Dear reader,

Greetings beekeeping friends, thank you all for the great input with the suggestion jar at the last meeting! On June 20th we held a hands on beginner beekeeping course in one of our bee yards and the turnout was fantastic. Highlights of the day included queen marking with drones, witnessing OTS queen rearing, and opening up a few swarms that we had recently caught in a swarm trap. We shared the day with new and old friends doing what we love, being with the bees! Best wishes to everyone in their new journeys ahead.

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July 20th Meeting - Alternative Hive Designs

This month we will talk about a few different hive options available today, including the Slovenian, Perone, Rose, Constructive and Warre. We will discuss the construction and design, operation, features, users, and unique features of each. We will have a Slovenian, Perone, and Warre on display for folks to get a hands on look.  


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.

Observation Warre Hive

Interesting Article on Different Hive System

Warre Harvest & Manipulation

"Automatic Hive" as used by Oscar Perone in Argentina



Video of the Month - Slovenian "AZ Hive" Project


Burt's Bee's Removal

In remembrance of Burt Shavitz, an american beekeeper and face of Burt's Bee's personal care products, we would like to share a special removal we did in Alligerville New York where Burt first began beekeeping. This video demonstrates the use of the Bushkill Bee Vac on a hive located next door to property he once called home. 


Beekeeping History


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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