Nashville Area Beekeepers Association

July 8 monthly meeting at Belmont

The July 2018 meeting of the Nashville Area Beekeepers Association will be held on Sunday, July 8th starting at 2:00pm at Belmont University.

Note that we will not be in our normal meeting room. See the attached special instructions for getting to the Massey Board Room. Recall, this is the room we used for our meeting in January. Click here for directions to the Massey Board Room.

July Meeting—It’s time to harvest honey!!!!! The next meeting will focus on all aspects of honey harvesting, from start to finish. We will take you from “knowing when to harvest” to “final bottling”. Needed equipment and accessories will be displayed and their use will be explained.

Hive Decoration Contest—Again this year, we will be doing the bee hive decorating contest. Here is how it works: You get a hive body (box) and decorate it. Simple as that.

Competitive divisions include Youth, High School, Beekeepers and Professional Artists. Judging will be at the September 9th NABA meeting by a panel of art experts. Prizes will be given and winners will be displayed at the Tennessee State Fair.

If you do not have a hive body to decorate, we can help. Trevor Qualls (Bon Aqua Springs Woodenware) has donated some of his “factory rejects” that will be distributed for decoration. These will be available at the July and August NABA meetings.

For more information contact Kathy Harrell at kathy.harrell@gmail.com . So, get out your paint brush or get your kids involved!!!

Training at Ellington—The hands-on hive inspection training will be at 5:30pm (weather permitting) on Tuesday, July 10th, at the Ellington Apiary. BYOV (bring-your-own-veil.). The perfect opportunity for beginners to learn and ask questions.

Hive Inspector Class—The Nashville Area Beekeepers Association will be hosting a Hive Inspector Class on the evenings of August 21st and August 23rd from 6:00pm until 10:00pm. The class will be taught by our State Apiarist, Mike Studer, at a location just south of downtown Nashville (1441 12th Avenue South).

Those passing the class will be allowed to inspect their own colonies for movement within the state for pollination but not for sale. They will also be qualified as an inspector for their local association. Qualifications for attending are flexible, but you must be an experienced beekeeper. There is no fee to attend. Graduating inspectors are paid for their time through grants to their local association.

If you are interested, contact Rick Armstrong at arms8435@bellsouth.net or 615-337-2831. To help his planning, please contact him as soon as possible. Rick can provide you with details and answer questions.

Monthly Features—As always, the July meeting will include This Month in Beekeeping, the Pollinator Plant of the Month and Mentors After the Meeting to Answer Your Questions.

Board MeetingThe quarterly meeting of the NABA Board of Directors will precede the monthly meeting, starting at 1:30pm.