Dear reader,

Greetings beekeeping friends! It's hard to believe we are into the month of June already! Hopefully you have all had the chance to spend some quality time with your bees and have experienced the same enjoyment we have. We are in need of future topic discussions, there will be a "suggestion jar" at this months meeting. It would be greatly appreciated if each of you could contribute a new topic idea that we have not discussed, or even a refresher subject that may need to be reviewed again.

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June 15th Meeting - Comb Honey

Comb honey seems to be an increasingly popular topic in the beekeeping community. We will talk about the hive conditions needed for production, different techniques to produce comb honey,  timing a good honey flow, and how to harvest your crop! 

Come on out and share your experiences and bring some questions! Hope to see you all there.



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 posts related to this months topic of discussion.

 Cut Comb Honey Production

Honey from previous brood comb vs. virgin comb

Mike Palmers presentation on comb honey


Video of the Month - Harvesting Cut Comb Honey


North American Nectar Sources

This is a great article for anyone looking to learn more about the major and minor nectar sources for our climate. It has wonderful information to help you get more out of your investment for bee friendly trees, shrubs, flowers, crops, herbs & grasses if you are looking to increase forage in your area. Blooming times are also included, allowing you to plan possible food sources during a dearth. Here is a picture of a black locust tree flowering, providing the bees with a major nectar source and a bloom period lasting approximately 10 days.


Beekeeping History- Women in Beekeeping 

1917 - Beekeeping Class For Women.
This class in beekeeping has mastered the first lesson in the business - have no fear. Though one of the women in the front row has a bee on her cheek she is calmly awaiting the click of the camera.
The Country Gentleman, October 27, 1917. Page 16



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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