Travis County Beekeepers August 2021 Meeting – IN PERSON

Monday August 2, 2021 – 7:00-9:00pm – IN PERSON MEETING at Texas Honey Bee Farm

Topic: We will be demo-ing Honey Extraction ๐Ÿ™‚

Speaker: Jesus Soto has over 50 years of experience keeping bees for honey production. He began his career in Bolivia and was there when the Africanized bees entered the country and changed the face of beekeeping. He moved to Southern California, got his master’s degree in Entomology and kept bees for more than 30 years in Malibu and other coastal areas where he managed hives for honey production and sold thousands of pounds of honey.

Monday July 5, 2021 – 7:00-8:30pm- This meeting will be via ZOOM online: Topic: Hive inspections 101 for Beginners

This class is geared toward the beginner but it actually pulls together much of the info around understanding the brood nest layout and working with it in a bee centered way. It includes a bit about the wheel of the year too.

Speaker is Fonta Molyneaux. She is a Mother of 3, Master herbalist, botanist and beekeeper living in the Pacific Northwest where she owns and operates Wild Everlasting Farm Bees & Trees. 30 acres devoted to exploring the relationship between People, Plants and Pollinators. Wild Everlasting is the Flagship Farm for the Oregon Bee Project & The Oregon department of Agriculture for conservation toward pollinator health and habitat. She also founded the Sun Queen School of Apiary Arts. Where she teaches Bee centered Beekeeping both online and in person to her many students far and wide sharing her love and passion of honey bees and Bioregional beekeeping. Follow her on Instagram @beekeepingbotanist  Or www.wildeverlasting.com

Link to Zoom Video of Meeting from July 2021

Travis County Beekeepers Meeting June 7th 7-9pm

Monday June 7, 2021 – 7:00-9:00pm – In person meeting at Texas Honey Bee Farm in SW Austin – 9874 Wier Loop Circle, Austin, TX 78736 – Our meeting topic is A Year’s Work of the Beekeeper and our speaker is:

American Honey Princess Virginia Allen

Virginia is the daughter of David and Mary-Ann Allen of Richardson, Texas.  She is a freshman at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor studying organizational leadership.  She is an active leader in her local Fire Explorers program and hopes to serve as a paramedic or flight nurse.  In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at church, reading, cross stitching, and rock climbing.  As the 2021 American Honey Princess, Virginia serves as a national spokesperson for the American Beekeeping Federation, a trade organization representing beekeepers and honey producers throughout the United States.  The American Honey Queen and Princess speak and promote in venues nationwide, and, as such, Princess Virginia will travel throughout the United States in 2021.  Prior to serving as the American Honey Princess, Virginia served as the 2020 Texas Honey Queen.

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TCBA Youth Mentoring & Scholarship Program Returns!

We are pleased to announce that the TCBA Youth Mentoring and Scholarship program is returning for another year!ย  Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 program.ย  This year we will also be adding an in-person interview section to the application process.ย  Completed applications will be accepted until March 30th, 2019.ย  *Any applications received after March 30th will automatically be disqualified.ย  The in-person interviews will be scheduled for Monday, April 1st, 2019.

Through our annual fundraising activities, member support, and donations from people like you, we are able to continue offering kids an opportunity to chase dreams that might otherwise seem out of reach to them. We are very excited to be able to continue this opportunity into 2019, and we hope will join us in helping enrich the lives of youths in our area.

“Finding a path or a hobby that you are passionate about is not always an easy task. And, once you do find a hobby you are interested in, it can be even harder to get started and find a reliable source to learn about your new hobby. This is why Youth Programs, such as this, play a very important role in the lives of our younger generations. TCBA’s Youth Mentoring Program is a scholarship based program designed to help today’s youth get started in beekeeping by providing them the resources and guidance needed to become tomorrow successful beekeepers. By becoming a young beekeeper, our youths are not only learning about the wondrous world of the honey bee, but they are also learning about the importance of our tiny friends in nature, as well as becoming better stewards for our world.”

