PLEASE NOTE: HABA meeting days are changing to the SECOND THURSDAY of the month from 7-9 pm. unless otherwise noted
Meetings take place at Holland campus of Grand Valley State University.
Mark your calendars for upcoming HABA meeting dates:
(Thursday) May 9, (Tuesday) June 18, (Thursday)July 11 and (Thursday) August 8
SPEAKERS FOR MAY AND JUNE MEETINGS:
Mel Disselkoen has graciously agreed to speak at our May 9 meeting - which happens to fall on his birthday! Come celebrate with us and hear the master of OTS queen rearing.
Mel strives to identify the natural behaviors and seasonal reproductive cycles of the honeybee and then direct those behaviors toward a profitable objective. "Since honeybee behavior is naturally directed towards survival and increase, beekeepers can adapt their management and business models to the honeybee's natural instincts so that stress is minimized and performance is optimized. By working within this philosophy of cooperating with nature, I have found that the best bee is the bee that can overwinter in your area." - Mel Disselkoen
Mel was born on a farm in a Dutch settlement in South Dakota. He grew up with an independent farming mentality of hard work and creative problem solving. He has kept bees for over 40 years and is familiar with all facets of beekeeping. Today Mel enjoys observing honeybee behavior and teaching beekeepers how to use his OTS queen rearing method to self-sufficiently reach their objectives.
Our June meeting will be held on TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 7-9 pm
Adam Ingrao will provide an introduction to the hive and discuss hive inspections.
"Regular inspections are an important part of maintaining a healthy and productive apiary. In this presentation we will discuss how to inspect your bee colonies by developing our understanding of: The organization of a hive, how to properly handle bees, and what activities should be conducted during regular inspections."
Adam is the Veteran’s Liaison for Michigan State University Extension and an Agricultural Entomologist. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and Environmental Plant Science from California Polytechnic State University and a PhD, in Entomology from Michigan State University
An Army veteran and nationally recognized veteran’s advocate, Adam has led efforts to connect veterans with career and wellness opportunities within the agricultural sector. He is the founder and instructor of the MSUE Heroes to Hives program, and the former director of two nonprofits serving farmer veterans in Michigan: The Veterans in Agriculture Network and The Farmer Veteran Coalition of Michigan. His honors include the MSU Plant Science Fellowship, National Science Foundation Fellowship and the US Fruit and Vegetable Industry’s 40 leaders in agriculture under 40 award (40 Under 40).
Wondering what that yellow (green,purple, brown....) pollen your bees are hauling into the hive came from? This Wikipedia site provides some useful information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_pollen_sources
HABA local queen rearing interest group
The HABA Queen Interest Group formed in September 2018 as a group of individuals who were interested in raising local hardy queens.
On Sunday, March 17, 2019 fourteen members of queen rearing interest group gathered at Randy Slachter’s apiary to listen, learn, and ask questions. Randy described his experience in raising queens using the Doolittle grafting technique. Heather Boerema described the Mel Disselkoen OTS (On The Spot) Queen Rearing method that she uses in her apiary. The group discussed the importance of having locally adapted healthy, varroa-tolerant and productive honeybee colonies and the ways HABA can assist local beekeepers in producing and obtaining hardy local queen stock.
It is our hope that we can improve the genetics of our local bees through education and promotion of locally sustainable methods of beekeeping. A significant piece of this initiative involves breeding queens that are adapted to survive the challenges Michigan’s northern climate.
Stay tuned for monthly updates on the progress of the interest group. If you are interested in being on the queen rearing interest group email list, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested but not sure what queen rearing involves? Here are a few links to check out the particulars:
Local resources for packages and/or nucs
NEWBEES who missed out on Bee School...
(and even if you went to Bee School) the Ohio State Beekeepers have provided a series of videos that will fill in the gaps, as well as provide a handy reminder when you forget what to do next. Visit the site and all of the (currently 34!) Web-Based Introductory Beekeeping Training Program online videos (click the blue text to the left or copy this url into your browser - http://www.ohiostatebeekeepers.org/beekeeping_class
Upcoming HABA board meetings:
Consider attending to find out what is happening behind the scenes at HABA and take the opportunity voice your interests or concerns.
HABA board meetings are open to the public. You are welcome to come to a meeting and just listen, or bring up an issue of concern regarding the club or beekeeping in West Michigan that warrants consideration by the board or the club in general. If you wish to add an item to the board agenda, you should do so at least a week in advance by sending an email detailing your concern to email@example.com.
Minutes from recent board meetings are available by clicking here.