General Meeting @ Montgomery County 4-H Center
Mar 29 @ 7:00 pm

Tonight, learn all about the MCBA’s wax dipping program.  Mark Antunes, our past president and Beginning Beekeeping course educator, will provide the when, why, and how to participate in the association’s wax dipping program. Now in its 3rd year of operation, more and more members are taking advantage of this valuable program. We all pay a premium for wooden ware, so why not take advantage of this relatively quick and inexpensive way to protect it?

Next we will hear from Emma Mullen via webinar. She is the Honey Bee Extension Associate at Cornell University and is passionate about communicating scientific research to beekeepers and working with them to implement best management practices that will improve colony health. Her main educational programs are the Cornell University Master Beekeeper Program and the NYS Beekeeper Tech Team. Her presentation, “Effectively Managing Varroa”, explores how beekeepers in the Northeast can gain control over the most destructive parasite currently plaguing honey bees. Through this talk, beekeepers will learn about Integrated Pest Management, current tools and treatments available for mite control, and how to design their own mite management plan.

Also, Steve Finke, will again be available to deliver pre-ordered beekeeping supplies. He is the owner of Meadow View Beekeeping, LLC. , Kutztown, PA and his apiary/honey packing facility in Bethel, PA.   His company offers beekeeping hardware and supplies through dealerships with Brushy Mountain Bee Farm and Mann Lake, LTD., Gambler Container Inc., and much more.  Be sure to call Steve to place your order in advance (tel 610-737-7676), then pay at the time of pick-up after the meeting and save on shipping.

General Meeting @ Montgomery County 4-H Center
Apr 26 @ 7:00 pm

This evening, Montgomery County Beekeepers member Lester Shimp will  discuss the cut comb techniques he has developed and practiced over the last 9 years. He has an extraordinary history in beekeeping which he started as a hobby in 1962 and included 10 years as the New Jersey Department of Agriculture bee inspector, 7 years with a 1000 colony beekeeping business as well as New Jersey Beekeepers Association president, South Jersey Beekeepers Association secretary and treasurer, and Eastern Apicultural Society (EAS) director. Cut comb honey commands a premium price, but it also requires a strong background in beekeeping, patience, experience and perhaps some luck. We have the privilege of hearing first hand from someone with all those qualities. You’ll surely want to hear all the beekeeping and cut comb wisdom he will share.

Next, Montgomery County Beekeeper member Scott Famous will provide information and instruction on how to participate in MCBA’s Queen Cell Program which he founded 4 years ago. Scott has been a beekeeper for 8 years, but he also mentors many beekeepers, provides valuable beekeeping information on his beekeeping blog, and is an MCBA board member. Scott is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about honey bee queens and this queen cell program. He hopes this presentation will encourage more of the membership to participate in this incredible opportunity to get “top notch” queens. If you have thought of raising your own queens then this is your opportunity to listen, learn, ask questions and get excited !!!

General Meeting @ Montgomery County 4-H Center
May 24 @ 7:00 pm

Tonight, MCBA member Jon Kutzner will present information and instructions on how to make creamed honey, as well as provide samples to taste of his own delicious creamed honey. Jon has 10 years experience in beekeeping and has a growing side line honey business. Creamed honeys are not only tasty, but can command a premium price, so don’t miss out on this delicious and educational opportunity.

We’ve all heard about flow hives and probably had questions about them…right? We’re fortunate to have Lehigh Valley Beekeeper Bass Saaman present ”Pro’s, Con’s, and How to Set-up a Flow Hive.” Bass has enjoyed beekeeping for 5 years and using a flow hive for the last 3 years.

Come join us for a fun and educational honey filled evening!

General Meeting @ Montgomery County 4-H Center
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm
General Meeting @ Montgomery County 4-H Center
Aug 30 @ 7:00 pm

At tonight’s meeting, learn about how to establish, care for, and overwinter nucleus colonies from the nuc experts, certified Master Beekeeper Dr. Vincent Aloyo and Ellen Codd. We’ve all heard and learned about the importance of nucleus colonies as resources in our apiaries, but how is their management different from regular colonies? Vincent and Ellen have managed hundreds of nucs over the years, so be sure to attend this helpful program and learn from the nuc professionals.

Also, Scott Famous will give a summary of the results of MCBA’s queen cell program.



General Meeting @ Montgomery County 4-H Center
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm

Tonight, Joe Duffy will present on wax processing. Joe has been beekeeping for many, many years. He has been active in the MCBA by serving as president and remains active in the association’s yearly Farm Show competition. Beginning in his early years of beekeeping, Joe became fascinated with honey bee wax. With practice, he became proficient in his method of wax processing and won prizes for his entries in competitions.

Also, Ronnie and Paul Menard will discuss the art of candle making. They have been beekeeping for 10 years and have won prizes, as well, for their entries in candle competitions.

Learn all about processing wax from the experts in MCBA.

General Meeting @ Montgomery County 4-H Center
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm

This evening, Jim Bobb will present on his travels and adventures to Nairobi where he learned and observed how African Honey bees are managed. Jim participated in a tour organized by MaryAnn Frazier who has been visiting and  gathering information on this topic over the years. Do African bee species manage varroa with less destruction and, if so, why is this possible?

Also, Paul Snellen, president of Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Association will show and tell on his efforts to promote propolis deposits on the inside of honey bee wooden ware. How do you do this and does it work ? Learn from Paul’s four years of experimenting with this important honey bee resource.