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BCBA would like to extend a great big Thank You to member Jose` Ashbrook for speaking yesterday at the new Beekeepers class. We had 26 interested new beekeepers attend and they came prepared with great questions for our instructor!

Our next two classes for new beekeepers will be the wooden ware class March 18th at the Masonic Lodge in Alcoa, and then April 29th there will be a field day hosted by Charlie Parton. More information for the field day will be posted soon.

BCBA will be hosting a wooden ware workshop on Saturday, March 18th beginning at 9 am at the Masonic lodge in Alcoa. This is an opportunity for anyone interested in putting their hives together with the help of some seasoned beekeepers. You will be shown the correct way to put together the hive bodies and frames, and will go over how to maintain your equipment. There is no charge for the class. It should end around lunch time.

For more information or questions:

Chuck Davis- 566-3690

Harlen Breeden- 719-1828

New Beekeepers Class

March 11, 2017

Maryville Church of Christ, Sherwood Dr

9am- 3pm

Bring Lunch and drink


Additional classes to help get you started in beekeeping. BCBA member Jose` Ashbrook will present topics including:

  • the identification of the different classes of bees
  • all of the hive components (Boxes to foundation)
  • tools used in beekeeping
  • how to install packages or nucleus colonies of bees
  • feeding of new installations of bees
  • personal protective gear
  • smoker use and lighting
  • how to inspect your hive and work in it safely without harming the queen.


This class is designed to be interactive, and questions and comments are welcomed.

A notebook will be provided to those who register for the class. There is no charge, and registration must be done by March 5th. You are welcome to come after the registration deadline, however you will not be provided with class notes. Please email Stacey Adair or call 983-6223, or Jose` Ashbrook  to register.

We look forward to seeing you!

Congratulations to the Officers and Directors of BCBA for their very successful new beekeepers short course on Saturday. It was very well attended with about 110 people in the morning session, many of whom were potential new beekeepers. A special thanks to the vendors who also came and displayed their wares.

If you are a potential new beekeeper and missed the short course, BCBA will have another class on March 11th at the Church of Christ. Sign up is requested and there will be more information posted on it soon. If you need bees, please refer to our Items for Sale page. Also remember to download a copy of the grant application if you would like to have a free hive and bees. 6 grants will be awarded at the March meeting, and the deadline to apply is March 9th.


Just a reminder that the Short Course will be held this Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm with a break for lunch around noon. Our Vice President Mark Evans has asked that BCBA members meet at 8 am to help set up for the course. It will be a great day packed with information for getting started in bee keeping, and with vendors there where you can purchase beekeeping supplies. Please see our Items for Sale page if you wish to purchase bees.

Location: Maryville Church of Christ
611 Sherwood Drive

This year Blount County Beekeepers Association (BCBA) will award six beekeeping grants. Three grants will be awarded in conjunction with the Tennessee Beekeepers Association (TBA), and three 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. The scholarship is funded by an annual auction of beekeeping equipment, baked goods and other beekeeping paraphernalia in the spring. Proceeds from the auction also help support the TBA grants.

Please follow the link to read the requirements for the grants, an application, and instructions on how to apply. Deadline for application is March 9th.

Contact Luke Newman for more information. 865-206-0775



Jaime Newland, 2016 TBA Grant Recipient




Our regular meeting of BCBA on February 13th will feature speaker Howard Kerr. He will be speaking on Bee Biology and Physiology. As many of you know, Howard is a wonderful speaker and is a wealth of knowledge regarding honey bees. You won’t want to miss this informative meeting! Guests are welcome.

BCBA members, please remember that we will have vendors at the short course where you may purchase your beekeeping supplies. If you order and prepay at Dadant or Kelley, they will bring your order to the short course so you don’t have to pay shipping. Smokey Ridge Apiaries will also be at the meeting with their wares, and they are a local company here in Blount County.


Saturday February 18th

9:00-3:00 PM

Maryville Church of Christ

611 Sherwood Drive

No registration needed, class is free to all

Call 719-1828 for information

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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.

Follow us on Twitter at @blountbees.

Schedule of BCBA meetings for 2017

The Blount County Beekeepers Association meets on the second Monday of every month, except for September and December, at 6:30 p.m. at the Maryville Church of Christ, 611 Sherwood Drive in Maryville.

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 and activities for 2017:

January 9 – regular meeting

February 13 – regular meeting

February 18 – BCBA short course for new beekeepers

March 11 – New Beekeeper Classes

March 13 – regular meeting

March 18 -Wooden Ware class

April 10 – regular meeting

April 29-
Field Day for new beekeepers

May 8 – regular meeting

June 12 – regular meeting

July 10 – regular meeting

August 14 – regular meeting

October 9 – regular meeting

November 13 – regular meeting

December 11 – Christmas dinner

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