Foxfire Way of Beekeeping

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Photo by Cynthia Pierce

Members Paul Jollay from Glencoe Honey Company and Ira Poston from Blueberry Hill Apiaries presented a program on beekeeping in the past and how it is done now as part of the summer series Foxfire in Cedarock Park, Celebrating Craft Traditions of the Appalachian Culture. Future programs are listed on the PDF flyer HERE. Beekeeping is covered in Foxfire 11 and can be accessed HERE. Paul & Ira covered the history of beekeeping as well as addressing current practices and some of the equipment used. An observation hive with a full frame of honey bees and a marked queen kept the questions flowing at the end of the program.

Alamance County’s Farm Bureau “Homegrown” in the Park

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The Alamance County Farm Bureau “Homegrown” “In the Park” held at Burlington City Park on Saturday, April 11th was well attended. To celebrate Alamance County Agriculture both the Alamance County Beekeepers and the Extension Master Gardeners Volunteers had exhibits. Thanks are due to members Mike Ross, Neil Carey, Corey Gillespie, Cynthia Pierce, Linda and Geoff Leister for their participation and for fielding the many questions from visitors about honey bees during the daylong event. The top attraction for both adults and kids was Mike’s observation hive that included a marked queen, drones, workers and emerging young bees. Another favorite for the very young kids were Linda’s “take home” handouts of selected line drawings of bees and flowers for coloring.

Beginning Beekeeping course instructors and mentors were also busy last Saturday distributing and helping to install newly received honey bee packages received by the 2015 class members.

Alamance County Hive Locations

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A PDF of Alamance County Hive Locations can be downloaded HERE. This is a Geographic Information System (GIS) map composed of multiple layers of information. In this case an Alamance County map has 122 hive locations plotted with a 1-mile flight radius that our honey bees travel as they forage on nectar & pollen. Also included are Alamance County’s Voluntary Agriculture Districts that include properties that are dedicated to either five acres of horticulture, ten acres of agriculture, or twenty acres of forestry.

Pollinator Conservation Resources provided by Dr. Nancy Adamson, The Xerces Society

If you were not able to attend Dr. Nancy Adamson’s presentation on Farming for Bees and Other Beneficial Insects at the January meeting, she has kindly provided a PDF copy of her presentation and it is available for download HERE

In addition she provided a Pollinator Conservation Web Resources PDF for the Eastern U.S. with additional resources for North Carolina. That is available for download HERE

Pollinator Conservation Resources for the the Mid-Atlantic Region that includes NC is located on the The Xerces Society website. Lists of recommended pollinator plants, conservation guides, native pollinator plant nurseries and seed companies, and bee identification and monitoring resources can found HERE