BCBA members report on their honey harvests

We asked our members to report to us on what kind of a honey harvest they had this year. Here are some of the responses: Charlie Parton My honey crop was average based on the number hives which survived the winter. A bright spot is that the bees I moved to north Georgia are makingContinue reading “BCBA members report on their honey harvests”

Blue Ribbon Country Fair 2014 schedule, rules, entry forms available

Doug Hardwick has sent along information and forms for the Blue Ribbon Country Fair and wants to make sure we all have access to them The Blue Ribbon Country Fair will be Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend. Admission is $5 per person and free to children underContinue reading “Blue Ribbon Country Fair 2014 schedule, rules, entry forms available”

Tale of a new beekeeper: splits, swarms, lots of excitement, and finally some honey

We sent out an email to the BCBA membership last weekend asking about our members’ honey harvest and received a good number of responses. Many of them are posted elsewhere on this site. None were as detailed as the one below from Barbara Maniaci, so here it is in full: Honey harvest…hmmmm…weeelllll……. We had 2Continue reading “Tale of a new beekeeper: splits, swarms, lots of excitement, and finally some honey”

August is the time for treatments, chemical and non-chemical

Now that most of us have taken off the honey from the hives (and leaving plenty for the bees for both late summer and winter), we need to start thinking about how we can help the bees control the varroa that is inevitably in the hives. Treatments can include chemical and non-chemical substances. In theContinue reading “August is the time for treatments, chemical and non-chemical”

Marla Spivak on why we are in a honeybee crisis

Marla Spivak of the University of Minnesota is one of the nation’s leading researchers on bee health and beekeeping. She is articulate and eloquent spokesperson for honeybees, the reasons they are in danger, and sensible sustainable beekeeping. In this 16-minute video, she outlines some of the reasons that we should all be paying attention toContinue reading “Marla Spivak on why we are in a honeybee crisis”

My grandfather and the bees

> In the early 1960s, a few years before he died in 1965, my grandfather — the Rev. Irl Thomas Stovall — sat down and wrote about what he remember as a child growing up in rural Missouri and as a young preacher and farmer in Kentucky and elsewhere. Here’s part of what he wrote:Continue reading “My grandfather and the bees”

BCBA short course for new beekeepers set for Feb. 10 and 11

The two day course will be a basic introduction to beekeeping including: where to purchase bees, equipment needed to keep bees, where to locate your hives, etc. The course is perfect for those interested in becoming beekeepers, or anyone who wants to learn more about the hobby.

TN Dept. of Ag reports first case of Africanized bees in the state

State Apiarist, Mike Studer, says it is no surprise that partially Africanized bees have made their way to Tennessee considering they have already been found in other states such as Texas, Georgia, Mississippi and Florida. “I’m actually surprised it’s just now happening. We have been expecting this for some time,” Studer said. “Citizens need to be vigilant, but there’s no need to overreact. This is a situation that can be effectively managed through good beekeeping practices.”