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    • 14 Apr 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 21 Apr 2020
    • 6:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center
    • 22 Apr 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 23 Apr 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center

    Want a superior local queen at a bargain price? The associations queen cell program was founded 6 years ago by Scott Famous and popularity and participation has increased every year since.  Scott will present “When, Why & How” for the program with the hopes that participation can continue to grow, superior local queens will populate our colonies, and dependence on mated queens from the other sources will no longer be necessary.

    In addition, some outstanding association beekeepers will share information on the local beekeeping management they are currently performing, how they identify if a colony is “performing well” or “not so well,” and what management they perform as a result.

    The beekeeping season is ramping up so this is a great time to make plans and expand your beekeeping knowledge.


    • 12 May 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 16 May 2020
    • 17 May 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center
    Register

    Below is a description of this class offering.  This is only open to MCBA members in good standing and the class size limit is 12.  You can sign up for this event through the end of March.  At that time the MCBA Board will hold a lottery to determine the 12 students.  20 will be selected and the the first 12 will be contacted for payment.  If 12 do not pay within 2 weeks of notification the next alternate will get the option to join the class. 



    Learn to Raise Your Own Queens

    Taught by

    Master Beekeeper, Vincent Aloyo, PhD

    When you raise your own queens,

    • ·      you can select the traits that are important to you:
    • ·      you obtain queens adapted to your environment;
    • ·      you avoid importing southern queens that may have mated with Africanized drones;
    • ·      you can establish your own nucs.

    When: May 16th and 17th, 2020

    Where: Montgomery County 4-H Center

    What: Learn the basics of queen rearing from Master Beekeeper, Vincent Aloyo, Ph.D.  This 1 1/2-day course (May 16-17, 2020) will consist of lectures developing the principles underlying successful queen rearing.  Additional time will be devoted to practicing grafting of larvae.  Emphasis will be placed on the Cloake board method of queen rearing, but other methods will also be discussed.  Successful grafts resulting in queen cells will be distributed to participants on Tuesday, May 26.  Each participant will receive a Chinese grafting tool, a cell bar frame (choice of deep or medium frame), cell bars, and plastic queen cell cups.

    Participation is limited to 12 individuals to ensure that each participant will have supervised grafting practice.  If more than 12 individuals register, the 12 participants will be chosen via a lottery. 

    Intensive queen rearing weekend May 16, 2020: Saturday 9am-4pm and Sunday (May 17) noon-4pm.  Queen cell pickup: Tuesday May 26 at 6pm. 

    Cost: $175 per student. No payment is expected at time of registration. After lottery is drawn, registrants will be notified of their status, and those chosen to participate will receive an invoice.


    Registration deadline is March 31.



    • 19 May 2020
    • 6:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center
    • 27 May 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 28 May 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 9 Jun 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 16 Jun 2020
    • 6:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center
    • 24 Jun 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 25 Jun 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 14 Jul 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 21 Jul 2020
    • 6:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center
    • 22 Jul 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 18 Aug 2020
    • 6:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center
    • 26 Aug 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 27 Aug 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 8 Sep 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 15 Sep 2020
    • 6:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center
    • 23 Sep 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 24 Sep 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 13 Oct 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 22 Oct 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 10 Nov 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 8 Dec 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


About MCBAPA

Serving Montgomery, Bucks and surrounding counties in Pennsylvania, the MCBAPA is an association of hobbyist and professional beekeepers. Our mission is to provide education, hands-on training, support and fellowship in all aspects of beekeeping. Both experienced beekeepers and novices participate in our monthly meetings, field trips and social events.

Our meetings are held at:

Montgomery County 4-H Center
1015 Bridge Road (Route 113)
Skippack, PA 19426

General membership meetings are usually held the 4th Thursday of the month at 7 pm, but please check our calendar.

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