Pennsylvania!! Unite!!

Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by LeBlackbird, Sep 24, 2009.

  1. beaglady

    beaglady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    True, but there are a lot of variables in the methods of the beekeepers with regard to what treatments (aka chemicals) that they use to manage their hives. A couple of years ago, I had a discussion with someone from Penn State who was on the committee to establish possible National Organic Standards for honey. I don't think any consensus was reached, exactly because it's not possible to control where the bees forage. That being said, sometimes I think that that argument is used by those who use commercial miticides and fungicides in their hives as a way to deflect attention away from those who don't use those treatments.

    Wing, if you're interested in getting bees, check out this local group. http://pennapic.org/ They do seminars and educational events. If you want contact info for the Lancaster beekeepers group, i can track it down for you. They have a lot of their meetings on a farm right off of rt 30 on the other side of Mt. Joy.
     
  2. galgo98

    galgo98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

    Excellent group ~ I am a member and friends with the founder Mike Thomas. Mike is also a member of the York County Beekeepers www.ycbk.org Mike also owns Bjorn Apiaries in Franklintown near Dillsburg. http://www.bjornapiaries.com/
     
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  4. beaglady

    beaglady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sgtmom, do you belong to the York beekeepers group?

    I've had up to 11 hives in some years, but went into winter with only one, due to a summer of bad management and swarming. It doesn't look like they made it, though they were a small group and I didn't really expect them to winter over. I'm hoping to get a couple nucs and start over. No chemical treatments here either. I've always done either small cell foundation or natural comb and have been lucky/successful with low mites, though I have all the usual other problems.
     
  5. beaglady

    beaglady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Me too. Did you attend their open house in Franklintown the other week? I did a soapmaking demo.
     
  6. wingstone

    wingstone Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

    Yes ~ I have been a member of the York County Beekeepers' Assoc. for 7 years and am the current President of the Assoc.

    We use mostly natural was foundation ~ we were started out with Pierco foundation when we were introduced to beekeeping but I don't like it. We are researching the most natural mite treatment we can find for possible use this fall. Hop Guard looks promising ~ it is a treatment made from the hop plant. Unfortunately it not approved for sale in PA yet ~ although it is approved in MD.

    Swarming is also a good mite control as it breaks the brood cycle ~ but not good for honey production. [​IMG]
     
  8. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

    I worked it last year, but didn't make it this year due to another commitment. I wanted to see the soap making too!!
     
  9. chiques chicks

    chiques chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    My neighbor has an small orchard and would love someone to place hives.
     
  10. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

    We recommend using caution when buying used hives ~ make sure you know why they are getting rid of them. A hive infected with American Foul Brood is deadly and should be burned.

    We have hives on 2 local farm (as well as at our house) The farmers give us the location, we give them pollination and some honey in exchange. Works well for us.
     
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