The Monadnock Beekeepers' Association

Dedicated to Promoting Beekeeping in the Greater Keene Area
Photo by Sean Driscoll. Creative Commons   

About the MBA

The Monadnock Beekeepers Association is a beekeeping club for both beginning and experienced beekeepers in the Monadnock and Connecticut River Valley regions. We usually meet on the first Thursday of each month either at Stonewall Farm in Keene, NH or at the Dublin Public Library in Dublin, NH. Please feel free to come to a meeting or contact us if you have an interest in beekeeping.

Beekeeping Tour to SLOVENIA The Land of Good Beekeepers

3-16 May, 2015

Beekeeping is part of the fabric of Slovenian culture because it is one of the oldest and most traditional rural activities. It is therefore no surprise that many internationally respected beekeepers were born on Slovenian soil. Slovenia offers and examines some of the extensive beekeeping heritage enriched by beekeepers’ activities today. Friendly beekeepers throughout Slovenia will be happy to open the doors of their bee farms, where you can get to know our Carniolan bee and the secrets of how it lives, as well as learn why the products of Slovenian beekeepers achieve such high quality.

The first week is thru ApiTours, a travel agency in Slovenia that only deals with bee tourism. We will be staying in either farmhouses or B & B’s. The best way to see a country is to get to know the local people and eat the local food! Day 01: Arrival in Slovenia

Arrival in Slovenia. Drive to the Gorenjska Region to Lake Bled, an Alpine jewel with a castle perched above the lake, a famous island with its glorious Gothic church and surrounded by incredible mountains. Free time to rest or individual activities: walk around the lake, sightseeing and/or a boat ride with the traditional wooden boat “pletna” to island. Hint: Do not miss to try Bled’s famous cream cake! Dinner and overnight in Bled region.

Day 02: Bled – Castel Bled – Museum of Apiculture - The Beekeeping Centre - Bled

Breakfast. Sightseeing of Bled and visit to the castle. Slovenian beekeeping heritage is presented in the Museum of Apiculture, with about 600 original hive fronts from the 18th and 19th centuries. The motifs (panels) painted in oil present the lives and beliefs of people from that time. Short walk through Radovljica’s old town. Free time for lunch (on own). Then to The Beekeeping Centre of Gorenjska which maintains the rich tradition of Slovene beekeeping, whilst following contemporary trends of beekeeping technology. We will take a tour of the state-of-the-art honey-bottling and honeycomb production, visit a permanent exhibition of the complete circle of honey - from the flower to the jar - visit observation beehives with its population of Carniolan bees and finally taste a variety of honey products. Dinner and overnight in Bled region.

Bee Math Spreadsheet

MBA member Tom Buttrick has improved on a bee math spreadsheet given to him by Rick Church, and the result is wonderful. You can download the Excel spreadsheet here. To use it, all you have to do is enter the observation date in cell A2 and then all of the emergence dates are calculated for you. All of the calculations are based on Michael Bush's Bee Math page. If you have trouble downloading the spreadsheet, let me know at info@monadnockbeekeepers.com. I'm sure Tom would like to hear feedback from those who use it, so send it to info and I will pass it on.

Bee Classes

It's time to start thinking about 2015 classes. Information on the MBA spring class is not available yet. Jodi Forcier of Imagine that Honey has 2015 information on her beekeeping classes on her site. Her classes meet in Greenfield, NH, Swanzey, NH, and Guilford, VT.

Begininng Beekeepers getting needed instruction in how to raise bees.

Two other club members, John Snowdon of Honey Meadow Farm, and Rick, will be offering a Beekeeping Class for 2nd and 3rd Year Beekeepers on June 7th and 21st. The class on the 7th will be held in Nelson, NH and the one on the 21st will be in Westmoreland. For more information, write to rickbetsey@gmail.com.

Bee Rules

Piera Siegert, State Entomologist with the Division of Plant Industry at the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food recently sent us the updated Bee Rules in .pdf format.