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The Tennessee Beekeepers Association is once again administering the Hive Grant program for new beekeepers, offered by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. Here are the details from The Hive Tool, the TBA newsletter:

Bees on a frame

Eligibility requirements for individuals to receive the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and Tennessee Beekeepers Association Hive Grant:

  • be completely new to beekeeping
  • be a resident of Tennessee
  • complete a beginning beekeeping course
  • commence beekeeping activities in the spring of 2012
  • accept a beekeeping beginner kit grant
  • purchase bees
  • purchase additional equipment as needed
  • become a member of a local Tennessee beekeeping association for two years
  • become a member of Tennessee Beekeepers Association for two years
  • complete the Registration of Tennessee Apiaries form in accordance with the Tennessee Apiary Act of 1995. This form may be completed on line or copied for mailing. Go to for regulations and forms.
  • work with an association member mentor for two years for the first two years, half of the honey production from the grant hive will be returned to the local association to help defray set up cost. Commencing the third year, all the honey is the beekeepers.
  • if one decides not to complete the two year commitment, return grant equipment kit to local association for redistribution

The beginner kit will include:

Screened bottom board, Complete Hive Body (10 frame), Wired beeswax foundation, Inner cover, Entrance feeder, Telescoping cover, Round veil with plastic helmet, Gloves, Hive Tool, Smoker, and beginner’s book or How to Keep and Sell Honey.

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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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