We have had some phenomenal events for the beekeepers to be involved in the last few month. First there was the ‘Craft Lake City’ festival that was held downtown
SLC at the Gallivant Center. There were two days of thousands of visitors. The Wasatch Beekeepers Association booth was in the DYI building, were it was all hand-ons for the participants with no vendors selling any product. There was lots of questions with lots of help from our volunteers. We were even brave enough to have honey samples that were donated by Albert Chubak at EcoBeeBox. Even with the bad weather, I believe it was huge success. We will be very grateful to be invited back next year. Next is the Utah State Fair that is being held now September 10-20, 2015. The Fair is expected to have thousands of visitors. This is our year to be responsible for setting up the displays and getting volunteers. The list of volunteers come from the WBA members, The Utah County Beekeepers Association, The Weber Beekeepers Club and the Davis County Beekeepers. This year for the first time our booth was located in the Poultry Barn. So, we were the bunnies, bees, birds and butterflies barn. Kevin Cook was able to bring in his living hive to put on display for the public. This always initiates lots of questions from the curious kids to the adults who have never seen in the inside of a bee hive. Then everyone plays ‘Where is the Queen’. This is the most exciting event of the year. If you volunteer you received a free admission ticket and a parking pass(this is the first year that they have offered us a free parking pass for all of the volunteers). For our meeting on Thursday, September 17th, 2015 at 7:00pm we will be meeting at Chris Rodesch’s ranch in Murray. The address is 6556 South Jefferson, 84107. Prenten Frazier will be teaching us how to prep our hives and apiaries for winter. This will include fall and winter feeding as well as how to best snug bees into their hives.
Minutes from August 2015 Wasatch Beekeeping Association August 20, 2015
Meeting began: 7:05 pm
Conducted by: Denise Hunsaker Minutes approved for prior meeting Announcements:
State Fair: Booth will be located in the “bunny building” and we still need volunteers to run the booth. Please volunteer for a few hours during the fair.
Vinyl stickers: We have vinyl stickers and are asking for a $10.00 donation to help cover the costs.
Joey Caputo from Utah State: Please register your hives. Also gave a short presentation on the changes to the law regulating licensing beehives. Please see the
WBA Facebook page for more information.
Peter Summers from The Honey Stop went through equipment required for honey extraction. Peter has an extraction service through his store and also rents out
equipment. For uncapping the frames you can use a serrated knife dipped in hot water but you must make sure that you don’t get water in your honey. You can also use a capping knife, heated or unheated or a fork. Usually a hot knife works the best. Another way to remove the cap is to use a heat gun. Remember that getting water in your honey can spoil the honey later.
On September 17th, we are invited to Chris Rodesch’s farm to visit his apiary and he will do a presentation.
November is the month for our annual pot luck dinner. We will have door prizes, a silent auction, elections, a honey tasting contest, and an observation hive contest.
We have received a donation of seed packets from Feed A Bee. We have 3,000 packets and will hand them out at the State Fair.
Presentation: Rebecca Nielsen from the State of Utah, Department of Agriculture and Food.
She talked about the Utah Cottage Food Program. In order to process and sell your honey, you must have a license and a registered kitchen. A cottage kitchen would
allow the honey to be bottled as long as you have no free roaming pets. If no pets, you can bottle your honey in your kitchen – and sell it anywhere in the state of Utah. There is a registration fee of $50.00 (annual) to register your kitchen. Honey must be labeled.
When product crosses state line it enters FDA ruling where there is no cottage kitchen rule. You also must have a food handler’s permit which can be obtained on line. Also, you need a business license from the city you live in.
Labeling: the word honey must be on the label, the font size and type are regulated and it must have a net weight statement, along with “home produced”, the name and place of business and full physical address, and phone number.
For more information contact: Rebecca Nielsen Regulatory Services, 801.538.7152. Mike Adams showed his hive products and will hold a workshop on making candy
boards in the next few months. He is asking for anyone to let him know if interested. He also talked about moisture quilts in the hive.
The meeting closed at 8:48 pm. There were 47 in attendance.
Please read the minutes and be ready to vote or revise them at the September 2015 meeting.