2019 Package Pickup

Saturday, April 20, 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Reunion Farm

The annual PCBA Package Pickup Event is scheduled for Saturday, April 20 at Reunion Farm, 271 Main Street, Plympton, which is located at the corner of Route 58 (Main St) and Mayflower Rd, at the light.  Pickup hours will be from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  No early birds, and please, don’t be late.  If you are not going to be available, you MUST make arrangements to have someone else pick up your bees.  There will be a $5 handling fee, per package, for every package that we have to bring home – no exceptions. We will be making phone calls while we are still there, but at 2:00 PM we will pack up and return to our own apiaries to do our own installs. If you can’t be there, get someone to do it for you (as many of you have already done). Any handling fees collected will go to the club.

This is an extremely large pick up to organize. Please understand we are going to have to manage traffic flow, both cars and people – this is someone’s home and it is near a major intersection.  I know we’re all busy and have things to do on a Saturday in Spring, but if you could not all show up at once – and please don’t show up early!  Remember it’s best to install the bees later on in the afternoon, keeps them closer to their new home for that first night.

There will be live package installation demos at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM, if the weather cooperates. Please note that package installation observers must wear a veil. Also, there are several videos of past demos available on the club’s YouTube channel at PCBA Package Installation Demos. Watching the videos and a live demo will help those who are doing their first package install to plan their moves and go into the process with confidence.

Reunion Farm ~ Map -> Reunion Farm, 271 Main St, Plympton, MA

Monthly Meeting – April

Wednesday, April 24,  7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Hanson Clubhouse

This month’s presentation by Ed Szymanski is entitled “Everything You Wanted to Know About Varroa Mites”. The presentation will cover history, some biology, behavior in the hive, viruses, treatment, drifting/robbing, hive collapse, resistant bees, and all of the current thinking about mites, treatment, and management.

Ed has been keeping bees for 10 years with an overall survival rate of 68% – 92% in the last 2 years. He served as President of Norfolk County Beekeepers Association for four years and currently runs their Intermediate Bee School. Ed also serves as Program Director and Webmaster for the Massachusetts Beekeepers Association.

Ed and his wife Marian are also homesteaders and members of NOFA. They live on just over an acre in Franklin, MA on a lot planted with as little grass as possible. Their homestead includes bees, chickens, a wide variety of fruits, berries, vegetables and pollinator-specific gardens. Ed and Marian have previously presented at PCBA and at numerous other venues on the subject of identifying plants that provide quality food to bees and other pollinators and incorporating them into the homestead landscape. Ed is an accomplished photographer and the slide show that accompanies this presentation is something that everyone should see if the opportunity presents itself. His photographs of pollinators at work on various nectar sources are spectacular.

Hanson Clubhouse ~ Map -> 228 High St Hanson, MA 02341