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Dennis Barry presented the seasonal portion of the June meeting of the Blount County Beekeepers Association on June 8 and told those attending that they should keep in mind the following during this busy month for beekeepers:

  • The honey flow is nearly finished, and the honey supers should be coming off the hives fairly soon.
  • Think about when you will start feeding your hives. With the flowering season over, the feeds are likely to run out of stores by August.
  • Get ready to medicate, if you choose to do so. Some medications are temperature sensitive, so make sure you are away of how to put them on.
  • Prepare to enter your honey in a local fair or contest. For local beekeepers, there is the Tennessee Valley Fair, the Blue Ribbon Fair and the Tennessee Beekeepers Association annual meeting, just to name three venues coming up in early fall.
  • Order your queens now if you are going to re-queen in the fall.



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 another member, John Gee, will give us a demonstration on extracting honey.

Dennis Barry will be presenting the seasonal management discussion.

The meeting will be Monday, June 8, at 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Blount County Library.

If you have questions about what your bees are doing this time of year, this next BCBA meeting would be a great place to get some answers.

As always, our meetings are free and open to the public. Invite a friend to come along with you.

Even if the friend isn’t interested in becoming a beekeeper, we always have lively, friendly discussions about what we should be doing with our bees.

And, if you aren’t doing this already, you should check out on a regular basis. Better yet, you should go to the site and sign up for an email subscription (free, of course). You will get an email every time we post something new to the site.

The folks with their hands in the air are some of the people who have never kept bees and who attended Monday's BCBA short course for new beekeepers.

The folks with their hands in the air are some of the people who have never kept bees and who attended Monday’s BCBA short course for new beekeepers.

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 the Monday night meeting. They hear veteran beekeepers Dennis Barry and Charlie Parton talk about why you should consider keeping bees and what kind of equipment you need for it.

Rita Scruggs, a newbie beekeeper, talked about what it was like to start from scratch in beekeeping.

The room was also full on Tuesday when the audience heard Phil Fulmer, former head football coach at the University of Tennessee, talk about his experience as a new beekeeper. Others who spoke on Tuesday were Dennis Barry, Steve Adair and Jim Stovall.

The short course is the first of several events planned for new beekeepers by the BCBA this spring. Next up is the new beekeeper classes on Feb. 21 and Feb. 28. A woodenware workshop is set for March 28, and a field day will be on May 2 at Charlie Parton’s farm.

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Welcome to the web site of the Blount County Beekeepers Association in Maryville, Tennessee.

This site will tell you a little about the association and how to become a member. It will also tell you a little about beekeeping.

Bees are an important part of our environment and particularly our agricultural system. They are also fascinating creatures.

We hope you will be interested enough to join us at some point, even if you're not interested in keeping bees. There are lots of ways you can join in with what we do.

Follow us on Twitter at @blountbees.

Schedule of BCBA meetings for 2018

The Blount County Beekeepers Association meets on the second Monday of every month, except for September and December, at 6:30 p.m. at the Maryville Church of Christ, 611 Sherwood Drive in Maryville.

All of the meetings are open to the public, and anyone interested in learning more about beekeeping is welcome and encouraged to attend.

The following is the schedule of meetings and activities for 2018:

January 8 – regular meeting

February 12 – regular meeting

February 17 – BCBA short course for new beekeepers

March 10– New Beekeepers class

March 12 – regular meeting

March 17 -Wooden Ware class

April 9 – regular meeting

April  TBA-Field Day for new beekeepers

May 14 – regular meeting

June 11 – regular meeting

July 9 – regular meeting

August 13 – regular meeting

October 8 – regular meeting

November 12 – regular meeting

December 10 – Christmas dinner

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