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  • Join us for our Annual Picnic on Saturday July 18, 2015



July 18, 2015   10 am


Washington County Fairgrounds


392 Old Schuylerville Rd., Greenwich, NY 12834


Meeting Theme:



10:00 am   Welcome by President Mark Berninghausen

10:15 am   Dr. Jack Rath—“Wintering the Betterbee Way”

11:15 am   General membership meeting

12:00 pm   Potluck lunch

1:00 pm   Alan Tremblay “Canadian Hive Wraps”

1:45 pm   John Gibbs—“Indoor Wintering”

2:30 pm   Paul Cappy—”Cheap Insulated Winter Cover”

Open house at Betterbee just a couple miles down the road from the fairgrounds (9-4 pm).   Call in your orders ahead of time for pickup.

Limited quantity of roast chicken, drinks, and locally made honey ice cream will be available, $7 suggested donation.


  • ESHPA 2015 Fall Meeting and Conference - November 2015

6646 Old Collamer Rd South.    (Same location as 2014)
East Syracuse, NY 13057

More details to come but you can look forward to:

  • Two Full Days of Speakers, Featuring the business of beekeeping
    and the latest in research.
  • Gourmet Banquet
  • Live Auction
  • Honey show with CASH prizes!


  • Marketing Small Scale Honey Guide:

Learn about New York's honey rules, proper labeling, packing area sanitation, health claims, and includes a wide range of marketing ideas to inspire newer honey farmers.  The guide was written by Jim Ochterski of Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Download it here .


  • NY Bee Wellness Workshops Info for 2015:



  • USDA and EPA Release New Report on Honey Bee Health



  • Bee Brain Study Reveals Pesticide Effect



  • NY DEC Approves Section 18 for

Hopguard logoand Apivar logo



  • Loss of Apiculturalist Position at Cornell

Read more....


How many flowers must bees visit to make 1 pound of honey?


jar of honey


 2 million


This year Ag Literacy Week topic is focused on Beekeeping

In celebration of National Agriculture Week (March 18th-22nd) many ESHPA members have volunteered throughout the state to read the  book The Beeman with a beekeeping theme to second graders. Students and teachers will also benefit from hands-on lessons and receive follow up activities. The book will be given to the school library with a bookplate recognizing the donor and NY Ag Literacy Week. 1,400 books were donated last year while thousands of second graders participated in fun and educational activities.


   Sue & Lucinda Show and Tell Lucinda reading the Beeman

 Lucinda VanVleck (a local beekeeper and retired teacher in the district) is the reader with beekeeper Sue Garing conducting the show and tell at the

Bell Elementary School in Kirkwood, NY 

  Greg show & tellpicture by A. Smith  Megan reading BeeManpicture by A. Smith

  Greg Kalicin beekeeper explains the tools use by beekeepers and Megan Kent of Lisbon read to the second graders at the

Madrid-Waddington School in Madrid, NY

The Beeman

by Laurie Krebs and Valeria CisThe Beeman

The Beeman by Laurie Krebs and Valeria Cis uses rhyming text and colorful illustrations to show all of the aspects of beekeeping. A young boy tells the story of how his grandfather produces honey, from the clothing he wears and the equipment he uses to the honey extraction process. Not only does this charming book explain the methods of honey production, but it also educates about the various types of bees and how they work together to produce this sweet agricultural product. The book concludes with six pages of additional information about bees, beekeeping techniques and equipment, honey, pollination, and bee dancing.

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