Category Archives: Local Beekeeping

Summer Picnic – August 5, 2017

Date:  Saturday, August 5th
Time:  1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, picnic from 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. We have the Fireplace Pavilion booked from 1 pm to 8 pm if anyone wants to come enjoy the park early. The picnic is 5 pm to 8 pm. The club buys the meat, you’ll need to bring a dish to pass and a 2 liter bottle of something to drink.

We’ve booked the pavilion for the day instead of a few hours so we’ll have more time to visit.

Please RSVP to Eugene at: (336) 648-7659 so we know how much meat to buy. Also, Eugene can recommend a dish to pass based on what others have committed to bring.

What to Expect at the NCSBA Summer Conference – July 10, 2017

July 10, 2017
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surry County Cooperative Extension Office [ map ]

The state conference is later this week in Winston-Salem and there’s lots of reasons to attend. Come find out what you can expect.

Read more about the conference: [ NCSBA Summer Conference ]

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.

The Biology of the Varroa Mite – June 12, 2017

Apiary Inspector Greg Fariss

June 12, 2017
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surry County Cooperative Extension Office [ map ]

State Apiary Inspector Greg Fariss will be back to talk about the biology of the varroa mite (Varroa destructor). The varroa mite is currently the biggest threat to our honey bees and in order to effectively manage them in the bee yard, we need to understand about their biology and the life cycle of the female varroa in particular. Please join us for this excellent presentation.

Bee Yard Day – April 8, 2017

Saturday, April 8th, 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.

SCBA T-Shirts and Golf Shirts

Show your support of the Surry County Beekeepers by buying and wearing one of the new shirts available.

The T-shirt is in a wheat color and costs just $15. The Golf shirt is green and costs $18. Both include the new logo for the chapter.

If you are interested in buying a shirt (or 3),

Contact:
Davie Simpson
email: Faithapiary@yahoo.com
Mobile 336/320-8363
Home 336/374-6152

Directions to Tim Holt Bee Yard – March 25, 2017 – 8:30 am

Please read this entire message. There is a message from Tim at the end. 

These directions are only for the people who have confirmed their purchase through Davie Simpson. No new orders are being taken and if you haven’t confirmed your purchase with Davie, you will not be able to buy bees on Saturday.

Date and Time: Saturday, March 25th at 8:30 am (updated time)
Location: 3245 Smithtown Road, East Bend, NC 27018 (directions below)

If you’ve already ordered a nuc from Tim Holt through Davie Simpson, you will need to bring a nuc box or hive box that is already ready for filling and transporting.  That means that screens must be closed so as you put bees in the box, they won’t be streaming back out.  Apparently this is an issue every year.

  1. Bring your hive box or nuc box—have space for 5 frames of bees and honey/pollen. ** If you have an 8 or 10 frame box, bring empty frames to complete the space, you will get 5 frames of  bees. ***make sure you have a screen or cover so bees can travel but not escape.
  2. Cost is $115.00, cash only—have exact change.
  3. Someone will go into the hive, you inspect and accept that queen and bees, they will put the 5 frames of bees into your box, you take them home.
  4. Dress appropriately.  There will be A LOT of bees in the air.

Here are the directions to the bee yard from Tim:

I HAVE CHOSEN A PLACE THAT IS FAIRLY EASY TO GET TO AS LONG AS IT IS NOT REAL WET. THE ADRESS IS 3245 SMITHTOWN ROAD, EAST BEND, NC 27018. YOU CAN DRIVE THROUGH THE ROAD TO ANOTHER ROAD WHICH IS HWY 67 YOU CAN MAKE A CIRCLE AROUND THIS ROAD AND NO ONE WILL BE BLOCKED IN, THE DIRECTIONS IS GO TO THE END OF SILOAM ROAD, TURN LEFT GO A QUARTER OF A MILE THE BEE YARD IS ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD JUST A REMINDER THE SPLITS WILL CONSIST OR 3 FRAMES OF BROOD, AND 2 FRAMES OF HONEY AND POLLEN .ALL FRAMES WILL HAVE BEES ON THEM. WE SHOULD ALL WORK TOGETHER AND NOT ALL OVER THE BEE YARD. IT IS A BIG YARD OF BEES AND DON’T WANT TO SKIP ANY HIVES. AND PLEASE BRING CASH PLEASE. 115 DOLLARS EACH. PLEASE HAVE YOUR HIVES SCREENED UP WHEN YOU ARRIVE SO THERE IS NO ROBBING AMONGST THE BEES, AND HAVE 5 FRAMES OUT OF YOUR HIVES SO WE CAN PUT 5 FRAMES IN YOUR HIVE. THANKS TIM HOLT

Bee School 2017

This is the flyer for our new Bee School for Surry County Beekeepers Association. The class will be from February 16, 2017 through March 23, 2017  7 pm to 9 pm.  Interested in bees?  Come see us.

Click here to download a pdf of the flyer: Beekeeping School 2017 Flyer
or click on the picture of the flyer on the left and print.

The Oxalic Acid Vaporization Method – September 12, 2016

Ox-man-2WSeptember 12, 2016
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:

 

Blue Ridge Bee Supply Field Day – September 3, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 8.02.04 PMBlue Ridge Bee Supply is holding a bee yard day for their September Practical Beekeeping workshop on September 3rd and members of Surry County Beekeepers are invited to attend. This is a chance for newish beekeepers to get some hands on experience in the hives and to ask questions.

Location: Blue Ridge Bee Supply
270 Hickory Street, Suite 200, Mount Airy, NC 27030
Time: 10:00 am

Also, at 1:00 pm, Dave Simpson will be demonstrating the vaporization method for Oxalic Acid to help control varroa mites.