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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
In 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 2020.
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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.
MEETINGS & EVENTS
Getting ready for Spring March Meeting because of the NCSBA Webinar on March 25 (our regular meeting night) we are moving the Meckbees monthly meeting to Wednesday, March 24.
Please mark your calendar. We are having panel discussion on the pro's and con's of managing bees in single deep hives verses double deep hives. Our guest speakers will be Jeff Hinson of Stanley County and Daniel Smith of Cleveland County. Jeff manages his bees in single deep hives and is very knowledgeable on this form of beekeeping. Daniel has managed bees in both singles and double deeps and can offer his opinion on both. Also Nancy Ruppert one of the Apiary Inspectors will be commenting on her observations about both types of beekeeping.
A link will be sent out at a later date.
This is the first of three Webinars put on by the NCSBA. Mark your calendars for March 18th, 25th and April 1st.
(Access information will be provided closer to the event date)
March 18th, 2021: 7pm-9pm ET
Sam Comfort: Anarchy Apiaries
Topic: The Good, the Bad, and the Bugly: recent efforts to simplify a complex bee world.
After winning 6 hives in a poker game, Sam Comfort worked for several years in commercial beekeeping across America. He started Anarchy Apiaries in 2005 to explore permaculture ideas of low input natural cycles. He breeds queen from hardy survivors, experiments with splitting techniques, and messes around with hive designs. So the mission is to 1) make more beehives than there are televisions, and 2) have a good time, all the time (with bees). Anarchy Apiaries runs around 1000 hives that split seasonally into around 2000 mating nucs with no treatments, minimal feeding, and do-it-yourself hive boxes in New York and Florida and spots in between. Through teaching independent, biological beekeeping, he hopes to make it more affordable, approachable, and enjoyable; thus, bring the means of production back to the beekeeper.