Category Archives: General Info

Blue Ridge Bee Supply Donates Extractor

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FBplaqueAt the SCBA meeting on July 11th, Blue Ridge Bee Supply presented the chapter with a four-frame extractor. The extractor will be available to members of the chapter for use extracting their honey. A hot knife will also be purchased by the chapter to be used by anyone wishing to use it.

Blue Ridge Bee Supply continues to support the Surry Beekeepers and beekeepers throughout the area by sponsoring special events, holding monthly workshops (many of them hands-on) and now providing members of SCBA with the means for extracting honey.

Please show your appreciation by visiting the folks at Blue Ridge Bee Supply.

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“Raising Queens” with Tim Service – May 9, 2016

Queen+beeMay 9, 2016
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Surry County Cooperative Extension Office [ map ]

Tim Service will be joining us to discuss his experience in raising queen bees. Tim is from Meadows of Dan, Virginia and raises New World Carniolans, Carniolans, and Pol-line Italian Queens.

Bee Yard Day – May 7, 2016

Saturday, May 7th, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Backup Rain Date: May 14th
Location: Albert Cockerham’s bee yard, 504 Arlington Street,
Mount Airy, NC 27030 [ map ]
Bring protective clothing and your smoker if you want help learning to light it and keep it going.

This is a chance for new beekeepers to get your hands in a hive, to ask experienced beekeepers questions about what you are seeing (or not seeing) and to gain some confidence working with bees. Mentors who will come to you are in short supply so please take advantage of this opportunity to get hands on help with the bees. This is also a great chance to get to know other beekeepers and for them to get to know you so when you have questions, you’ll have people you can call.

Bee Equipment for Sale

Long time beekeeper Jim Redman is selling off his beekeeping equipment.  In addition to hives and hive equipment, Jim also has some very nice honey extracting equipment.  Following are his suggested prices for the large items.  If you are interested, call or email Jim with an offer.
Contact Jim: jredman1@triad.rr.com or 336-401-3390

9-frame radial extractor –  $300.00
2 honey tanks                –  $75.00 each
Capping tank w/stand    –  $175.00
Double sieves, electric capping knife, full body suit (XL)
hive bodies, shallow supers (all w/frames and some w/new wax)
misc. items

Testing for Nosema – April 11, 2016

Microscope Workshop: Identifying Nosema and Pollen Under the Microscope

April 11, 2016 – 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location Change: Farm Bureau Downstairs Meeting Room [ map ]

Join the Surry Beekeepers for this important workshop to learn how to identify Nosema using microscopes provided by the NC State Beekeeper Association.  Surry member and NCSBA Regional Director Eugene Brown will be demonstrating proper use of the microscopes and how to prepare a sample to test for nosema.  He will also be providing some fascinating information on how pollen looks under the microscope.

If you would like to have your hive tested, you will need to collect about 25 worker bees from the top of your hive (under the top cover is best).  You will need to kill these bees by dropping them in alcohol.  The bees should be collected as close to the meeting date as possible because once they start to decompose, the results are not useful.

If you have questions, please email foragers@surrybeekeepers.org and Eugene will answer your questions.

Tim Holt Bees for Sale – March 26, 2016

Please read this entire message or you might miss the boat on this opportunity! There is a message from Tim at the end.

Date and Time: Saturday, March 26th at 8:00 am (latest update)
Location: 3245 Smithtown Road, East Bend, NC 27018 (directions below)

If you want to buy 5 frames of bees plus a queen from Tim Holt, 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 was an issue last 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.

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

2016 Surry County Bee School — Starting March 7th

Apiary Inspector Greg Fariss

Apiary Inspector Greg Fariss

The 2016 Surry County Bee School will be held for six Mondays starting on March 7, 2016. NC Apiary Inspector Greg Fariss will be teaching the class.

This year the bee school is being held in conjunction with NC Cooperative Extension and Surry Community College with a Skill Up Grant through NC Tobacco Trust Funds. Everyone attending must register in advance unlike previous years when members could attend for free.

When: Mondays, March 7 through April 4
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Field day at bee yard to be announced
Where: Farm Bureau downstairs meeting room
112 White Street, Dobson, NC 27017 [ map ]
Cost: $10 per attendee; children 15 and younger
may attend for free with a registered adult. $10 fee is payable at the first class to the “Surry County Beekeepers Association”

Registration is required. Call Surry Community College to register at 336.386.3618.

Topics covered will include

  • Introduction to Beekeeping
  • The colony, organization, and life cycle of the honeybee
  • Equipment needed to get started
  • 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

Refreshments will be provided.

Download the bee school flyer here:  2016 Bee School Flyer

The Honey Files: A Bees Life – February 8, 2016

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Join the Surry Beekeepers to watch a short video that takes viewers inside a bee hive to learn more about bees, honey, and pollination, including the different types of bees and their various jobs within the bee community.

This presentation is a good review for everyone and is especially suitable for new and young beekeepers.

Teachers will find this presentation especially helpful and may be interested in downloading the accompanying worksheets at:  http://www.honey.com/images/uploads/general/HoneyFilesWeb.pdf

Time and Location: February 8th – 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the Surry County Cooperative Extension Office, Dobson, NC [ map ]

The Magic of Mead – November 9, 2015

Join us on November 9th for a video entitled “The Magic of Mead” followed by a discussion about mead making and honey wine.  Several members will speak on their past experience with mead making.  Handouts from Chef Michael Young, MBE, Institute of Northern Ireland Beekeepers, will be provided.

If you have any mead making equipment, please bring some along to the meeting so members who are new to the mead making process and equipment can see what some of the equipment looks like — especially items like a hydrometer or a fermentation valve.

Time and Location: November 9th – 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the Surry County Cooperative Extension Office, Dobson, NC [ map ]