Metro Beekeepers Association (MBA) is a non-profit organization of hobbyist, side liner and commercial beekeepers that meet once monthly for learning, fellowship, food and fun. Serving Tarrant and surrounding counties in North Texas.
Next Class & Meeting March 9, 2015
Meeting and class is at our new location (same as our February meeting) in in Fort Worth. Meeting at the Southside Preservation Hall, a non-profit located at 1519 Lipscomb Street in Fort Worth just west of I-35 and just south of I-30, a few blocks south of the Harris Hospital district. See a map of new location on our Class/Meeting page.
Email to Membership on Feb. 24, 2015
TOPICS in Email: Ordering Nucs – Feeding in Cold Weather – Seeking MBA Officer/Secretary
Dear Bee Friends,
CLICK TO EXPAND MESSAGEOften the bees will maintain a small “patch” of brood, often the size of a fist in the center of the hive. Critical at this time of year is sufficient food stores. Heft the back of the hive to determine weight. Heavy means probably sufficient stores for now. Light means probably not much honey left and the bees should be fed heavily with either syrup or sugar candy (fondant). Fondant is the more logical choice as winter weather hangs on, as bees cannot access sugar water at cold temperatures. Feeding is essential in February as bees “ramp up” to prepare for the honey flow when warmer weather arrives.
Remember that if you plan to order bees in 2015 time is running out. Tom Atwood still has a few starter bees (NUCS) available. These are bees only and are typically available in May, but a deposit must be made now.
A few members have established hives for sale. Ask around and find out who might have established hives for sale. These too will be depleted soon and no longer be available or hard to come by until next year. Most require a deposit to secure them. These typically include bees, a fairly new queen, and some equipment. See Stan or Roger if you have any questions.
In the Monday, March 9 meeting we will have the privilege of hearing from Dr. Alan Eynon. Alan is very experienced beekeeper in the Dallas area, a frequent speaker and writer on beekeeping subjects and an active member of the Trinity Valley Beekeepers. Please mark your calendars to see and hear Alan speak at Southside Preservation Hall (1519 Lipscomb St.) in Fort Worth at 6:30 pm. A reminder to bring food and drinks to share with the MBA membership during the break at 7:30 pm. Our meetings conclude at approximately 8:30 pm.
Finally, we have lost a valued leader in Amy Crow who is stepping down as MBA Secretary for personal reasons and due to job constraints. If you would consider helping in this job for 2015 please see Roger or Stan. This is a job that requires only a limited time commitment each month.
Wishing you the best for February, safety and warmth! As always, we are concerned about hearing from the membership how MBA can be improved. Thanks for your commitment to MBA!
Stan Key, Program Director
Roger Evartt, President
Metro Beekeepers Association (MBA) — the North Texas Beekeeper Association
New MBA Tee Shirts
Order one of our new t-shirts. Comes in short sleeve for $12 and long sleeve for $15 (additional charge for 2X and larger). See order form for all details. Submit ORDER FORM for 2015 MBA T-shirts at the next meeting. If you have ordering questions, email Christina Simmons.
Bee Course — Spots Still Available
We have had two of the eleven classes but you can catch up easily at the class on March 9, 2015. The course costs $95 for the first person in the family, and second person $75 (no book provided to second person). The course price includes a book. Children under 19 attend free of charge (book fee charged). The Beekeeping course meets January through November. The course targets beginning and intermediate level beekeepers. Please communicate with us your desire to take the course so we can order sufficient books. To register or get more information, contact Stan Key at 817-888-0470 or email@example.com.
2014 Awards Given at January 2015 Meeting
MBA recognized Tom Atwood with the Beekeeper of the Year award. Tom received a plaque and a $30 gift certificate from Stan’s Bee Loved Bee Honey Supplies. Janel Gammill received the Distinguished Service award. Fran Ruegsegger and Bill Day both received the Rookie Beekeeper award. Janel, Fran and Bill each received a certificate and a $30 gift certificate from Stan’s Bee Loved Bee Honey Supplies.
Your 2015 MBA Officers
Want to put a face to a name or role? Need to contact one of us? See the About Us page for photos and email links of all officers.
Seasonal Beekeeping Tip
A reminder to begin feeding bees after Christmas. Bees will need to “ramp up” their population in order to go out and efficiently collect the nectar flow when spring arrives. Sugar water (made with cane sugar) should be fed in a thin, one to one mixture to simulate the nectar flow.
New Page Featuring Recipes and Equipment from the MBA Members
Check out Members Tips & Recipes for things like bee fondant recipe, build an inexpensive bee vacuum and more.
Photo Gallery – Lots of new photos added
MBA Members only can now submit photos. All photos will be reviewed and membership verified prior to posting. View this new feature and submit your photos to be added.