January 2018 Beekeeping
January Beekeeping Events
1) January NBBA Meeting
Our first meeting of the year will be at 7PM, January 23rd at the Visitors Center in Adams. Open discussion. Bring your questions and observations and let us know how your hives are doing!
2) Beginning Beekeeping Course
The Bennington County Beekeepers Club will again offer a free (donations welcomed) beginner course for new beekeepers. Learn about the life of honey bees, the skills and equipment needed to care for them and the many challenges they face. Classes will meet at the Vermont Veterans Home, in Bennington, in the Crispe Room on January 25, February 1, 8, 15 and March 1 from 6:30-9:00 PM. To sign up or for more information call Jeanne Davis 802-823-7955 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
3) Introduction To Beekeeping Seminar
Three of our members are hosting an “Introduction To Beekeeping” seminar on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at the Adams Visitor Center from 1 to 3 PM. Bob Balawender, Sherry Zepka, and Shira Wohlberg, will discuss how to get started in beekeeping, equipment needed, and how to have a pollinator friendly community. The seminar is free and open to the public. Honey and honey related products will be available for purchase. For more information call 413-743-3356.
4) Turning Your Hobby into a Business: What it does it mean, and what does it take?
Hosted by the the Columbia County Beekeepers Club
Presenter: Mary Kate Wheeler, serves as the Applied Economic Analyst for the NYS Beekeeper Tech Team, based at Cornell University. She loves helping people achieve their business goals, and recently launched a new Financial Analysis and Business Benchmarking program for beekeepers.
Have you ever thought about turning your surplus honey into cash? Or growing your beekeeping hobby into a source of income? Building a business can be exciting and rewarding, but it is not for everyone. This talk focuses on what it means to go into business, what it takes, and whether or not it would be a good fit for you. During this presentation, participants can expect to:
• Review the differences between pursuing a hobby and managing a business
• Assess their strengths and motivations for going into business
• Understand why a customer-centered business model is key to success
• Learn about the core functions that make up a healthy business
• Identify important steps in the business planning process
• Receive a to-do list of the tasks necessary to launch a startup honey business
This is a free event, open to the public.
So that we can provide enough seating for everyone in advance, we ask that you please RSVP as soon as possible at the following site:
Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA
125 Humane Society Road
Hudson, NY 12534
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)
5) There is a Youtube video on the Massachusetts Apiary Program that you might find interesting
I hope to see you all at the meeting on 1/23.