Welcome to the Gaston County Beekeepers Association Web Site

The Next Meeting is :

June 30 , 2015

at 7:00 PM

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

Plan to attend !

Burton Beasley will provide an update on the NC Master Beekeeper Program and their will be additional presentations on honey harvesting.

For more information, contact the Cooperative Extension Office at
704-922-2112

 


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.

Hive Inspection

 

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.

National Strategy to Protect Pollinators and Their Habitat

The White House recently released the National Strategy to Protect Pollinators and Their Habitat, a federal plan to protect all pollinators and restore or enhance 7 million acres of land for pollinators over the next 5 years. If you would like to review the strategy plan, click here.

EPA is taking action to limit the use of certain highly toxic pesticides when crops are in bloom and bees are under contract for pollination services. EPA is also holding a public webinar Tuesday, June 23, 2015 from 3 - 4:30 PM. For more information about what EPA is doing and the webinar click here.

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Club Officers

President:
Allen Thompson

Vice President:

Burton Beasley

Secretary:
Debi Wheeler

Treasurer:

Dan Turner

Program Coordinator:

Tamela Bell

Newsletter Editor:
Debi Wheeler

Web Page Editor:
Jim Burke

SWARM REMOVAL

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

Swarm in Tree

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