Blount County Beekeepers Association (BCBA) in conjunction with the Tennessee State Beekeepers Association ( TBA) will be awarding 5 grants in March to new beekeepers. These grants are funded by donations from TBA and BCBA auction money. These grants include the wooden ware and bees for one full colony. Applications are available here online, and will also be available at the short course on February 16th. The deadline for application is March 8th.
There are preliminary requirements for these grants which include first and foremost, proof of attending a beekeeping short course. You will also be required to join the state association and local Blount County Association, so please read the application carefully. Each recipient of a grant/hive will also be paired with a mentor to help you get started. BCBA is proud of this long-standing partnership with TBA in helping new beekeepers get started in the wonderful, challenging and exciting world of beekeeping! Good luck to all applicants!
Grant Application 2019
Please join us for our annual beekeepers short course, set for Saturday February 16th, from 9am to 3pm, with lunch provided by Dadant Beekeeping and Smokey Ridge Apiaries.We will meet at our regular meeting place, Maryville Church of Christ, 611 Sherwood Drive in Maryville.
If you have thought about becoming a beekeeper, this is the course for you! We will be presenting many topics related to beekeeping such as setting up your apiary, personal protective equipment, installing packages, even extracting honey! There will be beekeeping equipment vendors there so you can purchase your equipment and supplies, and meet some really great BCBA members!
The Blount County Beekeepers will also be awarding hives to 5 new beekeepers this spring. Applications for the grant will be available at the short course, and you must attend the short course to be eligible to receive a hive. There are other conditions that will have to be met in addition to attending the short course. The hives are supplied through a grant from Tennessee Beekeepers Association and from money generated from the BCBA auction each year. Please ask us about these grants!
There is no fee to attend the course. Please bring any interested friends and come learn about some basics in beekeeping!
Please make plans to attend the Monday night meeting of Blount County Beekeepers on November 12th. Our speaker will be Clarence Collison. Emeritus Professor of Entomology and Emeritus Head of the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Mississippi State University. Mr. Collison is a nationally known speaker and author of “What Do You Know”, a comprehensive question and answer book on all aspects of beekeeping, including genetics, pollination and hive management. Mr. Collison also is a contributing author with Bee Culture magazine.
Our meetings are open to the public, and begin at 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm. We meet at the Maryville Church of Christ on Sherwood Drive.
The annual auction to support new beekeeper grants will be Monday, October 8th. The Blount County Beekeepers Association in conjunction with the Tennessee Beekeepers Association offers new beekeeper grants in the spring of each year. The TBA provides 2 grants, and BCBA provides 3 additional grants each year. We generate the funds to cover the costs of the hive components and packages of bees by having an auction each fall.
Members are asked to bring any be related items they have to donate to the auction. We request that if items are used, such as hive tools, smokers, etc. that they be clean and disinfected. We ask that no used wooden ware be donated. New wooden ware is greatly appreciated.
We also love to have other items that may not be bee related, but great for the beekeepers! We have auctioned fresh eggs, pies, cakes, jewelry, clothing, hand made crafts, paintings, wood turnings etc. and have had quite some auction battles over these items! Anything you would like to donate would be appreciated, as this is our sole fundraiser for the grants.
So, bring your items and your check book to the October meeting and plan on having a great time!
Fall is a busy time for East Tennessee Beekeepers! There are many events taking place in our local area that may appeal to you. Just a few-
Tennessee Valley Fair- September 7-16th. Please come by the honey show and see the honey and association exhibits. You may also volunteer to work the exhibit, answering questions from the visitors. Visit Blount County Beekeepers Association on Facebook for link to calendar to volunteer.
Blue Ribbon Country Fair at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center- September 29th. In it’s 12th year this year! Come by the Honey Show and see the exhibit, and visit all the other exhibits including Poultry, Woodworking, Photography, Canned goods, etc.
Tennessee Beekeepers Association Fall Conference- October 12-13th. Visit the TBA website for information and to register. Early registration ends September 28th. There is also a Honey Show competition with the conference!
Blount County Beekeeper Association will Sponsor a Field Day for New Beekeepers
At Charlie Parton’s farm Saturday April 28th at 10:00 am
1768 East Brown School Rd. Maryville
There will be a sign at the driveway (Beekeepers Field Day)
Bring Safety Equipment: veil, gloves and long sleeves
Guided by an experienced beekeeper you will learn
- Proper way to open a hive and remove frames
- To identify eggs, larva, capped brood, pollen and honey
- Identify queen, workers and drones
After a light lunch anyone who wishes will be able to tour the Honey House. There will be time to ask questions or just hang around and talk. We hope it will be a good experience for all.
Rain date Saturday May 5th
Charlie Parton 865-776-1875
Chuck Davis President BCBA 566-3690
Phil served as the Kentucky State Apiarist from 1999 through 2011. He is a graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio (BA in biology), and of the University of Kentucky. Phil continues to communicate with beekeepers through his “Ask Phil” question/answer column which appears in Bee Culture magazine, and through his webpage, Philcrafthivecraft.com. He is also the U.S. technical adviser for Veto-pharma, the maker of Apivar, and Varroa Easy Check. A native of the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, he now lives out in the sticks in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky near Lexington with his family, a very old dog, and some bee hives. You may send questions to Phil at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BCBA will be hosting a wooden ware workshop on Saturday, March 17th beginning at 9 am at the Masonic lodge in Alcoa (corner of Wright Road and Vose Street). 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
The Blount County Beekeepers Association will be offering an additional beekeeping class on March 10th at 9 am at Maryville Church of Christ. You must register for the class with Stacey Adair to receive class materials by March 1st. You may still come if not registered, however we may not have additional materials for you to take home.
Please click on the download link below for more information, who to register with and address for the church. Hope to see everyone there!
2018 New Beekeeper Classes