DATE:  Saturday August 16, 2014
PLACE:  Heifer Project Farm, 216 Wachusett St., Rutland, MA

PROGRAM:  This will be a two part meeting.  In Part 1, Ken will do a hive opening and demonstration on how to prepare your hive for the winter months.  Preparations for the winter season start in August.  Ken will demonstrate what must be done when and what must be done to winter successfully.  In part 2 of the program our 2011 Honey Queen, Liz Joseph will present "Healthy Soil for Healthy Plants and People (and Bees)!"


Did you know that we would need to eat five apples today to get the same nutrition as 1 apple that our grandparents ate?  Learn tips and tricks for increasing soil fertility in your garden so you can grow healthier plants, eliminate pesticides and herbicides, and enjoy vegetables, flowers, fruit and herbs that are more nutritious for us humans, and I suspect for the bees as well!  A walking tour of Heifer Farm's 1-acre no-till, organic garden is part of the session.  A golf cart is available to shuttle a few folks.


The August meeting is a great time to renew your annual membership if you haven't done so already!  You can find our membership renewal form here.




October 4, 2014 Big Name All Day Meeting  Time: 9 A.M.-3:30 P.M.
Leicester Knights of Columbus Hall
Manville Road, Leicester, MA

Speaker: Dr. Tom Rinderer, USDA Baton Rouge Lab Researcher
Speaker 2: TBA
November 1, 2014  Thanksgiving Banquet  Time: 6 P.M.
Leicester Knights of Columbus Hall
Manville Road, Leicester, MA
Speaker: Dr. Richard Callahan
Topic: A Trip Across Africa
December 6, 2014   WCBA Annual Christmas Party  Time: 6 P.M.
Leo's Ristorante
Worcester, Mass

January 9, 2015  Monthly Meeting and Chef Supper Time: 6:30 P.M.
Leicester Knights of Columbus Hall
Manville Road, Leicester, MA
Speaker: Ellen Ricciardi
Topic: Beekeeping and Bee Culture Throughout Italy

This is our annual WCBA Cookout extravaganza that starts at 11:00 am. Scott and Brian Faucher get the grill fired up and provide the hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, condiments and drinks. It is up to the rest of us to bring salads and sidedishes and deserts for the fiesta not siesta as this is an exciting day. We start off with the eating and/or feasting from 11:00 am-12:30 pm. During that period, Mary Duane will engage us in a quiz bowl of some sort. We will then have our own WCBA Smoker Contest for the County smoker Champ who will win a meal for two at our Thanksgiving Banquet. This will be followed by a hive opening at Scott’s hives and his management style. Scott is one who likes to do a lot of experimentation with his hives and with planting various nectar plants. We will see what’s new and on the horizon.  Norm Mercier will then do a honey extracting demonstration on a small scale in the cellar of Scotts log cabin Mansion. Scott will then offer tours of his work in progress. You do not want to miss this one with all the excitement and fine food.