What an information-packed meeting! Sarah gave the educational program of the evening on Manuka Honey.
Afterwards, we went into the business part of the meeting. Several certificates were awarded to the Foragers for completion of Community Service doing the Cat Mat Project and helping with the LifeNet Share the Love 5K, for participating in the 4-H Southeast District Contest. Last year’s president, Nina, received her president’s plaque. The biggest highlight of the evening was the certificate of completion going to Paul for completing the Hive Incentive Program.
The meeting ended with the Foragers doing a Varroa Mite project. They first learned about varroa mites and how they can be devastating to a bee hive. Afterwards, they created their own varroa mite sugar roll jar so that they can monitor their own bee hives. To make the jar, Foragers removed the lid from the band on a quart mason jar. They cut out a circle in the size of the lid from #8 mesh screen and replaced the lid with it. Here is an example of what one looks like:
In case you missed the meeting, here is a copy of our varroa mite presentation: