is plenty for the new beekeeper to consider; every beekeeper in the area is essential to the success of the program.  Afterwards, we will discuss the potential to begin such a program in Philadelphia next year, pooling data that will be compatible with MCBA’s.

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April 2014 Meeting (Presentation)

Click the title of this presentation, to open it –> Increases by CC Miller  Best to view it in Slide Show mode because it’s animated.

This method was adapted from Dr. C. C. Miller’s “50 Years Among the Bees.”  It is my variation on his chapter called “Increasing 9 Weak Colonies to 56.”  I did it this way because I did not have 9 colonies, only 1.  But if you have more than 1 and want to increase, you can do a better job if you follow Dr. Miller’s chapter more closely.  He did it in the year 1899 in a village north of Chicago.

If you read his book, keep in mind the time frame.  He is not necessarily working with all Langstroth hives yet.  They were very expensive and a lot of people were still making their own “box hives.”  So if something doesn’t make sense to you, maybe you are picturing using a modern hive while he might not be using one.

You can download a pdf of the book at

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April 17: Guild Meeting

Join us at 7:30 PM on Thursday April 17th at St James School for the Guild’s monthly meeting. There will also be an open hive talk at 7:00 PM for those that wish to attend.

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