2018 BCBC Bee School

Buncombe County Beekeepers Club announces the 2018 BCBC Beginners Beekeeping School.

February 24 & 25, 2018
Martin Nesbitt Jr. Discovery Academy
175 Bingham Rd. Asheville, NC

$75 per person Includes:

course book – 1 year BCBC membership
 1 year NC State Beekeepers Association membership
 course materials

 Box Lunch Included Saturday
(snow dates Mar. 10 & 11, 2018)

Seating limited to 125 participants!

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Buncombe County Beekeepers Club (BCBC), a chapter of the North Carolina State Beekeepers’ Association, is one of the largest and longest standing beekeeping clubs in North Carolina. BCBC is dedicated to the education and success of  those interested in the art and science of beekeeping, with the support of other local beekeepers. BCBC puts a great emphasis on education, because in our view, a knowledgeable beekeeper is a good, lifelong beekeeper. 

This is an intensive two-day event  that will expose new beekeepers to the skills they should develop in their first year of  beekeeping. The content and course material is a newly designed format that concentrates on what all new beekeepers should learn their first year in order to support  a honeybee colony through its first season in their own apiary.

Saturday starts with a general lecture that  will introduce you to the super-organism we know as the honey bee. This first session will explore the amazing  life cycle of the honey bee and seasons through the honey bees eyes.  The remainder of Saturday is spent in five separate breakout ‘round-robin’ sessions. As a participant you will have the opportunity to ‘get your hands dirty’ using the various pieces and parts of equipment that is involved in a beekeepers daily life. (Saturday includes a box lunch for participants at no additional cost. )

Saturday’s general wrap-up session will  review what you learned today and prepare you for what’s in store on Sunday.

Sunday starts with a ‘brown bag—bring your own’ lunch – question and answer session. This session will be held in the cafeteria and is open to everyone. Beekeepers will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate items as needed. There will be a demonstration and video of how to install a package and a nuc in your own hives.

This is followed by two general lecture sessions that will cover a year in the life of a beekeeper, pests and diseases you should learn to recognize, the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), how to get bees and more! The Western NC Apiary inspector will be on hand to answer questions as well. The course will end with a general wrap up session, review, local supplier introductions, end of course evaluation and graduation! Participants will have the opportunity to meet and greet local vendors and order bees if they so desire.

Hands on workshops and demonstrations will not be using live bees – NO bees (or beekeepers!) will be harmed during this course!

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8:00-8:30am Registration/Check in
8:30am Welcome
8:45-10:00am The Super organism
Life cycle
Seasons in a Bees Eyes
10:00-10:10am Break
10:10-11:10 Breakout sessions
11:10-12:30pm Lunch (provided)
12:35-4:50pm Breakout sessions
4:55-5:10pm Saturday Wrap-up
Day 1 Evaluations


11:00-12:30pm BYOL (Brown bag lunch)
Q/A session—Nuc/Package install demo/Workshop Sign ups
Learn about your local vendors
12:30-1:30pm A Year in the Life of a Beekeeper
What’s Happening to the Bees
1:40-2:45pm Pests & Diseases
2:45-3:30pm Local Vendor Introductions
End of Conference Evals
3:30-4:30pm Visit with local vendors

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