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Forsyth County Beekeepers Association

Upcoming events

    • 08/15/2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Fourth of July Park, 702 W. Mountain St. Kernersville, NC 27284

    CANCELLED - FCBA at the Kernersville Honeybee Festival at the Fourth of July Park on W. Mountain Street in Kernersville - This event has been cancelled for 2020 by the Town of Kernersville due to COVID-19 restrictions.  Usually we have honey sales, observation hives, and the opportunity to educate the public about our honey bees.  We hope to see you there next year!

    • 09/05/2020
    • (EDT)
    • 09/06/2020
    • (EDT)
    • 6 sessions
    • 2780 Woosley Road, Pfafftown, NC 27040
    • 20

    Forsyth County Beekeepers Association September MeetingWoosley Farm, 2780 Woosley Road, Pfafftown, NC 27040

    You should not attend if you have symptoms of, a positive test for, or were recently exposed (within 14 days) to COVID-19.  Please do not attend if you are unwilling or unable to wear a mask (Woosley Farm requirement).  Advanced registration is required.  Membership is required for ALL attendees.  Registration will be opened for each session approximately 3 weeks before the event (around Aug 15).  Please do not sign up for more than one session.  We are doing the best we can to follow all guidelines and to allow the maximum number of members to see Michael, so we plan to video one session to allow members who cannot attend in person to enjoy Michael's wisdom at a later time.  


    Michael Bush is one of the leading proponents of treatment free beekeeping.  He has had an eclectic set of careers from printing and graphic arts to construction to computer programming and a few more in between.  Currently he is working in computers.  He has been keeping bees since the mid 70's, usually from two to seven hives up until the year 2000.  Varroa forced more experimentation which required more hives, and the number has grown steadily over the years from then.  By 2008 it was about 200 hives.  He is active on many of the Beekeeping forums with last count at about 50,000 posts between all of them.  He has a website on beekeeping at www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm.  Come hear Michael speak about preparing  bees for the winter.  There will be a chance to purchase (cash or checks) his books, also.  Prices (cash and check) are as follows:  

    Beekeeping Naturally:  A Simple Recipe - Michael Bush - $20

    The Practical Beekeeper:  Beekeeping Naturally - Michael Bush - $50

    Huber's New Observations Upon Bees, The Complete Volumes 1 & 2 - Francis Huber (translated by C.P. Dadant) - $50

    Biological Beekeeping:  The Way Back - Ed & Dee Lusby - $55

    • 10/03/2020
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom Meeting

    Forsyth County Beekeepers Association October MeetingOnline Zoom Meeting

    Zoom Meeting:  6:00 pm

    Speaker:  Dr. Esmaeil Amiri, UNCG

     Topic: "Honey Bee Queen and Viruses:  Transmission Routes and Infection Consequences"


    The honey bee queen is the central hub of a colony to produce eggs and release pheromones to maintain social cohesion. Among many environmental stresses, viruses are a major concern to compromise the queen’s health and reproductive vigor. Over 30 viruses have been discovered from honey bees, which have evolved numerous strategies to infect queens either via vertical transmission from the queens’ parents or horizontally through the worker and drones with which she is in contact during development, while mating, and in the reproductive period in the colony. In his talk, Dr Amiri will discuss multiple transmission routes that viruses use to infect the queen and also the pathogenicity and direct impact of viruses on the queen’s phenotype.  Keeping our bees healthy and reducing virus transmission is important to all of us, so please join us to find out how!

