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Montgomery County NC Beekeepers Association

Montgomery County NC Beekeepers Association This is the official page for the Montgomery County Beekeepers Chapter, a member of the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association.

Montgomery County NC Beekeepers meet the third Thursday of each month except July and December at 6:00 pm in the multipurpose room of Montgomery Community College, 1011 Page Street, Troy NC.

Operating as usual

Happy Presidents' Day!According to records at Mount Vernon, George Washington is thought to have been among the first to...
02/21/2022

Happy Presidents' Day!

According to records at Mount Vernon, George Washington is thought to have been among the first to keep his bees in wooden boxes, as opposed to the traditional black gum hives.

In addition to getting honey from his own bees, George Washington is known to have purchased honey, as well as other foodstuffs such as chickens, eggs, vegetables, and fruit,

Charlie Brandt, a White House carpenter for more than two decades, started beekeeping as a hobby, and the Obama White House quickly embraced the idea of making honey on-site to use in White House recipes. Brandt is now the official beekeeper of what is believed to be the first ever beehive on White House grounds. The beehive is located on the South Lawn, and the foraging bees help pollinate the Kitchen Garden.

Please join the Montgomery County NC Beekeepers this Thursday, February 17th at 6 pm to enjoy the fellowship of fellow b...
02/15/2022

Please join the Montgomery County NC Beekeepers this Thursday, February 17th at 6 pm to enjoy the fellowship of fellow beekeepers with a covered dish meal, followed by a presentation by Phillip Uptmor of the Chatham County Beekeepers. Phillip will speak on the volunteers at the North Carolina Zoo's Honey Bee Garden.

The meeting is open to the public and will be at Montgomery Community College in the Multipurpose Room of Building 200. MCC Is at 1011 Page Street, Troy, NC/

Happy Valentine's Day from Montgomery County NC Beekeepers Association!
02/14/2022

Happy Valentine's Day from Montgomery County NC Beekeepers Association!

Time's getting short! It's time to sign up for the best Beekeeping Basics class around! Our club's own Shirley Harris wi...
02/12/2022

Time's getting short! It's time to sign up for the best Beekeeping Basics class around! Our club's own Shirley Harris will lead you through a new or refresher course for all beekeepers.

02/12/2022
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02/03/2022
Following her presentation during the January 2022 meeting, in recognition of her upcoming retirement as an NC Apiary In...
01/22/2022

Following her presentation during the January 2022 meeting, in recognition of her upcoming retirement as an NC Apiary Inspector, Montgomery County Beekeepers Treasurer Anne Partna and President Lisa Doucet present Nancy Ruppert with a lifetime membership to the club. Following that a shopping cart of goodies from the members was given to Nancy in appreciation for all of the hard work and assistance she has given beekeepers across the state. We are pleased that she calls us home and will continue to be a part of our local activities.

01/20/2022
Come on in, plenty of room!

We are on track to meet tonight at 6pm! Please join us to hear NC State Apiary Inspector Nancy Ruppert speak on Hive inspections. We’re back to having covered dishes to snack on! Look forward to seeing you tonight at 6pm.

It’s almost time to hear our very own Nancy Ruppert speak on When, Why and how to do a hive inspection. Please join us t...
01/19/2022

It’s almost time to hear our very own Nancy Ruppert speak on When, Why and how to do a hive inspection. Please join us tomorrow evening at 6pm in the multicultural room, Bldg 200 at MCC. We’re even having covered dishes! And the 50:50, door prizes…will be wonderful to see you there.

Hope you will Bee there, too!
01/16/2022

Hope you will Bee there, too!

This timely advice is shared from our neighbors in Moore County.
01/05/2022

This timely advice is shared from our neighbors in Moore County.

January
*Add pollen supplements, if needed; check amount and location of honey stores, and feed
(2:1 syrup or fondant) if

32° winter weather is returning Monday evening around 9 pm. Bee ready!
01/02/2022

32° winter weather is returning Monday evening around 9 pm. Bee ready!

