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Club to host NCSBA Summer Conference

The 2015 North Carolina State Beekeepers Association Summer Conference will be held at the beautiful Lake Junaluska Conference Center here in Haywood County this July 9th, 10th, and 11th.  HCBees is honored to have been chosen to host the event.  The club is seeking up to 30 volunteers to help make the event successful.  Please contact club President Brother Allen Blanton to let him know if and when you can volunteer.  Send him an email through the Contact Us link above.

Advanced registration for the conference is $35 for a NCSBA member and is due to the NCSBA by midnight, June 20th.   2015-Summer-ADVANCE-REGISTRATION FORM. 

For information about the conference posted by the NCSBA, click here.

2015 Intermediate Beekeeping School


The Haywood County Beekeeping Club will offer an Intermediate Beekeeping School on Saturday, April 11th at the Haywood County Extension Center.  The day long session will be led by master beekeeper Mel Disselkoen of Michigan.  He will present his OTS (On the Spot) Queen Rearing System.  The session costs $25 and is now open for enrollment to all interested beekeepers as space allows.  To register, email Brother Allen at  Please also click the bee school tab above and select, print, and mail the application to HCBC PO Box 1391, Clyde, NC 28721.  Thank you.

Hive Inspection Request

The NC Cooperative Extension Office in Waynesville is now taking requests for hive inspections of Haywood County hives.  Inspections will take place in April.  Please submit a hive inspection request form to Dr. Bill Skelton at the Extension Office by March 26th. You can find the form on the Resources link above.

Are we ready for winter?


As I write this post the temperature is 18 degrees and it is not even winter yet.  I can only pray that my bees have situated themselves close to some honey that they can stay warm through these few cold days.  Hopefully all of our beekeepers have done there job to get our bees ready for winter. If you feel like that your hive is not ready you may have to help the bees along to save your hive from starvation.  Other than feeding there are a few pointers that will help your hive through this winter…

1.    Keep a check the weight of your hive (45 to 60 pounds of honey should be available)
2.    Check the entrance to see if there is any blockage. (if there is any blockage remove any dead bees or any other debris)
3.    Ventilation should be made for the hive to keep moisture at a bare minimum.  Hives need to be dry.  (I usually keep an empty queen cage at the back and underneath the telescoping lid.)
4.    Place an order for new bees or queens as well as new equipment that you may need.
5.    And of course make plans to attend our monthly meeting, which is the first Tuesday night of the month at the Extension office in Waynesville, NC.
We would like to invite you to our meeting in December.  This will be annual social gathering with everyone bringing a covered disk to share.  We would like to have a Cake auction to raise money for our bee club.   Hope to see you at our meeting.

December Meeting

Our December meeting will be on the 2nd at 7pm. This will be our annual social gathering with everyone bringing a cover dish to share.

Would you consider bringing a cake or pie to be auction off for our fund raising event? These funds will help offset some expenses for the upcoming events in 2015.

It is time to renew our membership and may I encourage you to join our state association.  The membership for NCSBA is $15. Our club fee is $10.  The membership form is located in the link “about hcbees”

Haywood County has been chosen to host the 2015 NCSBA SUMMER MEETING.

The NCSBA Spring meeting will be held in conjunction with South Carolina on February 5-7 in Monroe, NC

This is going to be an exciting year for Haywood County Beekeepers.

May your BEES still be buzzing,     See you soon, Brother Allen