Category Archives: Education

Bee Yard Day – April 28, 2018

Saturday, April 28th, 10:00 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.

SCBA at Career Fair – April 27, 2018

Construction and Agriculture Career Day at Veteran’s Park
691 W. Lebanon Street, Mount Airy [ map ]
April 27th – 8 am – 3 pm
with Surry County Schools, Mount Airy City Schools, Surry Community College, SCBA, and Smith-Rowe, LLC

Making Your Own Bee Treatments – April 9, 2018

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

Are you interested in learning to make your own bee treatments from essential oils and natural ingredients?  Speaker Davie Simpson will be sharing recipes and insights into making your own treatments and supplements for your bees.

2018 Bee Schools – Beginning Beekeeping & Junior Beekeeping

 

The 2018 Surry County Bee Schools will be held for six Mondays starting on February 5th. NC Apiary Inspector Greg Fariss will be teaching some of the classes and seasoned beekeepers from the SCBA chapter will cover the others.

This year the Beginning Beekeeping bee school is being held in conjunction with a special Junior Beekeeping program that will meet at the same time but at the Cooperative Extension offices across the street.

Beginning Beekeeping Bee School

When: Mondays, February 5 through March 12
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Field day at bee yard on April 7th
Where: Beginning Beekeeping
Farm Bureau downstairs meeting room
112 White Street, Dobson, NC 27017 [ map ]
Cost: $20 per attendee (does not include book); children 15 and younger may attend for free with a registered adult. $20 fee is payable at the first class to the “Surry County Beekeepers Association or SCBA”
$25 additional fee for book “The Beekeeper’s Handbook, 4th Edition” by Diana Sammataro

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 2018 Flyer

Surry county junior beekeeper program

When: Mondays, February 5 through March 12
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Surry County Junior Beekeeper Program
NC Cooperative Extension Center
210 N. Main Street, 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 bee school flyer for Junior Beekeeper program here:  Jr Beekeeping Program Flyer 2018

Horne Creek Farm Cornshucking Frolic – 10/21/17

SCBA booth at Horne Creek Farm Cornshucking Frolic

Saturday, October 21st 10 am – 5 pm
308 Horne Creek Farm Rd, Pinnacle, NC 27043
[ map ]

The Surry Beekeepers will have a table at the Cornshucking Frolic again this year. This is a great event and a great chance to educate the public about honey bees and beekeeping. Come join us!

Get on board and join us for the 26th Annual Cornshucking Frolic at Horne Creek Farm on Saturday, October 21 from 10 am – 5pm. Admission fees are as follows: Adults: $8.00, Children 6 – 12: $5.00, & Children 5 & Under: Free. [Payment by cash or check only].

Heritage activities are sure to please the whole family. Surry Beekeepers, quilting, basket weaving, log hewing, blacksmithing, wagon rides, a grist mill demonstration, cooking on a woodstove, plowing, chair caning, cider, apple butter & molasses demonstrations, display of quilts, antique farm equipment, seven bands playing Traditional ,Bluegrass, & Gospel music, plus much more!. Food available throughout the day for a nominal fee: Chicken Stew, BBQ, Ham Biscuits, Pintos & Cornbread, Fried Pies, Sonkers, Ice Cream, and Beverages. Finish off by shopping at the HCF country store and with our vendors. No pets (other than service animals) allowed. No alcoholic beverages allowed. Canceled in the event of heavy rain.

Honey Extracting Workshop – September 11, 2017

September 11, 2017
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surry County Cooperative Extension Office [ map ]

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 ]

 

Celebrating Agriculture – September 9, 2017

Date:  Saturday, September 9th
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

Fall Field Day – August 19, 2017

It’s National Honey Bee Day — Come celebrate with us!

Saturday, August 19th
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Albert Cockerham’s bee yard, 504 Arlington Street,
Mount Airy, NC 27030 [ map ]

In addition to learning how to do a hive inspection for this time of year, there will also be demonstrations of Oxalic Acid Vaporization and the use of the “Mighty Mite Killer” product from the Bee Hive Thermal Industries that Lynn Williams presented on at the May meeting.

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.

NCSBA Summer Conference and Centennial Celebration – July 13-15, 2017

Celebrating 100 Years – Educating for the Next 100! July 13th, 14th & 15th
Embassy Suites Convention Center in downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Featured Speakers:

Jon Zawislak
Jon is the apiculture specialist for the University of Arkansas with a strong background in entomology and botany. Extension and beekeeping education are some of his major interests.

Dr. James Wilson
Dr. Wilson is the new faculty apiculturist at Virginia Tech. With an undergraduate degree from NCSU and a PhD from VT, Dr. Wilson has plenty of beekeeping information to share.

Katy C. Evans
Katy was the 2015 recipient of the EAS Foundation for Honey Bee Research Award. This award made possible the research with Dr. Debbie Delaney at the U of Delaware that led to her Master’s Thesis. Katy now works with one of Dr. Tarpy’s former postdocs, Dr. Margarita Lopez-Uribe at Penn State University.

Dr. David Tarpy
Professor and Extension Apiculturist, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, NCSU.

Schedule and Registration Information: https://www.ncbeekeepers.org/education/statewide-conferences/ncsbA-2017-summer-conference

Thursday, July 13, 2017, “Before the Conference Begins”

Master Beekeeper Related Events
10 am We will  present a refresher for “Journeyman and Beyond” 2 hours of preparing to test for Journeyman and Masters exams

Written test for the Certified, Journeyman, and Masters will be given on Friday from 1 pm to 4 pm. NO TEST ISSUED AFTER 2PM and again Saturday from 9am till noon.  NO TEST ISSUED AFTER 10AM.  Bring your own pencil.  NO BOOKS, PHONES OR PAPERS ALLOWED IN THE TESTING AREA.

Please preregister for the testing time you would like and indicate your NCSBA member number and test level to mbp@ncbeekeepers.org

Not taking the exam but have questions?

Also at 10 am on Thursday, “What you always wanted to know”, Questions & Answer, all about Beekeeping, Ask the “EXPERTS” Moderators will be Master Beekeepers, Diana Almond and Randall Austin along with State Inspector and Master Beekeeper Lewis Cauble and State Inspector and EAS Master Beekeeper Greg Fariss.

Ag and Biotech STEM Camp – June 26, 2017

The Ag and Biotech STEM Camp that Extension and Surry County Schools have been working on will be ready to go the week of June 26. The Surry County Beekeepers have been invited to come talk to the group of middle school students (ages 12, 13, 14) about beekeeping on Monday, June 26 from 10:30 – 11:30 am at Gentry Middle School in Mount Airy.

If you are interested in helping with the presentation, please contact President, Eugene Brown at either (276) 251-1402 or by email at kbjrbrc@yahoo.com.