We meet the second Tuesday of every month at the Agroforestry Resource Center, home of the Greene County Cornell Cooperative Extension, 6055 NYS Route 23, Acra, NY 12405 at 7:00 p.m. We have very enthusiastic and informative members who love to share their beekeeping adventures. You are always welcome. Stop in and say hello.


April Meeting

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 7:00pm
Greene County Cornell Cooperative Extension, 6055 NYS Route 23, Acra, NY 12405

Rescheduled from last month:

Installing Packages and Nucleus Colonies

Bee packages will bee arriving soon so this month’s program will feature Ray Tousey leading a timely talk on proper package installation and feeding. Jorik Phillips will show us how to make up nucleus colonies and spiting your over wintered colonies.

Paul Cappy, State Apiculturist 

Below are some established guidelines from CRR's that he will bring up. Paul is looking for input on how to write these proposed guidelines for handling and bottling procedures of honey.

1 CRR-NY 276.4 1 CRR-NY 276.4 276.4
Exemptions. (a) Maple syrup and honey. Processors of maple syrup or honey who do not purchase maple syrup or honey from others for repackaging, and who do not combine maple syrup or honey with any other substance, shall be exempt from the licensing requirements of this Subchapter, provided that the following conditions are met: 

(1) Such establishments are maintained in a sanitary condition and manner, and to this end the following requirements shall be complied with: 
(i) Every practicable precaution shall be taken to exclude birds, insects (except those involved in the production of the product), rodents and other vermin and animals from the premises of the operation. 
(ii) The use of insecticides, rodenticides and other pest control items in such establishments shall be permitted only under such precautions and restrictions as will prevent the contamination of the product. 
(iii) Rooms, compartments, places, equipment and utensils used for preparing, storing or otherwise handling the product, and all other parts of the operating premises, shall be kept in a clean and sanitary condition. 
(iv) There shall be no handling or storing of materials which may create insanitary conditions in any place or places where the product is prepared, stored or otherwise handled. 
(v) All equipment and utensils used in processing or handling the product shall be maintained in good repair to assure sanitary conditions in the operation. 
(vi) All finished product containers must be clean, sanitary and properly labeled in compliance with the requirements of Parts 175, 176 and 259 of this Title.