We recently heard from both Kent Williams and Dan O’Hanlon about the benefit of buying nucs to start beekeeping with. The greatest advantage in their option is that you are getting and established hive. But exactly what is a nuc. I’ve always been taught that a nuc is a five frames of bees and brood with an established laying queen. These may be overwintered, Ohio raised queens and bees or spring built nucs that come from Ohio beekeepers. The key is the established queen. I’ve recently been told that some individuals are selling five frames of bees with a queen in a cage. These are not nucs even if they come in five frame equipment. Bees sold like this are just a very expensive package bees. With the demand for bees in the spring, many new beekeepers buy package bees to get started with. Make sure you know the difference in what you buy. Always buy from a respected dealer and if you don’t know, ask around at your local club. Make sure you see and ask for a copy of the inspection certificate, it’s the law in Ohio.

Youth Scholarship Program

April 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Youth Scholarships

The Scholarship Committee has selected three new youth to participate in the program for the next year. Last year’s participants will present their final reports at the March meeting.

Youth Scholarships

April 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Youth Scholarships

Scholarship Committee Chair:
Mike Hatter (

The Scholarship Committee shall be responsible for promotion of the scholarships, collecting applications, reviewing, interviewing and selecting final candidate. Upon final selection, the Committee shall be responsible for providing equipment and signing up the winning candidates for bee school. The Committee will be responsible for monitoring, mentoring and overseeing the completion of the requirement of the scholarship recipients. COBA Youth Scholarship Application now available below:

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Click here to download form: scholarship_app

2017 Beekeeping Classes

April 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Beekeeping Classes

The 2017 Beekeeping classes have been set!

Classes will be offered on 4 consecutive Monday’s and four consecutive Tuesdays, beginning February 20th, and continuing on 2/27, 3/6 and 3/13. The Tuesday classes, begin on February 21st, continuing on 2/28, 3/7 and ending on 3/14/2017.

One Saturday class will be held on February 18.

Classroom sessions are held at the O S U Waterman Farm Complex,  Wittmeyer Conference Room,  2490 Carmack Road, Columbus, Ohio