Past events

08/01/2020 August 2020 FCBA Zoom Online Meeting - Ryan Harrison "Mosquito Control and Bees." Frank's Perennial Border Tour has been rescheduled!
07/11/2020 FCBA - Feed the Bees Program
06/06/2020 June 2020 FCBA Online Meeting - "Ask a Beekeeper" Panel
05/02/2020 May 2020 FCBA Meeting is Cancelled - But Check out the videos
04/25/2020 Piedmont Environmental Alliance Earth Day Fair
04/04/2020 April 2020 FCBA Meeting - CANCELLED
03/07/2020 March 2020 FCBA Meeting - Joel Hausser on "Hive Beetle Control"
02/01/2020 February 2020 FCBA Meeting - George McAllister on "Increasing Honey Production using Queen Castles"
02/01/2020 2020 FCBA Bee School
12/07/2019 December 2019 FCBA Meeting - Annual Christmas Gathering
11/13/2019 November 13, 2019, Showing of "The Pollinators"
11/02/2019 November 2019 FCBA Meeting - Gregory Fariss Helping Your Bees Through the Winter
10/05/2019 October 2019 FCBA Meeting - John Pledger "New Beekeeping Supply Items"
09/14/2019 FCBA at the NC's Big Pour 2019 Festival - Tanglewood Park
09/07/2019 September 2019 FCBA Meeting Josh Williams Pollinator Buffet and Honey Contest
08/17/2019 FCBA at the 2019 Kernersville Honeybee Festival - Fourth of July Park
08/03/2019 August 2019 FCBA Meeting - Speaker Darryl Gabritsch "Honey Bees and Plant Toxicity"
06/22/2019 FCBA at the 2019 Winston-Salem Pollinator Party - WS Fairgrounds
06/01/2019 June 2019 FCBA Meeting - Speaker Kathy Culver Bee Teas
05/04/2019 May 2019 FCBA Meeting - Ask a Beekeeper with Keith Arnott, Heath Wind, Darrell Hampton and David Link
04/27/2019 Kernersville Earth Day Fair
04/13/2019 Piedmont Environmental Alliance Earth Day Fair
04/06/2019 April 2019 FCBA Meeting - Speaker Kaira Wagoner Varroa and hygenic behavior Also Annual Pound Cake Challenge
03/02/2019 March 2019 FCBA Meeting - Speaker Katie Davis Native Plants for bees
02/02/2019 February 2019 FCBA Meeting - Speaker Don Hopkins
02/02/2019 2019 FCBA Bee School
12/01/2018 December 1, 2018 FCBA Meeting -Annual Christmas Gathering
11/03/2018 November 2018 FCBA Meeting - Speaker Joe Milone
10/06/2018 October 2018 FCBA Meeting Speaker - Volker Bornemann
09/29/2018 FCBA at the Black Walnut Festival - Historic Bethania
09/01/2018 James Wilkes on Hives Tracks Honey Contest
08/18/2018 FCBA at the Kernersville Honeybee Festival - Fourth of July Park
08/04/2018 August 2018 FCBA Meeting - Speaker Phyllis Smith "The Journey to Master Beekeeping"
06/02/2018 June 2, 2018 FCBA Meeting - Speaker Dr. Jennifer Tsuruda
05/05/2018 May 5, 2018 FCBA Meeting - Speaker Ryan Davis
04/07/2018 April 2018 FCBA Meeting - Speaker Sam Comfort Also Annual Pound Cake Challenge
03/03/2018 March 2018 FCBA Meeting - Speaker Virginia Webb
02/03/2018 February 2018 FCBA Meeting - Speaker Jennifer Keller
02/03/2018 2018 FCBA Bee School
12/02/2017 December 2017 FCBA Meeting - Christmas Potluck with Music
11/04/2017 November 2017 FCBA Meeting - Speaker Don Hopkins
10/07/2017 October 2017 FCBA Meeting - Speaker Robert Jacobs
09/02/2017 September 2017 FCBA Meeting - Erin McDermott Genetics Technician
08/05/2017 August 2017 FCBA Meeting - Speaker Allison Bowling
07/13/2017 2017 NCSB Summer Meeting 100th Birthday
06/03/2017 June 2017 FCBA Meeting - Speaker Greg Farris
05/06/2017 May 2017 FCBA Meeting - Speaker James Withrow, PhD candidate from NCSU
04/22/2017 FCBA Booth @ Piedmont Environmental Earth Day - Dixie Classic Fairgrounds
04/01/2017 April 2017 FCBA Meeting - Speaker Patrick Jones
03/04/2017 March 2017 FCBA Meeting - Speaker Ryan Harrison
02/18/2017 2017 Bee School
02/04/2017 February 2017 FCBA Meeting - Speaker Keith Arnott
12/03/2016 December FCBA Meeting
11/05/2016 November FCBA Meeting - Speaker Nancy Rupert
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