BCBA meeting July 13 to feature discussion of mead-making


The regular meeting of the Blount County Beekeepers Association will be on Monday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Blount County public library. The main topic on the program will be mead and how to make it out of your honey. In addition, beekeepers can bring a sample of honey to have it testedContinue reading “BCBA meeting July 13 to feature discussion of mead-making”

BCBA meeting June 8 to discuss extracting and marketing honey


Getting your honey of the hive — how does that happen? And then what do you do with all that golden stuff​? Those will be the questions we will be tackling at the next meeting of the Blount County Beekeepers Association. One of our members, Coley O’Dell, will talk about harvesting and marketing honey, and anotherContinue reading “BCBA meeting June 8 to discuss extracting and marketing honey”

March BCBA meeting to focus on supering, installing packages


The Blount County Beekeepers Association’s March meeting will cover the practical topics of supering (putting boxes on your hives) and installing packages of bees. The meeting will be Monday, March 9, at 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Blount County Library. Bill Manuel will lead the discussion on supering, and Bob Landers will demonstrate theContinue reading “March BCBA meeting to focus on supering, installing packages”

Many beehive viruses introduced by varroa, researcher says


Many of the viruses now being discovered in beehives are introduced by the varroa destructor, according to Philip Moore, a bee researcher at the University of Tennessee. Moore spoke to the November meeting of the Blount County Beekeepers Association on Nov. 10 on emerging trends in honeybee health. The picture he painted is not a prettyContinue reading “Many beehive viruses introduced by varroa, researcher says”

Beekeeping involves year-around planning, BCBA told


Good beekeeping involves planning for two or three seasons ahead, according to Michael Wilson, a bee researcher at the University of Tennessee. Wilson spoke to the November meeting of the Blount County Beekeepers Association on Nov. 10 on “overwintering” and said that any plans a beekeeper has for overwintering bees should start in the springContinue reading “Beekeeping involves year-around planning, BCBA told”

Overwintering, bee health on the agenda for Nov. BCBA meeting


The November meeting of the Blount County Beekeepers Association will feature the topics of overwintering bees and bee health. We’ll be hearing presentations from University of Tennessee researchers Michael Wilson, who will discuss proper overwintering practices for beekeepers, and Phillip Moore, who will talk about how to protect the health of your bees. John McDadeContinue reading “Overwintering, bee health on the agenda for Nov. BCBA meeting”

BCBA to hold annual Christmas party on Dec. 8


The annual Blount County Beekeepers Association Christmas Party will be on Dec. 8 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Sandy Springs Road. The time is 6:30 p.m. We have special entertainment planned for this year: Off Kilter, a musical ensemble from Maryville College. This group gets rave reviews wherever it performs, and the students should provideContinue reading “BCBA to hold annual Christmas party on Dec. 8”

BCBA auction nets $1,500 for grants, scholarships


The annual auction of the last night raised $1,514.50 for our grants and scholarships fund. Members and friends of the BCBA contributed dozens of items, mostly bee related but some not, to the auction, and we had a grand time in seeing them go up for bits. Several members expressed appreciation to those who contributedContinue reading “BCBA auction nets $1,500 for grants, scholarships”

October BCBA meeting to feature auction for scholarships, grants


The annual auction will be the main event for the October meeting of the Blount County Beekeepers Association. The meeting, which will be on Monday, October 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the Blount County Library. The money from the auction goes to support the grants the BCBA gives to those who want to begin beekeepingContinue reading “October BCBA meeting to feature auction for scholarships, grants”

BCBA members show off bees during Blount Farm Tour


More than 850 Blount County students and teachers saw first-hand what beekeeping is like during the Blount Farm Tour earlier this month. That exposure to bees came through the efforts of Blount County Beekeepers Association members Harlen Breeden, Pat Breeden, Darlene Parton and Charlie Parton. They were helped by UT grad student Heather Lowry, whoContinue reading “BCBA members show off bees during Blount Farm Tour”