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Forsyth County Beekeepers Association

Upcoming events

    • 02/01/2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 04/04/2020
    • 12:00 PM
    • Forsyth County Cooperative Extension Center 1450 Fairchild Rd. Winston-Salem, NC 27105
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    Forsyth County Beekeepers Association's 2020 Bee School

    Note: After you have reviewed the Bee School details below and want to register scroll to the bottom of the page and you will see an orange registration button at the bottom left that you will click to register for the class.

    This school is designed to provide you with the text book, presentations, demonstrations, mentor, class instruction and practical experience you will need to become a certified beekeeper.  You will be assigned a mentor who can assist you during and after school.  This is a 5 Saturday class room course 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.

    The classroom portion will meet from 9 am to 12 noon at the Forsyth County Cooperative Extension Center.  The course will be instructed by experienced Beekeepers from our Association.  


     Date  Subject  Instructor
    Saturday 1
    Feb 1
    Introduction; Mentors, And Purchasing Hives, Equipment, Bees  
    Saturday 2
    Feb 15
    Honey Bee Biology
    Saturday 3
    Feb 22
    Examining Colonies and Spring Management
    Saturday 4
    Mar 7
    Bee Stings; Summer, Fall, and Winter Management
    Saturday 5 Mar 14 Queen Rearing, Diseases, Predators and Pesticides Marterre
    Saturday 6 Mar 21

    Additional Class for Inclement Weather



    Practical Exam - Hands on in your Mentors Bee Yard.  Must be completed prior to taking the exam weather permitting.
    Assigned Mentor
    Saturday Final Exam
    April 4
     2:00 pm @ Extension Building, just before the April Meeting take the NCSBA Certified Written Exam (optional)


    Annual FCBA membership is required @ $10.  The cost of the course is $60 per person which covers the cost of books and helps fund our association's mission to promote good beekeeping practices and continuing education for interested beekeepers.  If a family wants to share books, additional non textbook registrations are available for $40 per additional family member.  Registration is requested before 1/23/2020 or a $10 Late Registration fee will be charged.  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. 

    • 03/07/2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 1450 Fairchild Rd. Winston-Salem, NC 27105

    Forsyth County Beekeepers Association March MeetingThe Forsyth County Cooperative Extension Building

    Potluck Dinner: 5:30 pm
    Presentation: 6:15 pm
    Meeting: 7:15 pm 

    Speaker:  Joel Hausser, TN Bee Inspector.  Previously in CA, he worked on an early almond - wildflower project, and once was in a partnership with 800 hives for pollination.

    Topic:  "Hive Beetle Control"

    We are fortunate to have Joel, whom some of you may remember as a speaker if you attended the 2019 NCSBA Summer Meeting in Hickory, NC, to speak with us on his findings for small hive beetle control in and around our hives.  In addition to varroa mites and pollination needs, small hive beetles are a problem in beekeeping that we must be prepared to handle.  Please join us to find out what works, and what doesn't, in controlling this beetle.

Past events

02/01/2020 February 2020 FCBA Meeting - George McAllister on "Increasing Honey Production using Queen Castles"
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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