Dear reader,

Spring is almost here, Ya!   I know we are all anxious for another beekeeping season to begin, but mother nature is doing her best to keep us out of our hives.  March seems to be a stormy month with plenty of snow, the good news is that it short lived.

Hopefully everyone has been able to find a warm day and get into their hives and evaluate the colony conditions.  It has been an extremely good year for some and surviving hives are really growing rapidly.   This is a critical time to make sure they have the resources to raise the large amounts of bees for an early spring flow.   If you plan on feeding pollen substitute, now is the time.

If you have any topics, ideas, or questions, feel free to contact us at BeeGroup@HVHiives.com.

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BeeGroup Meeting

Our next meeting is next Monday, March 19th.  We will meet downstairs at 6:30PM at the Olive Free Library.   We will discuss early spring management, splits and nucs for growth, and treatment strategies.  Hope to see you and hear how your bees are doing.


Beemaster's 2018 BeeFest  - March 23rd-25th

Looking for an excuse to get a last minute break from winter? BeeFest will be in Sanford, FL this year. No place else offers the opportunity to hang out with Michael Bush and many other beekeepers for 3 days for FREE! 

What is BeeFest? -> HERE


Tom and I will be heading down to represent the Hudson Valley and would love to see you there!



Hudson Valley Bee Improvement 2018 Classes

2018 classes and schedules have been posted at BeeImprovement.com.

2018 Classes include:

- Beginner's Boot Camp

- Geo-Biological Beekeeping Workshop

- Queen Rearing Simplified

- Queen Rearing Intensified

- Making Winter Nucs

- Winter Preparation


Bee Improvement Podcasts

Check out the latest podcast on spring management

Bee Improvement Audio Library




Beekeeping Blog

Check out my latest blog in the "Beekeeping For Everyone" series.

Beekeeping For Everyone! - #11 - Let's Talk Splits


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 is driven by members questions and sharing experiences with the goal of spreading timely knowledge among fellow beekeepers. 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.  There is no membership fee. The Olive Free Library graciously provides a meeting place for our group and we encourage you to make a donation to the library if you find the BeeGroup helpful.

• What: Bee Group

• Where: Olive Free Library, West Shokan

• When: 3rd Monday of the Month - 6:30PM

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