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Timeline photos
11/28/2021

Timeline photos

09/06/2021

It's time to talk about our many species of blooming goldenrod (Solidago), but before we do that, here is a good look at ragweed vs. goldenrod. Both bloom at the same time but ragweed has green flowers while goldenrod has bright yellow flowers. Ragweed's flowers are full of lightweight pollen that is picked up by the wind, causing allergies. Goldenrod's flowers have pollen that is heavy and carried by insects. They often grow together on roadsides.

07/10/2021

If anyone sends you a picture of a flying insect and asks if it's a honey bee, you can now send them this highly scientific and comprehensive guide to all yellow stripey things.

We had FUN last night, plan to join us in August, we meet the third Thursday of the month 6:00 pm. Photo credit to Jessi...
06/18/2021

We had FUN last night, plan to join us in August, we meet the third Thursday of the month 6:00 pm. Photo credit to Jessica Hamilton.

We had a learning experience about extracting honey at our Bee Meeting!
06/18/2021

We had a learning experience about extracting honey at our Bee Meeting!

Mr. Calvin Terry sharing with us about extracting honey1
06/17/2021

Mr. Calvin Terry sharing with us about extracting honey1

03/10/2021

10 days until Spring! Are you ready?

03/06/2021

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Sugar Bowls??? Just another way to feed your bees.
03/02/2021
Sugar Bowls??? Just another way to feed your bees.

Sugar Bowls??? Just another way to feed your bees.

Flatwoods Bee Farm: March 1, 2021. In this video, I demonstrate yet another way to feed your colonies in late winter.#flatwoodsbeefarm#chemicalfreebeekeeping...

