Now an unadvertised opportunity for club members only.
We have been able to get some more free sugar. The shipping containers holding the sugar were punctured during handling and the sugar is considered “NOT FIT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION”. It may have a little dirt from the floor mixed in and normally it goes to the landfill. We are able to get it for feeding to our bees. Many members have been using the sugar from this source for several years. Personally I have never seen any contamination in the sugar.
Yes, its late in the season for feeding your bees but I bet you all have some empty containers that you can store the sugar in for use next spring or for making sugar discs for mid-winter emergency feeding.
It will be distributed at the club meeting this Saturday, October 20th, AND ONLY THIS SATURDAY. It is being done this way so all club members have the same opportunity and so I won’t be hassled with a bunch of individual requests. The initial limit is 10 gallons of sugar (roughly 50 lbs) per member. Once everyone has had a chance for the initial 10 gallons the remainder will be available with NO limit. Bring as many containers as you want. The tote of sugar weighs roughly 1500 lbs, so all club members with containers should be able to get at least two 5 gallon pails full. The remainder will be distributed equitably. A donation to the club treasury of a few dollars is recommended or you can donate one pound of honey with your label (honey is preferred). Only one donation is requested regardless of the amount of sugar you receive. Remember 50 lbs of sugar costs $18-$25. The honey will be given to the source of the sugar as a holiday gift for his effort on behalf of the bees.
Remember this sugar is NOT for human consumption; its for the bees.