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Tunbridge Worlds Fair

Hello all, I just want to comment on the great experience it is to staff the booth at the Tunbridge Fair. It is nice to see so many young people taking an active role in agriculture. Even if you do not work at the Fair it is heart warming to see the interaction of the young 4H members with their cows, sheep, horses, pigs etc. maybe there is hope for the world.
There are many people that stop and have questions concerning beekeeping. It is fun to be able to answer their questions and actually feel that you know what you are talking about !!!!Yikes !!!!
I want to thank Bill and Doug (and probably others) for organizing and taking care of setting up and removing the booth and display, great job. Already looking forward to next year.

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Queen Identification Idea

Post by member Hugh Gibson:

Below I thought I might share a small technique I use to know what color marked queen is in a particular hive before opening it.

The last couple of years I started to make my own nucs and over wintering them allowing me to get away from buying package bees. It has worked fantastically. I only have 5 hives from various years and I was raising my own queens and painting the color code onto them. When I returned to the nucs and hives I could never remember what color I was looking for. Not that it was awfully necessary to know up front to find the queen.

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Loss of Vermont hay fields limits food for bees

BETH GARBITELLI 12:13 a.m. EDT April 14, 2014

A slow change in agricultural practices is having an unintended consequence: limiting food for bees.

Since the 1980s, Vermont has lost more than 100,000 acres of hay fields that used to be full of bee friendly blooming alfalfa and clover. That means bees today aren’t finding as many flowering plants as they need to flourish. And while hay is still grown, it is often cut before it can bloom, making it more nutritious for cows but bad for bees.

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Birds and the Bees

This photo was sent in by Jeffery Hamelman.  It was taken by a friend of his, Mary Holland.

Chickadee on hive-1