Don’t give your honey away, Coley O’Dell tells BCBA


Whatever you do with your honey, don’t give it away. That was the message from veteran Blount County beekeeper Coley O’Dell, who talked to the Blount County Beekeepers Association on June 8 and harvesting and marketing honey. Honey is too valuable, and it takes too much work to get it, O’Dell said. O’Dell also discussedContinue reading “Don’t give your honey away, Coley O’Dell tells BCBA”

March BCBA meeting to focus on supering, installing packages


The Blount County Beekeepers Association’s March meeting will cover the practical topics of supering (putting boxes on your hives) and installing packages of bees. The meeting will be Monday, March 9, at 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Blount County Library. Bill Manuel will lead the discussion on supering, and Bob Landers will demonstrate theContinue reading “March BCBA meeting to focus on supering, installing packages”

New beekeeper class for Feb. 21 cancelled


The new beekeeper class scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 21, has been cancelled because of the weather. The class scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 28, will be an all-day class, and participants are asked to bring a sack lunch. These classes, conducted by veteran beekeepers Stacey Adair and José Ashbrook, are as hands-on as possible and willContinue reading “New beekeeper class for Feb. 21 cancelled”

BCBA members offering bee packages


Packages of bees, as usual, may be in short supply this spring, so you will want to get your orders in early. Several BCBA members offer packages and nucs. Here are the ones we know about: Howard Kerr (865) 982-6750 Coley O’Dell (865) 556-1345 (more information here) Stephanie Tarwater (865) 805-1994 There may be other members toContinue reading “BCBA members offering bee packages”

BCBA offers annual short course to packed house


A room full of beekeepers and potential beekeepers showed up at the Blount County Library on Monday and Tuesday for the 2015 edition of the short course for new beekeepers offered by the Blount County Beekeepers Association. About 60 people who had never kept bees were among the more than 100 people who attended theContinue reading “BCBA offers annual short course to packed house”

BCBA to award 5 new beekeeper grants


This year Blount County Beekeepers Association (BCBA) will award five beekeeping grants. Three grants will be awarded in conjunction with the Tennessee Beekeepers Association (TBA), and two Charlie Stewart Grants will be awarded by BCBA. Blount County Beekeepers Association established the Charlie Stewart Scholarship program in memory of one of its longstanding and honored members.Continue reading “BCBA to award 5 new beekeeper grants”

New beekeeper classes set for Saturdays in February, March


In addition to our annual short course, we will also offer new beekeeper classes on Saturday, Feb. 21, Feb. 28 and March 28. The first two classes will be at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. The third, a woodenware workshop, will be at the Masonic Hall in Alcoa. The classes will begin at 9 a.m.,Continue reading “New beekeeper classes set for Saturdays in February, March”

BCBA to hold its annual short course for new beekeepers


The Blount County Beekeepers Association’s annual short course for new beekeepers will be held in February. The short course will be Monday, Feb. 9, and Tuesday, Feb. 10, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Blount County Library. Short course schedule February 9, 2015 Welcome and Announcements Welcome to new Beekeepers: Dennis Barry So you wantContinue reading “BCBA to hold its annual short course for new beekeepers”

Supering, swarms and splits are topics for January meeting


Supering and swarm control will be the focus of the January 2015 meeting of the Blount County Beekeepers Association. The meeting will be Monday, Jan. 12, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Blount County Library. Carl Burnett, an Anderson County veteran beekeeper, will talk about some of the best practices of modern beekeeping in makingContinue reading “Supering, swarms and splits are topics for January meeting”