Bees & Beekeeping

Please Note:
Please check our NEW SITE for updated information! 

This site contains many wonderful resources that are "stored" here for your use, but the most current information about Bee Group activities can be found at the link above.
Thank You!

Welcome to the
                Bee Hive!!

News about bees and beekeeping

from the

St. Lawrence River Valley / Local Living Venture

         Bees & Beekeeping Group

  We currently host five different programs related to bees and beekeeping:

  • Monthly Bee Discussion Group - meets the last Wednesday of most months at 7 pm, see below for details.
  • Workshops for Beginners to Advanced - see our Upcoming Events below to see if any are currently scheduled.  You can also view our past events at the very bottom of this page.
  • Buying Cooperative - group buying for discounted goods and shared expenses on an as-needed basis.
  • NY Bee Wellness Training - training and mentoring by and for local beekeepers regarding diseases and how to prevent/manage them. (More on this below!)
  • Website Resources - are being updated and organized better on our new website,!  In the meantime, all of the information is still here but you'll need to scroll down a lot to see them all!  Take the time -- we bet there's something here that will make it worth it!

Contact us at to get on our mailing list (bee group news and resourceful living skills workshop/events notices, sent 2-3 times per month.)

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Shown here is Danny Clark, 14, our youngest Bee Discussion Group regular with his fabulous 2014 honey haul!  This kid has some fabulous gifts at the ready come December, that's for sure! 

Danny and his family wanted us to be sure to thank Roland Moore, who helped them harvest for the first time and with much, much more also over the course of this first great season, with happy bees and beekeepers, for the Clark family!

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M o n t h l y   B e e   D i s c u s s i o n   G r o u p

Bees & Beekeeping Discussion Group - Local Living Venture
The Bee Discussion Group is an informal event held monthly since 2010 on the last Wednesday of the month - come with your questions, share your experiences, help your neighbor and yourself learn to be a better beekeeper! Free-will donation basis.
See schedule at
See our full schedule of upcoming events, including bee-related workshops, at

Betty Evans Community Room, in the new wing (left hand door, 2nd floor)
Look for the orange Local Living WORKSHOP SITE sign!
E.J. Noble Medical Bldg., 80 E. Main Street, Canton, NY.

(next to the Best Western, across from the Price Chopper, Rt. 11, Canton)

Join our Monthly
Bee Discussion Groups

for Novice to Advanced
The Bee Discussion Group is an informal event held monthly since 2010 on the
last Wednesday of the month

(see schedule below) unless we schedule a Workshop that takes over that date. 

Check in here or on our Workshop Schedule page to be sure!

 7 pm on the last Wed. of the month
unless noted otherwise below

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
February 24
Wednesday, March 30
(5th Wed. of month)
April 27

Wednesday, May 25
Wednesday, June 29 (5th Wed. of month)
Wednesday, July 27

Wednesday, August 31 (5th Wed. of month)
Wednesday, September 28
Wednesday, October 26 (5th Wed. of the month)
Wednesday, November 16  (third Wed. of the month due to Thanksgiving)
Skipping December
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Subject to change based on the needs of the group!

Betty Evans Community Room in the new wing (left hand door) of the
E.J. Noble Medical Bldg., 80 E. Main Street, Canton, NY.

(next to the Best Western, across from the Price Chopper on Rt. 11, Canton.)
Look for the orange Local Living WORKSHOP SITE sign!

Novice to advanced levels are welcome to attend and share their questions,
successes and challenges in a casual group setting.
7 PM, 1-1/2 to 2 hours.

Things change. 
Please get on our mailing list
for the most up-to-date information.

Write to to sign up!

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Contact us at
for notice of Workshops and events

P A ST    A C T I V I T I E S

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Shown here is Danny Clark, 14, our youngest Bee Discussion Group regular with his fabulous 2014 honey haul!  This kid has some fabulous gifts at the ready come December, that's for sure! 

Danny and his family wanted us to be sure to thank Roland Moore, who helped them harvest for the first time and with much, much more also over the course of this first great season, with happy bees and beekeepers, for the Clark family!

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It's a Wrap!                                                    
Wrapping your Bee Hives for Winter
Saturday, November 8, 2014. 3 – 4:30 pm
11 Needham Rd, Potsdam, NY

Presented by Martin's Needham Road Market and the Local Living Venture.  

We look forward to a fun and informative afternoon with our host, decades-long beekeeper Luke Martin.

This is an informal opportunity to learn Luke's successful and mindful technique of wrapping bee hives for the winter, while considering ways to deal with radiant heat and condensation. Luke uses easily obtained materials to wrap the hive and trap any radiant heat that may be available.  He will address the concern for proper circulation to prevent killing condensation while over-wintering, as it is important that the hive be allowed to "breathe".

Please dress appropriately for the weather as this workshop is outside and will be held rain or shine.

For this unique learning experience, a $17 general public, $10 Bee Group Member, $30 for a couple, $7 student donation is requested to cover overhead expenses and to benefit Local Living Venture workshop creation.

Registration Suggested but Not Required
Email us at -- please include your phone number(s) and the number in your party -- and we will send you the directions as well as any other pertinent information.

ReQueening Bee Hives
for Winter Hardiness
Thursday, July 31, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Training session $10 per person, queen cells $10 each
156 Newton Rd., Potsdam, NY (near Southville Corners, off Rt. 11B, directions below)
Marbees's Avatar    (Yes, it's a hornet's nest, not a bee hive. But it's cute and fun!)
After a harsh winter last year, local beekeepers from the Bee Discussion Group gathering that meets monthly in Canton, NY are looking for ways to make their hives more resilient for the next cold season.  One excellent method for doing so is to "re-queen" a bee hive with hardier stock.

The Local Living Venture is pleased to partner with Luke Martin in presenting this training and educational session focusing on the use of locally-bred queen cells to "re-queen" a bee hive, rather than importing fully raised queen bees from another source.

Luke is a long time homesteader whose large extended family operates many farm-related business concerns in the Southville area just east of Potsdam.  He is a local beekeeper who has been breeding northern-hardy and naturally (chemical free) mite-resistant bees for 45 years, the last 23 years here in Northern New York. 

This training session will share techniques to introduce a queen cell to a "nuc" as an example of  how it can easily be done by the participants in their home bee yards. 

Martin will demonstrate the removal of the queen cells from the hive, how to create a nuc on top of it and give pointers as to timing and follow-through for successful integration of new queen stock.

A donation of $10 per person is requested of participants in this training exercise, to benefit the Local Living Venture's non-profit programming. 

Martin's stock of Russian hybrid queen cells will also be available for sale that evening for an additional fee of $10 apiece.  They can be purchased on site, first come first served, or can be ordered in advance to ensure availability.  The queen cells have been bred to be mite resistant and winter hardy, without chemicals.

