Interested in Bee School? Check back in the fall for info on bee school 2022.
Join us! Become a Member of MCBA
Become a member of MCBA today for only $5! Join this amazing club and get to know other beekeepers. Click here to learn more about becoming a member.
Who We Are
The Mecklenburg County Beekeepers Association is a group of over 500 admirers of the lovely honeybee. Most of us are hobbyists, with only a few hives. A few of us have several dozen hives, and at least one of our number is a commercial honey producer with thousands of hives. We share an interest in learning more about the bees, sharing our knowledge with others and sometimes a little friendly competition. We meet on the third Thursday of each month. You do not have to be a member to attend our meetings.
Got a Swarm?
Occasionally honeybees are found either outdoors in a swarm (usually hanging around on a tree or bush), or else living in an inconvenient location like your attic or garage. Swarms represent free bees to us, and some of us also remove unwanted bees at low or no cost. If you need assistance in removing a swarm click here for our Swarm List.
How to Extract Honey Using the Club's Equipment
1In order to reserve the club equipment, you must be a member of Mecklenburg County Beekeeper's Association and have paid your dues for the year 2021.
Click here to learn more about becoming a member.
Visit the Members section of the website to reserve the club's equipment.
Need a Beekeeper to speak at your event?
We receive many requests for speakers and we try to fill as many requests as possible. While some beekeepers are retired, most work day jobs and have other responsibilities. Due to the high number of requests and the limited number of beekeepers able to speak in public, we can't speak to every group that asks, but we do our best. Click here to fill out a Speaker Request Form.
Luke Shover (BeeSchool ‘21) passed his NCSBA Certified Beekeeper Written Exam with Mentor Gerry Mack. Nice smoker Luke!
MEETINGS & EVENTS
Our Next Meeting is September 16
Annual Honey Tasting Contest
The honey tasting contest will be held at the November meeting. The contest jars will be available for pickup at the September and October meeting
Just A Reminder; A Great Training Opportunity Close to Home
NCSU is offering an outstanding learning opportunity this October. Called “B.E.E.S. Academy” (Beekeepers Education and Engagement System), this fall’s event will be a 2-day (Saturday/Sunday, October 2-3rd 2021) training session with a blend of lectures and hands-on activities. Taught by NCSU’s David Tarpy and his research staff, you will, among many other things, not only learn what American Foulbrood is but you’ll get to hold and smell infected frames (with nonviable spores, of course).
The October training will be held at the Union County Cooperative Extension Center in Monroe, a short drive down I-85 and Hwy 601, just east of Charlotte. This is an excellent facility – the joint NC/SC Beekeepers’ Conference was held there several years ago.
The ideal participant is someone who has been to beginner bee school or has done equivalent self-study, and has kept bees long enough to know that things like Varroa management are important (even if you, like the rest of us, are not sure what is the best way to accomplish that). If you are working toward your NCSBA MBP Journeyman certification, this fits into that perfectly.
The cost is $175 per person, which covers both days and includes lunch. Compare that to $4,550 per semester at NCSU for basic tuition and fees (roughly $1,138 per class for the same instructors), and this is a great opportunity!
The full agenda and enrollment form are at https://www.ncsuapiculture.net/bees-academy-home. Space is limited so sign up now!