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Photo Contest - Submit an Entry Today! May 31, 2023 is the deadline for entries

Photo Contest - Submit an Entry Today!

May 31, 2023 is the deadline for entries

ACBA members, and beekeepers who are residents in any of the following High Country counties (Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey) sure to open the attached, downloadable file and send in your entry to the Photo Contest...

Email: Mail to your entry (JPEG photograph required) to ACBA here:

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April 13, 2023

President Wayne Pitts sent the following minutes from the subject meeting of the ACBA:

6:00 PM - Meeting Called to Order by Wayne Pitts, President


1. Wayne made a presentation about Bee Festooning.

2. The group was updated on the recent NC meeting.

3. Wayne shared plans for ACBA’s support of the Ashe 4H Program (9-17 year olds).

Currently working with the local 4H representative to discuss opportunities to coordinate

efforts. He requested volunteers to help with the effort.

4. Wayne discussed examples of waivers (not sponsored by ACBA), explaining how they

could be used and their limitations.

- a. Memo of Understanding - helps set expectations with homeowner if you are

removing bees from their property.

- b. Hold Harmless Agreement - example of agreement you can have with home

owner that explains inherent risks in the process.

5. Education Committee - Kim Pitts covered multiple education events the ACBA has

planned for the upcoming weeks/months including;

- a. April 22 - Old Store in Grassey Creek

- b. April 28 - Mt View Elementary School

- c. July 19 - Library

- d. Several others that will be sent to the members in an email over the next week.

- e. Volunteers are needed for each event.

6. Members were reminded to pay their annual $10 dues and support for scholarships.

7. Blake noted that ACBA had an approved space at the Farmer’s Market from 8:00-1:00

on August 19. Also currently planning the Environmental Education Day on September

12 from 9:00-2:00.

- a. Blake also discussed Surrey County BeeKeepers starting a new race of queens

and a bee yard and noted ACBA might consider a similar effort, noting that they

received a grant to cover part of the cost.

- b. Farmers Market is sponsoring a Seed Swap that would be of interest to the

ACBA members.

8. James Wilkes updated the group on a workshop at ASU on May 6 and gave instructions

on how to register.

9. Plans for Christmas in July were discussed, highlights included;

- a. Saturday July 1st

- b. Cost of space $125 and $25 application fee

- c. Motion to approve made by Todd Swanson / motion passed

- d. Todd S. noted he has a tent / table that could be used

- e. Kim P. will create a sign-up sheet.

10. Wayne discussed details of Photo Contest and received agreement from the group to

proceed with draft plans.

11. Wayne gauged interest in having a couple of field trips during the summer and received

positive feedback from the group.

12. Wayne summarized a variety of local / state / regional meetings and events that would

be of interest to the members.

13. Jim Rash requested volunteers for the Cluster Mentoring Program

14. Wayne moderated a discussion about the current state of the member’s bees.


Wayne kicked off an online presentation on ‘Probiotics’ by Megan Domico from UNC-G

● In summary - evidence and independent trials does not support claims made about the

benefits of Probiotics, so don’t waste your money.

Meeting adjourned at 8:00.

Submitted by Ken Jenkins / Secretary.

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ACBA Meeting Notes

April 13, 2023

Hello to all,

I think we had a fine meeting last night! Thank you for your participation. I am attaching several files for your review. Here is what you need to know:

1. The rules for the ACBA Photo Contest are attached.

2. I've attached two documents that you can use if you have visitors to your apiary or if you capture swarms or do cutouts. I am NOT an attorney and these forms will not protect you if you are negligent.

3. I mentioned that there is an opportunity to participate in a beekeeping workshop at Appalachian State University on Saturday May 6. Participation is limited to 20 persons and will pay $300. A light breakfast and lunch are included. You must apply by clicking here.

4. If you are seeking a nuc, please let me know. I am aware of multiple persons with nucs available for the Spring.

5. Also, if you need a queens, let me know and I will send you details. We can also go in together and buy queens in bulk to save money on shipping, etc.

6. There are several volunteer opportunities with the education committee. We need you! Contact Kim Pitts if you are available to pitch in.

Best regards,

Wayne Pitts, President

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ACBA April Meeting

April 13, 2023

Hello to all!

Finally, Spring is peeking through and I am so ready for it! I'm looking forward to seeing you all at the Ashe County Beekeepers Association Meeting this week. We'll be meeting on Thursday, April 13 at 6PM at the Asche County Cooperative Extension Office conference room. We have lots to discuss and an interesting presentation to share from Dr. Megan Damico on Probiotics for honey bees. We'll also learn more about festooning - not sure what that is? Come on out and we'll explain. See the attached agenda for more details.

As always, we appreciate donations for door prizes. We'll have pizza and soda beginning at 5:30PM. Also, if you haven't yet paid your 2023 dues, we invite you to find Treasurer David Tanner while you're at the meeting.

See you soon!

Wayne Pitts, President

Ashe County Beekeepers Association

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Beekeeper Training Opportunity

March 31, 2023

HS Greene from Hidden Happiness called to let the Ashe County Beekeepers know that Robert Smith will be offering an advanced beekeeping course to help prepare for the NCBA Journeyman's exam beginning this weekend. As you may know Mr. Smith is on the Master Beekeeper Committee for the NC Beekeepers Association and that he is the one who prepares the study guides and online quizzes.

The class will meet at the Hidden Happiness Bee farm classroom at the following times:

Friday (3/31), 5-8PM

Saturday (4/1), 8AM-noon)

Friday (4/7) , 5-8PM

Saturday (4/8), 8AM-noon)

The cost is $100/person.

Hidden Happiness Bee Farm is located at Chestnut Mountain Rd, Deep Gap, NC 28618.

I'll be there, I hope you will too! Please let me know if you have questions about the event. Also, let me know if you plan to attend.

Happy apiaries,

Wayne Pitts

ACBA President

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May Meeting of the ACBA

May 11, 2023

A message from Wayne Pitts:

Hello to all,

Our next meeting is coming up this week, Thursday May 11 at 6PM at the Ashe County Cooperative Extension Office.

Rickey Roark will be presenting on horizontal hives and asking, “Is a horizontal hive the right choice for you and your bees?” Come here more about how the Roark's entrepreneurship has allowed them to expand into new markets.

We'll have pizza beginning at 5:30PM (please share some $$ to cover expenses). And as always, feel free to bring a dessert or a gift item to donate as door prizes.

Best regards,

Wayne Pitts, President

Ashe County Beekeepers Association

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March Meeting of the ACBA


A message from Wayne Pitts

Hello to all!

I have Spring Fever, though I expect more cold weather and even snow might be in our future. I certainly hope your bees have thrived through the winter. We've had losses but from what I've heard, most beekeepers are reporting solid success at overwintering their colonies.

Our next ACBA meeting will be this Thursday (3/9) at 6PM at the Agricultural Extension Office in Jefferson, behind Bojangles. Notice the time - we meet at 6PM. Also, if you have an item or two to donate for door prize drawings we always appreciate them!

We'll have pizza available at 5:30PM if you want to come a bit early and catch up with fellow beekeepers. We have an exciting agenda planned with Todd and Donna Swanson speaking on two important topics. Please plan to attend!

Best regards,

Wayne Pitts, President

Ashe County Beekeepers Association

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