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  • 2018 Spring Beekeeper Course

    Date: 2018.02.08 | Category: Announcement | Response: 0

    WANT TO BE A BEEKEEPER?  TWO SPRING EVENTS: Spring Beekeeper Course and Jr. Beekeeper Workshops offered by CVBA!

    That’s right, two educational events: A full six-week course for anyone serious about beekeeping, and three special day-long workshops geared toward children interested in beekeeping. Taught by knowledgeable, seasoned CVBA beekeepers.


    2018 CourseTHE SIX-WEEK COURSE:
    The CVBA is presenting a six-week course that will take you from a beginner to a beekeeper. (see expanded flyer below) This course is one day per week from February 24, 2018 to April 7, 2018. (There is no class March 31st).  Cost is $100 per person and $50 for immediate family, which includes the classes, textbooks, handouts, and a one year membership with the CVBA!  Time is 3PM – 5PM at Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, Columbus, GA. Specific dates are: Feb. 24, Mar. 3, Mar. 10, Mar. 17, Mar. 24, Apr. 7

    REGISTER TODAY!  Call Oxbow Meadows at 706-507-8559

    This is a comprehensive class with hands-on work and is packed with information.  Early spring is the perfect time to become a beekeeper, so call today to sign up.


    2018 workshopsTHE JUNIOR BEEKEEPER WORKSHOPS:
    Join us for a day-long fun workshop and learn all about honey bees.  Three workshops are offered. (see expanded flyer below) Cost is $35 per child with one parent/guardian. Parent/guardian must be present during the workshop.

    The Dates and topics are:
    April 14, 2018 – How to build a bee frame
    May 12, 2018 Beeswax Candle making
    June 9, 2018 – How to build a bee frame

    Bring a lunch, as all workshops are from 10AM to 3PM at Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, Columbus, GA

    REGISTER TODAY!  Call Oxbow Meadows at 706-507-8559

    More information on both of these Spring 2018 events at: https://oxbow.columbusstate.edu

     

    2018 Course

    2018 workshops

  • PICNIC Date Postponed Due to Hurricane IRMA

    Date: 2017.09.14 | Category: Announcement | Response: 0

    The Annual CVBA picnic has been postponed to September 17th, 2017 due to Hurricane Irma.  Imminent bad weather on September 10th made it necessary to postpone our annual picnic for everyone’s safety and to prepare for the hurricane.

    The picnic will take place as usual but is delayed by one week.  The new date is September 17th, same time, same place so we hope you will come out to the Beegle Farm.  Sunday September 17th at 4:00!

  • Get Ready! The 2017 Annual Picnic is rescheduled for Sept. 17!

    Date: 2017.09.05 | Category: Announcement | Response: 0

    The CVBA Annual Picnic is scheduled for Sunday September 10, 2017

    (RESCHEDULED for September 17th, 2017 due to Hurricane Irma)

    This is the picnic we look forward to each year.  It is a fun time with lots of activities, and great prizes! There is a smoker contest, a honey tasting contest candle dipping, and other activities as well as fellowship and great food.  Bring the family and your favorite food to share. Check out these photos from our 2016 picnic.

    Picnic location is the Beegle Farmmore interesting facts on that later in this post.

    CVBA-2015 PicnicMany activities – beginning at 4:00 PM

    Dinner – 5:00 PM

    Dinner, Fellowship, Beekeeping Technique Demonstration, Honey Tasting Contest, Smoker Contest, Candle dipping, Group Photo, and more!   So, bring your family, bring a veil for the demo, a small un-marked squeeze top container of your best honey for the tasting contest, your smoker for the smoker contest… don’t bring pine straw, everyone will pick from the same pile, and of course bring your favorite food to share.

    Partial reprint from previous years:

    Picnic MapHere are some interesting facts on the Beegle Farm.  First, here is a basic map on how to get there.  The big double road drawn North/South in the map on the right, is Interstate-185.  Take Exit 30, then go a very short distance toward 219.  Whether you turn right or left obviously depends on if you are travelling North or South on 185.  The off ramps are technically on the Hopewell Church Road, but Hopewell Church Road turns into 219, so you do not turn once you are on that road.  You are within walking distance… pass a church, and when you come to some trees on the left, you have arrived.   Look for the “If and When Honey” sign, and usually there is a smaller sign that says “Bee Club” pointing down the dirt road that leads to the picnic area, shown as the red circle with the star on the map.

