June 8, 2021 Meeting

This month’s meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 8 virtually via Zoom! We will begin at 7:30 pm with brief announcements followed by our speaker, Randall Austin, and a question and answer session. Details on accessing the meeting will be posted in the June newsletter.

We all know that we keep honey bees because they give us honey. But have you ever tried stir-fried drone pupae? Master Beekeeper Randall Austin will discuss ways that we can properly process, package and label honey… but he will also describe a few of the many other products of the hive that we may not have considered, ranging from wax to live bees for apitherapy to agritourism, as well as pupae on crackers. His talk is designed to both educate and inspire us to take better advantage of the gifts that flow from our hives.

Randall Austin is a Master Beekeeper in northern Orange County, NC. He is Education Director for Orange County Beekeepers’ Association and a Piedmont Regional Director for NCSBA. Retired from careers in the pharmaceutical and electric utility industries, Randall enjoys sharing with others about honey bees. He is Headmaster of Orange Beekeepers’ annual Bee School and has traveled to Dominican Republic and west Africa to learn and share there. For the past 8 years he has written a monthly educational article for Hillsborough’s Bailey Bee Supply newsletter.