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THE CLASS IS NOW FULL

NO FUTHER APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED


Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Association presents

Introduction to Beekeeping Class

Feb 3 &17 and Mar 2 & 16, 2016

7 - 9:30 pm

at Lehigh Carbon Community College

Schnecksville, PA


Thinking of starting a hive? What does it take to keep bees?


Learn what it is to be a Beekeeper! 4 Nights of classes plus a trip to the Club Apiary(beehives)! Classes taught by LVBA members including Master Beekeepers. All class materials, book and refreshments included! Lots of hands on learning using beekeeping equipment and techniques! 


Still have questions? Come to our COURSE PREVIEW DAY

 JANUARY 16th   1-3 pm at 

Lehigh Valley Ag Center, 4184 Dorney Park Rd. Allentown, PA

(Sign-ups on or before this day receive a discount)



2016 Class Outline





Package Bees Available!


Bill Mondjack and Steve Finke are offering 3 lb packages of italian honey bees (enough to start 1 colony) to be delivered to the Lehigh Valley and to Berks County this spring.  This year we have 3 delivery locations (Kutztown, The LCCC apiary, and Bethel, PA) and two different delivery dates (*April 16/17 and *May 7/8).  

 

We have a limited amount of bees reserved and you can choose your preferred delivery date and location until we are sold out for that delivery.  Please see the attached order form for more details or call Bill Mondjack or Steve Finke for more information. *Note: the delivery dates may change according to the weather conditions. We will keep you posted on this website. Please watch the site closer to the delivery dates. Thank You!


Please see the form  HERE.

 


 Nucs Available!


Club member Dennis Schuelkens from Crisscross Road Bee Yard is again offering 

5 frame Deep and Medium nucs, for the 2016 season.

Nuc pickup is currently available starting the first week of April and running weekly through May.


For further information contact :    Dennis Schuelkens

                                                   Crisscross Road Bee Yard

                                                   Fleetwood, Pa

                                                   www.crisscrossroadbeeyard.com
                                                   (610) 216-8522


 


 

 Need an extractor?


Is this your first year harvesting a honey crop? If you are a member of L.V.B.A. you can rent the club extractor for a nominal fee ($20) and extract your honey harvest without the expense of buying one. You'll have the use of the stainless steel, manual extractor, an electric uncapping knife and a uncapping tub to separate and drain your cappings. A filter and bottling bucket are included too. You just need the bottles for your honey.

To reserve a time slot contact:

Steve Finke @ 610-737-7676



 

             

 

Dennis Keeney

1953-2014

 

see Archives page for Dennis' complete obituary


 

National Honey Board

The National Honey Board has much to offer beekeepers.   Check out http://www.honey.com/


  Looking for some documentaries on bees?

Check out this link on

Discovery News Here

 

Are you new to beekeeping?

 

Check out our 'Library' page for a list of suggested reading material & our video library.

Beekeeping Basics - (Formerly Fundamentals of Beekeeping) - Text covers the basics of beginning beekeeping $7.50. Information on managing parasites, pests and diseases; honey production and processing; pollination; handling beeswax; pollen trapping; and a guide to important floral sources.

(on-line pdf version)* Available from Penn State Publication Distribution Center, 112 Ag. Admin. Bldg., University Park, PA 16802 Phone 814-865-6713 *(The on-line pdf version is free).

 

 


Posted 7/8/13

 

APIVAR approved for use in all 50 states

 

Apivar has been approved now for use in beehives in all 50 states.  This treatment is based on a miticide called "amitraz" and is a new treatment.  The instructions say to remove honey stores during the 42 day treatment.  Mann Lake and Brushy Mountain Bee Farm are a distributors.

 

For more information, see

http://apivar.net/epa-section-3-state-registrations-completed-apivar-can-now-be-sold-and-used-anywhere-in-the-u-s/


 Silence of the Bees 

 

If you haven't viewed this production that was aired in the winter of 2006 or if you would like to view it again you can watch it on your computer now by clicking HERE


  

Posted 4/4/14.

2013 - Highest losses of Bees in the U.S.

Dan Rather Reports - Buzzkill, see video - HERE


Posted 1/22/14 

A rapidly mutating virus jumps from plants to Honey bees!

May be linked to colony collapse disorder! Read the whole story HERE!


 

Observation Bee Hive

The Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Assoc. maintains an observation bee hive at the Wildlands Conservancy, 3701 Orchid Place, Emmaus, PA.

In the photo at right, L.V.B.A. 2010 V. Pres., Bob Milot, explains the inner workings of the ob-hive. The photo above was taken at the Wildlands Conservancy during our Honey Bee Awareness day.

A Regional Gamma Irradiation Program for PA Beekeepers

 

    The LVBA recommends that you irradiate any old equipment that you have found or bought to be sure it's not infected with American Foulbrood spores (which can lay dormant for 70 years or more). This service is organized by Mark Antunes and usually takes place in mid-March.  The LVBA may consolidate equipment from members and send it all down together.  Cost is typically about $7-8 per deep hive box (much cheaper than burning the equipment and starting over).

 

   If you plan to irradiate old, used beekeeping equipment, please check with the LVBA leadership on a possible trip or contact Mark Antunes directly at: honeyhillfarm@verizon.net or call him at 215-257-7121 (home) or 484-955-0768 (cell).

 

  Please see document HERE to learn all of the details about Gamma Irradiation, preparation of equipment and costs.

 


 Pennsylvania has 3 new Master Beekeepers!

Our new Master Beekeepers are:

Frank Licata;  Monroe County, Warren Graham; Chester Cnty.,  Andrew Jones; Huntingdon Cnty.  

 

Congratulations to all of you!


 First Beehives from Biblical Israel discovered!

Archaeologists find remains of Honey Bees from 3,000 years ago!

Read the complete story here


Is Honey Kosher?

Click here to read the complete story.


Honey Labeling Regulations,

Info & Tips

Are you thinking of selling your honey? Do you have a label? Does it have all of the information that is requred? You can find the information you need to know about labeling Honey HERE

 

Also see our REGISTRATIONS page.


60 Minutes

Why are the Honey Bees Disappearing?

This 60 Minutes production is a few years old but not too old to watch again. To view Part 1 of the 60 minutes video on YouTube click HERE continue to view Part 2 HERE


If you are a grower of Bee pollinated Crops

If you are a grower of Bee pollinated crops and rent Honey Bees for their service PLEASE click HERE to read "Protecting Honey Bees from Chemical Pesticides" published by: Maryann Frazier, Senior Extension Associate, Penn State.