Dear reader,


We will be gathering for our first regular meeting of the new year on February 16th at 6:30 p.m. featuring an exciting talk from Tom Sotiridy, a knowledgeable BeeGroup member. You won't want to miss it! We are also happy to report another successful year with our Intro to Beekeeping classes. Many of the participants will begin their beekeeping journey this spring, best wishes to all and we hope to welcome them at future meetings and events.

Overwintered nucleus colonies are still available! Overwintered nucs differ from spring nucs in that they are produced from locally acclimated bees with locally produced northern queens. Since the queen has taken her colony through a winter and survived, these bees typically have a higher success rate. Tom Sotiridy has both full hives and nucs available, he may be contacted by email at or telephone number (914) 213-2303. Rob Overton also has nucs available and can be contacted at

Lastly, it would be greatly appreciated if anyone who attended our intro classes would kindly write a review on our webpage and share your experience. 

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February 16th Meeting - Beecology

Tom will be talking about our ecosystem and things we can do to improve conditions for our bees and our gardens. He will briefly touch on soil, bacteria, minerals and plants and how the combination sets the plate in our Apiaries. We will be learning about disease as a result of mineral deficiency or excess both in insects and animals, mineral values in the soil and bacterial populations as it sets the stage for all life in the micro-system. 

"I have tried to do beekeeping from the current perceptions and level of stewardship offered by experts, with mixed results. I have decided to place my efforts towards healthier bees in a less traveled and holistic approach incorporating the ideas presented in the talk as well as applying the key principles of synchronization, bio-dynamics and homeopathics. My expertise in soil remediation and large scale agricultural consultation as well as my background in alternative medicine gives me a unique perception that will benefit beekeepers, and their home victory gardens."- Tom Sotiridy


Equipment Assembly Workshop

An equipment assembling workshop will be offered on March 21st. Tips and tricks to help you assemble your woodenware will leave you with a complete setup, ready for painting and bees! There will be a $20 fee to cover materials. This workshop will offer use of air staplers, nails, glue, Bt ( wax moth prevention), carpenter's squares, and frame assembly jigs.  Please bring a hammer, gloves and safety glasses if you have them.  (We will have some safety glasses to share).

Please email us at for equipment price sheet if interested. Orders must be placed by February 16th and we need at least 5 participants to hold this workshop.



Hands-on Full Day Beginner Course

We will be offering a full day hands on beginners course on May 16th.  There is no better way to learn than in a bee yard where you can get the full experience. This will be a great opportunity to really understand all the parts and characteristics of a bee hive. We will examine frames within a hive reviewing signs of health, brood patterns and stages of their development, queen, worker and drone identification, cell sizes along with their uses, among many other things. This course will be a great place to find answers to all of the questions you may have. 

Fee for the course is $50 per person and the class will be limited to 12 participants.  So get your registration in early..... Contact us at to register.


Best of the Beekeeping Forums

The beekeeping forums are not only good for getting help with your questions, but also to learn and think about things you haven't considered.  Here are a couple of the best posts from the last month.

Lets see your winter bee projects!

When do you consider a hive too HOT

Dumbest thing you ever bought for beekeeping?

How big can I allow my hive to become before splitting?


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,


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 - 6:30PM

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


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