* Brushy Mountain wanted to contact local Bee Clubs and associations with information on their upcoming Field Day on June 24th, 2017 from 9:00am - 5:00pm. It is the most thorough beekeeping event Brushy Mountain Bee Farm has ever hosted and we cannot be more excited about it!
* The Field Day will be a full day of beekeeping seminars and hands-on workshops that bring together some of the best and brightest beekeepers and honey bee researchers throughout the nation. We are honored to have David Mendes and Jennifer Tsuruda join us at our Moravian Falls, NC branch to provide their unique and knowledgeable approaches to beekeeping. You can learn more about them in their bios at the bottom of the email.
* We are not just excited about having our guest speakers involved, but inviting local beekeepers of varying experience levels to come and, not only learn together, but to be able to share their own experiences and knowledge. Our retail store will be open during Field Day, but we will have fewer representatives managing our phone lines due to the work demands of Field Day.
* Tickets for Field Day are only $40.00 per person and includes full day access to the event, refreshments & a catered lunch. Tickets may be purchased by calling our customer service line at 1-800-BEESWAX or via our website as Catalog # 485 (if purchased online make sure you purchase a ticket for the NC location. Tickets will not be accepted outside their designated location).
* If you or any of your members have any questions regarding Field Day please contact us at 1-800-BEESWAX or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be more than happy to assist you.
* Thank you for your time and we hope to see you on Field Day!
* NCSBA Summer Meeting, celebrating 100 years of NCSBA, is taking place in Winston-Salem (July 13-15). You don't have to pre-register, but there is a $15 savings for doing so.
* Deadline for pre-registration is Thursday, June 15; registration fees are non-refundable after June 22.
* Click here for an on-line advance registration form.
* For all NCSBA Chapters...2017 Summer Conference, Master Beekeeper Program
* On Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM, "Before the Conference Begins"
- Moderators and Master Beekeepers Diana Almond and Randall Austin along with State Inspector and Master Beekeeper Lewis Cauble and State Inspector and EAS Master Beekeeper Greg Fariss, a refresher program, "Journeyman and Beyond," 2 hours of preparing to test for Journeyman and Masters will be presented.
- "What you always wanted to know", Questions & Answer period to "Ask the EXPERTS" all about Beekeeping,
* Arrive early and get ready for our 100 year celebration!
* Bee Bowl is Thursday evening, get your chapter team ready to play!
* There will be a memory candle for deceased beekeepers dedicated at the state meeting next month.
- On June 2, one of our new beekeepers, Richard Roberts, was killed in a UTV accident on the property where he lived with his son, Richard, and daughter-in-law, Tina. 'Grandpa' Richard and Tina came to the bee class in February and had attended the monthly meetings in anticipation of becoming alert beekeepers, so we were particularly saddened to learn of his unexpected death. Jim Rash, another of our members, officiated at the service for Richard.
- Anyone who knows of another beekeeper associated with the Ashe County Beekeeping Association (even in the past) who passed away during 2016, please let Helen Baldwin know the name (and date of death, if known) as soon as possible. The deadline to submit names is June 29.
* At a recent meeting, Jack Cahn showed a program on Oxalic Acid Towel Treatment and another video on extraction. The towel treatment is so important, a link is posted here.
* Thanks to Jill McKinney for this information.
March 9 - Randy Baldwin will talk about nucs (Door Prize - "Harry B Healthy" made by Maggie McClelland
April 13 - B. Townes, President, Wilkes Bee group, will tak on foragng (Door prize - 1-2 bee-friendly plants potted by Maggie McClelland).
May 11 - Bob Cole wil discuss Swarms: How to manage the capture and use them (Door prize - book from Bob Coles, "First Lessons in Beekeeping"
June 8 - Greg Fariss, NC State Apiary Inspection and E.A.S. Master Beekeeper will speak on pests and diseases.
July 13 - Jime Miles will talk about queen rearing (the old fashioned way) with two hands-on classes at Baldwin bee yard (small fee)
(Saturday - dates to be determined - queen rearing classes at the Baldwin bee yard. Dates dependant on availability of queen cells and the weather.
August 10 - Doug Galloway will speak on treatments for hive health (Door prize - grease patties)
September 7 - discussion on making stuff (recipes/demonstrations if possible) by Maggie McClelland, Helen Baldwin and Joy Lewis. (Door prize - lotion bars, candle, healing salve, etc.)
October 12 - Greg Fariss to speak on winter prep.
November 9 - end of the year potluck dinner and elections.
Parties in Watauga interested in beekeeping, the Allegheny bee group's evening meetings have been changed to the second Tuesday of the month, beginning in March.
* The next regular meeting of the ACBA has been changed to TUESDAY, JULY 11, because the regularly scheduled date of July 13th conflicts with the opening of the NCSBA meeting/centennial celebration in Winston Salem.
* The meeting will be held as usual in the conference room of the Ashe County Extension Office at 7 PM...everyone is welcome to come earlier to mingle and to get some of Maggie McClelland's delicious goodies :)
* Jim Miles of 7 Stands will discuss queen-rearing the old-fashioned way.
* Jim is currently planning an optional hands-on class for a small fee; date(s) will be determined based on availability of queen cells and the weather. Check back to this site for information, when available.
* All ACBA meetings are held at the Ashe County Agricultural Center Office, located at 134 Government Center Drive in Jefferson, NC.
* The June ACBA meeting was held on June 8, 2017 at which time Greg Fariss, State Apiary Inspector for this area who presented information on Pests & Diseases. Greg is pictured (on the left in the top photo with Randy Baldwin, right).
* The regular meeting was attended by 18 ACBA members. Click here for comments posted before the meeting. Recorded minutes from the meeting will be posted soon.
* After the program concluded, several door prizes were awarded to attendees, as follows:
- Hidden Happiness Bee Farm donated frame lifter - Ima Golds
- Hidden Happiness Bee Farm donated fuel - Josh Branam
- Bee balm plant - Jim Rash
- Honey dipper - Ben Ray
- Purple cone flower plant - Doug Hart