October 23, 2015 Beekeepers Meeting

76 Persons in attendance


Called to Order by: President Giles Berrier


Invocation was given by: Aaron Ferguson

Speaker was:    Betsy Cooke with Concord Wildlife Alliance

Her Presentation was On:    “Harvesting Rainwater”


The Eight Principles of Successful Rainwater Harvesting


  1. Begin with long and thoughtful observation.  Use all your senses to see where the water flows and how.
  2. Start at the top (highpoint) of your watershed and work your way down.  This allows for easy gravity-fed distribution.
  3. Start small and simple.  Many small strategies are far more efficient than one big one.
  4. Spread and infiltrate the flow of water.  Rather than having water erosively run off the land’s surface, encourage it to stick around to infiltrate into the soil.  Slow it, spread it, and sink it.
  5. Always plan an overflow route, and manage that overflow as a resource.
  6. Create a living sponge.  Maximize living and organic groundcover to create a living sponge so harvest water is used to grow more resources.
  7. Do more than just harvest water.  For example, berms can double as high and dry raised paths.  Plantings can be placed to cool buildings in summer.  Vegetation can be selected to provide food.
  8. Continually reassess your system: the “feedback loop.”  Observe how your work affects the site – beginning again with the first principle.  Make any needed changes.   


Secretary & Treasury Report


We are accepting membership dues for 2016.  We now have 138 members.  Local membership is $8.00 for an individual and $10.00 for a family.  State membership is $15.00.   


Bob’s Hive Report


Bees are sensitive to the shorter days.  They continue to organize their pollen and nectar so don’t move frames around because they have the brood nest, pollen and nectar stored where they want it.  In the afternoon your hives may have a lot of bees out front learning how to fly.  We are at the end of our window to treat for Varroa mites.  It needs to be done now.  Nosema treatment needs to be done when the temperature is 60 or above.  It’s important to do it now and repeat treatment in 7-10 days. Feed syrup if the hive is light. Bees need a heavy syrup to increase their weight over the winter. 


Bob’s Flower Report


Golden Rod, Aster, False Dandelion, Rabbit Tobacco, and Smartweed




Door Prizes




2-Bags of Bee Candy, Beeswax Candle, Sweet Potato Pie




Please let me know of any Beekeepers who are sick or in the hospital.