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I hope that events can be postponed instead of canceled, and that the bees continue to be alright. I watched this fantastic documentary online about why bees are going extinct called More Than Honey yesterday, and I learned so much from it! Hives and bees from around the world are shot in incredible detail, so much that it provides the opportunity for viewers to learn a ton about bees that pros might already know. I didn’t know that almonds can’t grow without being pollinated by bees until watching! This documentary is online on filmfestivalflix, which houses a number of different film collections, from Mountain and Adventure Film Festival, to Kino Lorber Film Festival (which More Than Honey is on). As someone who loves nature docs, this site has some awesome, artful and interesting picks
HEADS UP FOLKS.........Hey, just a heads up. I saw spent petals from Tulip Poplar on the ground today. Couldn't see the actual blooms on the tree, but the evidence that they will burst soon is on the ground. I recorded that they leafed out on March 19. From leaf out to bloom should be 20 days (which would be April 7, but we are living in crazy times!!!!!! I'm getting supers on TODAY!!
Are you curious about honey shows? Do you want to learn how to be a more competitive honey show exhibitor? Do you want to how to put together a honey show for your local beekeeping club? Do you just want to learn an exciting and challenging new skill? The Welsh Honey Judge Program can help you with all of these! Welsh Honey Judge training is available at a variety of venues throughout the southeast this year. All of the following events offer training in the Welsh system or method, and all of these programs offer full reciprocity from one to another. Upcoming training events with dates, locations, and links follow: Feb. 29. South Carolina Beekeepers Association Spring Conference. Columbia, SC. Welsh Honey Judge Training and Honey Show (initial training & certification only). This is the first time the Welsh Honey Judge training and certification has been offered in South Carolina! It will be taught by Senior Welsh Honey Judges, Steve Genta and Brutz English. Register here. Mar. 20-21. HONEY Convention. Knoxville, TN. Welsh Honey Judge Training and Honey Show (initial training & certification only). This is the first time the Welsh Honey Judge training and certification has been offered in Tennessee! It will be taught by Senior Welsh Honey Judges, Michael Young MBE, Brutz English, and Marilynn Parker. Register here. May 13-15. Young Harris-UGA Beekeeping Institute. Welsh Honey Judge Training and Honey Show (all certification levels). Come learn and master the craft of judging apicultural produce at the oldest, continuously-run honey judge training and certification program in North America. It will be taught by Senior Welsh Honey Judges Brutz English, Mary Cahill-Roberts, and Marilynn Parker. Register here. Aug. 20-21. Univ. of Florida, Bee College. Gainesville, FL. Honey Judge Training and Honey Show. Program specifics TBA. More information here. Questions about any of these events may be addressed to the following individuals: Regarding Georgia and Tennessee, Brutz English at [email protected] Regarding South Carolina, Steve Genta at [email protected] Regarding Florida, Jennifer Holmes at [email protected]
Again this year I will have extremely high quality 5 frame nucs available for pick up April 4th (weather dependant). They will have a 020 Carolina raised queen, 3+ brood frames and remaining frames will be honey and pollen. Overwintered queens available upon request at no additional charge. $175 each. Please feel free to contact me with your orders or questions. Bulk discounts available. Thanks, Bryan
I just saw a post by someone named Cynthia Hayes Luther on One Man's Junk Montgomery County looking for local honey, in case anyone has some to sell. The post was made Thursday.
Hello. I currently live in Holly Springs. I purchased some property in Montgomery County where I hope to start the next phase of my life. My hope is to raise honey bees and participate in local meetings.
This fall Cindy and I took Shirley Harris' Intermediate Beekeeping Class at MCC. During one of the meetings Shirley gave out samples of "Bee Culture's BEEKeeping Your First Three Years" magazine. Since we are still in our first year of keeping bees, I decided to subscribe. Our first issue arrived yesterday. As I sat down to look through it this evening I found this on page 41:
Thinking about a bee school in the spring? Here are some questions you should ask, and information you need BEFORE you sign up for any bee school.
Just shared this to NC Beekeepers, but wanted to check here and see if any of you have an idea of what type of insect these are. When I first saw them it was just after the hard rain this pm, and they were covering the hive and stand. The bees just walk over them as you can see in the video. I just want to make sure they will not harm my girls. thanks...
Hello, my family and I are building our homestead and we have a love for all things nature and trying to do anything we can to help the environment and endangered species. We've done lots of reading on bees and their importance in our ecosystem (we also home school) and we'd like to offer space on our 4 acres for a bee hive. We dont know anything about keeping bees but would love to offer up a lil piece of our home to help the bees and to also help all our plants to thrive here and we need bees for that. So I was hoping you may be interested or may know of a bee keeper who'd be interested in placing a bee hive here on our property. We're located in Star, however we're technically closer to Robbins NC. Thank you for your time
WOW what an afternoon. Bruce and I are proud of ourselves. This spring being the beginning of our 2nd year of beekeeping, and today we caught our first swarm. The swarm was on a corner fence post near the other three hives. It was bigger than a basketball and has filled up an 8 frame hive box. We had a nuc, but knew when we started it was not going to be big enough. So back to the house and got the 8 frame hive that was to be an extra should we need it. All our hives are 10 frame. After brushing the second box full, using as a funnel, I guess we got the queen. Then I was reminded of the song, "When the Saints Go Marching In. That is what it was like. All the girls just marched right in the hive. So cool to watch. We were thankful for a member of our Montgomery Co Beekeepers Assoc gave us some drawn out comb that bees have used before. That helped entice them to go in, along with spraying the new wax with sugar water. As newbies we do not have any extra comb, or honey stores in comb. That will change. We checked them at dark, all bees are in and the entrance reducer is in and at a minimal opening. We put a pine limb in front of the hive and a couple of twigs of pine at the entrance. The bees will move the entrance pieces, and remember the pine branch and use it for reference as being their new home. We hope we did all correct. We did make a call to our Mentor first and got his advice. We thank Lance Hardin for his advice, and Buck Lewis for supplies given to us that made a big difference we feel. After all is done, I got stung only twice. I had bee suit and gloves on. Bruce, who never wears gloves, had his suit on. My first swipe to get the bees off the post went on Bruce's hand and he got stung 5 or 6 times. Then he put the gloves on. My fault or his? LOL. Thanking the good Lord for success with our first swarm. Believe me, I was praying the entire time. In Jesus name, Thank you. More to do in a day or two. For now. Let all settle. Going to get COLD again and rain. Hope we can keep them from dying. We were taught by March 1, this could happen. Well, that is tomorrow. 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