FCBA Monthly Meetings

Bees are so important, so critical. We want everyone to understand just how much.

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Meeting Date:  Monday, May 13, 2024

The Many Various Ways to Split Your Hives with Greg Cootware, Vice President of FCBA

It's swarming season and the bees are getting ready to divide their colonies.  Fueled by the nectar flow the bee's populations are skyrocketing and the queens are laying brood on an overtime basis.  How can we help to prevent swarming and keep our bees?  Splitting colonies is a good way to keep the populations down and help our colonies get past the swarming mode and into honey making mode.  We will discuss different ways to split our bee colonies.
Greg holds a BTh in Theology, and a MDiv in Divinity from Summit College in Bakersfield, CA.  He is now enrolled in the Master beekeeper program at the University of Montana and having completed the first two segments he should be completed by the end of July.

Greg is currently attending 51 colonies in two apiaries here in Franklin County Massachusetts. He sells honey, nucs, and queens at the Greenfield Farmer's Market.  He has three years in the State of Washington and five years of experience beekeeping here in the State of Massachusetts


On Monday, May 13th, we will meet at the historic Greenfield Second Congregational Church. Our Meeting will start at 6:30 PM. The Church is located at 16 Court Square, Greenfield, MA 01301

·         Come join us on MONDAY, May 13th at the Second Congregational Church

·         Address: 16 Court Square, Greenfield, MA 01301

·         Time: 6:30-8:30

·         Also, you can take this opportunity to pay your annual FCBA dues which are $15 for a family and $10 for a single.

·         Remember to bring a raffle item also!

·         Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Annual dues for a Family Membership are $15 and $10 for a Single. Please submit payment to Tom Graney FCBA Treasurer 206 Mill Village Road Deerfield, MA 01342, or dues can be paid at the monthly meetings.











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