Welcome to the Gaston County Beekeepers Association Web Site

The Next Meeting is :

April 28 , 2015

at 7:00 PM

and will be at the
Gaston County
Citizens Resource Center
1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy.
Dallas, NC

Plan to attend !

Mr. Mark Elders will be speaking on spring hive management

For more information, contact the Cooperative Extension Office at


NC State University's Apiculture Program has three missions: Extension - providing information, advice, and other outreach services to help all beekeepers; Research - using the scientific method to test hypotheses about honey bee biology and ways to help improve bee management; and Instruction - teaching and disseminating knowledge about honey bees and apiculture through formal classes and academic training. You can visit the program's website here.

Click here to access the latest issue of the Apiculture Program's newsletter - Wolfpack's Waggle.


NCDA&CS Working to Increase Pollinators Statewide

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is working in several areas to increase pollinator numbers. Click here to see the article in the February 2015 issue of NC Agricultural Review

For more information on Apimondia, see there website at
Apimondia - International Federation of Beekeepers' Associations

For more information about the U.S. bid to host Apimondia, see
Apimondia USA 2019

Hive Inspection


Plan to Attend the Gaston County Beekeepers 2015 Bee School Field Day and Family Picnic

GCBA members and 2015 Bee School students are invited to attend our annual field day and family picnic next Saturday, April 25, 2015, in the park across from Alternative Beverage, 1500 River Drive, Belmont, NC 28012. The field day will begin at 9 AM with lunch following around noon.

The field day gives bee school students the opportunity to get hands on experience inspecting hives in a working apiary, and those students who wish to can complete the practical test for the Certified Beekeeper Certificate through the NC Master Beekeeper Program.

If you would like to attend, please call Tamela Bell at (980) 329-6705 by Monday morning, April 20, 2015, to RSVP with your name and the number of people attending with you.

Queen Rearing Workshop

GCBA is holding another queen rearing workshop on Saturday,
May 16, 2015, from 8 AM - 4 PM in Kannapolis, NC. Mr. Bryan Fisher will be teaching the workshop. Bryan is a fourth generation beekeeper and past president of the Cabarrus County Beekeepers. You'll learn the basics of raising your own queens, and get hands-on experience with queen rearing techniques.

Cost of the workshop is $75. We have limited spaces available, so register early. To register, and for more details, contact Tamela Bell at (980) 329-6705.


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Club Officers

Allen Thompson

Vice President:

Burton Beasley

Debi Wheeler


Dan Turner

Program Coordinator:

Tamela Bell

Newsletter Editor:
Debi Wheeler

Web Page Editor:
Jim Burke


Click here to go to our 2015 list of beekeepers who will remove honey bee swarms from your property.

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