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    • 28 Oct 2021
    • 7:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting

    Vince Alloyo will have a mini presentation on winter feeding.

    Our main speaker will be Dr Simone-Finstrom. 

    He will present an overview of the wonders of propolis and the exciting nature of how honey bees’ use of antimicrobial plant resins as their own type of colony level immune defense. New research on the role of propolis in bee health and productivity in commercial beekeeping will be presented along with a discussion of ways that propolis can be collected and used by beekeepers.

    Dr. Simone-Finstrom has been a Research Molecular Biologist at the USDA Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Research Unit in Baton Rouge, LA since 2015. He earned his PhD at University of Minnesota, where he pioneered a line of work devoted to understanding the impacts of antimicrobial resin use by honey bees on colony health, which he still continues to study. Dr. Simone-Finstrom then earned a post-doc position and fellowship jointly with NC State University and the University of Pennsylvania on topics ranging from queen quality to migratory beekeeping to social immune defenses in honey bees. The overarching goals of all of his projects focus on how honey bees can be made stronger, healthier and more productive using their own natural defenses and traits. His current work aims to understanding how these traits work in concert in order to promote them within the beekeeping industry and identify components of viral resistance in honey bees.


    • 9 Nov 2021
    • 7:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting


    • 13 Nov 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • 2950 Potshop Road Worcester, PA 19490
    Register

    Join us for an evening of food, fun, and more at MCBA’s Annual Banquet at the Variety Club Camp in the center of Montgomery County!

    Tickets are being subsidised by MCBA this year and are greatly reduced! You will also receive $10 back in General Raffle tickets for every $15 ticket purchased and $5 back in General Raffle tickets for every $10 ticket purchased.

    This year’s event will be a BYOx, so bring your own wine, mead, beer, or whatever you choose to drink with your dinner. Other beverages will be provided.

    The banquet menu will feature Garden Salad, Butternut Squash Ravioli in a Spinach Cream Sauce, Mock Lasagna, Chicken Piccata, Italian Roast Pork, and Vegetables.

    As in the past, please bring a favorite appetizer or dessert to share. Please also include a sign saying what it is to help those with dietary restrictions.

    Bring your cash or check book to further participate in:

    General Raffle Table

    Premium Raffle Table

    Live Auction

    The evening will also include our traditional favorites:

    Photo Contest (one entry only per person)

    Honey Swap Table - if you bring a pound take a pound from someone else

    And the always entertaining Honey Baked Goods Contest!

    Bring your best baked goods, with honey as the primary ingredient, to be tasted by our esteemed panel of judges. Prizes awarded for the tastiest!

    Masks will be required to be worn when not eating or drinking regardless of vaccine status. 

    Please register no later than November 6th to join in the fun and ensure your spot.

    The dress code is casual.

    Hope to see you there!

    For mail-in registration, please click here.

    • 14 Dec 2021
    • 7:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting


    • 15 Feb 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center

    Check out the details here!

    ·        Welcome to Beekeeping - Sign-in and introductions

    ·        What level of commitment is required to keep honey bees

    ·        Getting tested for allergic reactions to bee stings

    ·        Equipment and gear needed

    ·        Ordering equipment, packages and nucs

    ·        Assembling and weatherproofing equipment

    ·        Selecting hive locations

    ·        Honey bees and varroa mites

    • 23 Feb 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting
    Register

    Brood rearing has started

                Honey bee biology (individual level life cycle)
                            Nutrition (pollen)
                            Seasonality of salt foraging in honey bees (Bonoan 2017)
                Sting reaction:  allergy testing
                Winter to spring: advantage of Spring feeding
                Importance of low mite levels in the spring; treatments available


    • 15 Mar 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 23 Mar 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Online Zoom Meeting


    • 19 Apr 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 27 Apr 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 4H Center 1015 Bridge Rd, Collegeville, PA 19426


    • 17 May 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 25 May 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 21 Jun 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 22 Jun 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 19 Jul 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 27 Jul 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4H Club


    • 16 Aug 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 24 Aug 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4H Club


    • 20 Sep 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 28 Sep 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4H Club


Past events

16 Oct 2021 Wax Dipping Event
12 Oct 2021 MCBA Board Meeting
23 Sep 2021 General Meeting
22 Sep 2021 Intermediate Beekeeping Class #8
21 Sep 2021 New Beekeepers' Class #8
14 Sep 2021 MCBA Board Meeting
26 Aug 2021 General Meeting
25 Aug 2021 Intermediate Beekeeping Class #7
17 Aug 2021 New Beekeepers' Class #7
10 Aug 2021 MCBA Board Meeting
28 Jul 2021 Intermediate Beekeeping Class #6
20 Jul 2021 New Beekeepers' Class #6
13 Jul 2021 MCBA Board Meeting
24 Jun 2021 General Meeting
23 Jun 2021 Intermediate Beekeeping Class #5
22 Jun 2021 New Beekeepers' Class #5 - rescheduled to following week (6/22)
8 Jun 2021 MCBA Board Meeting
27 May 2021 General Meeting
26 May 2021 Intermediate Beekeeping Class #4
18 May 2021 New Beekeepers' Class #4
11 May 2021 MCBA Board Meeting
1 May 2021 Package Pickup at Worcester Honey Farms
28 Apr 2021 Intermediate Beekeeping Class #3
22 Apr 2021 General Meeting
20 Apr 2021 New Beekeepers' Class #3
13 Apr 2021 MCBA Board Meeting
3 Apr 2021 Package Pickup at Worcester Honey Farms
3 Apr 2021 Making Hives and Splits
27 Mar 2021 1st yr Class Wax Dipping
25 Mar 2021 General Meeting
24 Mar 2021 Intermediate Beekeeping Class #2
20 Mar 2021 Wax Dipping Event
16 Mar 2021 New Beekeepers' Class #2
9 Mar 2021 MCBA Board Meeting
25 Feb 2021 General Meeting
24 Feb 2021 Intermediate Beekeeping Class #1
16 Feb 2021 New Beekeepers' Class #1
9 Feb 2021 MCBA Board Meeting
28 Jan 2021 General Meeting
12 Jan 2021 MCBA Board Meeting
8 Dec 2020 MCBA Board Meeting
10 Nov 2020 MCBA Board Meeting
22 Oct 2020 General Meeting
13 Oct 2020 MCBA Board Meeting
24 Sep 2020 General Meeting
23 Sep 2020 Intermediate Beekeeping Class
15 Sep 2020 New Beekeepers' Class
27 Aug 2020 General Meeting
26 Aug 2020 Intermediate Beekeeping Class
22 Aug 2020 Saturday Morning Bee Conversation
18 Aug 2020 New Beekeepers' Class
11 Aug 2020 MCBA Board Meeting
22 Jul 2020 Intermediate Beekeeping Class
21 Jul 2020 New Beekeepers' Class
14 Jul 2020 MCBA Board Meeting
12 May 2020 MCBA Board Meeting

About MCBAPA

Serving Montgomery, Bucks and surrounding counties in Pennsylvania, the MCBAPA is an association of hobbyist and professional beekeepers. Our mission is to provide education, hands-on training, support and fellowship in all aspects of beekeeping. Both experienced beekeepers and novices participate in our monthly meetings, field trips and social events.

Our meetings are held at:

Montgomery County 4-H Center
1015 Bridge Road (Route 113)
Skippack, PA 19426

General membership meetings are usually held the 4th Thursday of the month at 7 pm, but please check our calendar.

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