Walk-in's are welcome, though reservations are appreciated and may be desirable if interested in purchasing queen cells. 
All are welcome to attend and share their questions.

The event will be held rain or shine, under temporary shelter in event of rain. 

Thursday, July 31, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Martin homestead, 156 Newton Rd., off of Rt. 47 near Rt. 11B in Southville (6 miles east of Potsdam and 1.5 miles north of Parishville, NY.) 
There will be orange lawn signs noting "Workshop Site" to guide attendees from Rt. 11B.  

  • Participants are advised to wear protective bee gear (at least a veil) and to bring extra gear to share if possible. 
  • It is advisable to wear light colored clothing, no wool, and no perfumes or strong scents.
  • Anyone interested in purchasing queen cells that evening are advised that they will need to be kept at 91 to 96 degrees Farenheit while being transported and stored, prior to installation in the hive. 
  • A cooler with a thermometer, towel, and empty hot water bottle inside would be one good method for transport. Hot water will be available for water bottles.

$10 suggested donation for the training session, free or free-will donation basis for Bee Discussion Group members.  We can accept cash or by check to Local Living Venture.
$10 purchase cost per queen cell.  Cash preferred, or by check to Local Living Venture.

To sign up, contact or call (315) 347-4223 to reserve a spot. Please include your phone number(s) and the number in your party for an email containing all pertinent information.   Many resources are available at the Bee Discussion Group web page at

The Local Living Venture (LLV) Bee Discussion Group participates in statewide educational events such as this one where beekeepers gather around a hive during a NY Bee Wellness workshop.

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 NY Bee Wellness 
 * Train the Trainer * 
 B e e   D i s e a s e s   T r a i n i n g   O p p o r t u n i t y 

Two local beekeepers in the Bee Discussion Group have completed this intensive 2 day course of instruction and are available to assist you in diagnosing, treating, and preventing honey bee diseases.

This course was primarily targeting New York beekeepers with less than 10 years experience and women beekeepers, participants from other states are welcome as space permits. Teams from clubs or groups are expected to teach at the club level.

Instructors:   Dr. Diana Sammataro, Dr. Larry Connor, Les Eccles and Melanie Kempers of the Ontario Tech Transfer Team (Canada).

August 9 & 10, 2015, 9 am - 5 pm each day
Batavia NY (Western NY), Genesee Community College

Participants who attend the intensive workshop, should have at least 2 years of beekeeping experience (including Winter), some teaching experience whether it be as a primary instructor or as an assistant, recommendation from a beekeepers group or a CSA or other agriculture group that you intend to teach, describe why they wished to join the program, and complete online reading assignments in preparation for the workshop

Diseases covered:
American & European Foulbrood, Nosema, Mites, Chalk Brood, Viruses, and other bee maladies.

Topics include:
• Record keeping & use of surveys

• Specimen collection during actual hive inspection (in apiary)
• How to prepare specimens for lab diagnosis
• Microscope use (Lab)
• Accessing resources online
• Frame diagnosis (Lab)

Queen assessment
• Mentoring

Please contact the Local Living Venture Bees & Beekeeping Group at or (315) 347 4223 if you need assistance.

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Help us plan a big, fun event for Saturday, August 16th, 2014!
If plans work out, we'll be doing a great event at the Potsdam Farmers Market that day from 11 am to 1 pm, including  honey appreciation booth and a workshop on beginner beekeeping in the Gazebo!  Get on our mailing list to be notified of this and other events.

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2014 Spring Package Bee Co-op Order a success!
Forty-four packages of bees were picked up in Wilkes-Barre, PA by two stalwart Bee Group members and delivered to a pick-up point in Canton, NY on April 26, 2014.  The condition of the bees was beautiful, and all 19 recipients seem pleased with their new buzzing friends.

Honey bees fly within a radius estimated at between 5-10 miles from their home hive, so it's likely that bees from one of these 42 new hives is in your neck of the woods of rise of the valley!

Next step, following up on what we learned in the "Starting Your Hives" workshop on April 19th, was actually transferring those bees into their new hive homes.  Thus, we had "Part 2" of the workshop with several participants attended mentoring sessions on April 26, assisting to make this package-to-hive transfer with bee group members!  A memorable day, to be sure.

Follow-up will include a workshop on how to re-queen with a Russian (or hybrid-Russian) queen cells, for over-wintering hardiness.  Now that should be interesting!  Look for that mid-summer and be sure you're on the mailing list for advance notice!

Video of how to transfer your package bees
into the hive is here, using Windows Media Player:

PHOTO:  Our youngest Bee Group member Danny Clark with the delivery of 44 package bee boxes!  Each box contains 3 pounds of bees (about 12,000!) clustered around their queen.  That's over a half million live bees in that van!
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Start Your Hive Workshop Part 2:

Transfer of Package Bees into the Hive
Sunday, April 27, 2014

Two groups of beekeepers descended on some of our stalwart Bee Group members' bee yards and participated in the transfer of the bees and their queen from their packages into their new hive bodies.  All reports are that things went well, and we wish each of the 44 new bee colonies success in surviving and thriving in their new North Country homes!

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   Hive Winter Survival Survey  

This was a survey of NY Beekeepers to learn how hives survived the harsh Winter of 2013/'14.
Survey results are available at the website below.

          Pat Bono, Project Director
              NY Bee Wellness

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from the Ulster County Bee Association
(Hudson Valley area of NY State)

 SPRING NOTES  (and a Bee Tea recipe!)
 A Long Winter Finally Ends

  By Grai Rice
Only just now the snow has receded and the  sun’s heat has offered enough warmth for foraging flights and fresh pollen loads. The crocuses have finally pushed their way out of this winter’s polar vortex, and honeybees are entranced with the rich-hued pollen poised on tall stamens in these small floral packages. Maple flowers entice with nectar from the highest tips of trees.

The longest, coldest winter in decades has taken its toll on everything. Most of us have lost hives this winter. If you have only one or two hives and all have perished, this can be especially devastating to our senses and emotions. An empty hive on a property rings a silent toll. At times like these, turn your attention to what you have learned from your bees and, by blessing the bees’ spirits and the lessons they offer us this, this sense of loss can be transformed into renewed hope for the future.

Many hives are coming out of this harsh winter with only a handful of bees and a queen due to the intensity and length of this season. Nurture these bees as best you can. Tighten up the hives to help them maintain brood temps and so they can easily patrol against robbing from stronger hives, as well as from wax moths and small hive beetles.

