Category Archives: General Info

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!

Summer Picnic – August 3, 2019

Date:  Saturday, August 3rd
Time:  5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: 251 County Home Rd, Dobson, NC 27017
[ map ]

Join us at the Fireplace Pavilion at Fisher River Park in Dobson for our annual picnic. This year we will be having bbq chicken and hotdogs. The club will provide everything but sides. Plan on eating around 5:00 pm.

If you plan on attending please leave us a comment on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SurryCountyBeekeepers/ to let us know and how many are going to be coming with you. If you plan on bring a side please leave that in you comment as well. You may also sign up at the next meeting (July 8th). We look forward to seeing everyone at the park.

NCSU Field Honey Bee Laboratory Update – NC Senate Budget

Dear Fellow Beekeepers,
 
We are one step closer to achieving our longtime goal of building a new field honeybee laboratory for the North Carolina State University Apiculture Research Program.
 
That came this week when a $2 million-dollar appropriation for the project was included in the North Carolina Senate budget proposal.
 
This is not the end of the matter, however. The Senate Budget must be reconciled with the House budget, which does not include that proposed funding. Now we need your help once again. Please contact local your General Assembly Representative and remind them how important honeybees are to our economy and the environment. And specifically ask the to push their leaders to keep the Bee Lab Funding in the budget.
 
Your calls and contact with your representatives were a major factor in getting this far. So, please keep working towards this goal.
 
Thank you for all your help, we’re not done yet. Your involvement and support are critical now more than ever.
 
Regards,
 
Paul Newbold
President, NCSBA

Christmas Party – December 8, 2018

merry-christmasJoin us for the annual Christmas Party at 6:00 pm on Saturday, December 8th.

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 336-648-7659.

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!

Summer Picnic – August 4, 2018

Date:  Saturday, August 4th
Time:  4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: 251 County Home Rd, Dobson, NC 27017
[ map ]

Join us at the Fireplace Pavilion at Fisher River Park in Dobson for our annual picnic. This year we will be having bbq chicken and hotdogs. The club will provide everything but sides. Plan on eating around 5:00 pm.

If you plan on attending please leave us a comment on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SurryCountyBeekeepers/ to let us know and how many are going to be coming with you. If you plan on bring a side please leave that in you comment as well. For those of you that signed up at our last meeting please don’t comment we don’t want to count you twice. We look forward to seeing everyone at the park.

Weather Policy

SCBA Weather Policy

Check our Facebook page for updates on meetings and bee school during inclement weather.   If Surry County Schools are closed, but roads are still reasonable, we may change the location of our meeting or bee school.  Updates will be posed to Facebook first and to our website as soon as possible.

Christmas Party – December 9, 2017

merry-christmasJoin us for the annual Christmas Party at 6:00 pm on December 9th.  The party is still on, even though we are having snow.  

We will be meeting at The Lantern Restaurant at 304 North Main Street, Dobson, NC 27017 [ map ]. If you have questions, call Eugene at 336-648-7659.

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.

Shop Towel Oxalic Acid Treatment

You may have heard about a new delivery method for Oxalic Acid using a shop towel.  You can read about it in this report from Randy Oliver of ScientificBeekeeping.com. [ Read report here ]  Or watch the video that walks you through the process of making the Oxalic Acid towel treatment
[ Watch here ]

This new method for Oxalic Acid delivery is showing great results but before you hop on the bandwagon, please read this warning from NC Apiary Inspector Greg Fariss regarding using this treatment.

Everyone please remember that oxalic acid and glycerin on shop towels is not an approved (legal) method to control Varroa mites in your bee colonies. As far as I know, the formulations you can find here and there online are tested by individuals, often on very few hives – sometimes as few as 1 or 2 during one season. Efforts like this in the past have often resulted in poor/no mite control or dead colonies from overdosing. As we all know, a lot of the stuff you see online is often advanced by people who have little experimental experience and often poor experimental design. Following those formulations makes your bees part of those weak experiments.  My suggestion is to wait for controlled studies run by recognizable research folks so you’re sure you can get good mite control and not brood, queen, or colony damage.

Directions to Tim Holt Bee Yard – March 25, 2017 – 8:30 am

Please read this entire message. There is a message from Tim at the end. 

These directions are only for the people who have confirmed their purchase through Davie Simpson. No new orders are being taken and if you haven’t confirmed your purchase with Davie, you will not be able to buy bees on Saturday.

Date and Time: Saturday, March 25th at 8:30 am (updated time)
Location: 3245 Smithtown Road, East Bend, NC 27018 (directions below)

If you’ve already ordered a nuc from Tim Holt through Davie Simpson, you will need to bring a nuc box or hive box that is already ready for filling and transporting.  That means that screens must be closed so as you put bees in the box, they won’t be streaming back out.  Apparently this is an issue every year.

  1. Bring your hive box or nuc box—have space for 5 frames of bees and honey/pollen. ** If you have an 8 or 10 frame box, bring empty frames to complete the space, you will get 5 frames of  bees. ***make sure you have a screen or cover so bees can travel but not escape.
  2. Cost is $115.00, cash only—have exact change.
  3. Someone will go into the hive, you inspect and accept that queen and bees, they will put the 5 frames of bees into your box, you take them home.
  4. Dress appropriately.  There will be A LOT of bees in the air.

Here are the directions to the bee yard from Tim:

I HAVE CHOSEN A PLACE THAT IS FAIRLY EASY TO GET TO AS LONG AS IT IS NOT REAL WET. THE ADRESS IS 3245 SMITHTOWN ROAD, EAST BEND, NC 27018. YOU CAN DRIVE THROUGH THE ROAD TO ANOTHER ROAD WHICH IS HWY 67 YOU CAN MAKE A CIRCLE AROUND THIS ROAD AND NO ONE WILL BE BLOCKED IN, THE DIRECTIONS IS GO TO THE END OF SILOAM ROAD, TURN LEFT GO A QUARTER OF A MILE THE BEE YARD IS ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD JUST A REMINDER THE SPLITS WILL CONSIST OR 3 FRAMES OF BROOD, AND 2 FRAMES OF HONEY AND POLLEN .ALL FRAMES WILL HAVE BEES ON THEM. WE SHOULD ALL WORK TOGETHER AND NOT ALL OVER THE BEE YARD. IT IS A BIG YARD OF BEES AND DON’T WANT TO SKIP ANY HIVES. AND PLEASE BRING CASH PLEASE. 115 DOLLARS EACH. PLEASE HAVE YOUR HIVES SCREENED UP WHEN YOU ARRIVE SO THERE IS NO ROBBING AMONGST THE BEES, AND HAVE 5 FRAMES OUT OF YOUR HIVES SO WE CAN PUT 5 FRAMES IN YOUR HIVE. THANKS TIM HOLT

Moving Your Bees Into Spring – March 13, 2017

March 13, 2017
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surry County Cooperative Extension Office [ map ]

Join SCBA to learn everything you need to know about how you can help move your bees into spring. Davie Simpson will be leading the discussions.