Updated   10:00 pm 7/31/2014

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A note about the August meeting location:  14 Rosewood Drive, North Scituate 02857  is a postal address.  The actual town is Glocester but if you enter 02857 into your map program or GPS, it should take you to the right place.

* Frank Arena is the arborist at Bryant University.
**Gary Casabona is the State Biologist with the Rhode Island USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
*** Erin Forbes is a Master Beekeeper with over 100 hives in Maine since beginning in 2007; grant recipient of Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) grants in 2010 and 2012.
**** Jeremy Barnes, an educator by profession and beekeeper by passion, lived the majority of his life in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and was fortunate to live and work in both England and France before coming to the US in 1991. Besides maintaining his own 20 colony apiary he has been privileged to interact with beekeepers in Kenya, Costa Rica, France and England.
A recent President of the York County Beekeepers’ Association and an advocate of sustainable beekeeping, he writes a monthly column for the Pennsylvania Beekeepers’ newsletter, copies of which can be found at


RIBA has acquired a booth at the Washington County Fair, Wednesday August 13 through Sunday, August 17. The Washington County Fair routinely attracts tens of thousands of guests.  This is an important long term asset for RIBA, and a substantial commitment of time and money, so RIBA’s pulling out all the stops to make it a success.


RIBA will need volunteers to operate the booth from Wednesday through Sunday. Volunteers will answer questions, and handle honey sales.   We’ll be dividing those days into two shifts, from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM and from 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM.  RIBA will pay for parking, fair tickets for volunteers, plus a food allowance, plus a small stipend in appreciation of the significant time commitment required.  If you’re available to work one or more of those shifts on those days, please contact Don Joslin, or 401-207-6879.


RIBA’s intention is to do whatever it takes to make this project a success with as little risk as possible. Rather than try to quickly create a mechanism for our members to sell their own honey at retail in the booth, RIBA will be acquiring local honey at wholesale, bottling it and selling it under the RIBA label.  If this year’s pilot project is a success, we’ll look at a mechanism for members to sell at retail directly from the booth next year.