Usually by the end of March colonies are out of danger...not so this year. (NOTE: In their region, Spring is at least a week or two ahead of us in the St. Lawrence River Valley!)  Once the maple flowers have faded, consider offering bee tea** to keep the nectar coming into the hives so they can build up their brood and gain the strength they need for this new bee season ahead.


● Close up deadouts to prevent a culture of robbing.

● Assess reason for mortality.

● Clean up and prep for reuse if hive was healthy.

● Prepare to cull out some of the old combs in all hives, but don’t add fresh foundation yet.

● On a warmish, windless day, do a brood inspection of all hives to make sure there is an active queen.

● Leave insulation on live hives for now until temperatures regulate and bee population builds.

● Tighten up hives with small clusters so they can maintain brood temps and properly guard their hive.

● Provide robbing protection for weak hives so you don’t lose them to stronger hives.

● Maple trees are starting to bloom, providing the first fresh nectar of the season.

● When the maple trees fade away and the dandelions are still a ways out, consider providing bee tea** for continuous nectar supply for the growing brood.

● Enjoy the glorious sight of spring pollen coming into the hives and try to guess where the bees collected it.

● Plan to plant new forage for the season ahead.

Journal of the Ulster County Beekeepers Association
To view the full issue of this informative newsletter and use Google Drive, click on this document: BeelinesApril2014.pdf.  If you do not use Google Drive, please proceed to the "Files" segment at the very bottom of this page and click on that document.

An interesting recipe for bee tea, that's an alternative to plain simple syrup.  Check it out at:

Here are some great resources from 
(coming up August 16th, 2014!)

 What NOT to do if you have honey bees on your property
 Please do not spray or destroy honey bees.
  Call a beekeeper, a bee association (like us! we'll put the word out!, or the county agriculture extension office.
  Honey Bees are valuable to the environment. Thank you.

  The history of imported honey and why you should buy local honey from beekeepers you here! 


Resources Page (from Home Power to Gardening & much more!)

Home Page

Workshops & Events Schedule

                                 Potential Workshops           

Look for these upcoming workshops:
  Basics of BeeKeeping
  Harvest Time!  How-To's of Honey Harvesting
  Re-Queening for WInter Hardiness with Queen Cells
  Making Nuc's (for fun and profit?!)  :-)

Even more fun and educational activities:
  Summer Mentoring sessions at Squeak Creek Apiaries.
  Gathering a Wild Swarm or Removing Hives from Buildings mentoring sessions, as they come up, with Discussion Group members.
  Honey Appreciation sessions showcasing honey tastings, cooking tips, health benefits, and more.
  "Factory" Tour!  Visit a local (Rens Falls) Amish hive builder -- and place your orders!

  See Past Workshops & Events at the bottom of this page for an idea of potential future offerings as well.

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Congratulations and well wishes to the
  Empire State Honey Producer's Assn.  

Check out their 2012 grant award here:

and their website here!

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Listings of Bee Clubs for NY State
can be found with ESHPA but
Clubs all over the place can be found here!

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Courtesy of the Local Living Venture ~ we hope you enjoy these Resources we've put together for you!  If you find something really interesting to share, please let us know to add it to this page! 

Email us at or call 315-347-4223

You can click on any website listed here to go directly to their page.


A Few Recommended Suppliers

Better Bee  closest to us and a favorite of some Bee Group members!
Betterbee Question-Orders

Brushy Mountain in No. Carolina
Kelley Co.

Mann Lake employee-owned, in Wilkes Barre PA, excellent supplier

Draper's Super Bee Apiaries
32 Avonlea Ln, Millerton, PA 16936 (570) 537-2381

Rudy Swartzentruber
makes home-made bee hives at
271 Johnson Road, Rensselaer Falls, NY 13680
They are an excellent price (about $100) and very good quality. 
Drop by to see him (he is Amish; no phone, no Sunday sales) or drop him a card to get his Bee Supply Price List mailed to you.

  F O R   B E G I N N E R S  

Planning for a bee hive next summer?  Then you will need to have a source for purchasing "package bees" or a "bee nucleus" set up before the end of THIS year, unless you are lucky.   (Supply and demand - plus timing!)  Unless you have a local source or catch a swarm, most bee suppliers book up early.  Mark your calendar for no later than December to order them for the next Spring season. 

For ease of transition for the bees, buying a nucleus is preferable to buying package bees, but "nuc's" (pronounced "nooks") are harder to come by in the Spring.  There MAY be some nuc's available locally (see list below) and the Discussion Group folks have instituted a co-op buying club for Spring bee packages from suppliers elsewhere in the Northeast. 

This information is the kind of thing shared in our monthly Bee Discussion Group informal gatherings (dates above) and our e-mailing list.  If you can't find any in a timely fashion, locally or afar, you can use this time to learn more about bees and beekeeping through our Workshops and Bee Discussion Groups, or see if we can help you find anything at the last minute (see below.)

Video of how to transfer your package bees into the hive is here, using Windows Media Player:


You really should have your Spring order placed by December.  You may find some later, and we may do a Spring Package Bee Buying Co-op that you can participate in, but it's very possible they may not be available if you wait too long to order! 

Ted Elk
Many Flowers Apiaries

1524 State Highway 37, Hammond, NY 13646-3204, (315) 324-5673

Michael Palmer
French Hill Apiaries

Good source of northern bees and queens, makes queens, overwinters nuc's
441 Forest Dr, St Albans, VT 05478, (802) 524-2433

Roland & Kelly Moore (Bee Group member)
Potsdam area, generally won't know until April or later if they have enough to spare.
Update:  None to spare in 2014...

Mark Berninghausen
(Bee Group member)
Squeak Creek Apiaries

was not interested in selling his bees in 2013, but may be in other years?
Upon his return on the first weekend in May 2014, he will have some Queens for sale though!  Get 'em while they're hot; they won't last long!

Gerald Piche

near North Lawrence.  A couple of people bought from him and were happy, but we have no other information except his phone number: 315-389-4072

Luke Martin
(Bee Group member)
occasionally will sell some extra bees; last we heard, he has Russian hybrids. 315-265-0026

Enos Miller
is an Amish fellow from near Edwardsville (Black Lake area), and so doesn't have a phone.  If you want to go find him, ask us to check with Leonard on the directions to his place.

Greg Kalacin
(Bee Group member)
may or may not want to be on this list :-) but he has been known to sell a few if he can spare it.  315-322-4208

If you have no luck with the above folks,
we may have a Spring Package Bee Buying Co-op that you can participate in (too late for 2014 unfortunately.) 
Contact us at
You can also check with the Empire State Honey Producer's Assn. ( too -- they may be able to help you with someone further afield. 

Beekeeping and Honey Labeling 101
This is produced by a commercial enterprise that wants to sell you labels, but contains some interesting information as well!

