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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
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 email@example.com or call 983-6223, or Jose` Ashbrook firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
Maryville Church of Christ
611 Sherwood Drive
No registration needed, class is free to all
Call 719-1828 for information
The Blount County Beekeepers Association will hold its May meeting at the Maryville Church of Christ on Sherwood Drive, across the bypass from Foothills Mall.
The association will return to the Blount County Library for its June meeting, but the Maryville Church of Christ will be the permanent meeting place with the July meeting.
The May meeting will be on Monday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m.
The featured speaker will be Clarence Collison, a well-known beekeeper and an Emeritus Professor of Entomology and Emeritus Head of the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Mississippi State University, having retired from the position in 2010. Prior to assuming this position at Mississippi State University in March 1989, he was an extension entomologist at The Pennsylvania State University where he served as a beekeeping/pollination specialist and livestock entomologist. He is a contributor to Bee Culture magazine.
Collison will speak on examining combs and what they tell the beekeeper and the importance of genetic diversity.
The change of location for the association meeting was brought about by the rapid growth of the organization. We have nearly 150 members and have had more than 100 people attending meetings this year.
The room at Maryville Church Christ is the same as the one used for the short course for new beekeepers in February. We had more than 200 people at that meeting with plenty of room for vendor stands and tables.