Monthly Archives: March 2020

Getting Ready for Hungry Bees – Part 4

Once the new bee packages are installed into the hives, the bees are going to need to get busy drawing out the foundation we’ve provided them in their new hives. That means a lot of nectar or sugar syrup. Which means, a lot of sugar!

Buying sugar to feed 35 hives!
Next stop, food for the new bees!

Setting Up the Bee Yard – Part 3

4 members of the Surry County Beekeepers met to set up the new bee yard with the hive stands (part 1) and the hives that had been painted (part 2). Following are some pictures from the setup.

The bee yard before the hives are put in place
Close up of hive setup
The bee yard after everything is in place.
3 of the 4 members of the set up team (missing Davie Simpson). Thanks guys!

To learn more about how and why the bee yard was set up this way, check out the video on Hive Setup 101.

Hive Setup 101

In this video, David Simpson and Eugene Brown show how the Surry County Beekeepers are setting up the new bee yard.

Painting 101

One way to preserve our woodenware is to paint it with a good outdoor paint that will help the hives weather their year round exposure. In this video, Davie Simpson talks about the kind of paint to use and what parts of the hive you should paint, and why you don’t want to paint everything.

Hives Are Ready for the Bees – Part 2

Another piece of the puzzle in getting ready for the bees for the new bee yard was to assembly the hives and get them painted. Members met at Blue Ridge Bee Supply to get everything ready to go.

Hardware assembled and ready to paint
Everything painted and drying
All ready to go to the bee yard to await the bees

Hive Stands for Bee Yard Complete – Part 1

The new bee yard will start with 35 hives and the Surry Beekeepers are busy getting ready for the packages of bees that will be arriving in early April.

The first piece of this puzzle to be completed were the hive stands that were made and delivered by Chad Hiatt and Brian Matthews. Thank you!

Bee Yard Project Receives Grant

The Surry County Beekeepers created a committee last fall to work on creating and funding a bee yard where members of the club will eventually be able to raise queens for member use and sale to continue to support the club.

The committee has been working with other supporting organizations and individuals to apply for a grant from the NC Pesticide Environmental Trust Fund. On March 10th, the grant was funded and President Eugene Brown and Vice President Davie Simpson where there to answer questions and get the good news.

Davie Simpson and Eugene Brown

To view a copy of the grant proposal and the terms of the funding

Some of the folks who were instrumental in helping SCBA get this funding include:

  • Dwight Seal, Western District Manager, Department of Agriculture Pesticide Division
  • Joanna Radford, NCSU Cooperative Extension, Surry County Center
  • Dr. David Tarpy, NCSU Professor and Extension Apiculturist
  • Don Hopkins, Apiary Inspection Supervisor, NCDA&CS
  • Lewis Cauble, Apiary Inspector, NCDA&CS
  • Gregory Fariss, Apiary Inspector, NCDA&CS

Monitoring Hives with Broodminder

The Surry Beekeepers are using a device from to monitor conditions in the hive at the SCBA bee yard. Following is a “how to” video with SCBA VP Davie Simpson showing how easy it is to install the device. This is the first video in our series on using Broodminder.