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

Flowers/plants/trees.. its all new to me!

Tonight’s meeting will cover local flower and plant expert visiting to discuss flowers — the kinds that bees like, and the kinds that we like. Did you know that honeybees only work certain flowers for nectar and only certain ones for pollen? We will also have a local arborist who will speak on various trees with flowers that attract bees. Mentoring time – 6:30pm – 7:00pm /  Meeting starts at 7:00pm. For new beekeepers (and maybe not so new) we will also have a small example of how to see eggs in comb during the mentoring time. See you all tonight! BCBC meets the first Monday of each month. Meetings are at: Groce United Methodist Church, 954 Tunnel Rd, Asheville, NC 28805 Scott Scott Davis PresidentRead More

NCSBA Certified Beekeeper Exam scheduled for April 11, 2016 – Home Gauge training room – 5:30-8:00pm

The Beginner Certified written test has been scheduled for April 11, 2016 on a Monday evening between 5:30-8 pm at 122 Lyman Street in Asheville. You must RSVP to Janet before April 11 about what time you are coming between 5:30 and 8 PM. Bring a pencil, and plan to spend 30 minutes…20 to take the test and 10 to go over it. It consists of 45 multiple choice questions. If you would like to become NC certified here are the requirements (and in this order): Be a current NCSBA member and Buncombe County Beekeeping Chapter member. Pass a written test, through our chapter or given at one of the statewide conferences. Pass a practical test (involves manipulating a hive of bees), administered by another certifiedRead More

Workshop Updates – Build a Beeyard and “installing nucs or packages” for 3/19 rescheduled –

Everyone, We had an excellent workshop on building a bee yard /installing a bear fence this past weekend. Using our new partnership with the Lords Acre in Fairview, we have established the yard. The workshop attendees were involved in orienting the yard (north , south, east, west), components of fencing, driving fence posts, hanging insulators, stringing wire, installing grounding rods and electrical hookups. Everyone walked away with a better understanding of exactly what they should consider when placing their yard and putting it together. With the pending weather change this coming weekend, and the expectation of having early nucs not materializing, we will be combining this workshop with the workshop in April. That one appears to be on track based on deliveries for bees fromRead More

Workshop – let’s Build a Bee Yard! Joe Jenkins road – Fairview, nc 3/12/16 – 9:30am – 12:00pm

        For those that are attending the workshop for ‘Let’s build a bee yard’ , on Saturday, 3/12 – 9:30am through 12:00pm. The location is the Lords Acre, located on Joe Jenkins Road in Fairview, NC. Follow hwy 74A/old charlotte highway as if you were going to lake lure to travel into Fairview.         As you come into ‘downtown’ fairview, Angelo’s restaurant is on the left. Joe Jenkins road is on the right, almost directly across the road from Angelo’s. Angelo’s is approximately 7 miles from the blue ridge parkway at the 40/240 intersection. Turn right onto Joe Jenkins road. The bee yard location can be seen from hwy 74a. it is in the center of the large field, marked by a white cross onRead More

Hands-On Meeting

March 7 @ 6:30 Groce United Methodist Church BCBC meeting This is a “Hands On” meeting in stations so participants will be able to examine any of the display materials and ask questions about their uses to experienced beekeepers. The Center for Honey Bee Research’s Bee School will be finished on Sunday and we are expecting a crowd with lots of questions they need to know more about. If you have the experience, please come and answer how-to-get-started equipment questions. There will be displays of all the hive components from the bottom board (screened vs solid) to the tops, (migratory, telescoping and English garden hive tops), tools, smokers and different fuels; queen excluders and bee escapes. We will have some fencing materials on hand, plusRead More

FW: Brrrrr! its cold out! what do we do now in our bee yards!

Join us  Monday, Feb 1st, 6:30pm Meeting starts at 7pm. Western NC Apiary inspector, Lewis Cauble; Varroa Destructor  We hope everyone is ‘weathering the storm’ well. Its been a tough winter in many ways.    Everyone should be doing a ‘heft’ test on their hives to ensure they have plenty of stores. If your hives are light, consider feeding with a candy board, sugar or other supplement for your hives. Remember, bees will not break cluster to go into a hive top feeder.   The best approach is a candy board, baggie or jar feeder on top of the cluster. We will have a few examples of the various techniques setup at the next meeting. Our next meeting is Monday, Feb 1st. Gathering/mentoring time is 6:30 toRead More

Happy New Year! We hope it will ‘BEE’ abuzzzzz with activity!

Happy New year to everyone!  We sincerely hope that everyone’s bee yards are in good shape, that your ladies are happy, healthy and buzzing with activity in this most unusual winter. 2016 is shaping up to be and outstanding year for beekeepers, beekeeping in general! We are doing our best to bring more educational opportunities to our members, that include more workshops, more hands on activities, more of just about everything ‘bee’ and pollinator related! Our next two meetings are: Jan 4        It may seem too early to be thinking about equipment for Spring, but it really isn’t.  Do you have what you need?  Does anything need to be updated?  Cleaned?  Thrown away?  Are you going to purchase another nuc or package?  Do youRead More

Happy Holidays! – reminder – NO CLUB MEETING this month!

First we want to wish everyone Happy Holidays!  We hope everyones bees are warm, snug and happy on these chilly winter days and nights. A reminder that there will be no club meeting in December. Regular club meetings will resume on Monday, January 4, 2016! Now is the time to start planning for spring, which is right around the corner! Don’t forget to stay tuned into your hives during the cold. That doesn’t necessarily mean hive inspections, especially on these chilly days. But do be watchful for activity, do an occasional ‘heft’ test to ensure there is ample resources/honey for your bees in the coming cold days, etc. We will be posting the meeting calendar for next year’s meetings and events very soon. Stay tunedRead More