Urgent Notice – Watch your bees carefully right now!

Everyone,  We received a notice from Greg Rogers this morning. Greg is a long time, well respected commercial beekeeper in our area. He wanted to pass this notice along to everyone.  Right now the bees are so strong, that they are burning through their stores at an incredible rate. The problem is that the recent freezes have reduced and in some cases, eliminated the natural resources (nectar especially) that the bees rely on to  build strength and brood.  He and other beekeepers are seeing reduced stores in the hives, which are causing them to crash due to lack of food resources.  I’m seeing signs of this in my own apiary, where  1 ½ weeks ago they both had a full super of honey surplus, andRead More

MBP Beginner Beekeeper Certification TESTING this Wednesday!

MBP Beginner Beekeeper Certification TESTING:  The  Master Beekeeping Program is a stair-step program of knowledge from our NC State Beekeepers  Association (NCSBA). Buncombe County Beekeepers wants you to expand your knowledge of bees in order to help yourself and your community and prove it by becoming “certified”. 13 students took the BCBC 5 week Beginner Certified Prep Course  and are ready to test BUT if you’ve been studying on your own…go for it! Come join us! BCBC is OFFERING THE WRITTEN TEST this Wednesday 3/22/17  FROM 5:30 -7PM. Drop in at the Meeting Room at Home Gauge, 122 Lyman St, Asheville in the River Arts District.  BCBC Members no cost. Non-Members of BCBC $5 admin fee and an RSVP to Janet Peterson 628-1758 to ensure we haveRead More

FW: coupon for epi pens

We’re passing this along for those that may be interested. Thank you Anna Stratton for passing this information along! I have attached a copy of a coupon for epipen.  you can go on- line  to https://www.epipen.com/copay-offer to get the coupon.  This is a discount of up to $300 and good for insured and uninsured patients.     

Smoker and ‘dry’ hive inspection ‘how to’ workshop is still on! 9am-12pm @ home gauge!

Everyone,  We are still planning the workshop in the morning. The weather should be cooperative for this workshop. The location we choose for the workshop, homegauge, is a training facility that allows us an inside classroom as well as outdoor space.  We should be well equipped for this workshop!  We hope to see everyone interested in the morning.  Bring your smokers, hive tools and gear!  As a reminder, the location is :  Home gauge 122 Lyman st Asheville, nc  The location is here: http://tinyurl.com/gvmc54l  start time is 9:00am! Scott A Davis President – Buncombe County Beekeepers Club (BCBC) A chapter of the North Carolina State BeeKeepers Association Meeting the first Monday of each month at Groce United Methodist Church Tunnel Road Asheville, nc 828.712.6074 CatchRead More

February is almost over and March is fast approaching. We will be talking splits

  Good evening, Buncombe County Beekeepers, Hope that you’re getting out in this weirdly warm February we are having, and your girls are getting along fine. We are going to have a great and informative meeting on March 6th.  Fourth generation, 13-year, and NCSBA Master beekeeper Bryan Fisher, from Cabarrus County, is coming to speak to us on queen castles (what are those?) and making splits. Also, don’t forget our monthly mini workshop from 6:30 to 7:00.  It’s going to center on integrated pest management techniques, or IPM. If you’re going to bee attending the CHBR bee school on March 4th and 5th, we hope that you will learn a lot and not be too overwhelmed to come to the meeting! Hope to see you all March 6th. Groce United MethodistRead More

Queen Rearing workshop sponsored by the NC State Beekeepers Association

Born and Bred 2017 Presented by the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association Your NCSBA is proud to present Born & Bred 2017 in cooperation with the NCSU Apiculture Program and the NCDA&CS Apiary Inspection Service. A program of advanced beekeeper education in the field of queen rearing and colony management.  Born and Bred workshops will be on queen rearing and conducted with a curriculum of such substance that participants can effectively learn how to raise queens with the information presented and a degree of diligence on their part.  Beekeepers of all levels will be able to gain an understanding of queen production that is controlled by the beekeeper and how environmental factors affect the behavior of the honey bee during queen production. In practice, itRead More

February is HERE!.. and so is spring! We Will be Talking Oxalic Acid mite treatments!

February is here already???!!! really?? wow! We will be having Assistant Manager Daniel Roath from Brushy Mountain Bee Farm come down and talk and educate us on Oxalic Acid and the treatment of Varroa Mites. For those of us that may not know what Oxalic Acid is, it is the latest treatment now legally available in the USA for the Varroa Mite. It should be a really informative meeting. We hope to see a lot of members new and old ! In continuing to expand our commitment to continuing education for all our members, this month will is the first of our many monthly mini workshops that occur before the regular monthly meeting. This months Mini-workshop is:  Smoker Management- Use/management/cleaning/care of smokers Bring your new orRead More

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