Beekeepers of Volusia County

This web site is for and about the Beekeepers of Volusia County, Florida, and for others interested in beekeeping in this area.

This site is built and maintained by Curt Riley. For comments or questions about the web site, please use the Contact link.


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Message from the Queen Bee

Beekeepers of Volusia County,
I have some information to pass along and a follow up to our last meeting to go over with you.

We had our first “DAY IN THE BEE YARD – HOME SCHOOL” Event and it was a crazy success. From the original group of 43 parents and kids it exploded into 78 kids and 35 parents. Good thing we have a big yard.

Tim Blodgett took care of registration for the event. We then separated it into 4 groups with Marlin taking the 6th – 12th grade to learn tools, equipment, and advanced biology, I started with 2nd – 5th grade for history, basic bee biology, and the changing environment, Donna Stoddard, a retired teacher, helped as a volunteer with Arts, and Charlie Bennet took over the Crafts section and built native beehives with the kids. The kids switched stations and ended with a hot dog mac & cheese lunch. Great fun and only possible with Donna, Tim and Charlies’ help. Great big THANK YOU to those three for working with this huge group of people. Next time we will limit the group size and streamline the material.

We will be having our next meeting with Larry Hurt at his residence to learn about and build some hive equipment. April 24th is on a Saturday, and Larry has offered to make it an event for the club with his Barbeque lunch. Please plan to attend and PLEASE send us an RSVP that we can expect to have you join us. We will send another reminder with a materials list for you to have prior to the event.

Saturday, April 24th, at 430 Lemon Bluff Road, Osteen. 407 790-1251

We will not be meeting at the Ag Center on Wednesday, April 21st. So please mark your calendars for that change in meeting location.

The equipment swap meet is scheduled for his property also. If you have some equipment you want to sell or trade, this is your moment. You can snap a picture of it and send it in reply to this email and we can ask Curt to post it on the website under “SWAP MEET” event so you can build interest in your items. It is an outside event, and you can be distanced if you feel more comfortable.

Donna Athearn
Queen Bee/President
Beekeepers of Volusia County
(Office) 386-428-0838