Monthly Archives: October 2014

Commercial Beekeeping – January 12, 2015

Commercial beekeeper, NCSBA Immediate Past President, and beekeeping mentor to the stars, Julian Wooten, will be our speaker on January 12th at 7:00 pm at the Surry County Extension Center in Dobson.

Julian will share with us the ups and downs of being a commercial beekeeper.  He’ll also share some stories about his experience as the beekeeper for the movie “The Secret Life of Bees.”

Queen Latifah and Dakota Fanning inspecting bees provided by Julian Wooten.

Queen Latifah and Dakota Fanning inspecting bees provided by Julian Wooten.

Christmas Party – December 6, 2014

The SCBA annual Christmas Party is scheduled for Saturday, December 6th at the Prime Sirloin located at 1018 Rockford St, Mt Airy, NC 27030.  Festivities begin at 5:00 pm.  Come in festive attire.  Door prizes.

Members pay for their own dinners.  This is a members only event, but members may bring guests.

Plan to pay your dues ($20) at the event – cash or check made payable to “Surry County Beekeepers.”

The new slate of officers for 2015 will be voted on at this event.

“So You Think You Want To Be A Beekeeper” – November 10, 2014

Join the Surry County Beekeepers Association for a presentation on what it takes to keep honeybees today. In this free, informative presentation you will learn:

  • What you need to know before you get started.
  • Why you need to take a course, join a local organization, and read books and bee journals before you get started.
  • The best location for your hives.
  • What equipment you will need.
  • Where to buy bees and equipment.
  • How much it costs to get started.
  • How much time it takes to raise bees and what you need to be doing each month.
  • Will you get stung and what to do if you get stung.
  • How much honey you might get.
  • How to make money selling wax, honey, and other products from the hives.
  • Why you shouldn’t believe everything you read about honeybees on the internet.
  • North Carolina laws regarding equipment and labeling of honey.