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From Betterbee Catalog

Tools of the Trade:
Before you can get started, there are some basic tools and equipment you will need:

1.  Protective Clothing to help protect you from stings while working your hives.

2.  A hive or hives, depending on your aspirations.  You want to look for good insulation and ventilation, helping you over-winter colonies more successfully.  Traditional wooden hives are thicker, and therefore stronger and longer lasting than some commercially available units.  There are traditional 10 frame hive setups as well as 8 frame hive setups. 

3.  Beekeeping tools - you'll find everything you need to be a successful beekeeper on the websites above or in their annual catalogs.  There are tools for general hive maintenance, feeding your bees, harvesting and extracting honey and wax, and much more. 

4.  And, of course, BEES!  Bees are most often sold early spring (April and May), but orders are taken at the beginning of the New Year.  [ NOTE from Chelle:  Get your orders in before the end of the year for delivery the next year or you may not get any at all! ] We sell bees for pickup only. Mail order bees often suffer undue stress as they pass through the postal service. If you are unable to pickup bees at Betterbee, contact a local association, they will be able to help you find a local source. These associations are also invaluable resources. If you are unable to find an association near you, let us know and we will do our best to help.
[ NOTE from Chelle: Sometimes members of our group do sell bees; ask about it at a Monthly Discussion Group gathering and see the resources on this page!  See the Discussion Group schedule on our website above. ]

New vs. Used Equipment: 
You can buy used hives with the bees already in them, but you may be inheriting someone else's problems.  The comb could be infected with foulbrood disease, or the bees could be heavily infested with mites.  The bees may be, through the neglect of the previous beekeeper, genetically disposed to swarm, or through lack of re-queening, highly defensive.  We strongly advise the beginning beekeeper NOT TO BUY used hives, unless you have access to the advice of an experienced (and trusted) beekeeper.  We recommend starting either one or two hives of bees.  Two hives will allow for a basis of comparison should one of the hives not perform up to expectation. 

The Betterbee Beginner's Kits include everything you will need for your first season of beekeeping and the equipment for your bees to make honey. 

Getting Started:
Now that you have the equipment and bees, you are on your way to an exciting new hobby, or perhaps someday a successful business. To insure your beekeeping success, we suggest you find a beekeeping mentor (an established beekeeper) who is willing to share how he or she manages his or her own bees.  If you cannot find a mentor, you might consider attending an introductory class on beekeeping.  Classes are held at locations throughout the country, and at our learning center in Greenwich, NY (call for details). 
[ NOTE from the LLV: This is where our Monthly Discussion Group gatherings come in!  We also do occasional workshops on a specific subject.  See the schedule on our Workshops & Events page, and join us!  If you're on our email list, you'll receive notice of all Bee events. ]

(from the 10 Frame Beginner's Kit sold by BetterBee)

Telescoping Outer Cover
Wooden Inner Cover
Hivetop Feeder w/Drown Guard
Medium and/or Shallow Supers
Hive Bodies
Frames and Foundations
Reversible Bottom Board
10" Hive Tool
Stainless Steel Smoker w/ Heat Shield
Beginning Beekeeping Book
Leather Gloves
Hard Plastic Helmet
Round Tie Down Veil
Other Protective Clothing if needed
Queen Excluder
Varroa Screen
Varroa Monitor & Debris Tray
Hive Smoker


BOOK: Building Your Own Beekeeping Equipment, 2013, Anthony Pisano, Storey Publishing
ISBN # 978-1-61212-059-1 (paperback)
ISBN # 978-1-60342-855-2 (e-book)

Construction Specifications for a 10-Frame Langstroth Beehive
as built by Discussion Group member John Tyo and the UU Religious Education children's group!

Glossary of Beekeeping Terms

For a print-able version, scroll to the Files section at the very bottom of this webpage and click on the document BeeGlossary4pages2columnsNarrowMargin.doc.  It is a Word 95 document.  Before you print, be sure to adjust the margins to "Narrow" or .49 on all four sides, be sure it is in two column format and go to Properties (once you've opened the Print window) to select 2-sided printing, long side.  This should completely fill 4 pages that can be printed on 2 sheets of paper.

