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”

New thoughts about old comb


If you look at most any list of “best beekeeping practices,” you will probably find this item: Remove old comb from the hive and replace it on a regular basis. It’s one of those items that gives people like us — who are trying to be good beekeepers — a guilty conscience. We may removeContinue reading “New thoughts about old comb”

BCBA’s booth at the Maryville’s Farmers Market, August 0214


Beekeepers from the Blount County Beekeepers Association got to show off some of their equipment, honey and bees to the folks at the Maryville Farmers Market. The beekeepers included Harlen Breeden, Bill Manuel, Charlie Parton, Jose Ashbrook, Christy Ridley and Heather Lowery, one of John Skinner’s graduate students who brought a four-story observation hive. Thanks very muchContinue reading “BCBA’s booth at the Maryville’s Farmers Market, August 0214”

Tew: Beekeeping is different from what it was 30 years ago


Beekeeping is different from what it was 30 years ago, and bees seem to need a lot more “babysitting.” Beekeeping expert and author Jim Tew made that point at the beginning of his second presentation to the Blount County Beekeepers Association on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. (Read our article published just after his presentation.) BelowContinue reading “Tew: Beekeeping is different from what it was 30 years ago”

The responsibilities of a beekeeper


Jim Tew’s presentations to the Blount County Beekeepers Association meeting on Monday provoked my thinking about the responsibilities we take on when we call ourselves beekeepers. So just what are those responsibilities? To my mind, there are three: Providing a home for the bees . . . . . . as long as they willContinue reading “The responsibilities of a beekeeper”

Beekeeping expert Tew talks about bees and their environment at August BCBA meeting


Jim Tew told Blount County beekeepers that the environment for bees is a complicated one, and not every plant a bee visits is good for it — and some plants can be downright dangerous. “So much of this (the environment for bees) is so complicated, that it’s a wonder that bees can do anything at all,”Continue reading “Beekeeping expert Tew talks about bees and their environment at August BCBA meeting”

Jim Tew, well-known expert on beekeeping, to speak at August meeting  


A nationally known bee expert will headline the August meeting of the Blount County Beekeepers Association. Jim Tew, currently the beekeeping specialist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service, will be the main speaker at the meeting, which will be on Monday, August 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Blount County Library. Jim has been aroundContinue reading “Jim Tew, well-known expert on beekeeping, to speak at August meeting  “

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”