Monthly Meeting – October

Wednesday, October 24, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Joe Foye, a local self taught mycologist will speak about fungi and mushrooms. Joe learned to forage at an early age by spending summers with his grandparents in New Hampshire. He learned, early on, that fungi and mushrooms can be a bountiful source of foraged food. He then learned how to cultivate mushrooms and eventually started a business, E. B. Fungi, providing hobbyist mushroom growers with the supplies and expertise required to successfully grow mushrooms at home. His focus is on getting anyone who is interested started on the path to growing their own mushrooms and has given workshops on the subject at the Soule Homestead in Middleborough. Joe is also familiar with the work of Paul Stammets using fungal extracts with anti-viral properties to boost the immune systems of bees and combat the viruses that are vectored by varroa mites. He is currently experimenting with another fungus that may be able to kill varroa mites without harming bees. Joe’s talk will cover the basics of mushroom foraging and cultivation. He will also talk about the subject of using fungal treatments to combat varroa mites. Joe’s talk comes right at a time when there has recently been a lot of press about using fungi and mushrooms in the fight against varroa. It will be an interesting presentation.

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

Honey Extraction Workshop

Sunday, November 4, 10:00 AM

There will be a honey extraction workshop on November 4 at 10:00 AM at the Hanson. clubhouse. Everyone is welcome to observe but club members who are extracting are asked to please observe the following rules:

1. If you want to do an extraction you must call John Phillips at 781-293-2297 and TALK TO HIM. So leave your name and number if he does not answer. Only those who have spoken with him will permitted to extract.

2. You must bring a enough food grade buckets to accommodate the amount of honey that you will be extracting. A 5 gallon bucket should almost be enough for 2 supers. So if you plan to extract 2 or 3 full supers bring at least 2 5 gallon buckets.

3. You must also bring a bucket to put your uncappings in. This bucket can be smaller.

4. There is no time for filtering so don’t bring any filtering equipment. Since there will be no filtering you probably don’t want to bring the bucket that has the honey gate on it because that is the one that you will want to filter into when you get home.

5. The club only provides a hot uncapping knife so if you want to uncap cold you must bring your own uncapping knife.

6. Participants are expected to help with the cleanup or to help out in some other way if you can not stay after you extract.

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