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.

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.

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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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