Monthly Archives: January 2016

2016 Surry County Bee School — Starting March 7th

Apiary Inspector Greg Fariss

Apiary Inspector Greg Fariss

The 2016 Surry County Bee School will be held for six Mondays starting on March 7, 2016. NC Apiary Inspector Greg Fariss will be teaching the class.

This year the bee school is being held in conjunction with NC Cooperative Extension and Surry Community College with a Skill Up Grant through NC Tobacco Trust Funds. Everyone attending must register in advance unlike previous years when members could attend for free.

When: Mondays, March 7 through April 4
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Field day at bee yard to be announced
Where: Farm Bureau downstairs meeting room
112 White Street, Dobson, NC 27017 [ map ]
Cost: $10 per attendee; children 15 and younger
may attend for free with a registered adult. $10 fee is payable at the first class to the “Surry County Beekeepers Association”

Registration is required. Call Surry Community College to register at 336.386.3618.

Topics covered will include

  • Introduction to Beekeeping
  • The colony, organization, and life cycle of the honeybee
  • Equipment needed to get started
  • 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:  2016 Bee School Flyer

The Honey Files: A Bees Life – February 8, 2016


Join the Surry Beekeepers to watch a short video that takes viewers inside a bee hive to learn more about bees, honey, and pollination, including the different types of bees and their various jobs within the bee community.

This presentation is a good review for everyone and is especially suitable for new and young beekeepers.

Teachers will find this presentation especially helpful and may be interested in downloading the accompanying worksheets at:

Time and Location: February 8th – 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the Surry County Cooperative Extension Office, Dobson, NC [ map ]