Category Archives: Beekeeping in NC

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.

Q & A Round Table – September 9, 2019

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

Do you have questions that you’d like to get answered? Or have you seen things in your hives that you wonder if others are seeing as well? This session is specifically for answering questions and sharing information. So bring your questions and interesting experiences to share with the group.

This is also a good time to brush up on lighting your smoker. You’ll find that different beekeepers have different ways of getting their smoker going and keeping it going. Even old dogs can learn new tricks when it comes to smokers, so if this is an area that has been frustrating to you, bring your smoker along.

If you can’t make it to the meeting but still have questions, send your questions to foragers@surrybeekeepers.org.

Don’t forget that there will also be a bee yard day toward the end of this month. Check back for updates on that event.

Mite Treatments: What should you use? – July 8, 2019

July 8, 2019
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
NC Farm Bureau Insurance Office, Downstairs [ map ]

This meeting will be an overview of some of the existing mite treatments and discussion about which treatments work best under different conditions. Some of the treatments covered will include:

Treatments that can kill varroa in the cells:

  • Formic acid
  • Thermal solutions like the “Mighty Mite Killer” product from the Bee Hive Thermal Industries.

Treatments that kill varroa on the bees and generally require multiple treatments:

  • Various methods of using Oxalic Acid
  • Treatments that primarily use thymol oil as the active ingredient like Apiguard or Api Life Var

All natural treatments using essential oils (recipes will be available for those interested).

A more comprehensive overview of commercial mite treatments available may be found at the Honey Bee Health Coalition: https://honeybeehealthcoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/HBHC-Guide_Varroa_Interactive_7thEdition_June2018.pdf

NCSU Field Honey Bee Laboratory Update – NC Senate Budget

Dear Fellow Beekeepers,
 
We are one step closer to achieving our longtime goal of building a new field honeybee laboratory for the North Carolina State University Apiculture Research Program.
 
That came this week when a $2 million-dollar appropriation for the project was included in the North Carolina Senate budget proposal.
 
This is not the end of the matter, however. The Senate Budget must be reconciled with the House budget, which does not include that proposed funding. Now we need your help once again. Please contact local your General Assembly Representative and remind them how important honeybees are to our economy and the environment. And specifically ask the to push their leaders to keep the Bee Lab Funding in the budget.
 
Your calls and contact with your representatives were a major factor in getting this far. So, please keep working towards this goal.
 
Thank you for all your help, we’re not done yet. Your involvement and support are critical now more than ever.
 
Regards,
 
Paul Newbold
President, NCSBA

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 ]

Treating Bees with Oxalic Acid – May 13, 2019

Ox-man-2WMay 13, 2019
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:

 

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

Queen Rearing Overview – January 14, 2019

January 14, 2019
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surry County Cooperative Extension Office
915 E. Atkins Street

Suite 300 [ map ]
Note: This is the new location!

Davie Simpson will be presenting on the basics of queen rearing. Bring your questions and stories of past experiences.

We’ll also be renewing memberships for the year and talking about the upcoming bee schools. Please join us and help kick off this new year.