Clinch Valley Bee Club
Clinch Valley Beekeepers Association Open House & Short Course March 19 & 21, 2015
Thursday March 19, at 7:00pm Dale Hinkle will be speaking on "The ABC's of Beekeeping" everything you want to know on getting started in beekeeping. Dale has been a Master Beekeeper for more than 15 years and is very knowledgeable in beekeeping.
Saturday March 21, 1:00 - 3:00+ Open House Ray McDowell, the former TN State Apiarist will be speaking on "What else is in your box?" (2:00pm). We will also have demonstration and educational tables set up for our guests. A drawing for 2 TBA Grant Hives will be given away to new beekeepers. Door prizes, refreshments, raffle and much more.
Please, come and see what CVBA is all about and BRING A FRIEND!
The goal of the Clinch Valley Beekeepers Association is to attract people into beekeeping and to educate the public about bees for the ultimate benefit to our environment.
Click here for a short video about the Accomplishments of the CVBA: Accomplishments of the CVBA
The Bees. This is the month when colonies can die of starvation. However, if you fed them plenty of sugar syrup in the autumn this should not happen. With the days growing longer, the queen steadily increases her rate of egg laying. More brood means more food consumed. The drones begin to appear. The bees will continue to consume honey stores.
The Beekeeper. Early in the month, on a nice mild day, and when there is no wind and bees are flying, you can have a quick peek inside your hive. It's best not to remove the frames. Just have a look-see under the cover. If you do not see any sealed honey in the top frames, you may need to provide some emergency food (fondant or granulated sugar if cold temps prevail, syrup if the weather is mild). But remember, once you start, you should not stop until they are bringing in their own food supplies. If you are going to do a spring Varroa mite treatment, now (or soon) is the time to start its application.
Tom Ramey obtained seed packets of "bee friendly" flowers earlier this year. The remaining inventory is now on sale at a reduced price. A collection containing 8 seed packets with different flowers in each envelope is available for only $3.00. Buy some for yourself or as a gift.Let your neighbors know important they are to our bees.
Try "The Shops" menu item on this page.
Hot Dogs and fixen’s will be provided by the club. Please bring side dishes, salads, desserts to go along with the Dogs!
CVBA holds regular monthly meetings at 7:00 PM on the 3rd Thursday of each month
Treadway Fire Department,
189 Highway 131
Treadway, Tennessee 37881
Mark Your Calendars! Upcoming Events
Clinch Valley Beekeepers Association Open House & Short Course March 19 & 21
Thursday March 19, at 7:00pm Dale Hinkle will be speaking on "The ABC's of Beekeeping".
Saturday March 21, 1:00 - 3:00+ is our Open House. At 2:00pm Ray McDowell, the former TN State Apiarist will be speaking - "What else is in your box?".
Congratulations to all who took the bee inspector class in 2014. Everyone passed. Please be at the meeting on March 19 for a photo that will be sent to Mike Studer.
Support The Club
2015 Bee Swarm Orders
Deposit: $20.00 for each swarm. No deposit, no reservation. Bees must be paid in full BEFORE delivery! The club will be fronting the money for 125 - 3 lb. packages with marked queens and we will need to be reimbursed BEFORE delivery day! Pick up time to be announced at a later date! Failure to pick up bees on delivery date will forfeit deposit $$. See Junior at the next meeting or call him (423-626-5538) Bees are scheduled to arrive on April 25 at the Fire Dept.
NEW 2015 Beekeeping Calendars
Our one-of-a-kind CVBA 2015 beekeeping calendars are now available!!! They are 1 for $8, 2 for $15, 3 for $20! Be sure to get them before the new year begins! They are full of wonderful pictures and key things to watch for each month with your bees. Thanks to everyone who provided photos!
Tom Ramie will have Honey Mix Seed Packages from Roundstone Seed Company for sale. They are $2.50 per pack and will sew a 15 x 15 plot.
T-Shirts and Hats
We have new T-shirts - $10 and Hats - $8 available for sale!
Pick up our wonderful cookbook with hundreds of recipes submitted by our members. It is a steal for $10! Also, try the recipe of the month at each club meeting. Joyce Capps chooses a recipe each month to make and share with members.
Clinch Valley Library
Please, please remember to bring back your books and videos if you have checked them out. We have been waiting a long time to have some returned and other club members may be waiting for them! If you have any questions, please call our new librarian Ed Dingfelder 423-272-2893.
2015 Memberships are being collected. Annual dues are $15 for a family, $10 for a single membership, and $5 for a youth member. See Joyce to complete a new membership form. You may pay your dues directly to Joyce Capps. You may also mail dues (please include your phone # in case we need to reach you) to the following address: Clinch Valley Beekeepers Association c/o Joyce Capps 7382 Circle Point Dr. Talbott, TN 37877