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Hives Are Ready for the Bees

Another piece of the puzzle in getting ready for the bees for the new bee yard was to assembly the hives and get them painted. Members met at Blue Ridge Bee Supply to get everything ready to go.

Hardware assembled and ready to paint
Everything painted and drying
All ready to go to the bee yard to await the bees

Hive Stands for Bee Yard Complete

The new bee yard will start with 35 hives and the Surry Beekeepers are busy getting ready for the packages of bees that will be arriving in early April.

The first piece of this puzzle to be completed were the hive stands that were made and delivered by Chad Hiatt and Brian Matthews. Thank you!

Bee Yard Project Receives Grant

The Surry County Beekeepers created a committee last fall to work on creating and funding a bee yard where members of the club will eventually be able to raise queens for member use and sale to continue to support the club.

The committee has been working with other supporting organizations and individuals to apply for a grant from the NC Pesticide Environmental Trust Fund. On March 10th, the grant was funded and President Eugene Brown and Vice President Davie Simpson where there to answer questions and get the good news.

Davie Simpson and Eugene Brown

To view a copy of the grant proposal and the terms of the funding

Some of the folks who were instrumental in helping SCBA get this funding include:

  • Dwight Seal, Western District Manager, Department of Agriculture Pesticide Division
  • Joanna Radford, NCSU Cooperative Extension, Surry County Center
  • Dr. David Tarpy, NCSU Professor and Extension Apiculturist
  • Don Hopkins, Apiary Inspection Supervisor, NCDA&CS
  • Lewis Cauble, Apiary Inspector, NCDA&CS
  • Gregory Fariss, Apiary Inspector, NCDA&CS

Monitoring Hives with Broodminder

The Surry Beekeepers are using a device from Broodminder.com to monitor conditions in the hive at the SCBA bee yard. Following is a “how to” video with SCBA VP Davie Simpson showing how easy it is to install the device. This is the first video in our series on using Broodminder.

NCSBA 2020 Spring Meeting – March 5-7, 2020

2020 Spring Meeting will be held in New Bern, NC, March 5-7, 2020

Location: New Bern Riverfront Convention Center
203 South Front St
New Bern, NC

Member Cost: individual $50/family $85

For full details and registration: https://www.ncbeekeepers.org/calendar/state-meetings

BEES Academy Training – March 2020

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“Beginner” online BEES school    Perfect for wanna-be beekeepers who couldn’t make their local bee school!
WHEN: March 4-25th
WHERE: Online Beekeeper Education & Engagement System (BEES)
HOW: Students will enroll in the ‘Beginner’ level BEES courses and learn the online content on their own time and at their own pace. Each Wednesday evening, we will hold virtual “office hours” with Dr. David Tarpy to discuss what you have learned and answer any lingering questions. An optional in-hive field day will be offered at the NCSU Lake Wheeler Honey Bee Research Facility in Raleigh on March 28th (rain date April 4). 
COST: $90
INFO: https://www.ncsuapiculture.net/online-beginner-bees-school

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“Intermediate” BEES Academy   Great way to prepare for the MBP Journeyman exam!
WHEN: March 3-4th
WHERE: Craven County Extension Center, 300 Industrial Dr, New Bern, NC 28562
HOW: Two full days to immerse yourself in the theoretical and practical aspects of beekeeping. Mixture of both live and pre-taped videos from the Beekeeper Education & Engagement System (BEES) as well as hands-on activities. Numerous members of the NC State Apiculture Program will help you build upon your current knowledge of beekeeping by exploring a wide variety of topics. 
COST: $150
INFO: https://www.ncsuapiculture.net/bees-academy-home

INFO: https://www.ncsuapiculture.net/online-beginner-bees-school

2020 Beginning Beekeeping School

The 2020 Surry County Bee School will be held for six Mondays starting on February 3rd.

NC Apiary Inspector Greg Fariss will be teaching the beginning beekeeping class.

Registration is required. Call Surry Cooperative Extension Office to register at 336.401.8025



When:Mondays, February 3 through March 9
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Plus a field day to be scheduled
Saturday equipment work day to be scheduled
Where:Beginning Beekeeping
Surry Cooperative Extension Office
915 E. Atkins Street, Suite 300, Dobson, NC 27017 [ map ]
Cost:Cost of class $25/person (does not include book); children 15 and younger may attend with a registered adult. 
$20 additional fee for bookThe Beekeeper’s Handbook, 4th Edition” by Diana Sammataro. Fee for class and book is payable by cash or check made out to the “Surry County Beekeepers Association or SCBA”

Topics covered will include

  • Introduction to Beekeeping
  • The colony, organization, and life cycle of the honeybee
  • Equipment needed to get started
  • How to assemble equipment
  • Seasonal hive management of the colonies
  • Pests and diseases of the bees
  • Harvesting and processing honey and other hive products
  • A field day to work with the bees (Date TBD)
  • Saturday equipment work day (Date TBD)

Refreshments will be provided.
Door prizes given daily

End of class drawing for:

  • $75 gift card to Blue Ridge Bee Supply
  • One complete 5 frame bee hive (excluding bees)

Download the bee school flyer here:  Beginning Beekeeping School 2020 Flyer

Honeybees and Pesticides – January 13, 2020

January 13, 2020
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surry County Cooperative Extension Office [ map ]

Dwight Seal, the Pesticide Division Western Field Team Manager at the NC Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services will be joining us to discuss the effects of about 25 pesticides. This is a great opportunity to learn and get your questions answered.

Some useful links from the NC Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services site:

Bee Yard Planning – November 11, 2019

November 11, 2019
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
NC Farm Bureau Insurance Office, Downstairs [ map ]

Join us as we work out the details of establishing a bee yard where we will raise NC queens. The first year we will be establishing the bee yard — growing lots of bees so we have strong hives to support queen rearing which will begin in year two.

Getting an operation like this up and running will require planning and support as well as training and resources. This will be a member driven adventure, so please come and help us get this project launched.

SCBA Christmas Party – December 14, 2019

merry-christmasJoin us for the annual Christmas Party on Saturday, December 14th starting at 5:00 pm

We will be meeting at The Central Cafe (formerly The Lantern Restaurant) at 304 North Main Street, Dobson, NC 27017 [ map ].

If you have questions, call Eugene at (276) 251-1217.

Attendees pay for their own meals. As always, there will be a lot of door prizes. You must be an active member to get a ticket for the door prize give-aways.

Door Prizes

Door Prizes! Wow!