Category Archives: Education

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.

Honey Extracting Workshop – July 9, 2018

July 9, 2018
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 ]

 

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.

Update: Here are some pictures from this year’s field day:

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

Update! Here are some pictures from the field day.

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.