Spring 2018 Has Arrived!
Good Morning Bee Team Members and Friends of the Frances Smith Apiary.
We would like to welcome Lena Chatman as our newest Bee Sustainer. Our current class of Bee Sustainers continuing with us, number of hives, and current hive locations include:
Lena Chatman – 1 new hive at Apiary
Erin and Chris Denison – Establishing 2 new hives at Apiary
Bobby and Melanie Black – 1 STRONG Surviving hive and establishing two more hives – all at home.
Leigh Brinkley – Reestablish a new hive at home
Sean Moore – Establishing new hive at Apiary and a new hive at home
Andy Latham – 1 surviving hive at Apaiary, 2 hives at home
Joe, Irene, and Rachel Pharr – Planning to reestablish their hive at the Apiary with a swarm.
Scott Griffin – 3 hives at Apiary (possibly adding a 4th), , 5 hives at my Alexis Apiary.
If any of this is incorrect , please let me know.
I will be establishing an evening meeting in my home in the near future. If you have dates during the week that you cannot come during April 30 to May 11….please let me know via email or text. This will help me establish our meeting date. I may consider the coffee shop as our place to meet as well. Our major discussion topic will concern the number of failed hives this year and what we can do to give our bees a better chance of survival.
By now you should have completed several hive inspections on your existing bees and cleaned out your failed hives so you can receive your new bees in May. If you are reestablishing your hive at the Apiary, be sure to clean out and if you took the hive home, bring it back to the Apiary. If you need a new location, I need to be there to show you what is available. I am always ready to schedule a joint hive inspection with you. I walk a new member through the entire process, hands on the first year. After this I continue to be your mentor as long as you want me to do so. Just remember to ask when you need help or have a question. When you are at the Apiary with fellow Beekeepers, help each other and do some “bee talking”! This is one of the BEST ways to learn.
Chris Denison is designing double hive benches for placement of hives. We hope to build these soon so that you can begin to make use of them and will make our Apiary more beautiful….more uniform.
Thanks to all! Bee Sustainers let me know when you have read this blog!