The annual BCBA Field Day for New Beekeepers will be Saturday, April 26, at 1 p.m. at Charlie Parton’s farn.

The farm is located at.1730 East Brown School Road.

Everyone is welcome, even if you’re not a BCBA member.

What to bring: Veil, protective clothing and a hive tool.

Directions: From Sevierville Road/411 North off South Washington Street (Fort Craig School), go south 1.9 miles and turn left onto Brown School Road and go .3 miles to a three-way stop. Turn right onto East Brown School Road and continue approximately 1.4 miles. You’ll come to Charlie’s driveway on the right but continue past that and look for a sign at the driveway near the barn.

In case of questionable weather, please call 776- 1875.

Supering, queenless hives and making splits are the topics on the agenda for the April meeting of the Blount County Beekeepers Association.

The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 14, at the Blount County Library.

Rueben Payne will lead off the meeting by discussing how and when to add supers to your hive during this busy season for the bees.

The second half of the meeting will be advice on dealing with queenless hives from Dale Hinkle. There are several approaches to this problem depending on the situation you face. Dale will also discuss how to make a split – something many of us need to consider if we have strong hives at this point.

Pete Rowlett will do the seasonal management part of the program. If you have questions about what your bees are doing this time of year, the next BCBA meeting would be a great place to get some answers.

As always, our meetings are free and open to the public. Invite a friend to come along with you. Even if the friend isn’t interested in becoming a beekeeper, we always have lively, friendly discussions about what we should be doing with our bees.







These next few weeks will see some great learning opportunities for the new beekeeper in the East Tennessee area. Here’s the list:

March 1 – Woodenware workshop. This is an annual workshop that teaches new beekeepers how to put together their equipment and how to maintain it. The workshop is hands-on. You’ll actually be putting together some equipment (yours if you bring it; somebody else’s if you don’t) with a lot of good instruction from veteran beekeepers. The workshop takes place at the Masonic Hall in Alcoa, 797 Vose Street. It starts at 9:30 a.m. and runs until lunch time.

March 8 and 15 – New beekeeper class. Our short course for new beekeepers in February introduced some general concepts for beekeeping, but this class will be a hands-on learning experience. You’ll learn how to handle a hive and the bees that are in it. If you’re just beginning, you’ll learn how to get a hive going, what to look for to keep it healthy, how to feed it, and a variety of other skills. New beekeepers should try to come to both classes because we’ll be covering different topics at each. But if you can come to only one, you should. It will be well worth your time. The workshop will be at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church at the corner of  Pleasant Hill Road and Stephens Road. (Take Court Street from downtown and veer left onto Wilkinson Pike. Go past Peck’s Memorial United Methodist Church and turn left  onto Pleasant Hill Road. The church is just a short distance on the left. See map.)



March 10 – Regular meeting of the Blount County Beekeepers Association. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at the Blount County Library. The meeting is free and open to the public.

April 26 – Field Day for New Beekeepers. This is the day when new beekeepers get to look inside the hive and see some bees. They’ll do that with a lot of supervision from veteran beekeepers. Field Day will be at Charlie Parton’s farm, 1730 East Brown School Road. We’ll have specific directions later. It will begin at 1 p.m.

All of these opportunities are offered at no charge by the Blount County Beekeepers Association.

The Blount County Beekeepers Association offered its annual February short course for new beekeepers this past week.

Many of those attending had never kept bees before and intend to start doing so this spring.

Former BCBA president Dennis Barry offers a word of thanks to Stacey Adair during the February short course for new beekeepers. Stacey served as secretary for the association for several years before stepping down at the end of last year.

Former BCBA president Dennis Barry offers a word of thanks to Stacey Adair during the February short course for new beekeepers. Stacey served as secretary for the association for several years before stepping down at the end of last year.

During the short course, these potential beekeepers were introduced to the basics of bees and beehives and how to manage those hives. Speakers gave a full rundown of the protective equipment necessary for beekeeping, the costs of getting started, and the goings-on inside the hive.

Many veteran beekeepers also attended and offered advice and encouragement to those who are beginning.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the association will be on Monday, March 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Blount County Public Library. The public, as always, is invited to attend and learn about the fascinating world of beekeeping.

The BCBA is also offering a morning-long session on wooden ware for new beekeepers on Saturday, March 1. The class will run from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the Masonic Lodge in Alcoa.

On March 8, the BCBA will offer  a new beekeeper workshop, Class 2 from 9 a.m. – noon at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. Call Stacey Adair for additional information  865.983.6223.

It’s still January, but a couple of sellers have advised that those who want packages of bees this spring should place their orders now.

That advice comes from a couple of different sellers who are members of the Blount County Beekeepers Association: Coley O’Dell and Howard Kerr.

Both say that their suppliers have informed them that there is likely to be a high demand and a shortage of bees this spring. Those two factors inevitably mean that prices will be higher, but the beekeeper looking to replenish the apiary should not wait for cheaper packages.

“Once they’re gone, there won’t be any more,” Howard says.

You can order directly from Howard or Coley. Here are their numbers:

Howard Kerr: 865-982-6750

Coley O’Dell: 865-984-5393

We’ll update this post if there are others in the BCBA who are selling packages.

Join us

If you interested in joining the Blount County Beekeepers Association, call

Stephanie Tarwater


John McDade


Welcome to the web site of the Blount County Beekeepers Association in Maryville, Tennessee.

This site will tell you a little about the association and how to become a member. It will also tell you a little about beekeeping.

Bees are an important part of our environment and particularly our agricultural system. They are also fascinating creatures.

We hope you will be interested enough to join us at some point, even if you're not interested in keeping bees. There are lots of ways you can join in with what we do.

Schedule of BCBA meetings for 2014

The Blount County Beekeepers Association meets on the second Monday of every month, except for September and December, at 6:30 p.m. in the Blount County Library.

All of the meetings are open to the public, and anyone interested in learning more about beekeeping is welcome and encouraged to attend.

The following is the schedule of meetings for 2014:

January 13 - regular meeting

February 10-11 - Short course for all new and potential beekeepers. There is no charge for this course, and you do not have to sign up in advance. The public is welcome to attend.

March 1 - Wooden ware workshop, 9 a.m. - noon, Masonic Hall, 797 Vose Street Alcoa

March 8 - New beekeeper workshop, Class 2, 9 a.m. - noon, Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church

March 10 - regular meeting

April 14 - regular meeting

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