Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Haywood County Bee Meeting Scheduled

Here is an opportunity to learn more about bees and beekeeping in Haywood County. Bill Skelton, Haywood County Extension Director, has planned this meeting and opened it to the public. Please read the following announcement for details.

The Haywood County Extension Center of the NC Cooperative Extension Service is hosting a beekeepers meeting on Tuesday, May 22, at 7:00PM at the Extension Center at 589 Raccoon Road. Our speaker for this meeting is Chris Mathis. Following is a brief description of the program he will provide for us.

Mid-May is a critical time for beekeeping in the mountains. Hive manipulations for strength, swarm control strategies and preventing starvation compete for the attention of every beekeeper. Combine these challenges with the mystery of disappearing colonies and a questionable tulip poplar bloom and the unease really sets in. Local beekeeper and beekeeping educator Chris Mathis will talk about these and other “Spring Challenges” at the Haywood Extension Center on Tuesday, May 22 at 7:00 pm. Chris will use his many “inside-the-hive” photos to demonstrate various beekeeping principles and to demonstrate some proven spring hive management strategies. He’ll also discuss some of the latest findings about the mysterious disappearance of our honey bees across the country. All are invited.

Chris is the president of The Spicewood Farm, a beekeeping and specialty gift business headquartered in Asheville, with bee yards in Yancey, Jackson, Buncombe and Rutherford counties. He is a frequent speaker and instructor on a variety of beekeeping topics and issues.

This promises to be an exciting group to be part of and I invite you to come and to bring a friend interested in Bees as well.

See you the 22nd!

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