November club meeting

When: 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1
WhereMeadowbrook Farm Park, 1711 Boalch Ave NW, North Bend

Craft Fair and Honey Tasting
SVBA will be hosting a craft fair and honey tasting during our November club meeting.

Do you have a beekeeping-related hobby such as making candles, cosmetics, mead, or woodenware? We will have tables available for people to set up and share information about their hobbies. Past craft fairs have been very informal with folks sharing as much or as little information as they like. You are also welcome to sell your items to those attending. If you would like to reserve some table space please contact us at [email protected].

Everyone is also encouraged to bring a few ounces of honey to the November club meeting to share with the group. We will have a tasting table set up so people can enjoy and compare honey with one another. It’s amazing what just a few miles can do to affect the color and taste of honey! The honey need not be limited to only local harvests. If you have some interesting and unique varietals that you’ve collected from other places, then bring those too!

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October club meeting

When: 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4
WhereMeadowbrook Farm Park, 1711 Boalch Ave NW, North Bend

Our meeting schedule is as follows:
7:00-7:15: Grab a snack and find a seat
7:15-7:30: Club Announcements 
7:30-8:30: Open Forum: Winterbeekeeping
8:30-9:00: Social time and clean up 

This month we will be discussing Winter Beekeeping in Western Washington. The format of this meeting will be a bit different from what we have done previously this year. We will not have any designated presenters. Instead, we will have an open forum to discuss the different things we should do this time of year to prepare and overwinter our hives. We will have some slides to help guide the discussion. It will be a great opportunity for us to share with one another what has and hasn’t worked for overwintering hives, particularly during our wet and cold Western Washington winters.  

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September club meeting

When: 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6 (apiary demonstration at 6:00)
WhereMeadowbrook Farm Park, 1711 Boalch Ave NW, North Bend

Please join us Tuesday night for our September club meeting in person at Meadowbrook Farm.

September is our Annual Club Meeting and we will be holding elections for new officers and trustees for 2023. Our Elections will be followed by a Q and A Panel where you will hear multiple conflicting, yet all correct, answers to your beekeeping questions.

Our meeting schedule will be structured as follows:

6:00-6:45: Apiary Demo
6:45-7:00: Grab a snack and find a seat
7:00-7:15: Club Announcements/Annual Budget Report 
7:15-8:00: Call for Nominations and Club Elections
8:00-8:30: Q and A Panel
8:30-9:00: Social time and clean up   

Apiary demo: Jacob will be leading our apiary demo from 6:00-6:45 p.m. He will be performing hive inspections and mite checks to ensure our hives are well positioned going into the Fall. We kindly ask that anyone wanting to attend bring their protective gear. Safety first! 

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August club meeting

When: 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2 (apiary demonstration at 6:00)
WhereMeadowbrook Farm Park, 1711 Boalch Ave NW, North Bend

Please join us Tuesday night for our August club meeting in person at Meadowbrook Farm.

Our meeting schedule will be structured as follows:

6:00-6:45: Apiary Demo
6:45-7:00: Grab a snack and find a seat
7:00-7:30: Guest speaker presentation
7:30-7:45: Q&A
7:45-8:00: Club Announcements/Grab another snack 
8:00-8:30: Beekeeping 101/Monthly To-Do’s
8:30-9:00: Social time and clean up   

This month’s guest speaker will be Danny Najera from Green River College.

Danny will be presenting on a topic that all beekeepers need to learn about, managing hives to control the Varroa destructor mite. Unfortunately, as the saying goes, if you’re a beekeeper then you’re a mitekeeper. If we’re lucky and time permits he may even share with us some of the cool research that he has been up to a GRC.

The Beekeeping 101 presentation will be led by our very own President, Dave Treiber.

This will be a presentation to go over tasks for August to ensure your hives are as strong as possible going into the Fall as well as an intro to honey harvesting. Of course, there will also be an opportunity to any questions that you may have.

Apiary demo: Dave will be leading our apiary demo from 6:00-6:45 p.m. He will be performing hive inspections and alcohol wash mite checks. We will also be pulling the supers off the hives in order to harvest this year’s honey crop. We kindly ask that anyone wanting to attend bring their protective gear. Safety first! 

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May club meeting

When: 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3 (apiary demonstration at 6:00)
WhereMeadowbrook Farm Park, 1711 Boalch Ave NW, North Bend

Please join us Tuesday night for our May club meeting in person at Meadowbrook Farm. This will an in-person only meeting.

This month we will be hosting Cassie Cichorz from the WSDA. She will be giving us an update on the progress the WSDA has been making with tracking and eradicating Asian Giant Hornet nests in the communities to our north.

