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.
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.
Paul Newbold President, NCSBA
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June 10, 2019
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
NC Farm Bureau Insurance Office, Downstairs [ map ]
It’s been a good spring for nectar and honey, so there are lots of new beekeepers wondering how to extract the honey from their hives. Join us for a demonstration of various ways to process honey from your bees. We’ll have a 4 frame honey extractor and other tools available for you to try out and learn more about.
If you have honey that needs to be extracted, bring your frames and jars and let the group help you out.
Also, don’t forget that the club has it’s own extractor that was donated by Blue Ridge Bee Supply that you can borrow. [ details here ]
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May 13, 2019 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surry County Cooperative Extension Office [ map ]
Dave Simpson will join us to explain everything you need to know about using the vaporization method with oxalic acid. You’ll learn about what equipment you need, why you need to wear protective clothing, and why the number of times you need to treat are affected by what’s happening in the hive.
For folks who are not interested in purchasing the equipment necessary for vaporization but would like to try using oxalic acid in their hives, the drench (or dribble) method is also available. Instructions are available under the “Resources” tab or by click this link:
This Saturday the 11th we will be having a live cut out class at 8:30am. We will start at 792 Hamlin Ford Rd., Dobson. You will need to have all of your protective gear. There will be breakfast provided. Please contact Davie Simpson at (336)320-8363 or leave a comment on our FaceBook page [https://www.facebook.com/SurryCountyBeekeepers] that you are coming so we will have enough food for everyone. We will need to know no later than Thursday the 9th. Look forward to seeing everyone and having a good time.
Saturday, April 27th, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Rain Date!
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.
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The 2019 Surry County Bee Schools will be held for six Mondays starting on February 4th.
NC Apiary Inspector Greg Fariss will be teaching the beginning beekeeping class.
The Beginning Beekeeping bee school is being held in conjunction with a special Junior Beekeeping program that will meet at the same time in a different part of the building.
Beginning Beekeeping Bee School
Mondays, February 4 through March 11
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Plus a field day to be scheduled
Surry Cooperative Extension Office
915 E. Atkins Street, Suite 300, Dobson, NC 27017 [ map ]
FREE! (does not include book); children 15 and younger may attend with a registered adult.
$25 additional fee for book “The Beekeeper’s Handbook, 4th Edition” by Diana Sammataro. Fee for book is payable by cash or check made out to the “Surry County Beekeepers Association or SCBA”
Registration is required. Call Surry Cooperative Extension Office to register at 336.401.8025
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