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    • 02/04/2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 04/01/2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Online via Zoom Meeting and In Person Classes
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    Forsyth County Beekeepers Association's 2022 Bee School

    The FCBA Bee School is designed to provide you the skills and knowledge you will need to become a certified beekeeper, through presentations, demonstrations, mentors, class instruction and practical experience.

    You will be assigned a mentor who can assist you.  This will be a combination of in person and virtual class over the course of 5 Saturdays that will culminate with a practical hands on examination of your new beekeeping skills.  You will also have the opportunity to take the NCSBA Certified Beekeeping Written Exam.

    A good reference guide to the material we will be teaching can be found in the following book which you can purchase here on Amazon if you so choose.

    A meeting link for the on line portion will be provided via email after you have registered for the class within a week before class starts as well as a confirmation of the first in person meeting location, we are planning for that to be at the Extension Office where we hold our regular club meetings.  The course will be instructed by experienced Beekeepers from our Association.  


     Date  Subject  Instructor
    1st Saturday
    Feb 4
    Introduction; Mentors, And Purchasing Hives, Equipment, Bees  - (In Person - Ext. Office)
    Larry Audet
    2nd Saturday
    Feb 11
    Honey Bee Biology and Bee Stings - (On Line Meeting) Sara Devine
    3rd Saturday
    Feb 18
    Examining Colonies and Spring Mgmt. - (On Line Meeting) Berl Childers
    4th Saturday
    Feb 25
    Summer, Fall, and Winter Mgmt.  - (On Line Meeting) Alicia McDuffee
    5th Saturday Mar 4
    Diseases, Predators and Pesticides - (On Line Meeting) Wayne Spoo
    Mar. 11
    Demo Day ( In Person - Ext. Office)

     Mar 18  

    Bee yard day with practical (In Person)


    Mar 25

    Bee yard day with practical (if needed) (In Person)
    April 1
     State Exam - location- Ext. Office (In Person)
    Larry Audet


    An Annual FCBA membership is required @ $10. 

    The cost of the course is $70 per person. Registration covers the cost to host the virtual meeting, in person facilities with refreshments when required, one year of access to the online digital material including slide decks and class recordings, plus a FCBA tee shirt as well as help fund our association's mission to promote good beekeeping practices and continuing education for interested beekeepers. 

    Registration is open through 1/14/23.  Seats are limited and Registration will close once our seat limit is full.  If the class fills you can add yourself to the waiting list but there is no guarantee you will get in. 

    • 02/04/2023
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 1450 Fairchild Rd. Winston-Salem, NC 27106

    FCBA February Meeting

    Hygienic Bees

    Happy New Year and Welcome everyone!  Dr. Kaira Wagoner will be our featured speaker this month.  She will be covering Hygenic Bees, the development of a novel pheromone-based to tool to improve honey bee Varroa and disease resistance, as well as the potential effects of wire stabilizers on honey bee health. This article features on her work from the UNCG research magazine: https://researchmagazine.uncg.edu/spring-2023/part-of-the-hive/bee-business/ 

    Come join us for food, honeybee stories, and learn something new!  We hope to see you there!

    Please click here to sign up for the Potluck


    Kaira Wagoner is graduate of Guilford College, earned her masters and doctorate degrees from the University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG), and served five years as a post-doctoral fellow in the UNCG social insect lab. Dr. Wagoner currently serves as a Research Scientist, splitting her time between UNCG and Optera, a Greensboro-based start-up focused on improving honey bee health that was co-founded by Dr. Wagoner in 2020. Dr. Wagoner’s research focuses on honey bee pests and diseases, particularly as they relate to the immune mechanism hygienic behavior, the ability of adult honey bees to detect and remove unhealthy brood from the hive. Dr. Wagoner is currently using natural honey bee stress signals to develop novel tools to facilitate apiary management and improve selection of disease and pest-resistant honey bees. When not in the lab or apiary, Dr. Wagoner enjoys traveling, playing games, and spending time in the great outdoors with her husband and two nature-loving boys.

Past events

12/02/2022 '22 FCBA Christmas Party
11/05/2022 Honey & Bee Business Marketing Success
10/01/2022 FCBA '22 October Meeting Bee Pheromones
09/03/2022 FCBA Sept. '22 Increase & 5-Frame Resource Hives
08/20/2022 Kernersville Honeybee Festival
08/06/2022 FCBA August '22 Making Splits
05/07/2022 May '22 FCBA meeting- Varroa Mite Treatment Options
04/23/2022 Piedmont Environmental Alliance Earth Day Fair
04/02/2022 April '22 FCBA Meeting - "Ask a Beekeeper" Panel
03/05/2022 March '22 FCBA Meeting- Backyard Queen Rearing
02/05/2022 February '22 FCBA meeting- Ninja Wars: Death by a Thousand Cuts (how viruses are secretly killing your bees)
12/04/2021 December 2021 FCBA Meeting - Annual Christmas Gathering
11/06/2021 November 2021 FCBA Meeting - Libby Mack "How to Stop Buying Bees"
10/02/2021 October 2021 FCBA Meeting - Doug Vinson "Overwintering in Small Boxes"
10/02/2021 FCBA - Final Feed the Bees Program 2021
09/25/2021 FCBA - Second Feed the Bees Program 2021
09/18/2021 FCBA - Feed the Bees Program 2021
09/04/2021 September 2021 FCBA Meeting - Bridget Gross "Non-Chemical Beekeeping"
08/21/2021 2021 Kernersville Honeybee Festival - Aug 21, 2021
08/07/2021 August 2021 FCBA In-Person Meeting - "Feeding through the Seasons" Bryan Fisher
06/05/2021 June 2021 FCBA Zoom Meeting - "Ask a Beekeeper" Panel
05/01/2021 May 2021 FCBA Tour Frank's Perennial Border
04/03/2021 April 2021 FCBA Meeting - Ben Starr "Home Mead Making Demo"
03/06/2021 March 2021 FCBA Meeting - Rebekah Gunn "The Veterinarian's Role in Beekeeping"
02/06/2021 February 2021 FCBA Meeting - Alison McAfee "Sperm Viability in Queen Bees"
12/05/2020 December 2020 FCBA Meeting - Kamon Reynolds Sustainability and Growing Your Bee Yard
11/07/2020 November 2020 FCBA Meeting - Jennifer Berry "Oxalic Acid Sublimation"
10/03/2020 October 2020 FCBA Meeting - Esmaeil Amiri "Honey Bee Queen and Viruses"
09/19/2020 Linden Tree Sale
09/12/2020 FCBA - Final Feed the Bees Program
09/06/2020 September 2020 FCBA Meeting Session 6 - Michael Bush! "Winterizing Bees"
09/06/2020 September 2020 FCBA Meeting Session 5 - Michael Bush! "Winterizing Bees"
09/05/2020 September 2020 FCBA Meeting Session 4 - Michael Bush! "Winterizing Bees"
09/05/2020 September 2020 FCBA Meeting Session 3 - Michael Bush! "Winterizing Bees"
09/05/2020 September 2020 FCBA Meeting Session 2 - Michael Bush! "Winterizing Bees"
09/05/2020 September 2020 FCBA Meeting Session 1 - Michael Bush! "Winterizing Bees"
08/22/2020 FCBA - Third Feed the Bees Program
08/15/2020 2020 Kernersville Honeybee Festival - Cancelled
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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