Abdomen - the third region of the body of a bee enclosing the honey stomach, true stomach, intestine, sting, and reproductive organs.
Absconding swarm - an entire colony of bees that abandons the hive because of disease, wax moth, excessive heat or water, lack of resources, or other reasons.
Acarine disease - The name of the disease caused by the tracheal mite (Acarapis woodi). See Tracheal mite.
Afterswarm - a small swarm which may leave the hive after the first or primary swarm has departed. These afterswarms usually have less bees associated with them than the primary swarm.
American foulbrood - a brood disease of honey bees caused by the spore-forming bacterium, Paenibacillus larvae. The spore stage of the bacterium can remain viable for many years, making is difficult to eliminate the disease.
Apiary - colonies, hives, and other equipment assembled in one location for beekeeping operations; also known as a bee yard.
Apiculture - the science and art of raising honey bees.
Apis mellifera - scientific name of the honey bee found in the United States.
Paenibacillus larvae - the bacterium that causes American foulbrood.
Bee blower - an engine with attached blower used to dislodge bees from combs in a honey super by creating a high-velocity, high-volume wind.
Bee bread - a mixture of collected pollen and nectar or honey, deposited in the cells of a comb to be used as food by the bees.
Bee brush - a brush or whisk broom used to gently remove bees from combs.
Bee escape - a device used to remove bees from honey supers or buildings by permitting bees to pass one way but preventing their return.
Beehive - a box or receptacle with movable frames, used for housing a colony of bees.
Bee metamorphosis - the three stages through which a bee passes before reaching maturity: egg, larva, and pupa. During the pupal stage, large fat reserves are used to transform both the internal and external anatomy of the bee.
Bee space - 3/8-inch space between combs and hive parts in which bees build no comb or deposit only a small amount of propolis. Bee spaces are used as corridors to move within the hive.
Beeswax - a complex mixture of organic compounds secreted by four pairs of special glands on the worker bee's abdomen and used for building comb. Its melting point is from 143.6 to 147.2 degrees F.
Bee veil - a cloth or form of hat usually made of wire netting to protect the beekeeper's head and neck from stings.
Bee venom - the poison secreted by special glands attached to the stinger of the bee.
Boardman feeder - a device for feeding bees that consists of an inverted jar with an attachment allowing access to the hive entrance.
Bottom board - the floor of a beehive that all the other components build upon.
Brace comb - a small bit of wax built between two combs or frames to fasten them together. Brace comb is also built between a comb and adjacent wood, or between two wooden parts such as top bars.
Braula coeca - the scientific name of a wingless fly commonly known as the bee louse.
Brood - immature bees that not yet emerged from their cells. Brood can be in the form of eggs, larvae, or pupae of different ages.
Brood chamber - the part of the hive in which the brood is reared; may include one or more hive bodies and the combs within.
Burr comb - a bit of wax built upon a comb or upon a wooden part in a hive but not connected to any other part.
Capped brood - pupae whose cells have been sealed with a porous cover by mature bees to isolate them during their nonfeeding pupal period; also called sealed brood.
Cappings - a thin layer of wax used to cover the full cells of honey. This layer of wax is sliced from the surface of a honey-filled comb.
Castes - a term used to describe social insects of the same species and sex that differ in morphology or behavior. In honey bees there are two castes, workers and queens. The drones are a different sex and therefore not included.
Cell - the hexagonal compartment of comb built by honeybees.
Chilled brood - Bee larvae and pupae that have died from exposure to cold. This typically occurs in spring when the colony is expanding rapidly and on cold nights there aren't enough bees to keep the brood warm.
Chunk honey - honey cut from frames and placed in jars along with liquid honey.
Clarifying - removing visible foreign material from honey or wax to increase its purity.
Clarifying Tank - any tank or holding vessel that is use to temporarily store honey while the wax and other material separate from the honey.
Cluster - a large group of bees hanging together, one upon another.
Colony - all the worker bees, drones, queen, and developing brood living together in one hive or other dwelling.
Comb - a mass of six-sided cells made by honey bees in which brood is reared and honey and pollen are stored; composed of two layers united at their bases.
Comb foundation - a commercially made structure consisting of thin sheets of beeswax with the cell bases of worker cells embossed on both sides in the same manner as they are produced naturally by honey bees.
Comb honey - honey produced and sold in the comb. It is produced either by cutting the comb from the frame or when the comb is built in special frames which allow for its easy removal.
Creamed honey - honey which has crystallized under controlled conditions to produce a tiny crystal and a smooth texture. Often a starter or seed is used to help control the crystallization.
Crimp-wired foundation - comb foundation which crimp wire is embedded vertically during the manufacturing of the foundation. The wire increases the strength of the foundation.
Cross-pollination - the transfer of pollen from an anther of one plant to the stigma of a different plant of the same species.
Crystallization - the formation of sugar crystals in honey. Synonym: Granulation
Cut-comb honey - comb honey cut into various sizes, the edges drained, and the pieces wrapped or packed individually
Decoy hive - a hive placed to attract stray swarms.
Dextrose - one of the two principal sugars found in honey; forms crystals during granulation. Also known as glucose.
Dividing - separating a colony to form two or more colonies.
Division board feeder - a wooden or plastic compartment which is hung in a hive like a frame and contains feed for bees.
Double screen - a wooden frame with two layers of wire screen to separate two colonies within the same hive, one above the other. An entrance is cut on the upper side and placed to the rear of the hive for the upper colony.
Drawn combs - cells which have been built out by honey bees from foundation in a frame.
Drifting of bees - the failure of bees to return to their own hive in an apiary containing many colonies. Young bees tend to drift more than older bees, and bees from small colonies tend to drift into larger colonies.
Drone - the male honey bee
Drone comb - comb measuring about four cells per linear inch that is used for drone rearing and honey storage.
Drone layer - an infertile or unmated laying queen or worker.
Dysentery - a condition of adult bees characterized by severe diarrhea and usually caused by starvation, low-quality food,, confinement due to poor weather conditions, or nosema infection.
European foulbrood - an infectious disease which only affects the brood of honey bees and is caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pluton.
Extracted honey - honey removed from the comb.
Extractor - a machine which removes honey from the cells of comb by centrifugal force.
Fermentation - the process of yeast utilizing sugar as a food, and as a byproduct, produce alcohol. Honey typically does not have enough moisture for fermentation to occur.
Fertile queen - a queen, which has been inseminated, naturally or artificially, and can lay fertilized eggs.
Field bees - worker bees generally two to three weeks old that work to collect nectar, pollen, water, and propolis for the colony.
Follower board - a thin board the size of a frame that can be inserting into a hive to reduce the space available to the bees. This is done to help smaller colonies that may have trouble keeping the brood nest warm.
Frame - a piece of equipment made of either wood or plastic designed to hold the honey comb.
Fructose - the predominant simple sugar found in honey.
Fume board - a rectangular cover the size of a super which has an absorbent material on the underside. A chemical is placed on the material to drive the bees out of supers for honey removal.
Fumigilin-B - an antibiotic used in the prevention and suppression of nosema disease.
Glucose - see "Dextrose."
Grafting - removing a worker larva from its cell and placing it in a queen cup in order to have it reared into a queen.
Grafting tool - a needle or probe designed for transferring larvae from worker cells to a queen cells.
