Category Archives: Education

Live Cut Out Demo – May 11, 2019

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.

Bee Yard Day – April 27, 2019 (Rescheduled)

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.

Master Beekeeper Testing – April 8, 2019

April 8, 2019
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surry County Cooperative Extension Office
915 E. Atkins Street

Suite 300 [ map ]

The testing for the NCSBA Master Beekeeper Certified Level will be given. You must be a member in good standing to take the test.

Also, at this meeting, the Certificates of Completion will be presented to the Junior Beekeepers.

2019 Bee School & Junior Bee School

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

When: Mondays, February 4 through March 11
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Plus a field day to be scheduled
Where: Beginning Beekeeping
Surry Cooperative Extension Office
915 E. Atkins Street, Suite 300, Dobson, NC 27017 [ map ]
Cost: 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
  • A field day to work with the bees

Refreshments will be provided.

Download the bee school flyer here:  Beginning Beekeeping School 2019 Flyer

Surry county junior beekeeper program

When: Mondays, February 4 through March 11
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Surry County Junior Beekeeper Program
Surry Cooperative Extension Office
915 E. Atkins Street, Suite 300, Dobson, NC 27017 [ map ]

Registration is required by February 1st. Call Surry Cooperative Extension Office to register at 336.401.8025

Activities will include:

  • Learn about the parts of the hive
  • Learn about the anatomy of a honeybee
  • Learn how  to light a smoker
  • Learn how to assemble equipment
  • Dress in a bee suit
  • Open a hive
  • Identify worker bees, drones, and queens

Be a certified Junior Beekeeper at the end of the program!

Download the Jr. Beekeeper flyer here: Jr. Beekeeper 2019 Flyer

Mead Making – November 12, 2018

November 12, 2018
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surry County Cooperative Extension Office [ map ]

If you’ve ever wondered how mead was made, join us for our November program on Mead Making.

Races of Bees – October 8, 2018

October 8, 2018
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surry County Cooperative Extension Office [ map ]

Some of the most well-known races of bees include:

  • Italian Bees, Apis mellifera ligustica.
  • Carniolan Bees, Apis mellifera carnica.
  • Caucasian Bees, Apis mellifera caucasica.
  • German Black Bees, Apis mellifera mellifera.
  • Africanized Honey Bees, Apis mellifera scutellata and its Hybrids.

How do you know which one is the best one for you? Join us for our meeting tonight when Paul Madren will be doing a program on the different races of bees.

Fall Field Day – September 15, 2018

Saturday, September 15th, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
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.

There will also be demonstrations of oxalic acid sublimation and using thermal equipment to control mites.

Here are some pictures from this spring’s field day:

Celebrating Agriculture – September 8, 2018

Date:  Saturday, September 8th
Time:  2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Fisher River Park, 251 County Home Rd, Dobson, NC 27017

[ map ]

Surry County Beekeepers will have a display table at Celebrating Agriculture again this year. We will be meeting the public and talking bees. If you have honey to sell, this is a good venue. Come out and support us.

Learn more about this event at the extension website: Celebrating Agriculture Event

NC State Beekeepers Summer Conference 2018 – July 19-21, 2018


Blue Ridge Community College – Flat Rock, NC
180 W Campus Dr, Flat Rock, NC 28731
July 19,20,21
hosted by
Buncombe County Beekeepers Club
Henderson County Beekeepers Club
Haywood County Beekeepers Club
Madison County Beekeepers Club

Experience the scenic mountains of North Carolina!

Make plans now to join your fellow beekeepers for the summer meeting to be held at a spacious and beautiful, green space venue in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Flat Rock, Hendersonville and Asheville. Experience three days of excellent beekeeping presenters, participate in informative workshops, meet and shop with the major purveyors of beekeeping equipment and supplies, and enjoy the company of old friends and make new ones.

The summer meeting promises to be an excellent event with programs and presentations from:

  • Tom Seeley- Cornell University- Author of Honeybee Ecology (1985), The Wisdom of the Hive (1996), and Honeybee Democracy (2010). Dr. Seeley’s research focus is the social behavior of the honey bee.
  • Frederique Keller- President of the American Apitherapy Society- leading acupuncturist, medical herbalist will present programs on apitherapy which utilize bee venom therapy, honey, pollen, propolis, and royal jelly
  • David Tarpy- NCSU- Outstanding professor and researcher, NCSU Cooperative Extension State Apiculturist. Dr. Tarpy will present on his current research at NCSU and beekeeping issues in NC.
  • Phil Craft- Bee Culture magazine, author of “Ask Phil”
    Experienced beekeepers will present expanded beekeeper workshops featuring practical beekeeping information and Born and Bred queen rearing programs
  • North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Apiary inspectors will present beekeeping programs in apiaries located in the open green spaces of Blue Ridge Community College

More Information and Registration: ncbeekeepers.org/education/statewide-conferences/2018-ncsba-summer-conference

Master Beekeeper Review and Testing – July 20 & 21

The Master Beekeeper Program Committee is offering Testing at the Summer Meeting being held at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, NC. Testing is available to all active NCSBA members and will include Certified, Journeyman and Master Beekeeper levels.

Thursday morning, July 19, from 10:00 am till noon, a “Journeyman to Master Beekeepers Review” will be held in the Sink Building, Thomas Auditorium. All members are welcome to attend.

Also on Thurdsay moring at the same time as above, an “Ask the Experts” program will be offered to allow NCSBA members to get answers to questions from experienced Beekeepers, State Apriary Inspectors and Extension agents. This program will be held in the Blue Ridge Conference Hall.

  • MBP testing will begin on Friday afternoon, July 20, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, with no written test handed out after 2:00 pm.
  • MBP testing will continue on Saturday morning, July 21, from 9:00 till noon, with no written test handed out after 10:00 am.

We encourage all members who are interested in testing their knowledge of beekeeping to participate. If you have any question, contact an MBP Committee member. The NCSBA website has an extensive amount of information about the Master Beekeeper Program and is a good place to start if you are interested in the program.