Welcome All Beekeeping Enthusiasts
Welcome to the Treasure Valley Beekeepers Club of Idaho.
The Treasure Valley Beekeepers Club provides a great opportunity for everyone with an interest in bees to come & gather great resources and knowledge about the honeybee. Practical knowledge, workshops and demonstrations are provided throughout the year. At every meeting, we discuss important bee topics, along with a Q & A with experienced beekeepers. Everyone is welcome! To become a club member, come to any meeting to sign up. Dues are $10.00/yr or $15.00 for a family/yr. If you can't make our next meeting; you can download, print, fill out and mail in our registration form. The mailing address is located on the form.
Package Pickup Day @ The Honey Store, Saturday, April 18, 2015.
At 10 am on April 18, 2015, the Bee Club will be heading to the Honey Store in Fruitland (Exit 3 on I-84) for a great opportunity to learn how to light smokers, install bees and a little bit of Old Time Bee Religion. Plan to join us there!
Regular meetings continue at the IOA Hall on May 21, 2015.
We meet the third Tuesday of most every month (unless we have a field trip) at 6:30 pm, in Boise at:
401 Brazil St. (off Sunrise Rim, near Vista and I-84)
Please bring your own drinks.
Foothills Learning Center
The TVBC has partnered with the Foothills Learning Center to provide educational opportunities about the Apis Mellifera (honey bees) for the public. We have a beeyard on the grounds used for the Honey Bee Apprentice Program taught each year for new beekeepers. Please visit their website for all classes available at the Foothills Learning Center
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YOUR TVBC OFFICERS
President/(Queen Bee) – Karla Kimball
Vice-President – Joyce Gebhardt
Treasurer/Keeper of the Envelope – Rena
Secretary/Working Drone – Ken Sonnen
Past-President ("Booted" Drone) – Chad
Committee Positions: Volunteers (no vote necessary)
Web Queen Chair – MJ Oresik
Web Chair Drone - Chad Dickinson
Community Education Chair - Joe Leckie
Plans Club education - Bug Days, Western Idaho
Fair, community appearances by Club members, etc.
Special Projects – Carole Kanizar & Steve Sweet
Foothills Learning Center Activities, National Honey
Bee Day, the occasional "Drink the Kool-Aid"
Sessions ;^) and the Hobbyist Session of the Idaho
Honey Industry Association Annual Meeting.
Treasure Valley Beekeepers Club
PO Box 5066
Boise, ID 83705-0066
Please see our Education page.
Need Hive Components Fast?
Mike Morrison has a list of equipment that you can purchase locally and avoid shipping charges. Please see the following list for what he has available and his contact info:
What Should a Beekeeper be Doing Now?
Each spring we need to verify that colonies are queenright, healthy, and well fed so they can build up to maximum populations by mid to late May. During this inspection we need to do some “cleaning” within the hive box.
§ There are two chemicals available in the US to control wax moths, paradichlorobenzene (PDB) and aluminum phosphide (Phostoxin). Beekeepers are strongly advised to air out stored chemically exposed supers for a day or two away from PCB prior to placement on colonies because the chemical is toxic to bees at high concentrations.
§ Mothballs which contain naphthalene are not registered for wax moth control and are illegal for use in protecting beekeeping equipment.
The above information was excerpted from the Oregon State Beekeepers Association webpage, found at: http://www.orsba.org/htdocs/home.php (June 2, 2012). The Treasure Valley Beekeepers Club extends a special thanks to Todd Balsiger, Forest Grove, OR for permission to post this information.
Last Updated: 04/03/15