Granulation - the formation of sugar crystals in honey which may cause it to turn solid.
Hive - the structure used by bees for a home.
Hive body - a wooden box which encloses the frames and is usually used as a brood chamber.
Hive stand - a structure that supports the hive.
Hive tool - a metal device used to open hives, pry frames apart, and scrape wax and propolis from the hive parts.
Honey - a sweet viscid material produced by bees from the nectar of flowers, composed largely of a mixture of sugars dissolved in about 17 percent water. It contains small amounts of mineral matter, vitamins, proteins, and enzymes.
Honeydew - a sweet liquid excreted by aphids, leaflhoppers, and some scale insects that is collected by bees, especially in the absence of a good source of nectar.
Honey house - building used for extracting honey and storing equipment.
Honey stomach - a specially designed organ in the abdomen of the honey bee used for carrying nectar, honey, or water.
Increase - to add to the number of colonies, usually by dividing those on hand.
Inner cover - a lightweight cover used under a standard telescoping cover on a beehive.
Instrumental insemination - the introduction of drone spermatozoa into the genital organs of a virgin queen by means of special instruments.
Invertase - an enzyme produced by the honey bee which helps to transform sucrose to dextrose and levulose.
Larva (plural, larvae) - the second stage of bee metamorphosis; a white, legless, grublike insect.
Laying worker - a worker which lays infertile eggs, producing only drones, usually in colonies that are hopelessly queenless.
Levulose - see "Fructose."
Mating flight - the flight taken by a virgin queen while she mates in the air with several drones.
Mead - honey wine.
Migratory beekeeping - the moving of colonies of bees from one locality to another during a single season to take advantage of two or more honey flows.
Nectar - a sweet and often fragrant liquid secreted by the nectaries of plants for attracting animals. Nectar is the raw product of honey.
Nectar flow - a time when nectar is plentiful and bees produce and store surplus honey.
Nectar guide - color marks on flowers believed to direct insects to nectar sources.
Nectaries - the glands of plants which secrete nectar, located within the flower or on other portions of the plant (extrafloral nectaries).
Nosema - a disease of the adult honey bee caused by the protozoan Nosema apis. The microbe destroys the gut of the bee and severe infections result in malnutrition and dysentery.
Nucleus - a hive of bees which consists of fewer frames than a typical hive and may be smaller in size. A nucleus usually consists of two to five frames of comb and used primarily for starting new colonies or rearing or storing queens; also called and commonly referred to a nuc.
Nurse bees - young bees, three to ten days old, which feed and take care of developing brood.
Observation hive - a hive made largely of glass or clear plastic to allow for the observation of bees at work.
Package bees - a quantity of adult bees (2 to 5 pounds), with or without a queen, contained in a screened shipping cage with a food source.
PDB (Paradichlorobenzene) - crystals used to fumigate stored combs against wax moth.
Pheromones - chemical substances secreted from glands and used as a means of communication. Honey bees secrete many different pheromones.
Play flight - short flight taken in front of or near the hive to acquaint young bees with their immediate surroundings.
Pollen - the male reproductive cell bodies produced by anthers of flowers. It is collected and used by honey bees as their source of protein.
Pollen basket - a flattened depression surrounded by curved hairs, located on the outer surface of a bee's hind legs and adapted for carrying pollen to the hive.
Pollen substitute - any material such as soybean flour, powdered skim milk, brewer's yeast, or a mixture of these used in place of pollen as a source of protein to stimulate brood rearing. Typically feed to a hive in early spring to encourage colony expansion.
Pollen supplement - a mixture of pollen and pollen substitutes used to stimulate brood rearing typically in early spring to encourage colony expansion.
Pollen trap - a device for removing pollen loads from the pollen baskets of incoming bees.
Pollination - the transfer of pollen from the anthers to the stigrna of flowers.
Primary swarm - the first swarm to leave the parent colony, usually with the old queen (see secondary swarm).
Propolis - sap or resinous materials collected from trees or plants by bees and used to strengthen the comb and to seal cracks; also called bee glue.
Pupa - the third stage in the development of the honey bee, during which it changes (pupates) from a larva to an adult bee.
Queen - a female bee with a fully developed reproductive system, and she is larger and longer than a worker bee.
Queen cage - a small cage in which a queen and three to five worker bees are confined for shipping and introduction into a colony.
Queen cell - a special elongated cell in which the queen is reared. It is above an inch or more long and hangs down from the comb in a vertical position.
Queen clipping - removing a portion of one or both front wings of a queen to prevent her from flying.
Queen excluder - metal or plastic device with spaces that permit the passage of workers but restrict the movement of drones and queens to a specific part of the hive.
Robbing - stealing of nectar, or honey, by bees from other colonies which happens more often during a nectar dearth.
Royal jelly - a highly nutritious glandular secretion of young bees, used to feed the queen and young brood.
Sacbrood - a viral disease which affects the larva of honey bees.
Scout bees - worker bees searching for a new source of pollen, nectar, propolis, water, or a new home for a swarm of bees.
Secondary swarm - a smaller swarm which may occur after the primary swarm has occurred.
Skep - a beehive made of twisted straw without movable frames.
Slatted rack - a wooden rack that fits between the bottom board and hive body. Bees make better use of the lower brood chamber with increased brood rearing. Congestion at the front entrance is reduced which can also reduce the swarming tendency.
Slumgum - the refuse from melted comb and cappings after the wax has been rendered or removed.
Smoker - a device in which materials are slowly burned to produce smoke (not flames) which is used to subdue bees. It is important to use a material that produces a cool smoke as not to harm the bees.
Solar wax melter - a glass-covered insulated box used to melt wax from combs and cappings by the heat of the sun.
Spur embedder - a handheld device used for embedding wires into foundation with the purpose of reinforcing the foundation.
Stinger - the modified structure of a worker honey bee used as a weapon of offense. Honey bees have a barbed stinger which stays embedded in the recipient of sting cause the bee to later die.
Streptococcus pluton - bacteria that cause European foulbrood.
Sucrose - principal sugar found in nectar.
Super - any hive body, or smaller box, used for the storage of surplus honey which the beekeeper will harvest. Normally it is placed over or above the brood chamber. Betterbee offers shallow, medium, and deep supers.
Supersedure - the natural replacement of an established queen by a newly reared queen in the same hive.
Surplus honey - honey removed from the hive which exceeds that needed by bees for their own use.
Swarm - a large number of worker bees, drones, and usually the old queen that leaves the parent colony to establish a new colony.
Swarming - the natural process of propagating a colony of honey bees.
Swarm cell - queen cells usually found on the bottom of the combs before swarming.
Terramycin - an antibiotic used to prevent American and European foulbrood.
Uncapping knife - a knife used to shave or remove the cappings from combs of sealed honey prior to extraction. These can be heated by steam or electricity.
Uniting - combining two or more colonies to form one larger colony.
Virgin queen - a queen which is not mated.
Wax glands - glands that secrete beeswax, which are in pairs on the underside of the last four abdominal segments.
Wax moth - larvae of the moth Golleria mellonclia, which can seriously damage brood and empty combs.
Winter cluster - a ball-like arrangement of adult bees within the hive during winter.
Worker bee - a female bee whose reproductive organs are undeveloped. The majority of the honey bees are worker bees and they do all the work in the colony except for laying fertile eggs.
Worker comb - comb measuring about five cells to the inch, in which workers are reared and honey and pollen are stored.

