Bee club to assist in hive management

September 14, 2021
Left to right: Sandy Yun, Hibbert Tackett, Autumn Elliott, Chip Miller. Left to right: Sandy Yun, Hibbert Tackett, Autumn Elliott, Chip Miller.

The Lonesome Pine Beekeepers’ Association (The Bee Club) held its August meeting Monday, Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. at the Coalfield Agricultural Center. In regular business, The Bee Club finalized an agreement with The Corp of Engineers to assist in hive management at two sites that currently have bee hives: Northfork of Pound and the John Flanagan Dam.

Representing the Corp was Chip Miller and Autumn Elliott. Sandy Yun, representing the The Town and Country Garden Club of Wise, presented a request to The Bee Club to serve as a resource for education and information for a youth grant from Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs (VFGC). The Bee Club unanimously agreed to participate and support both proposals.

The program for the evening included a short video about winterizing honey bee hives and supporting the hives over the winter. Hibbert Tackett presented the video and gave his personal method of winterizing. His primary advice was to make sure the honey bees have enough food stored for the winter. He also advised beekeepers to consistently check the bees’ food source and supplement when needed.

Join us next month on September 27 for a program on pollinator plants for bees. Join us on Facebook: Lonesome Pine Beekeepers Association.

Did you know?: A normal, healthy (not allergic to bee stings) adult can withstand 1,000 bee stings.