Category Archives: General Info

Christmas Party – December 3, 2016

merry-christmasJoin us for the annual Christmas Party at 5:00 pm on December 3rd.

We will be meeting at Libby Hill Seafood Restaurant, 199 Mayberry Mall, Mount Airy [ map ].

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.

Winter Feeding – November 14, 2016

Brushy Mountain Bee Farm bees

Brushy Mountain Bee Farm bees

November 14, 2016
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surry County Cooperative Extension Office [ map ]

SCBA program manager and NCSBA Mountain Regional Director, Eugene Brown will be discussing and demonstrating making fondant, dry feed, grease patties and pollen patties for your bees. We’ll also be discussing when you can start using sugar syrup and when to use 2:1 syrup versus 1:1 syrup.

Join us for this hands-on workshop and make a Christmas present for your bees!

Honey Extractor Loan Program

Blue Ridge Bee Supply donates 4 frame extractor to SCBA

Blue Ridge Bee Supply donates 4 frame extractor to SCBA

In July, Blue Ridge Bee Supply generously donated a 4 frame extractor to the Surry County Beekeepers. Members of SCBA may now borrow the extractor and a hot knife to uncap and extract their honey. Member Bill McArthur has volunteered to store the equipment and manage the check out process.

To borrow the extractor (or to get on the waiting list), contact Bill at (336) 590-2961. Bill lives at 178 Hickory Hill Drive in Mount Airy. Once you and Bill have an agreed upon pickup date and time, you will need to go pick up the equipment and also return the clean/dry, undamaged equipment to Bill.

To clean the extractor:

Water is a sufficient cleaning agency. Wash the extractor and let it drain and dry.

  • if you are close to your bee yard, let the bees help just like you would have them clean up the freshly extracted frames. Leave the extractor open for a few hours on a sunny day and once the bees are done, use a garden hose to wash away residual honey and wax.
  • if you aren’t close to your bee yard, just use the garden hose to wash away residual honey and wax.

To clean the hot knife:

  • make a pad using clean, dry paper towels. Once you are done uncapping, wipe the hot knife (still plugged in) on paper towel pad to clean wax and honey from the knife. Do not use water to clean the knife or let it get on the knife. Let the clean knife cool, then use a damp cloth or paper towel to clean the honey from the cord.

Please be mindful of other beekeepers waiting to use the extractor and return as soon as possible.

Thank you to both Blue Ridge Bee Supply and Bill McArthur for making this benefit available to our beekeepers.

Blue Ridge Bee Supply Donates Extractor

FBAward

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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Summer Picnic – August 6, 2016

Date:  Saturday, August 6th
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. The club buys the meat, you’ll need to bring a dish to pass and a 2 liter bottle of something to drink.

Please RSVP to Albert at: (336) 786-4085 so we know how much meat to buy. Also, Albert can recommend a dish to pass based on what others have committed to bring.

During the picnic, we’ll be discussing how to best use some of the proceeds from the very successful bee school.

“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.