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An excellent glossary of bee terminology

The Empire State Honey Producers Assn.
A great local resource!
Greg Kalacin,
Harmony Farm * Lisbon, NY * 315 322-4208

For information about planting specific native flowers highly beneficial to the bees and more,
check out:

Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation  

is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat.
For over forty years, the Society has been at the forefront of invertebrate protection worldwide,
harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation programs.

They have written a book on natural pest control to protect pollinators and offered a "Pollinator Short Course"
in conjunction with NOFA-NY.

All kinds of resource information here!

Honeycomb to Consumer – Marketing Small Scale Honey

Small-scale farmers and hobbyists are keeping more honeybees than ever in NY.  With concerns about adulterated foreign honey, local honey is becoming more popular.  This new bulletin provides guidelines for small-scale honey producers who are extracting, packing, and marketing honey. 
It covers New York’s honey rules, proper labeling, packing area sanitation, health claims, and includes a wide range of marketing ideas to inspire newer honey farmers.  
It was written by Jim Ochterski, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County in collaboration with small-s
cale beekeepers and the Empire State Honey Producers Association.

You can download the guide

More guides on other marketing topics can be found at

The Barefoot Beekeeper – tutorials & podcasts

Recommended by Mark Berninghausen:

Recommended by Discussion Group regular Bonnie Corse:
David & Sheri Burns from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms in Central Illinois

What Should I Be Doing With My Bees This Month
This blog is for beekeepers in Northern climates.

 Beekeeper's Calendar
      This is a monthly checklist of activities for the beekeeper though they note that all schedules are dependent on weather, climate, neighborhood and even the type of bees you have.  Also, subtract at least a couple of weeks for the fact that they're in southwestern Connecticut!

and a feature film, released in March 2011:
Queen of the Sun: What are Bees Telling Us?

and on PBS, Silence of the Bees

In the winter of 2006, a strange phenomenon fell upon honeybee hives across the country. Without a trace, millions of bees vanished from their hives. Silence of the Bees is the first in-depth look at the search to uncover what is killing the honeybee. The film goes beyond the unsolved mystery to tell the story of the honeybee itself, its invaluable impact on our diets and takes a look at what’s at stake if honeybees disappear. Silence of the Bees explores the complex world of the honeybee in crisis and instills in viewers a sense of urgency to learn ways to help these extraordinary animals.  Silence of the Bees premiered on PBS October 28, 2007.

"Tough Love" for Bees? 
An interesting article, and full of resources.
Click Here.

Bee keeping Resources for Children of all ages

Click Here.

Bookmark This Page! (the one you're on now!)
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The National Honey Board
Honey Energy Bars
(makes 36 servings)

In a 4 cup glass bowl put 2/3 cup honey
Put in microwave on high for 2-3 minutes, to boil.
Add 3/4 cup peanut butter and 4 cups granola to bowl, mix well.
Optional: add chocolate chips or other goodies
Spread in a 13x 9 baking pan and sprinkle with sea salt.
Slice in to 36 bars and ENJOY!

P A S T  (and future)  E V E N T S   B E L O W

Many thanks  to Mark Berninghausen of Squeak Creek Apiaries and Greg Kalacin of Harmony Farms and the Empire State Honey Producers Assn. for all of their assistance helping us provide training and networking to the enthusiastic beekeepers of the North Country!


Ideas for Future Events and Workshops

compiled by Bonnie Corse

If you are interested in attending, presenting, hosting, teaching  any of these topics please let us know!


How it's made.
Uses for beeswax.
How to make beeswax candles.
Beeswax lip balm.
Beeswax hand salve.
Can be used to lubricate wood for ease in opening and closing.
Can be used to condition your wooden cutting boards.
Can be used to waterproof leather.
Waxing for skis, toboggans.


How do you taste, grade, evaluate and judge different flavors of honey.
Raw honey vs. heated honey.
Crystallization is normal.
How to make creamed honey.
Health benefits of honey.
Cooking with honey - baking and storing.
Uses for bee pollen.
Uses for propolis.
Bee venom therapy.


Home sales and store sales, how do you manage them.
Label requirements.
Preference of glass jars or plastic.
Sale of liquid honey, creamed honey, comb honey. What is popular.
What are some problems that could occur with sales.
What do you do about crystallization in jars?
Does your bulk honey ever crystallize before bottling?


                                  P A S T   E V E N T S


 Starting Your Summer Hive
with Package Bees 

Beginner Bee Workshop & Mentoring Sessions
two part series begins
Saturday, April 19, 3-5 pm
UU Church side entrance, 3-1/2 Main St., Canton NY

The Local Living Venture has hosted a Bees & Beekeeping Discussion Group on the last Wednesday of the month since March of 2011.  Recently, the members of the group pulled together a wonderful workshop for beginners, sharing what they've learned about how to get started with bees!  It was great and will be repeated, but in the meantime, this harsh winter left many an empty hive coming into Spring.  We organized a "package bee" buying co-op and 24 hives will be the beneficiary when we receive our order on April 26th!

The upshot is that the group decided that just before the packages are delivered we should host a workshop sharing "what to do with them" once you have the package bees and an empty hive -- and then to go beyond filling the hives; moving into the summer months, as well. 

Two Part Workshop
The really neat thing we're planning is that once you take the April Starting Your Hive workshop, attendees who own or can borrow a bee suit will be eligible to join one of the beekeepers who is receiving a package later that month, so they can assist in actually DOING the hive filling with them!  This is a wonderful opportunity!  Also, a later workshop in the Summer will be on the topic of harvesting! Should be another fun one.

Reserve Your Spot
There is a suggested donation of $20, $5 student for this two-part Beginner Bee workshop  (free or reduced fee, on a free will basis, for Bee Package Co-op participants.)
Scholarships are available if needed, when you RSVP. 

Email us
to RSVP for your spot -- and we will send you the location and other information.

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Do You Need Bees for Spring 2014?!?
We are putting together a group order for packaged bees and queens for the Spring.
They are scheduled for delivery and pick-up in Wilkes-Barre, PA, on April 26. 
We coordinated the purchase of a minimum of 10 packages,
to get the price of $94.50 each (3lb.) and make the travel worthwhile.
Travel to collect them will be reimbursed by the group - it's about a 5 hour drive, 280 miles each way. 
Check out more info here:
If you are interested in joining, please contact us as soon as possible.  We'll coordinate from there!

We put together 24 packages for a dozen or so beekeepers in a cooperative purchasing arrangement - and we'll receive our bees on April 26!
(It may not be too late to order more bees, up until April 23 or so - Email us for details)

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 Bees & BeeKeeping   Queen Bee in front of honeycomb
   Workshop for Beginners  

Wednesday, October 16, 7 pm
Social Room (side entrance) UU Church, 3-1/2 Main St. enter side lot on Court Street, Canton.
* Join us for a workshop geared to the general public who are interested in becoming a beekeeper!
* We will share with you all of the basics to get started -- and doing so in the Fall is very important if you wish to have bees next year!

Several members of the Bee Discussion Group have created a community-led beginner beekeeping workshop - just for you! (The Discussion Group is an informal monthly get together held on the last Wednesday of each month - see listing for October 30 below and please join in!)

The workshop on October 16th will present:
Resources, Equipment and Gear, a Timeline of a year in a North Country bee yard, the Bare Bones Essentials of keeping bees, Biology, Pests, Diseases & Terminology for the lay person - as well as checking out local honey.

RSVP for the Beginner Bee workshop is not necessary but helpful if you want to get on our mailing list for future notices of beekeeping resources.

Future workshops will include Hands-On in the Bee Yard in the Spring, plus Pests & Predators and a session of Honey Extraction in the Summer.

There is a suggested donation of $15 ($5 student), free-will donation.