    Honey SignThe Beegle Farm is a historic landmark with a rich history, which includes a grist mill, power plant, and general store.  Bet you didn’t know that!  I happened upon this website  http://www.angelfire.com/electronic2/ronrollins/page1.html describing several interesting, historic landmarks in the Whitesville, GA area.  The Beegle Farm is one of the featured places, and to me, the most interesting.  In 1932 Betty’s father, J.T. Cox, purchased the house, land, grist mill, and country store.  I will let you read the details from the link above, but interestingly he also owned a personal power plant that produced 32 Volt electric power – enough for their needs on the farm (back then).  The grist mill ran on it’s own separate gasoline engine until they converted it to run with electricity.   This personal power plant also provided electricity for a movie projector, which J.T. ran during the summer months.   Picture a drive-in, with wagons instead of cars.   This movie night attracted quite a number of people, who, in-turn, could all purchase snacks at intermission from the country store… how smart is that?

    So plan to attend this year’s picnic.  It’s always a fun time

  • Beekeeping Spring Course Outline -2017

    Date: 2017.01.17 | Category: Announcement | Response: 0

    The fee for this course is $100.  This covers classroom materials, text book, a one year membership in the CVBA and the six classes.  Instructors will guide participants to sources for tools, equipment, protective clothing and honeybees, none of which are included in the fee.  Immediate family members wishing to take the classes with a fully paid participant, can pay a $50 fee but materials are not included (share).  If someone wants to take just one or two classes, the fee is $25 each class. 

    To register for The Spring Beekeeping Class, please call Oxbow’s front desk at 706-507-8550 and ask to register for the Spring Beekeepers Program.  Payment can be accepted over the phone.

    Dates for the 2017 Spring Course:

    Class 1: February 25th, 2017

    3PM – 5PM at Oxbow Meadows Auditorium

    Registration, introductions and general discussion on honeybees and beekeeping, all designed to answer the question, “Is beekeeping right for me?”.  Distribution of textbook, catalogs and other materials.  Overview of equipment needed by participants and how to order.  Woodenware must be ordered soon after this meeting.


    Class 2: March 4th, 2017

    3PM – 5PM at Oxbow Meadows Auditorium

    Discussion of honeybees, types of bees, life cycle, hive locations.  Further discussions on the use of woodenware, protective clothing and other tools necessary for the beekeeper.


    Class 3: March 11th, 2017

    3PM – 5PM at Oxbow Meadows Auditorium and Garage area

    Hands on assembly of hive components.  Demonstrate and assist participants in the assembly of their equipment.


    Class 4: March 18th, 2017

    3PM – 5PM at Oxbow Meadows Auditorium and Beeyard

    How to don protective clothing.  Lighting a smoker.  Use of various tools.  Discussions on package installation and NUC installation.  Demonstration of an actual hive inspection.


    Class 5: March 25th, 2017

    3PM – 5PM at Oxbow Meadows Auditorium and Beeyard

    Hands on hive inspections by instructors and participants.  Overview of the extraction process.  Demonstration of the extraction equipment.  Discussion of next sessions events and what participants need to bring.


    Class 6: April 1st, 2017

    3PM – 5PM at Oxbow Meadows Garage area and Beeyard

    Final formal class.  Demonstrate the installation of a package of bees and the installation of a NUC with live bees if available and possible.  Assist participants with their installations.

    Beekeeping education is ongoing and we recommend joining the CVBA as we provide educational programs throughout the year.  Joining is easy.  You can view the membership application HERE.


    Insectival Honey Extraction at Oxbow Meadows –  free admission for those taking this class. 


    IMPORTANT NOTE: 

    The fee for this six-week course is $100.  This covers classroom materials, text book, a one year membership in the CVBA and the six classes.  Instructors will guide participants to sources for tools, equipment, protective clothing and honeybees, none of which are included in the fee.  Immediate family members wishing to take the classes with a fully paid participant, can pay a $50 fee but materials are not included (share).  If someone wants to take just one or two classes, the fee is $25 each class.

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MEETING LOCATIONS:
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2017 Picnic Photos Posted!:  CLICK HERE

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LOOKING AHEAD-MEETINGS IN 2018:

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February 12 – Ga. Extension Office
March 12 – Oxbow
April 9 – Ga. Extension Office
May 14 – Oxbow
All dates except the picnic begin at 6PM and end (hopefully) before 8PM.

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FYI:
All of our meetings are on the second Monday of the month, except, of course, September’s annual picnic. Now you can put us on your calendar early and plan out your entire year of beekeeping meetings. These meetings alternate locations between Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, 3535 South Lumpkin Rd., Columbus, GA and the UGA Cooperative Extension office – 420 10th Street in Columbus, GA. Time is 6:00 PM
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