Category Archives: Education

NCSBA 2020 Spring Meeting – March 5-7, 2020

2020 Spring Meeting will be held in New Bern, NC, March 5-7, 2020

Location: New Bern Riverfront Convention Center
203 South Front St
New Bern, NC

Member Cost: individual $50/family $85

For full details and registration: https://www.ncbeekeepers.org/calendar/state-meetings

BEES Academy Training – March 2020

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“Beginner” online BEES school    Perfect for wanna-be beekeepers who couldn’t make their local bee school!
WHEN: March 4-25th
WHERE: Online Beekeeper Education & Engagement System (BEES)
HOW: Students will enroll in the ‘Beginner’ level BEES courses and learn the online content on their own time and at their own pace. Each Wednesday evening, we will hold virtual “office hours” with Dr. David Tarpy to discuss what you have learned and answer any lingering questions. An optional in-hive field day will be offered at the NCSU Lake Wheeler Honey Bee Research Facility in Raleigh on March 28th (rain date April 4). 
COST: $90
INFO: https://www.ncsuapiculture.net/online-beginner-bees-school

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“Intermediate” BEES Academy   Great way to prepare for the MBP Journeyman exam!
WHEN: March 3-4th
WHERE: Craven County Extension Center, 300 Industrial Dr, New Bern, NC 28562
HOW: Two full days to immerse yourself in the theoretical and practical aspects of beekeeping. Mixture of both live and pre-taped videos from the Beekeeper Education & Engagement System (BEES) as well as hands-on activities. Numerous members of the NC State Apiculture Program will help you build upon your current knowledge of beekeeping by exploring a wide variety of topics. 
COST: $150
INFO: https://www.ncsuapiculture.net/bees-academy-home

INFO: https://www.ncsuapiculture.net/online-beginner-bees-school

2020 Beginning Beekeeping School

The 2020 Surry County Bee School will be held for six Mondays starting on February 3rd.

NC Apiary Inspector Greg Fariss will be teaching the beginning beekeeping class.

Registration is required. Call Surry Cooperative Extension Office to register at 336.401.8025



When:Mondays, February 3 through March 9
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Plus a field day to be scheduled
Saturday equipment work day to be scheduled
Where:Beginning Beekeeping
Surry Cooperative Extension Office
915 E. Atkins Street, Suite 300, Dobson, NC 27017 [ map ]
Cost:Cost of class $25/person (does not include book); children 15 and younger may attend with a registered adult. 
$20 additional fee for bookThe Beekeeper’s Handbook, 4th Edition” by Diana Sammataro. Fee for class and book is payable by cash or check made out to the “Surry County Beekeepers Association or SCBA”

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 (Date TBD)
  • Saturday equipment work day (Date TBD)

Refreshments will be provided.
Door prizes given daily

End of class drawing for:

  • $75 gift card to Blue Ridge Bee Supply
  • One complete 5 frame bee hive (excluding bees)

Download the bee school flyer here:  Beginning Beekeeping School 2020 Flyer

Bee Yard Planning – November 11, 2019

November 11, 2019
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
NC Farm Bureau Insurance Office, Downstairs [ map ]

Join us as we work out the details of establishing a bee yard where we will raise NC queens. The first year we will be establishing the bee yard — growing lots of bees so we have strong hives to support queen rearing which will begin in year two.

Getting an operation like this up and running will require planning and support as well as training and resources. This will be a member driven adventure, so please come and help us get this project launched.

Fall Field Day – September 21, 2019

Saturday, September 21, 11:00 am – 2:00 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.

In case of rain, our rain date will be September 28th. If you have questions, please contact Eugene Brown at 276-251-1217 or cell at 336-648-7659.

Honey Extracting Workshop – June 10, 2019

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 ]

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