   "Bee-ology" -- Basic Bee Biology for Beginning Beekeepers  
  Saturday, May 19,
2012 Learning Farm Classroom at Cooperative Extension, Rt 68

Expert beekeeper Mark Berninghausen of Squeak Creek Apiaries will be our presenter, discussing the anatomy and physiology of the honey bee, for beginner to advanced levels.  Mark will share what a honeybee looks like close up, examining what makes a honeybee distinct from other insects. 

Suggested donation of $10 to $20, sliding scale, $5 student - scholarships available when you RSVP. 
Email us if you have questions,need directions, or to RSVP (not necessary in this case, but helpful!).

Owner of Squeak Creek Apiaries, Mr. Berninghausen has been keeping bees since 1976 and has been
providing local sourced honey for the North Country since 1988 through his Squeak Creek Apiaries based in Brasher Falls, NY, (315) 769-2566.  He has been by maintaining more than 500 colonies of bees across the St. Lawrence River Valley, which are also used to pollinate apple orchards in the region each Spring.  Overwintering his hives in South Carolina allows his bees to be ready for early Spring pollination needs as well as the production of nucleus colonies for use by local beekeepers.
Along with his Associates Degree in Commercial Beekeeping from the
Agricultural Technical Institute at Ohio State University, Mark spent 20 seasons working as an Apiary Inspector with the N.Y. State Department of Ag & Markets and many years working with other commercial beekeepers.

 Basic Bee Hive Components + Equipment & Gear

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 7 PM
with Greg Kalacin of the  Empire State Honey Producer's Assn.
  Colton Town  Hall, 94 Main St, Colton

  SLU's Romer Lecture:  'Honeybee Democracy' 
  Wednesday, April 4
, 2012 7:30 PM       (not an SLP coordinated event)
  Hepburn Hall, St. Lawrence University, Canton
  (see campus map below)

   Cornell University Biology Professor Thomas D. Seeley will give a talk called "Honeybee Democracy" on Wednesday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Hepburn Hall at St. Lawrence University.  (Note:  here is a link to the campus map.  Hepburn Hall is #14.  The 2012 Alfred Romer Memorial Lecture event is open to the public free of charge and will be followed by a book-signing. Seeley's books will be available at the lecture, as well as in the Brewer Bookstore.
   Seeley will describe how honeybees make decisions: collectively and democratically. Every year, faced with the life-or-death problem of choosing a new home, honeybees stake everything on a process that includes collective fact-finding, vigorous debate and consensus-building. Seeley will discuss how these bees evaluate potential nest sites, advertise their discoveries to one another, engage in open deliberation, choose a final site and navigate together - as a swirling cloud of bees - to their new home.
    He will argue that these incredible insects have much to teach us when it comes to achieving collective wisdom. A decision-making group should consist of individuals with shared interests and mutual respect, a leader's influence should be minimized, diverse solutions should be sought, vigorous debate of the options should be encouraged, and the majority will should be counted on for a dependable solution. "We will see," Seeley says, "that with the right organization, decision-making groups can be smarter than even the smartest individual in them."

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2011 Bee Workshop Schedule

Bees and BeeKeeping Workshop for Novices
March 2, 2011, 7 pm
Canton Unitarian Universalist Church Sanctuary
Main Church Entrance, 3-1/2 Main Street, Canton, NY
Due to overflow capacity in February, this 2nd Workshop is now scheduled on March 2! 
Join us on March 2nd when Mark Berninghausen of Squeak Creek Apiaries will demonstrate with empty bee hive boxes and answer all of your questions about bees and beekeeping. 
His background includes an AAS Degree in Commercial Beekeeping from Ohio State University's Agricultural Technical Institute, 20 years of seasonal work with the NYS Dept. of Agriculture and Markets, 20-plus years working with and for other beekeepers in Ohio and NY, Florida, and South Carolina, and much more.

RSVP appreciated but not necessary. 
(LocalLivingVenture@gmail.comAll are welcome.  A donation of up to $10 is requested for the Workshop.

Our First Ever BeeKeeping Workshop & Discussion
For Immediate Release
Contact:  Chelle Lindahl, 315.347.4223 or             



What / Why:    BeeKeeping Workshop & Discussion
Where:            Scoopuccino's Bakery & Cafe, 167 Market Street, Potsdam,  NY
When:             7 PM, Thursday, February 3, 2011
Cost:               "Free Will" donation, no one will be turned away.
Contact:          315.347.4223, www. SustainableLivingProject .net, or



POTSDAM, NY -- A workshop and discussion on Bees and BeeKeeping will feature local expert Mark Berninghausen of Squeak Creek Apiaries as the workshop presenter.  His background includes an AAS Degree in Commercial Beekeeping from Ohio State University's Agricultural Technical Institute, 20 years of seasonal work with the NYS Dept. of Agriculture and Markets, 20-plus years working with and for other beekeepers in Ohio and NY, Florida, and South Carolina, and much more.  Empty hives and other equipment will be shown and their uses discussed.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 3rd and is sponsored by the Sustainable Living Project (SLP), coordinator of the Local Living Festival in September.  It will be held in the comfortable parlor at the rear of Scoopuccino's Bakery & Cafe at 167 Market Street in Potsdam. 

A la carte dining and dessert will be available for those who wish to support the host venue, or who are just plain hungry.    Dinners range from $7-19 and includes local black angus and homemade gelato! 
Please arrive 15 minutes early if you plan to order food, even if just from the bakery counter, in order to avoid disruption.

All beekeeping skill levels are welcome.  Space is limited, so an RSVP is necessary - especially since, if there is overflow or weather cancellation, a second date will be added.

Please contact the SLP at 315-347-4223 or LocalLivingVenture @ gmail .com for reservations or more information.  This event is a free-will donation basis to support the Festival and year-round Workshops. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.  The Sustainable Living Project is part of Seedcorn, a non-profit, 510(c)3 educational organization in St. Lawrence County, NY and can be viewed on the web at www. SustainableLivingProject .net.

A la carte dining and dessert will be available for those who wish to support the host venue, or who are just plain hungry.    Dinners range from $7-19 and includes local black angus and homemade gelato!  Please arrive 15 minutes early if you plan to order food, even if just from the bakery counter, in order to avoid disruption.

Please RSVP as seating is limited.  A second event may be scheduled if there is overflow or a weather cancellation, so calling ahead is recommended: 315 347 4223 or
Please Note
the Workshop name, your cell or other best contact phone prior to the Workshop, and number in your party  - their names and contact info is helpful as well.


Many thanks to presenter   
Mark Berninghausen of   
 Squeak Creek Apiaries 
in Brasher Falls, NY   

(315) 769-2566   


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