Beekeeping for fun and the environment

Beekeeping can be a fun and challenging hobby. The thrill of tending your hives and being able to harvest your first jars of honey is great! The Pemi-Baker Beekeepers Association is group of veteran and beginner beekeepers in a variety of hive sizes and locations around the central New Hampshire area.

The Pemi-Baker Beekeepers Association welcomes all people interested in keeping honey bees, regardless of experience, to join us in learning and sharing information on techniques and procedures. We also offer a Bee School for beginners and a mentor program. Come join us!
Winter Hive Survey

Starting April 1, we will once again be collecting data on the 2019-2020 winter hive survival and comparing it to previous years.

The survey will open for submitting data online  from now  until 4/30 2019-20 NH Winter Beehive Survey.  The survey takes 5-10 minutes to fill out. If you would rather submit it through USPS, send me a note and I’ll get you a pdf of the questions.

We have a couple contests for those participating:

-One lucky survey participant will win a 1-year membership to NHBA

-The NH Bee club who has the largest percentage of membership participation will win $50 toward refreshments at a future meeting.

-The NH bee club with the 2nd largest participation rate  will win $25.

The analysis results will be available in mid-June.

2020 Healthy Hives

This year’s healthy hive theme, “HoneyBee Nutrition – NH is Blooming”, is focused on honeybee nutrition and being led by Deb Slocum.  The goal of the project is to build a database of when plants, trees, shrubs, etc. are blooming and whether pollinators are collecting from them.

In addition, we are asking beekeepers to note the color of pollen being brought into the hives and submit those observations too.  We are engaging garden clubs, school science programs, etc to help us collect as much information as possible through the year.

We have set up a website for this project:   https://www.nh-is-blooming.com where you will find:

-sample observation spreadsheets

-how to submit the info online, by email or usps mail

-see what is blooming in your area

-flower guides/references, etc.

We are finishing testing the website now – feel free to try submitting some “test” observations & let us know suggestions.   We plan to start accepting real observations on 4/1.

I want to give a shout out to Deb Slocum, John Schneider, and Peggy Dotter  –  It has been wonderful working with this team to pull the project together!

Upcoming Events
  1. Monthly Meeting April

    April 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Deadout CSI Project

Deadout CSI Project is still continuing.  If you do have a deadout, you can find the CSI checklist at :   DEADOUT CSI | NH Honey Bee Health  and if you would like submit your findings to the project

Hillside Beekeeping Supplies:

As of today, Tuesday March 24th, the bee pickup schedule has not changed for Packages and Nucs.

Please be aware of the following:

1) Due to COVID-19, all orders must be by phone or by our website.

Feel free to order using our website (www.hillsidebees.com) or calling (603-429-0808).  Our regular hours still apply. We are doing our best to get your order ready the day that you order. If you are picking up your order, we will send you an e-mail telling you when your items are ready.

We have a limited supply of mesh bags to help prevent bees from flying around in your car when you pick up your Packages or Nucs. The Bee Mesh Bags (link) will fit one Nuc or up to two Packages. If you order a Bee Mesh Bag, please remember to bring it when getting your bees.

2) The store will be closed Friday-Sunday before all scheduled Bee pickups.

If you need any supplies, you MUST purchase them BEFORE you pick up your bees. We can arrange for you to pick up items when you get your bees but would prefer you would get them PRIOR to bee pass-out.

3) We will contact you the week before pickup with more information.

Please don’t call to check on the status of the bees!  Any changes will be listed on our website, www.hillsidebees.com .

To limit face-to-face contact with people and to protect our customers and staff, we will need to work out a different process for customers to pick up their bees than previous years. Currently, we are deciding how to do this, keeping in mind social distancing to keep everyone safe.

Thank you for being patient during this difficult time and stay healthy so you can take care of your new bees when they arrive!

 

Thank You!

Allen Lindahl

Hillside Beekeeping Supplies

 

6034290808

hillsidebees.com

 

Mite Testing Project

We are collecting the last pieces of the Mite test project data – how did the hives do through the winter. Once we have that, we’ll publish final results.   We are also considering creating a website to make it easier to submit mite counts in the future, but currently we are focused on getting the NH-is-blooming website finished.

If you have any questions – please give me a shout!

Think Spring!   Heather Achilles