Category Archives: Local Beekeeping

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 to be announced
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

Winter Preparations – November 13, 2017

Brushy Mountain Bee Farm bees

November 13, 2017
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surry County Cooperative Extension Office [ map ]

Join us for a discussion of how to prepare your bees for winter. Learn some tips for increasing the bees chance of survival.

Bring your questions and stories about successes from past years.


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.

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

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.