~ John Swan| TCBA President

If you would like to learn more about this years Youth Mentoring Program, or to download an application, please visit our Scholarship Page.

 

Get Ready for the Mit-a-thon!!!

A single Varroa mite infestation can quickly spread and devastate hives across an entire region. Early detection and control are key to supporting honey bee health and preventing catastrophic infestations. Thatโ€™s why the Honey Bee Health Coalition, which has developed essential Varroa mite resources, is proud to support the first ever Mite-A-Thon.

The Coalition urges beekeepers to participate in this exciting and free event by visiting www.pollinator.org/miteathon.

 

The event, which will take place from Saturday, September 9, to Saturday, September 16, will help collect vital data on Varroa infestations across North America and help beekeepers and others confront these problematic parasites.

Participants will test the level of mites present in their hives using a standardized protocol utilizing two common methods of assessment โ€” powdered sugar roll or alcohol wash โ€” and upload their data at www.mitecheck.com, including location, total number of hives, number of hives tested, local habitat, and the number of Varroa mites counted from each hive.

Beekeepers and others also can learn more about Varroa mites and best practices to monitor and control them by visiting honeybeehealthcoalition.org/varroa/.

5th Annual Tour de Hives – August 18th, 19th, 20th at Zilker Botanical Gardens

Help save Texas Bees!
The 5th Annual Tour de Hives will encompass a 3 day weekend much like last year! All events take place at the Zilker Botanical Gardens Meeting space inside with AC! ๐Ÿ™‚ YEAR # 5 Here we go again!

We will have a Friday August 18, 2017 – Products of the Hive workshop – 1:30-4:30pm ($25)

The main public event with honey queens, hive touring, honey tasting, bee related vendors, silent auction, and raffle will be on Saturday August 19th, 2017 from 9am-4pm. – $5 per family/group. (Hive tours from 9-12pm due to heat)

Sunday August 20th from 9am-4pm will be a full day of beekeeper classes and learning opportunities with a Beginner 101 track and an Advanced 201 track – See webpage for more details! ($55 + lunch included, limited seating)

Proceeds will be used this year to:
Sponsor beekeeping scholarships for TCBA Youth Program
Support Randy Oliverโ€™s work at Scientific Beekeeping
Support Texas Master Beekeeper Program
Support American Beekeeping Federation
and more, we hope! ๐Ÿ™‚
Saving the world…one bee at a time!
More ways to help:
Please share links to the event with your followers and on your social media sites.
Please share with other potential sponsors, donors, and friends!
Bee ON the tour and share your bee yard!
Bee a volunteer at the event!
http://tourdehives.org – Main website
https://squareup.com/store/bee-friendly-foundation – direct link to store – to buy tix, pay for sponsorship, donate, etc.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚ See you at the event!

TCBA Starts a Youth Mentoring and Scholarship Program!!

Kids and Bees

TCBA Youth Mentoring and Scholarship Program

Thanks to the ground-work laid by our founder, Tanya Philips, as well as our ever supportive and growing number of members, we have finally reached one of our original goals. TCBA is very proud to announce that we have finally kicked off our inaugural Youth Mentoring Program!

Finding a path or a hobby that you are passionate about is not always an easy task. And, once you do find a hobby you are interested in, it can be even harder to get started and find a reliable source to learn about your new hobby. This is why Youth Programs, such as this, play a very important role in the lives of our younger generations. TCBA’s Youth Mentoring Program is a scholarship based program designed to help today’s youth get started in beekeeping by providing them the resources and guidance needed to become tomorrow successful beekeepers. By becoming a young beekeeper, our youths are not only learning about the wondrous world of the honey bee, but they are also learning about the importance of our tiny friends in nature, as well as becoming better stewards for our world.

Through our annual Tour de Hives event, fundraising activities, member support, and donations from people like you, we are able to offer kids an opportunity to chase dreams that might otherwise seem out of reach to them. We are very excited to bring this opportunity to Travis County, and we hope will join us in helping enrich the lives of youths in our area.

If you would like to learn more about our Youth Mentoring Program, please visit our Scholarship Page.

~ John Swan| TCBA President