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TVBA & MBA General Meeting - May 11th (7-8:30 pm) - Micro Mini Mobile Beekeeping

The Beginning Bee class is Monday, May 11. You should have received an email with specific login credentials. If you are registered for the class, and didn't receive the email please contact us.

This month we will have "Plant of the Month" and "In The Hive" mini member presentations, and then we are lucky enough to have Dennis Gray back as our guest presenter to provide some lively and spirited tips in Micro-Mini-Mobile Beekeeping!

We normally think of Honey Bee nutrition as the beekeeper feeding the colony with processed feeds, knowing that these feeds are not ideal for colony health. We feed those feeds because we must. Or must we? In the same vein of “All Beekeeping is Local Beekeeping”, we often overlook the fact that we can also control what is local to our bees by simply moving them. We can move them to a new crop, a new weed, or new forest.

When we think of moving bees, we normally think of moving palletized commercial colonies for pollination or honey production. It’s necessary for beekeepers to understand that honey production is another term for colony nutrition. The saying “A Strong Flow Makes Everyone a Great Beekeeper” is true because of this overlooked nuance.

In this talk, we’ll look carefully at “Flattening the Curve” of honey bee populations and of their nutritional profile across the seasons. We’ll look at finding flows that may be accessible to small-scale beekeepers by simply traveling across the county or the next county. These movements may be viewed as maximizing honey production, if that is of interest, or as maximizing honey bee health by following wild forage that’s otherwise inaccessible.

We’ll take a close look at how to set up for moving small numbers of colonies without heavy equipment (trucks and fork lifts). For three years I’ve build out small trailers that nearly any vehicle can haul, and we’ll look at trailer configurations for as few as 6 or 8 colonies or as many as 30. Most of these projects can be finished in a day and all of them can be finished in a weekend. Some you can tow behind a sedan or cross-over SUV. Trailer maintenance is an often-overlooked topic and we will highlight necessary (non-optional) maintenance and how to pull it off in a bee suit. We’ll finish this section up with a few notes about trailer safety and security.

No discussion of bees is complete without plans to monitor and manage pests and disease along the way, so we’ll include strategies for mite treatments and long-distance colony management while (hopefully) always on a honey flow.

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Trinity Valley Beekeeping Association and Metro Beekeepers Association are inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: TVBA & MBA May Educational Meeting
Time: May 11, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Welcome to Metro Beekeepers.

The Metro Beekeepers Association (“MBA”) is organized to educate its members, and the general public of the importance of bees to horticulture and the environment. We provide education about the best methods of beekeeping and honey production. We promote beekeeping in urban areas, as well as, attracting and training future beekeepers in the science, and craft of beekeeping.

Membership is open to the public and consists primarily of amateur beekeepers and others not professionally connected with beekeeping or commercial honey production. Our meetings take place on the second Monday of every month.


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Beekeeping Class 2020!
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** Sign up for the 2020 Beekeeping Class- Beekeeping Class begins at 5:30 p.m. The 11 class program is January-November. Class is $125 and includes a course text book.

  1. Students in course must be members of the MBA ($20/year for you & your immediate family).
  2. The focus of the course is education about bee keeping.
  3. Course costs are $125, paid in cash or check. This cost is per person.
  4. We meet the SECOND Monday of each month (January-November) from 5:30p to 6:25p at the Southside Preservation Hall in Fort Worth (1519 Lipscomb St Forth Worth, Texas 76104).
  5. Instructional focus includes: bee biology and behaviors, beekeeping equipment options, and the best practices in beekeeping. In addition, we will look at many pictures and see ways to effectively manage bees. There will be ample opportunities to ask questions of experienced beekeepers in action.