are given in honor of early contributors to SABA and beekeeping
Each year, two youths are presented with all the equipment, honeybees, and support needed to start a colony of honeybees, including a mentor (see below for backgrounds of awards). The youth awards are presented annually at the November meeting.
The application form and must be received by SABA no later than October 5. Please mail early! Send completed applications to: Marsha Williams, 12 South Helderberg Pkwy., Slingerlands, NY 12159
THE JOSEPHINE & AUGUST WOLF – AL LOUNSBURY YOUNG BEEKEEPER AWARD
sponsored by SABA
Josephine and August Wolf were the grandparents of Bud Wolf, a SABA member, who well remembers his grandfather introducing him to his apiary at the age of 5. August was born in Austria and came to the U.S. in the early 1900’s. That is where he met Josephine, also Austrian, and they settled in New Britain, Connecticut. His hobby was raising fruit trees, which he grafted, and also berries. Bud Wolf remembers how they preserved everything by canning. It was natural that August, a fruit tree grower, would keep bees. He was an urban beekeeper, and always kept at least 4 hives. A machinist by profession, he made his own honey extractor – a solid stainless steel ‘battleship,’ as Bud describes it. To share his love of bees, August made a small veil for Bud, so that he could work alongside his grand-father, whether it was building frames or harvesting the honey.
“It is the best hobby you could have.” — Bud Wolf
Al Lounsbury grew up in Sullivan County, living next door to a Russian couple, who had built a unique hive about 5 feet long and holding 30 frames, with partitions separating 3 colonies. As a child, Al became very interested in the honeybee, and when the Russian couple relocated, Al inherited a hive too large to move. He transferred the colonies into Langstroth hive bodies and, first having them inspected by the State Inspector, he caught honeybee ‘fever.’ With his father’s support, he accumulated more equipment and steadily more knowledge. After attending Cornell University, he returned to his childhood farm where his father had tended his apiary. Returning from 13 months in Korea, he married Dorothy, and became a 4-H Agent for Cornell’s Cooperative Extension for Saratoga County. He gradually expanded his hives, a few at a time, until he had 35 hives in four different apiaries. Al says Dorothy was an expert marketer, especially when they sold their bee products at the Saratoga Farmers Market. Al was instrumental in structuring the organization of SABA, and was part of the committee that wrote the bylaws.
Fred Ludewig was a mentor to Al and they usually met in a living room to share and learn from each other. After an open informational meeting on beekeeping, the enthusiastic response from the 75 people in attendance, grew into a series of lectures and demonstrations given by Al, Fred and his son, Eric. The additional lectures were scheduled at Shenendehowa High School and the Myers Educational Center on Henning Road in Saratoga. One such lesson Al recommends is always to remember that, when working with bee apiaries, have a camera at the ready to catch those remarkable moments of bee artistry so familiar to beekeepers.
THE BOB STEVENS YOUNG BEEKEEPER AWARD
sponsored collaboratively by Betterbee, Inc. & SABA
Born in Cambridge, NY, Bob Stevens was the son of Robert B. and Leona Stevens, owners of the former Stevens & Tompkins Paper Mill of Greenwich. After graduating from Brown University in American Studies, Bob served in India as a Peace Corps volunteer, where he co-authored a book on chicken farming. Returning to Brown University to study and teach English in Rhode Island, he met his wife, Margaret, a fellow English teacher. After being presented with a Fellowship to continue his interest in Asian Studies, he was among the first group of American teachers to study in China in 1973. In 1979, Bob and Margaret returned to the Harthorn Farm in Greenwich, NY, where he was raised and established Betterbee, Inc, a wholesale and retail bee supply business. Ten years later, he opened the first meadery in the U.S., The Meadery at Greenwich, where he produced honey wine made from honey produced by his own bees. Bob was especially proud to be the recipient of the NYS Beekeeper of the Year Award (1994) by the Empire State Honey Producers Association. He was instrumental in the establishment of SABA, always eager and ready to help a fellow beekeeper.
These are the founding members of our organization, and their contributions to our organizations are exemplary for their focus, the value of farsightedness, and encouragement to current members. There is more to be done to pass on to the future a more healthy organization and, more especially, a healthier population and improved understanding of the honeybee and apiary science.