FCBA Monthly Meetings

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

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Meeting Date:  Monday, February 19, 2024
Franklin County Beekeepers,

Learn about American Foulbrood with FCBA Member, Master Beekeeper / Biologist / Entomologist Amy Musante of Dalton, MA.


Discuss the Causes and Life Cycle of AFB, AFB Spores, Reducing the Risk of AFB, Diagnosis of AFB, and Control and Eradication of AFB.

American foulbrood (AFB) is an infectious, notifiable, bacterial brood disease that weakens and kills honey bee colonies. Early detection of the disease is important because routine apiary management and interchange of hive components can easily spread the disease to healthy bee colonies.


Amy holds a BA in Anthropology, a BS in Zoology from UMass Amherst, and an MS. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from UC Santa Barbara.

Amy is currently overwintering 70 colonies into apiaries on her organic farm in Berkshire County Massachusetts. She sells honey, nucs, and queens as well as organic pasteurized chicken eggs and hay.

On February 19th, 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, February 19th at the Second Congregational

·         Date: February 19, 2024

·         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.
Art Canterbury                                                                 
FCBA President   
Greg Cootware                                                                
FCBA Vice President









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