Making and Maintaining Nucleus Hives: Toward A Sustainable Future
August 2. 2013: 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm and August 3, 2013 10:00 am
A vital and necessary skill that all beekeepers should possess is the management of nucleus hives. That knowledge allows a beekeeper to make nucleus hives to provide a ready source of bees to replace failed hives, produce replacement queens, produce frames of brood to augment weak hives, maintain locally wintered bee stocks, and provide an exceptional source of revenue to defray costs. Overwintering nucs, selecting them for the best characteristics, managing them through the honey flow and dearths and integrating them into your beekeeping practices are important skills for beekeepers of all levels of experience and scale.
Landi Simone and Billy Davis, EAS Master Beekeepers, will be leading our program. Landi Simone, of Gooserock Farm, needs no introduction to New Jersey beekeepers. Long active in the Essex Branch and at the state level, along with the Eastern Apiculture Society, Landi has served in many capacities as an officer and an educator. She produces honey, cosmetics and beeswax products which are available at her farm and on the web at http://www.gooserockfarm.com.
Billy Davis, from Loudoun County, Virginia, is the founder of the Sustainable Honeybee Program, originally part of the Loudoun County Beekeepers Association. Billy works with the Northern Virginia Teaching Consortium as an instructor and writes and produces the Power Point classes used by all the member organizations. He does presentations on many aspects of beekeeping, queen rearing and nucs among other topics. He has been on the leading edge of the resurgence of "nucology". Innovations developed at the Sustainable Honeybee Program are working their way through many beekeeping organizations. You can read about the program at http://www.sustainablebees.org.
Our program will span part of two days. Part I begins at 7:00 pm Friday, August 2 nd , in the parish hall of Christ the King Church in New Vernon/Harding Township at 16 Blue Mill Road (please park in the upper parking lot). Landi and Billy will take us through the advantages of integrating nucs into our apiaries, concepts we need to master, the management challenges we'll face, techniques, equipment and the nuc calendar. These will be presentations with handouts and lots of Q&A. Refreshments will be provided.
Part II will be conducted on Saturday morning, August 3 rd, beginning at 10:00 am in one of Landi's Morris County nuc yards. We'll have hands on demonstrations of working and inspecting nucleus hives, reading the hives, and solving problems. To participate on Saturday morning we encourage you to attend Friday night.
The Friday evening program is open to everyone with no registration required. You'll need to register for Saturday morning in the nuc yard since the number of people who can fit into the yard may be limited. We'll take registration on a first come, first served basis. Please send an email to Chris Yates at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, branch membership and a phone number.