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Hi Fellow Beekeepers!
The next meeting of the club will be replaced with the social! Be sure to sign up (so we have enough food for everyone!). If you lost or did not get an invite... go here: http://sendomatic.com/mDhfr and sign up!
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Benefits of membership
Hey, did you know that being a member of the club can save you money? The club owns a fair amount of 'big ticket' equipment that you can use at no charge. As we enter into extracting season, (and extractors are expensive to buy, and you don't use them a lot!) The club owns two. One in Cameron Park and one in Pollack Pines; so you are close to one of them! Here is a list of what is available. Give a call to Joanne at (tbd) to aggange to borrow something.
Literate people wanted!
Have you read a beek book that you really like? How about one that didn't have any useful information? Well, until EDBBK has a library, we can at least share what books to get (and not get!). If you can take 10 minutes after you read a book and can write a quick review of a book you have read, and what you thought, it can help you fellow members.
Try to answer: Is this good, useful, accurate information? What is the audience (newbie, advanced, entomologist...)? Was it fun to read? Is it one you will keep as a reference or one you sucked dry in one sitting?
For a start, there are 3 or 4 books at the main ElDorado Library. Are they worth it? Jennifer Berry in the Jume 2013 issue of Bee Culture did a quick survey among beekeepers (hobbyist and commercial), honey bee academics and beekeeping supply purveyors. [She] asked them to answer a simple question: what books or beekeeping information would you recommend to 1) a beginner and 2) a more experienced beekeeper. Here is her list (in order of most nominations to least):
The Beekeepers Handbook
First Lessons in Beekeeping
The ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture
Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping
The Hive and the Honey Bee
A Book of Bees: And How to Keep Them
Beekeeping: A Practical Guide
The Wisdom of the Hive
The Biology of the Honey Bee
The Buzz About Bees
Some other ideas:
Keeping Honey Bees (This is required reading for Mich. Master Beekeeper)
So, are you a secret critic? Always wanted to help others get value from the club but don't want to train, or mentor? Here is a way to do that. Look to our Forum and start reading!!
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