Dear reader,


The days are getting shorter and winter is fastly approaching.  Hopefully everyone has their honey harvested and hives prepared for winter.  Winter is a great time to sit back and get things prepared for next season.  This month's meeting will focus on discussing options and getting ready to grow your apiary next year.

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Intro to Beekeeping

Our annual intro to beekeeping seminar will be held Saturday, January 10th and Saturday, January 17th from 11:30AM - 4PM at the Olive Free Library.   The details of this free two day seminar can be found on our website.  This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to begin keeping bees or even a wonderful "refresher" course for those of you actively involved. Also,  if you have taken the course in the past please consider visiting the registration page and leaving a review.


November 16th Topic - Planning for Next Season

This month we want to hear from you on what you're planning for next season.  Planning on growing your apiary?  We will discuss how to increase your hive counts from splitting your current hives,  or from capturing swarms.   As you grow your apiary,  you will need additional equipment.  Winter is a great time to get things ready for next season.


Library Observation Hive

 Local Boy Scout Blake Overton will be designing, building and installing a permanent observation hive in the library as his Eagle Scout project.  The observation hive will contain a video kiosk that will help educate library patrons on the importance of the honeybee.  You can help support this project and check out the details on his website,  www.BlakeOverton.com.


Hudson Valley Hives is a beekeeping group that  meets at the Olive Free Library on a monthly basis and discuss all things beekeeping. The meeting starts with a short seasonal appropriate presentation followed by general open discussion. It is very informal and we welcome anyone interested to participate. If you are just thinking about getting started in beekeeping, a new beekeeper, or a seasoned beekeeper, you will benefit from the group discussions.

• What: Bee Group

• Where: Olive Free Library, West Shokan

• When: 3rd Monday of the Month - 6PM

Hope to see you at our next meeting,
Rob Overton
Lindsay Brower


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