Best Beekeeping Practices Q & A: Dale Hinkle


Dale Hinkle keeps bees in Monroe County but often makes the trek to Blount County where he is a vital part of the Blount County Beekeepers Association. He is the association treasurer, a position that he has held for several years. Dale is one of the few beekeepers in the area to raise his ownContinue reading “Best Beekeeping Practices Q & A: Dale Hinkle”

BCBA to award three TBA grants


A previous post on this site told you about the grants from the Tennessee Beekeepers Association. The Blount County Beekeepers Association will administer three of those grants. Here’s more from BCBA secretary Stacey Adair: Blount County Beekeepers in conjunction with TBA will be offering 3 grants to new beekeepers. The grant will offer an innerContinue reading “BCBA to award three TBA grants”

TBA program offers equipment grants for new beekeepers


Tennessee Beekeepers Association (TBA) with the help of grant funds from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture will provide the equipment kit for two new beekeepers per club with the local associations purchasing one equipment kit – for a total of three kits per association.

Howard Kerr on bees: They are what they eat


You are what you eat; so are the bees. An egg gets hormone-rich royal jelly for about three days, but then the nurse bees most of the time stop feeding that. If a bee continues to get royal jelly, she could develop into a queen.

Inside the hive: a January inspection, propolizing the entrance


Doug Hardwick has sent us the pictures of what he found earlier this month when he inspected one of his hives and fed the bees. Here’s what he wrote: The first pictures show one of my hives and all of the propolis at the entrance. Interesting question: Since we know that ventilation is important, andContinue reading “Inside the hive: a January inspection, propolizing the entrance”