Next Meeting: February 9th, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Extension Office, Dobson
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Organic Beekeeping 101 + Honey Tasting
February 9th, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Surry County Cooperative Extension Office,  Office, 210 N Main St, Dobson, NC 27017 [ map ]

We will be viewing the DVD from the NCSBA Library entitled “Organic Beekeeping 101″ by Randy Sue Collins.  The DVD covers not just organic beekeeping, but topics that provide a good overview for any beekeeper.  If you are already an experienced beekeeper, this DVD is a great way to educate your family and friends who want to know more about beekeeping.  Professionally filmed footage in a step-by-step format enables the new beekeeper to easily understand and implement the organic principles as they establish their own hives.

We will also be sampling some different kinds of honey.  If you would like to include your honey in the tasting – please bring some with you.  If you have buckwheat honey, please, please bring some for us to taste!  Tasting spoons will be provided.

Don't forget!  If you have time before the meeting, meet us at The Lantern Restaurant, 2 doors down from the Extension Center, for dinner starting around 5:45 pm.
Bee School 2015
Bee school for 2015 is on!  At last count we had 43 registered so this should be a great turnout!
  • The bee school will include 8 hours of instruction, broken up into 2 Saturday sessions - February 28th & March 7th from 9 am - 1 pm.
  • A final instructional session on pests, diseases, and treatment will be held at our regular meeting on March 9th from 7 pm - 9 pm and will be conducted by Apiary Inspector Greg Fariss.
  • A special hands-on field day will be held on a Saturday following the conclusion of bee school.  Tentative date is March 14.
  • You do not have to be a member to attend
  • $35/individual includes instruction, handouts, book
  • Additional family member over the age of 16:  $15 without book
  • Young people 16 or younger:  free with registered adult
  • Additional book:  $10 while available
  • Please pay at the first class – cash or check made payable to Surry County Beekeepers
  • Please arrive by 8:30 am on February 28th to check in
Active members of Surry County Beekeepers who have attended or helped with the bee school in past years are welcome to attend for free. 

If you'd like to share our flyer with friends and family, you may download and print it here:

Updates will be available on the website ( and on our Facebook page (Surry County Beekeepers).  If you'd like to be added to our email list with updates regarding Bee School 2015, please send an email to
Upcoming Meetings

March 9, 2015
Final Day of Bee School – Pests, Diseases, and Treatment Methods – Greg Fariss, NC Apiary Inspector
7:00 - 9:00 pm, Dobson, NC
Location to be announced

April 13, 2015
Summer Splits: Timing and Techniques for Mite Load Reduction – Dr. Doug Vinson

Surry County Extension Office, Dobson
7:00 - 9:00 pm
[ details of meeting ]

Coming attractions (being scheduled):
Queen Rearing with Tony Benge

We're working on the program schedule for the year, so if there are topics you would like us to cover, please email our program manager at
Free Nosema Training from NCSBA Mountain Regional Directors
The North Carolina State Beekeepers Association  (NCBSA) Regional Directors for the Mountain Region will be conducting training to identify Nosema in your honeybees on March 14th, 2015 in Marion, NC.

[ details of training ]
Bees for Sale
Tim Holt attended the November SCBA meeting and announced that he will be selling bees in the spring.  Tim is one of the largest commercial beekeepers in NC with over 6000 hives.  It was suggested that the Surry Beekeepers put in an order together to make deliver easier.  To learn more about this opportunity and get on the list, go to our website at and click on the link for "Bees for Sale."

Also selling nucs are Ann & Tony Benge who have supported (and continue to support) the Surry Beekeepers by donating bees or equipment for Bee School and also making presentations on queen rearing.  5 frame nucs with a mated queen are available from Ann & Tony for $125.  Call early to make sure you can get on their list:  336-874-2260.
Pay Your Dues
If you haven't paid your annual dues and are not sure when you'll get to a meeting to renew, you can also send a check for $20 made out to Surry County Beekeepers to our Treasurer, Lisa Royal at 131 Farmers Lane, State Road, NC 28676.
Like Us on FaceBook!
One of the easy ways you can help us grow our membership is to visit our FaceBook page and like us.  When you do that, your contacts will see our page as well and as our page views grow, interest will as well.  We're been posting pictures and links to interesting articles on our FaceBook page.  Check it out and add your comments.
2015 Officers
President, Albert Cockerham – (336) 786-4085
Vice President, Bob King – (336) 719-2250
Treasurer, Lisa Royal – (336) 468-7988
Secretary, Amy Moyle – (512) 296-8298
Program Director, Eugene Brown – (276) 251-1402
Director/Advisor, Paul Madren – (336) 648-2828
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