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Meeting this Sunday May 22nd
El Dorado Backyard Beekeepers are back on our regular schedule and meeting this Sunday, May 22nd. Chuck Jachens will do a presentation on Top Bar Hives and respond to your questions. Chuck has been very successful with his top bar hives and is happy to share his knowledge with us. There will also be some time for general discussion as well as some Q & A time for those with older hives as well as for new beekeepers. Snacks to share are always enjoyed! The club provides water and some sodas. Boxes from bee packages will be collected at this meeting so please bring yours if you purchased bees through EDBBK. If you have boxes but will not be attending this meeting, please contact us to make other arrangements.
You are welcome to come as early as 3:30 and talk with fellow beekeepers before the meeting starts at 4:00 pm. Our meetings are held at the Senior Center in Placerville. To get there, take Hwy 50 and turn at the light onto Bedford (left going east, right going west). Keep left onto Spring St. (Hwy 49) go thru the stop sign then turn left on Tunnel St, right on Robin Ct. The door to enter has WIC over the door. Our signs will be out to help locate us.
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Literate people wanted!
Have you read a beek book that you really like? How about one that didn't have any useful information? Well, until EDBBK has a library, we can at least share what books to get (and not get!). If you can take 10 minutes after you read a book and can write a quick review of a book you have read, and what you thought, it can help you fellow members.
Try to answer: Is this good, useful, accurate information? What is the audience (newbie, advanced, entomologist...)? Was it fun to read? Is it one you will keep as a reference or one you sucked dry in one sitting?
For a start, there are 3 or 4 books at the main ElDorado Library. Are they worth it? Jennifer Berry in the Jume 2013 issue of Bee Culture did a quick survey among beekeepers (hobbyist and commercial), honey bee academics and beekeeping supply purveyors. [She] asked them to answer a simple question: what books or beekeeping information would you recommend to 1) a beginner and 2) a more experienced beekeeper. Here is her list (in order of most nominations to least):
The Beekeepers Handbook
First Lessons in Beekeeping
The ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture
Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping
The Hive and the Honey Bee
A Book of Bees: And How to Keep Them
Beekeeping: A Practical Guide
The Wisdom of the Hive
The Biology of the Honey Bee
The Buzz About Bees
Some other ideas:
Keeping Honey Bees (This is required reading for Mich. Master Beekeeper)
So, are you a secret critic? Always wanted to help others get value from the club but don't want to train, or mentor? Here is a way to do that. Look to our Forum and start reading!!
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