SCBA Bee Yard Project

The vineyard view from the proposed bee yard

Last fall (2019), a committee was formed to investigate starting a club bee yard that would serve to raise North Carolina queens for members of the club plus be able to sell outside of the club as a way to help support the needs of the bee yard. The project would grow out of the NCSBA Born and Bred Queen Rearing program helping to facilitate queen rearing education and also starting to raise more Carolina queen bees.

Proposed Bee Yard Area

The committee has been meeting on a regular basis and has presented plans to the membership on two different occasions since first forming. In addition to planning the set up and financing of the new bee yard, the committee has found space for the bee yard on property near a vineyard. The bees will not be housed within the vineyard and will not be in the drift area of any pesticides used in the vineyard but will be in adjacent land that will be seeded with pollinator friendly plants.

The first year of operation (2020) will be growing strong colonies that will be available for queen rearing operations in 2021.

The committee consists of:

ChairDavie Simpson (336) 320-8363
MemberEugene Brown
MemberDawn Albin
MemberEd Reynolds
MemberBill McArthur
MemberKerry Symanowicz
MemberMatt Kazee
MemberBarbara Smith
MemberAlan Gordon
MemberEd Snow

The committee is currently working on a grant to help fund the project. There are also sponsorship opportunities for businesses or individuals wishing to help support the project. Sponsors pay $200 and will be able to “adopt” a hive. The hive will have a plaque with their name on it. Sponsor names or logos will be added to the SCBA banner used at public events and will be highlighted on our website as well. Anyone interested in sponsoring a hive should contact SCBA Treasurer Ed Reynolds at 336-352-3345.