Buncombe County Beekeepers Club
Scott Davis- President
I have been interested in beekeeping for many years. However, I didn’t become actively involved in beekeeping until 2011, when I inherited beekeeping supplies, hives, etc from my father-in-law, a beekeeper for over 40 years. My main interest is in chemical free beekeeping, and methods of helping the colonies raise strong, disease resistant hives.
Mark Traub – Vice President
I am a first year bee keeper. Last fall I was checking out something on line and stumbled upon BCBS web site. I came to one meeting and knew right away that I would become a bee keeper. I have had some introduction to bees many years ago while living out west and was fascinated… but nothing comes close to having a few hives and learning what the bees have to teach. I live in West Asheville.
John McEvoy – Treasurer
My daughter in Daufuskie Island, S.C. and I both raise bees! My goal is to raise bees without the use of chemicals. I live in Weaverville. My most difficult challenge is Bears! They damaged my hives the first year until I discovered electric fence! I also raise heritage chickens. I retired from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Georgia as an engineer and from the Georgia Army National Guard. I had the opportunity to serve in Desert Storm.
Cathy – Secretary
Vicki Miller – Membership Director
My husband, Bob, and I moved here from Fort Myers, Florida three years ago. We call ourselves “half-backs” since we were both were born and raised in upstate New York. In Fort Myers I was a landscape designer and Bob managed a bronchoscopy lab in a local hospital. When Bob retired we moved here and started a small farm with vegetables and a few animals. Our first animal purchase was our bees. We have been on a steep learning curve since we started, but truly enjoy sharing our new farm life with our children and grandchildren.
Chris Reece- Young – Director
Retired career police officer with Asheville PD – patrol officer and served in criminal investigations, along with assignments over the years in horse patrol, (when they had the program), patrol K9 and bomb dog handler for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. SWAT team member, team leader and then overall team commander. General instructor through the State of NC as well as holding certifications of SWAT instructor, Firearms instructor and Officer Safety instructor. Held the ranks of sergeant, lieutenant and finally Captain for the last four years. Various other tasks and experiences, but this overall covers it. Worked part-time at the old Asheville stockyard for many years and have owned goats, cattle and horses. Married to a lovely wife who is a school nurse and we have a two and half year old little girl. Currently have 11 hives and gaining.
Barbara Bailey – Director
My husband George and I migrated from Raleigh to the mountains of Yancey County North Carolina in 1970. We bought a small farm, had a sweet baby boy, and learned to grow things. When our 2nd boy was born in 1980, we headed to Asheville and discovered new activities. After earning a degree in clinical psychology, I ended up working in community mental health until retiring in 2012. Hobbies include tai chi, bee keeping and organic gardening, with a special interest in medicinal herbs. I started keeping bees in 2014, attended bee school, and then became a Certified Beekeeper in 2016. Also attended the class for Journeyman Beekeepers, still so much to learn.
Janet Peterson – Education Committee
I started with the club in 1995 and have held every position but treasurer! Honeybees are an essential part of my Cloud 9 Farm for pollinating U-pick blueberries and as an agri-tourism/education element for the vacation renters. I keep between 5-10 hives in Fairview. I retired from school teaching with Buncombe County Schools and love the organization and educational activities of the club. Check out my place: www.cloud9relaxation.com
Benjamin Buchanan – Internal Communication Committee
I am a first year beekeeper and I’ve been mesmerized by the idea of keeping bees since watching my dad as a young boy. After stumbling upon a community event in The Fairview Town Crier for a beginner beekeeping class, I’ve had a passion for bees ever since. Since attending workshops at the Lord’s Acre and volunteering at Project Genesis, I’m even more intrigued about bees and beekeeping. I’m a UNCA alumni with a BS in biology. I reside in Gerton, and work at Fletcher Family Dentistry. Besides learning and enjoying time with my bees, I also enjoy cooking, gardening and spending time outdoors.
Richard Johnson – Membership Committee
Richard “Rick” Johnson is a Methodist pastor who has served churches in southern Indiana, the Philadelphia area, and central Kentucky. Before moving to this area, he also served as a chaplain in the United States Air Force – with tours in Saudi Arabia, Bosnia, Iraq, Alaska, South Korea, and throughout the US. Rick holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Evansville and advanced degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary, Pepperdine University, and Ashland Theological Seminary. Rick is a member of the Military Chaplains Association, the International Rescue and First Aid Association, and the Lion’s Club International. He also serves as a Board member and Director of Chaplain Training for the South Carolina State Guard. Rick and his wife, Janet, have three sons, a daughter, and four grandchildren. Rick and Janet live in Weaverville.
Coleen Thompson – External Communications Committee
I am a retired high school science teacher who is blessed to own Double Creek Farms, a small 20-acre farm in the Leicester community. My interest in beekeeping started as a result of noticing the scarcity of honeybees on the farm.
I learned of the Buncombe County Beekeepers organization from Asheville’s Bee Charmer, and attended a beginning beekeeper course in Henderson County, had mentoring help from, Dave Cowart and came to my first BCBC meeting in January 2016.
After harvesting 10 gallons of honey the first year (which won a blue ribbon with the International Black Jar Honey contest), I was hooked.
I’m excited to be involved with the Buncombe County Beekeepers organization and look forward to meeting and working with other beekeepers.