Queen Grant

This page will highlight information regarding the RI DEM Honeybee Colony Improvement Program (“Queen Grant” ).  This is not to be confused with our own Queen Rearing Project. More information will be posted as it becomes available, please check back.

UPDATE 8/7/16

The grant is off and running for the next two seasons!  150 queens from Parker-Baris were distributed around RI. Now the data teams are collecting the info — presence of marked queen, brood count of the entire hive, and mite counts.  These assays are being done on 20% of the hives in the area surrounding the queen yards every two weeks for the season.  We will be presenting the data once it is gathered, so stand by!  So far we are finding mite levels needing treatment and a variety of brood production. Some queens did not survive introduction.  All data is important.

There is a real need for more people to get the training for the hive inspections.  There is a video to watch and current teams will help with hands on practice and then you too can be part of this amazing group!!  Send Jane Dennison an email at jamdmd@aol.com if you want to train up for this exciting project.

This week the southern queen yard and surrounding areas are getting their queens and within a few weeks they will start their data gathering.

We appreciate all the support and work all the volunteers are doing.

Watch a VIDEO of Ken Warchol’s field day brood count lesson

UPDATE 6/29/16  9:20 PM…

How are you doing with your new queen?   Got questions?  Contact Don Joslin: djoslinsr@verizon.net  or  cell (401) 207-6879.

UPDATE 6/26/16 8:00 AM…

The queens arrived Friday and were picked up by most of the participants Friday and Saturday.  A few still need to be picked up and arrangements can be made to pick them up at Salisbury Farm in Johnston (by appointment only).  Contact Keith Salisbury at pkbees@verizon.net

UPDATE 6/22/16  6:30 PM…


UPDATE 6/21/16  10:30 PM…

Emails have gone out to the first order recipients.  If you signed up for the first delivery and did not receive an email today, Tuesday 6/21, please email  Lori Hill at lhill129@cox.net.


UPDATE 6/19/16 10:PM… 

We are expecting the first order of Grant Queens will be delivered late Friday, June 24.   If that goes according to plan, they will be available for pickup at the following times and location:

  • Friday, 6/24 from 4:30 till 8:00 p.m.  and also Saturday morning from 9:00 till 12:00

Directions to the Park and Ride lot at Exit 7 off of Rte. 95:

  • Heading south on Rte. 95 take exit 7.  At the end of the ramp take a left.  The Park and Ride is about 1/10th of a mile on the right.
  • Heading north on Rte. 95 take exit 7.  At the end of the ramp take a right. The Park and Ride is on the right.

If you ordered on the first round, you should be getting an email from the Grant Committee.  Check your spam/bulk mail folder if you don’t see it in a day or so.