It’s January! Time to talk BEES! – BCBC January meeting is Queen REARING!

Can you believe its already January 2017? We’re all starting a new year already! For beekeepers it seems there’s never a ‘new year’, only a change in seasons as watching over our bees is a never ending commitment! This year we have many great things planned for our members. New workshops, Mini-workshops, more hands-on learning opportunities as well as a broader and deeper commitment to beekeepers than ever before! January’s meeting will be a presentation by Greg Rogers of Haw Creek Honey on queen rearing! February’s meeting is Oxalic Acid use and application, presented by Brushy Mountain Bee Farm! It’s also time to renew membership as well! For the first time we are offering online renewal of memberships! Memberships can be renewed at http://wncbees.org/join-us .Read More

January Meeting BCBC

Hello Buncombe County Beekeepers, Hope that everyone had a good Thanksgiving, and your bee are doing well. We are planning some really exciting and informative meetings, as well as workshops for 2017. We will be starting the year off with our very own Gregg Rogers imparting his wisdom on QUEEN REARING. It promises to be very interesting as well as packed full of information. Remember, mentoring time is from 6:30pm to 7:00pm. Program starts at 7:00pm. Please have your dues paid for next year or bring them with you to the meeting. You can pay on-line or mail them in to: Buncombe County Beekeepers P.O. Box 785 Asheville, NC 28802 Make check to:  BCBC We hope to see you there. Have a really safe andRead More

November Pot Luck/Meeting

Hello, Buncombe County Beekeepers! Remember to set your clocks back Sunday and come early on Monday. 6:30 PM November “Holiday” Potluck for our last meeting of the year BRING: a dish to share (Hopefully you’ll put honey in it…no contest, though) BCBC will have drinks and paper products. Black Jar Honey Competition for a Club’s Winner- based on taste alone! BRING: any size jar to compete (no label, your name on bottom)   Nominations and Election for 4 board positions Bee-Centric Games will end the evening Hope that your girls are doing well and finding the last drops of nectar from flowers that continue to bloom in this crazy, weird warm weather, and you are looking forward to November’s meeting and potluck.  We’re going toRead More

October meeting

Hello, Buncombe County Beekeepers! We hope that you and “your girls” are having a great end of summer and start of the fall season. We have a great meeting coming up in October and do hope to see you all.   There will be some open discussion on pesticides and their effects on bees.  Also, Dave Cowart will lead in a discussion on how equipment should be stored during the winter, and what we all should be doing on those cold days.   Plus, NCSBA director Freddy Proni will be in attendance to celebrate our newest Journeymen Beekeepers, and we also expect a recap of the NCSBA meeting that was held in Hickory in July. Have a great day, and we’ll see you on October 3rd at 6:30!  

Bee Yard Committee members needed – workday saturday sept 17th!

Everyone,   We’re making headway on the club beeyard/apiary. We now have three hives in the yard.  We’re looking to reinvigorate the Club apiary committee to help manage and support the growth of the yard. The apiary has some maintenance coming up soon, probably next weekend.     Ricky Manning will be the apiary committee chair.   We have two new billboard/educational boards to place, and finish painting. Once that’s done, we can plan what we want on the boards for educational material, and formulate a plan to make that happen.   We have our first large group of visitors coming on September 25th at 9:30am. A group from the Beth Israel congregation is coming to learn what beekeeping is about, and how bees and pollinatorsRead More

No September Meeting but its WNC FAIR TIME!

Its September! Fair, Fall Feedings, winter preparations are well under way! First and foremost, this month’s normal meeting date falls on Labor Day. Because it is a holiday, we will not have a meeting in September. It’s also Western North’s State Fair time! Many of us will be busy with setting up the Honey and Beekeeping display at the fair, as well as staffing the booth to help educate the public on Bees, pollinators and beekeeping in general. It’s also a great way to introduce your products for sale to the public as well. Its almost (officially) fall!  Everyone should have their mite assessments done, feeding as needed should be underway. It’s a wonderful time of year to start slowing down and enjoying the seasonalRead More

Bee City USA – Press Release!

  Contact:  Phyllis Stiles, Director                Bee City USA                beecityusa@gmail.com               828-545-4282           For Immediate Release September 2, 2016                                                                                    Bee City USA® Calls for Conversations Between Local Government Agencies and Beekeeping Chapters on Mosquito Abatement Plans   Tragically, millions of honey bees in Summerville, South Carolina, were found dead after Dorchester County ordered aerial spraying for mosquitoes between 6:30 and 8:30 last Sunday morning. The pesticide was the organophosphate Naled, used for mosquito abatement since the 1950s. Facing elevated losses and causing concern at the highest levels of government, honeybees and other pollinators are responsible for the reproduction of more than three-quarters of the world’s plant species and are vital to food security.   According to the Centers for DiseaseRead More

its almost FAIR TIME! let’s see those entries!

Everyone, We hope your summer has been great, and that your bees are happily buzzing around as they use the remaining days of Fall to prepare for their winter break. The arrival of fall also signals the arrival of the North Carolina Mountain State Fair! For those of you contemplating entering into the various levels of honey competition, it’s still not too late! This year they have the ability to register for the various categories online!  To review the various categories for competition here http://tinyurl.com/jy37gvu There are lots of categories that cover a wide variety of products. There’s even a category for Mead! (are you mead makers listening?!!!) Today is the last day of registration for this year’s events. However, with the online entry form,Read More

2016 Extraction Gatherings!

There are lots of opportunities for BCBC members to watch and learn about extraction of honey this year with the good late honey flow in Buncombe County.  BCBC is hosting 2  Extraction Gatherings at personal homes of 2 gracious members. You can come and observe the process, or go ahead and extract your own honey.  Either way, you must call Janet Peterson and make a reservation if you want to attend. There’s a maximum of 2 supers (20 frames of capped honey) per person.  Space and time are limited — there’s a small amount of room in each home.  However, there is plenty of space to watch and learn! All participants will be asked to chip in some $ to cover rental costs. Monday, AugustRead More

Mite Assessment Workshop – Lords Acre – Fairview NC 10:00am Saturday 8/6/16

  Everyone, Weather permitting, we will have the mite assessment workshop at the Club beeYard at the Lords Acre in Fairview on Saturday, 8/6 at 10:00am. We will be doing a hive inspection, and demonstrating the accuracy of two different methods of mite assessment on the same hive. Directions:   From Asheville, follow 74-A toward lake lure. After you cross the top of mine hole gap, continue toward lake lure. After you pass the stoplight at Emmas grove road, go approximately 1 mile . Angelo’s restaurant will be on your left, Joe Jenkins road is directly across the road on the right. Turn right onto Joe Jenkins road, go approx. ¼ mile. Turn left onto the dirt road at the lords acre. The bee yardRead More