Heathcote and the Central Maryland Beekeepers Association are offering a bee hive box participation event on February 7, 2015.
Details as follows: Roger Williams, president of the Central Maryland Beekeepers Association (CMBA), will be on site to lead a hands on construction project that will result in 20-40 finished (except the painting) hive boxes that will be used by the CMBA to split hives and create more bee colonies, along with many frames to fill those boxes. Because of massive bee kills, it has become more and more difficult for beekeepers, particularly apprentice ones, to get starter bees. Split off colonies, or nucleus hives, are one way to address the egregious loss of bee colonies, and allow new beekeepers to establish their own hives using a local source of bees that will be stronger and better adapted to this area. The goal is to encourage local beekeepers to become self-sufficient in replacing their colonies
We're going to be in the Mill so there will be plenty of room for all and everyone should be warm and comfortable. We anticipate that members of the CMBA will be there, and it may even be that your appetite will be whetted to pursue beekeeping yourself, or simply find out what challenges our bee friends now face and how you might help them. We’ll be working on the hive boxes from 9 am to 4 pm with a break for lunch.
Here is the schedule for the day:
9 am – 12:00 pm Bee Box Work Session 1
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch (suggested donation $10)
1:00 – 4:00 pm Bee Box Work Session 2
4:00 – 5:00 pm Tour of Heathcote
5:00 – 6:00 pm Break / informal socializing
6:00 – 7:30 pm Vegetarian Potluck Dinner
Please register in advance.
If you have questions please email education@Heathcote.org or call 410-357-9523.