In 2018, the GCBA will again sponsor Greene County 4-H members who elect to undertake the beekeeping project. While specific details will not be decided until January 2018, 4-H members who are interested are encouraged to Contact Us to help us determine the number of interested youth and for any additional details or suggestions.
Past Sponsorship guidelines:
The Greene County Beekeepers Association will selectively sponsor Greene County 4-H members by donating a basic hive setup upon confirmation that the 4-H member has purchased or otherwise acquired bees. Conditions of this donation:
(a) Limit one hive donation per individual over entire 4-H project lifetime/cycle. Depending on the number enrolled in the project, we may restrict this to one hive donation per family in a calendar year.
(b) Bees must be ordered/coordinated through GCBA approved vendor no later than March 31, 2015 (estimated cost $90-$120, subject to package availability).
(c) Must comply with all legal requirements. Ohio Apiary registration fee: $5 (click for form)
(d) Must complete the project (i.e. 4-H judged at Fair).
(e) 4-H member must attend either the September or October meeting of the GCBA, prepared to tell 1 thing he/she learned from project.
(f) If 4-H member decides not to continue as beekeeper, agrees to return hive to GCBA or donate it to another GCBA approved 4-H member who wishes to assume the project/responsibility.
(g) 4-H member is responsible for obtaining protective apparel and other equipment related to the project.
To assist new 4-H beekeepers with determining their equipment needs, here is a list of suggested supplies/equipment.
Hat – ($11-$17)
Veil – ($14-$16)
Gloves – ($14-$18)
Hive Tool – ($5-$10)
Smoker – ($30-$40)
Book – “Starting Right with Bees” – ($8-$9)Bee suit or jacket – ($50-$80)
Syrup feeder ($2-$16)
Complete Hive: NOTE: For beginning beekeepers who have no existing hives, consider using 8-frame hives instead of the traditional 10-frame. 8-frame equipment is lighter and easier to manage, particularly for youth and smaller-frame individuals.
Basic Hive Kit, Deep – $68 – $75 (includes bottom board, entrance reducer, deep super, frames/foundation, inner cover, outer cover)
Deep Body Kit – $36-$40 (deep super w frames/foundation)
Medium (or shallow) Kit x2 – $64 – $75
Package of bees w queen – $77-$90