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

August meeting – Presenting Nancy Ruppert, NC Apiary Inspector! (And ice cream!)

Hello, fellow beeks! We hope that you all are looking forward to the BCBC August meeting as much as we are.  This meeting features Nancy Ruppert, one of our 6 very talented state apiary inspectors (and the only female, by the way). Nancy has been an NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services apiary inspector since August of 2010 and she covers the 17 counties along the North Carolina coastal region.  A registered nurse since the 1980’s, Nancy worked almost 20 years as a family nurse practitioner before changing to what she calls a less stressful occupation.  Nancy’s Montgomery county residence has been home to her own apiary for 15 years.  Her particular apiary interests include hive pests and diseases, honey bee nutrition, and reducingRead More

June 6th Meeting and Field Day events!

Howdy, bee neighbors!  Our monthly meeting on June 6 will feature a local allergist who will present our epi-pen training and certification.  Local Beekeepers will also relate stories on epi pens and their uses in the field. The BCBC picnic and field day will be held on June 11th out at the 4-H camp in Swannanoa.  This will be primarily a social event with a few mini-bee trainings thrown in.  Did somebody say ice cream?  NO, left that off of last week’s email blast – sorry!  The Hop ice cream parlor will be supplying us with ice cream at the picnic, and all flavors are sweetened with honey! But that’s dessert – make sure you bring your lunch, a drink, and a blanket or chair.  We promise to haveRead More

Annual Picnic and Field Day arrangements!

Members, here’s the agenda for our picnic/field day coming up on June 11th out in Swannanoa. Also attached are directions on how to get there and what to bring.  We really think you’re going to enjoy your day out with WNC beekeepers!                                   PICNIC/FIELD DAY AGENDA                                      June 11, 2016                                  The former 4-H Camp in Swannanoa 9:30                      Registration 10:30                    Mite Assessment, Bottom Board Forensics, Sugar Shake method of doing mite counts Hands-on activities: Check the resident hives for mites, diagnose what’s found on the bottom boards of these hives, then apply the sugar shake method as a more accurate method of determining mite counts. Supplies to make your own Sugar Shake jar will be available to attendees – first come/first served. 11:45                    Lunch BringRead More

come one come all.. let’s get ready for Spring!

This month’s meeting will be a ‘working’ meeting! We will have examples/demos of how to do splits, wax , how to render wax and products of the hive, Pheromones and their role in hives and how bees use them, and a Top bar demonstration/work station for those of us interested in top bar beekeeping.   Also, if anyone has questions or would like some ‘1 on 1’ time before the regular meeting, mentoring time will be from 6:30 – 7:00pm.   The BCBC Bee Yard Committee is also meeting between 6:30 and 7:00pm, prior to the meeting, if anyone is interested in joining the Bee Yard Committee, feel free to join us at 6:30pm!                                                                           BCBC meets the first Monday of each month. Meetings areRead More