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Please join us for an informative course on how to get started in beekeeping. There is no charge to attend, and everyone is welcome!

The meeting will take place at Maryville Church of Christ, 611 Sherwood Drive across from Shoney’s restaurant.

Topics of discussion will include setting up an apiary, personal protective gear, when and where to get bees, and other important topics for beginning beekeepers.  We will also have 3 beekeeping vendors at the meeting who will be happy to show you all the equipment you will need to get started.

Contact information and other information is listed on the link to the flyer above. Hope to see you there!


The Blount County Beekeepers Association is pleased to announce that they will be awarding 5 new beekeeper grants in conjunction with the Tennessee Beekeepers Association. Each recipient will receive a complete starter hive as well as a 3 pound package of bees. Each recipient will also be paired with a mentor for 2 years.

There are specific requirements to make application for each grant. See the attachment for a copy of the grant cover letter and application. You must be a member of the Blount County Beekeepers to apply, and you must attend the short course for new beekeepers which is scheduled for February 17th. There is no fee to attend the short course, and the dues for BCBA are $20/year, individual or family. You must join TBA (Tennessee Beekeepers Association) in order to apply for their grant.

Please download the application, fill it out, see Bernie to pay your dues, and have the application in by March 9th. The grants will be awarded at the March meeting.

Combined Grant App 2018


2017 Grant recipients

Please make plans to join us for the Christmas dinner on Monday, December 11th at 6:30 pm at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Maryville. We forego our usual itinerary to allow for time to visit with all our fellow members and enjoy good food and entertainment.

The cost of the dinner will be $15 per person and may be paid to Bernie McGraw. You must reserve and prepay your dinner. The deadline to pay will be announced at the November meeting, but is usually about 2 weeks before the date. We hope to see each and every one of you on the 11th!

Jennifer Berry will be our guest speaker in November. She will be sharing a two part lecture on Keeping Your Bees Alive. Please mark your calendar for this meeting you won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear one of the most knowledgeable and experienced speakers in the beekeeping world today. 6:30 pm Maryville Church of Christ Sherwood Drive

Jennifer’s bio:

Jennifer Berry

For over 17 years, Jennifer Berry has been the Apicultural Research Professional and Lab Manager for the University of Georgia Honey Bee Program. Her research objectives have focused on queen breeding, keeping bees alive, the sub-lethal effects of pesticides on beneficial insects and IPM techniques for varroa and small hive beetle control. Jennifer’s extension duties include teaching beekeeping to people from all walks of life, including those in Central and South America, to those imprisoned in Georgia’s maximum security prisons. She is also passionate about educating the public about the importance of beneficial insects and is somewhat of a regular columnist for Bee Culture magazine. On weekends and nights she operates Honey Pond Farm, a honey bee venture that sells quality nucleus colonies and teaches how to raise superior queens at her farm in Georgia.


Our next meeting on October 9th will be the annual auction to raise money for the new beekeeper grants awarded in the spring each year.

The program was started years ago in memory of one of our outstanding members, Charles Stewart. The original grant was a cash award that the new beekeepers could use to purchase equipment to get started in beekeeping. It has evolved over the years to merge with TBA’s hive award program, so that we are able to award the hives plus packages of bees now to new beekeepers. The money raised from this auction is dedicated to new beekeepers start up kits only. It is not used for general operations for BCBA.

BCBA takes all kinds of donated items including clean, new wooden ware, protective clothing, wax, tools etc. to be auctioned. You may also donate bee related items including clothing, bee nick knacks, ceramics, etc. We have had local artwork donated from our members including paintings, wood turned items, and hand crocheted items that have been true treasures to purchase. We do ask that you do not bring used wooden ware to the auction.

So bring your items to donate and your check book to the meeting October 9th and plan to have some fun!

Just wanted to put out this message early about next month’s meeting location. Because of a conflict of Maryville Church of Christ’s VBS schedule, we will be having our normal JULY meeting on the 10th at River Oaks Community Church at 1220 Brown School Rd, Maryville, TN 37804

Please get the word out to other members and guest you may know. Same time but different place.We will be announcing this several more times so that hopefully none will miss!

See you on the 10th

Chuck Davis, President BCBA

BCBA May 8th meeting will feature guest speaker Dr. Jennifer Tsuruda SC Apiculture Specialist. Many of you will remember her from the 2016 TBA fall conference and BCBA in 2015. She will be speaking on Photography and Bees and Monitoring for Varroa and treatment options. Jennifer is a very energetic and gifted speaker, you will not want to miss this meeting.


Originally from California Jennifer has been studying honey bees for over 15yrs. She received her PhD at the University of California at Davis, was a postdoctoral researcher at Purdue University and has studied honey bee foraging behavior, reproductive Physiology, behavioral resistance to mites and genomic imprinting. Since joining Clemson University as SC’s Apiculture Specialist in 2014, she has been working on research projects related to honey bee genetics and pesticide exposure in ornamental landscapes. Jennifer has also been organizing and speaking at scientific and stakeholder meetings, guest lecturing, participating in field days and holding training programs and outreach events.

There will be a field day for new beekeepers at Charlie Parton’s farm, beginning at 10:00 am, Saturday, April 29th. The address is 1768 East Brown School Road in Maryville. There will be a sign at the driveway (Beekeepers Field Day) directing you to the barn. Please bring your protective clothing; veil, gloves and long sleeves.

Guided by an experienced beekeeper you will learn:

a. the proper way to open a hive and remove frames
b. to identify eggs, larvae, capped brood, pollen and honey
c. to identify the queen, workers and drones

After a light lunch, anyone who wishes will be able to tour the Honey House

Rain date Saturday May 6th

Charlie Parton 865-776-1875
Chuck Davis President BCBA 566-3690

At the March meeting of the Blount County Beekeepers, the grant committee awarded 6 hives with bees to some of our newest beekeepers. 3 hives were donated through the Tennessee Beekeepers Association, and 3 additional hives were donated by the Blount County Beekeepers Association. In addition to the hive components and a package of bees, the recipients will also be paired with a mentor for 1 year. Congratulations to the winners!


Pictured from left to right: Mentor Howard Kerr and Karen Taylor, Charlie Parton and Debra Adsit, Harlen Breeden and Twila Murphy, Luke Newman with Jessica Diaz and Rebekah Luhrs, and Chuck Davis with James Westbrook.


If you would be interested in serving as a mentor to a new beekeeper, please contact Luke Newman. Mentors are a precious commodity and we have had very few of our members volunteer to assist. You do not have to be a Master Beekeeper to mentor! All you need to have done is keep bees for a few years and been a member of our association. Our new beekeepers just need someone they can call with questions, and occasionally visit their apiary to check on their progress. We would love to have more mentors for our newbees!!!

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.

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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 2018

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 2018:

January 8 – regular meeting

February 12 – regular meeting

February 17 – BCBA short course for new beekeepers

March 10– New Beekeepers class

March 12 – regular meeting

March 17 -Wooden Ware class

April 9 – regular meeting

April  TBA-Field Day for new beekeepers

May 14 – regular meeting

June 11 – regular meeting

July 9 – regular meeting

August 13 – regular meeting

October 8 – regular meeting

November 12 – regular meeting

December 10 – Christmas dinner

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