BCBA offers annual short course to packed house


A room full of beekeepers and potential beekeepers showed up at the Blount County Library on Monday and Tuesday for the 2015 edition of the short course for new beekeepers offered by the Blount County Beekeepers Association. About 60 people who had never kept bees were among the more than 100 people who attended theContinue reading “BCBA offers annual short course to packed house”

Supering, swarms and splits are topics for January meeting


Supering and swarm control will be the focus of the January 2015 meeting of the Blount County Beekeepers Association. The meeting will be Monday, Jan. 12, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Blount County Library. Carl Burnett, an Anderson County veteran beekeeper, will talk about some of the best practices of modern beekeeping in makingContinue reading “Supering, swarms and splits are topics for January meeting”

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”

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”

Tennessee Beekeepers Association conference set for Oct. in Cookeville


The Tennessee Beekeepers Association fall conference will be Friday Oct. 10 and Saturday Oct. 11, 2014 in Cookeville, Tenn. Dr. Thomas Webster, assistant professor at Kentucky State University and one of the founders of the Heartland Apiculture Society (HAS), will be the keynote speaker. Other speakers include Harris Overholt and Kent Williams of Kentucky; Tennesseans: State Apiarist Mike Studer,Continue reading “Tennessee Beekeepers Association conference set for Oct. in Cookeville”

Field Day set for April 24


The Blount County Beekeepeers Association’s annual Field Day — designed to show new beekeepers what it’s like to get into a hive full of bees — will be held Saturday, April 24, 2010 at Charlie Parton’s house on 1730 East Brown School Road in Maryville. Participants will be able to see the bees in actionContinue reading “Field Day set for April 24”