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2020 Apiary – March 28th
March 28, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Time has come for our first apiary day, with the COVID-19 virus going around we would like to postpone it but unfortunately the bees can’t wait. That is one thing that you will learn when keeping bees, it is just like any other livestock, sometimes you have to do things on their schedule.
I will be picking up the package that Cotton Boll Pollinators donated to the club on Saturday the 28th.
We will take all the precautions we can but if you have any doubt whether you should go, then please stay at home and stay safe.
Guy Collins at Cotton Boll Pollinators is doing everything he can as well to stay safe during this process. Here is a excerpt from the email he sent out earlier this week:
For those of you wishing to pickup your purchases as previously planned:, there will be a few adjustments. I will be taking all of the necessary precautions regarding the COVID-19 situation, during my travel and in all phases of handling and transporting your purchases prior to, and throughout the pick-up date, including social distancing, the use of sanitary gloves during gas stops, sanitary wipes of your purchases/hands etc. and avoiding contact with anyone. During pick-up, I am asking that we stagger pick-up times, so that no more than one customer is here at a time. I am also asking that all customers remain in their vehicle, and we will load your purchases into your vehicle for you. During this process, I will be avoiding direct contact with you (no offense), and will wear rubber gloves that will be sanitized before and after I open your vehicle door. Additionally, your purchases will be wiped down with sanitary wipes once again before they are loaded into your vehicle. If you plan on transporting bee packages inside your vehicle, please bring a clean towel or some sort of seat cover and a way to secure them during transport. For folks wanting to transport bees in a truck-bed or otherwise open system, please provide some sort of wind/rain protection for your bees, and any straps or tie-downs needed to secure all of your purchases during transport. Remember that the bees should be kept cool and well-ventilated during transport, while also being protected from wind and rain. Lastly, If you are not feeling well in the days leading up to the pick-up dates, or have been in close contact with anyone not feeling well, I ask that you contact me via phone and NOT come to our location for pick-up. In these cases, I will personally deliver your purchases to you over the weekend and will leave them at a predetermined location so that we can avoid contact with myself or other customers.
As you can see, he is doing everything he can in order to keep everybody safe, props to him for doing all that.
As far as gatherings go I feel like this will be reasonably safe, we are outside, we can maintain distance between us and we are all wearing some amount of protective equipment. Also, what I said at the meeting about the fact that nobody is going to shame anyone for wearing protective equipment, that also applies to face masks, if you have one and want to wear it, please do so.
I will be picking up the package at 9:00am in Bailey, and if everything goes smoothly i will be at the apiary around 9:30am on Saturday the 28th.
The weather looks to be nice, so at least we do not have to worry about that.
Our club apiary is located at a pump station near Black Creek, just south of Wilson.
If you are on 301, you will turn on to 117 and drive 2.2 miles and there will be a short dirt road on the left. You will see a small building at the end and there is a cable blocking the road. I have a key and so do the rest of the apiary committee.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at [email protected] or text or call me at (252) 299-1471 (please leave a voicemail).
If you are able to come we’d love to see you there, but if you don’t feel comfortable coming, please don’t feel bad about that, we will have plenty of apiary days once this virus clears up.
2020 Apiary – March 28th