Welcome to the Gaston County Beekeepers Association Web Site

The Next Meeting is :

July 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 !

Gary Whitley will provide a presentation on fall hive management and overwintering.

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

2nd Annual
Honey Contest

GCBA is holding their 2nd annual honey contest at their September meeting on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. Click here for more information.

Honey bears


Plan to Attend the Gaston County Beekeepers Honey Harvesting Workshop

GCBA members and 2015 Bee School students are invited to attend a honey harvesting workshop on July 18, 2015 at 9 AM. The workshop will begin at Burton Beasley's bee yard at 601 Summey Farm Dr., Dallas, NC 28034. Participants will get hands on experience with techniques for removing supers from the hives. Following super removal, the workshop will move to Allen Thompson's warehouse at 111 Robinson Park Dr., Bessemer City, NC 28016. Participants will learn methods for extracting honey from the super frames, bottling the honey and preparing it for sale. More details will be available at our June meeting.

If you would like to attend, please call Tamela Bell at (980) 329-6705 by Monday morning, July 13, 2015, to RSVP.

Oxalic Acid Dihydrate Approved for Varroa Mite Treatment in North Carolina

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Pesticide Section has approved oxalic acid dihydrate for use in the treatment of varroa mites in bee hives in North Carolina. To review the approval documentation, visit the Pesticide Section's Pesticide Registrations database here. Please note that oxalic acid purchased for varroa mite treatment must be labeled with the appropriate pesticide labeling and display the EPA Registration Number 91266-1-73291. Remember, as with any pesticide, the label is the law. You must store, handle and apply the pesticide in accordance with the label instructions.


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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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