Posted onMarch 27, 2020|Comments Off on 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.
To view a copy of the grant proposal and the terms of the funding
Posted onMarch 27, 2020|Comments Off on 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.
“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
“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
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
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
Beginning Beekeeping Surry Cooperative Extension Office 915 E. Atkins Street, Suite 300, Dobson, NC 27017 [ map ]
Cost of class $25/person (does not include book); children 15 and younger may attend with a registered adult. $20 additional fee for book “The 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
Posted onDecember 18, 2019|Comments Off on 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:
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.
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