AABA Meeting on April 19, 2022
This will be an in person meeting at the Arlington Echo Nature Center, Millersville MD.

6:30 President Ryan Smith, open hive dive at Arlington Echo  *** Bring your veils
7:00 David Clark, Skill :  How to wire wax foundation properly
7:30 Russell Sprangel    Raising queens using grafting

Russell Sprangel is the current Vice President of Howard County Beekeepers and the past President and VP of Carroll County Beekeepers.  He is very active in Carrol County over his five years as a beekeeper attending every meeting and almost every outreach event.  These events are  to educate the community on the benefits of beekeeping and supporting all pollinators.  He teaches during the beekeeping calendar in the clubs training Apiary, all any aspects of beekeeping students ask for.  Early in his second year of beekeeping he decided that queen rearing could not be the black magic everyone said, and you should not need 10 years of experience to do it.  So, with a little book learning, and no formal instruction, he jumped in to find what the fuss was about.  Turns out it is magical, but in a good way, and can be one of the most rewarding aspects of beekeeping even on the small backyard scale.

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Beekeeping – A Honey of a Hobby

Each winter AABA offers a beginning beekeeping course for anyone interested in learning the basics of beekeeping. Registration for the course is now open.  Registration will close when the class is full or on January 5th, 2022. Register as early as possible as the class usually fills to capacity.

The course consists of seven (7) sessions and covers the following material:

  • Introduction to Beekeeping
  • Equipment
  • Honey Bee Biology
  • Spring / Summer Management
  • Fall / Winter Management
  • Maintaining Healthy Bees
  • Nectar Sources
  • Honey Extraction
  • Products of the Hive

In the final class, students will be shown how to install bees. Many students order bees during the class and start their first hives after completing the course. By that time, even those completely new to beekeeping will have the knowledge and the connections to start their own apiary.

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