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Summit County Beekeepers Association's Mentor Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summit County Beekeepers Association's Mentor Program

 

 Summit County Beekeepers are committed to mentoring those interested in beekeeping in all aspects, from beginning a new hive to honey extracting and everything in between. We have dedicated members that will be a part of your beginning years as a beekeeper. For those SCBA members that wish for help as well as simply to ask questions about beekeeping, please reach out to us. We will find a mentor willing to be of assistance to you. We wish to encourage, educate, and ensure that you can reach your full potential as a beekeeper.

Our mentors are active SCBA members that have agreed to certain standards of care.

 

Our mentors provide these services free of charge and not as an not as an opportunity to sell goods or services.

SCBA will provide contact information between the proposed mentor as well as the (student) person wishing for a mentor.

The Mentor’s job is to answer questions and help the Student become a better beekeeper, not to manage and take care of the Student’s hives.

SCBA’s role is to serve as a liaison to to match a Student to a Mentor. All responsibility lies solely with the Student and the Mentor they choose.

The mentor and student shall hold SCBA harmless from any damages due to the mentor-ship including but not limited to injury, damage to property, and loss of bees.

 

We recommend that the mentor and student choose the most reliable methods of communication  (For example, with a phone number, email, text etc…

SCBA’s role is to matching a Student to a Mentor.

All responsibility lies solely with the Student and the Mentor they choose.

 

Please, contact Greg Bokan, President of SCBA, with inquiries and questions to participant in our mentoring program. (330) 785-8678

Beekeeping TIME LINE

JANUARY

Catch up on reading

Repair equipment

Get equipment ready

 

FEBRUARY

Catch up on reading

Repair equipment

Get equipment ready

 

MARCH

Check for Winter damage on first warm day (weather permitting)

Start feeding (1-1 syrup ratio)

Apply any medications (like Honey Bee Healthy)

 

APRIL

Check for Winter damage if you couldn't in March (weather permitting)

Remove an winterizing materials

Remove any dead colonies and clean the hive for a new colony

Continue feeding (1-1 ratio)

 

MAY

Check all frames to determine colony condition from the Winter

Requeen if needed

Clean bottom board

Switch hive bodies if needed

 

JUNE

Check for swarming

Add supers as needed

Remove any medication

 

JULY

Add supers as needed

 

AUGUST

Harvest honey

 

SEPTEMBER

Remove supers

Feed (2-1 ratio)

Apply medications if needed

 

OCTOBER

Remove any remianing supers

Feed (2-1 raio)

Apply medications if needed

 

NOVEMBER

Ensure adequate honey stores for winter

Winterize

 

DECEMBER

Catch up on reading

Repair equipment

Get equipment ready

 

ITEMS YOU WILL NEED TO GET STARTED

 

 

 

 Bottom Board (screened or not depending on your preference)

 

 

 

  1-Deep Super

 

  10-Plastic Frames

  or

  10-Wooden Frames with 10-foundation

 

  Inner Cover

 

  Outer Cover (AKA Telescoping Cover)

 

  Veil

 

  Feeder (any type depending on your preference)

 

  Hive Tool

 

  Smoker

 

  Bees

 

 

 

ITEMS THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL TO HAVE

 

 Hive Stand (helpful for raising hive off the ground)

 

  Another deep or medium super with frames (to add in mid-Summer as your hive grows)

 

  Jacket or Coveralls (for added protection, but can use jackets, pants, etc in place of)

 

  Queen Excluder (needed when your hive is large enough to start putting supers for honey on)

 

 

Entrance Reducer (can use scrap wood cut to length instead)

 

  Gloves (helpful to keep honey and bees off your hands, can be latex, cleaning, or bee gloves)

 

  Smoker Fuel (helpful to purchase some, but can use materials around the area as well)

 

 

 

 

 

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