We will finish the evening with a Beekeeping 101 presentation and an open Q&A session.
New packages have been installed and overwintered hives are continuing to build up. Now what? This will be a brief presentation to go over the tasks for May and an opportunity to ask any questions.

Join us for the first apiary demo! Jacob will be leading our first apiary demo beginning at 6 p.m. He will be performing a full hive inspection and alcohol wash mite check. We will also take the opportunity to find and mark the queens in both of our hives. We kindly ask that anyone wanting to attend bring their protective gear. Safety first! 

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April club meeting (hybrid)

When: 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5
WhereMeadowbrook Farm Park, 1711 Boalch Ave NW, North Bend
or
Where: Zoom meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82289661247?pwd=T3dBY2JSZFVNR2hkamJzaTM4SjJMdz09

Please join us next Tuesday night for our April club meeting in person at Meadowbrook Farm or online via Zoom.

This month it is our privilege to host Dr. Jennifer Han, Ph.D. from the Department of Entomology at WSU. She will be giving a talk titled, “Is Varroa control possible without chemical miticides?”. Time permitting, she will also present on some of the other research currently being done at the WSU Bee Lab.

We will finish the evening with a Beekeeping 101 presentation and an open Q&A session.
This will be a brief presentation to go over the tasks that we should all be performing in April and an opportunity to ask any questions.

But wait…there’s more! Our club is scheduled to receive bee packages next Tuesday. This means there will be an opportunity for those attending in person to watch us install the packages in our club apiary. We will begin the installs at 6:00 p.m. and kindly ask that anyone wanting to attend bring their protective gear. Safety first! Of course, sometimes package deliveries can be delayed due to unforeseen circumstances. Be on the lookout for an update next Tuesday confirming whether or not the installations are happening.

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February club meeting

When: 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 1
WhereMeadowbrook Farm Park, 1711 Boalch Ave NW, North Bend
or
Where: Zoom meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82289661247?pwd=T3dBY2JSZFVNR2hkamJzaTM4SjJMdz09

Are you a beginner beekeeper who is freaking out about what to do with your new bee package or nuc when it arrives or how to care for over overwintered hives? Then you won’t want to miss this meeting.

Our speaker will be friend of the club Cory Marchand from the Snohomish Bee Company. Cory spoke to our club last fall about preparing for winter and has graciously agreed to visit us again to give an in-person talk geared towards beginner beekeepers.

We will finish the evening with an open Q&A session to allow those in attendance an opportunity to ask any burning (stinging?) questions to which they will get multiple conflicting, yet correct, answers to. Also a great opportunity to meet and chat with your fellow local beekeepers!

Please join us in person at Meadowbrook Farm or online via Zoom.

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January 2022 club meeting

*UPDATE*
Due to the snow in North Bend, this is now a Zoom-only meeting. There is no in-person meeting.

When: 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 4
Where: Zoom meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82289661247?pwd=T3dBY2JSZFVNR2hkamJzaTM4SjJMdz09

Tuesday night is our first meeting of 2022 and we will talk about what you should be doing in January to prepare for the new year.

And new President Dave will have a great presentation about what is really in your honey and how to find out. An very interesting talk.

If you have feedback or ways we can make it work better for you, please let us know: [email protected].

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November club meeting

When: 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2
WhereMeadowbrook Farm Park, 1711 Boalch Ave NW, North Bend
OR
Where: Zoom meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/92391693233?pwd=dkQzOC9kVFljeFZscEtHcXlVUTE4QT09

Tuesday night is our November meeting and we will answer all of your overwintering questions.

Winter is coming, and it is time to make sure your bees have what they need to stay snuggly and warm. We’ve got a few tips and tricks for you, and we will attempt to answer your questions.

And the last hybrid meeting went so well, we are doing it again.

The system worked well last time, so you can join us at the Meadowbrook Farm or on Zoom.

Those who attend in person will probably enjoy a bounty of leftover Halloween candy brought by members.

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October club meeting

When: 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4
WhereMeadowbrook Farm Park, 1711 Boalch Ave NW, North Bend
OR
Where: Zoom meeting: https://snovalleybees.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d34ff71fcdf8adc9277ade000&id=ce4657bc4d&e=d617d2aeb0

Cory Marchand of the Snohomish Bee Company will be joining us in person tomorrow night to talk about winterizing your hives. Last year, Cory’s presentation on keeping your hives warm through the winter received fantastic reviews, so we asked him for an encore performance.

…and due to COVID concerns, we are making it a hybrid meeting

With the weather getting colder and the potential for rain, we will be holding our meeting indoors tomorrow night, but will also offer a Zoom option for those who would prefer not to be inside.

We have a new system we will be trying, so we welcome your feedback.

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