Welcome to the Gaston County Beekeepers Association Web Site

The Next Meeting is :

June 28 , 2016

at 7:00 PM

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

Plan to attend !

We will hold an educational session on honey harvesting, labeling requirements for honey and other hive-related products, determining the best price for your products and marketing those products. Hope to see you at our June meeting.

For more information, contact the Cooperative Extension Office at



NCDA&CS Partners with FieldWatch

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced they have joined with 13 other states to partner with FieldWatch, an online mapping service to help prevent crop damage and bee deaths due to pesticide drift. For more information and free access to the program, click here and select DRIFTWATCH at the top of the page.


Gaston County's Youngest Certified Beekeeper

Miss Laylah Hunt recently completed our annual bee school, and successfully passed the NC State Beekeepers Association Test to receive her Certified Beekeepers certificate. She is the youngest certified beekeeper in Gaston County. Click here to see an article and video on the Gaston Gazette's webpage.

A Bug's Day at the Schiele

GCBA members participated in A Bug's Day at the Schiele Museum of Natural History on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Over 970 people came out to learn about insects and spiders, and stop by the GCBA booth to learn about honey bees and pollinators.


A Buzz About Honey

Over 50 people attended the A Buzz About Honey workshop on May 17th at the Lucile Tatum Center. This workshop provided participants with information about honey bees, beekeeping and, of course, local honey. In addition to learning about beekeeping and honey production, workshop attendees learned the nutritional value of honey and how to incorporate honey into a wide variety of recipes. Samples of a variety of local and commercial honeys were available for participants to taste and compare..





Bee Yard


Nuc Orders

Nuc orders were successfully picked up, transported and distributed to Association members. Thanks to everyone who helped out with the pick up of the order and distribution at Allen Thompson's warehouse.


GCBA Annual Bee School Field Day and Picnic

The GCBA Bee School held their final field day and family picnic at Alternative Beverage in Belmont, NC on Saturday, April 30th. Approximately 30 students participated in the field day portion of the event, and had the opportunity to work with experienced beekeepers Allen Thompson and Burton Beasley. In addition, Greg Fariss, our region's NCDA&CS Apiary Inspection Service apiary inspector was on hand to demonstrate proper techniques for monitoring hives for varroa mites and provide advice on treatment strategies. Students learned how to properly light and safely use thier bee smokers. Students learned how to properly inspect hives to identify the different castes of bees, check for worker and drone brood, check for eggs and brood pattern, and observe pollen stores and capped honey. To see photographs from the field day go to the GCBA Annual BBQ album on flickr.

The Gaston County Beekeepers Association would like to thank Mr. Jess Faucette for hosting our final bee school field day and family picnic at his business and apiary, and for giving our students the opportunity to get valuable hands-on experience working with his bees. Alternative Beverage has been supplying brewers and wine makers with supplies and education since 1973. They are located at 1500 River Drive in Belmont, NC. You can contact Alternative Beverage at (800) 365-2739.


2016 Swarm List

The Swarm Removal List for 2016 has been posted. See the link to the right under "Swarm Removal" to access a list of beekeepers who will come out to your home, business, church or school to remove honey bee swarms. Please keep in mind this service is for honey bees only. Beekeepers do not remove yellow jackets, hornets, wasps or other types of bees. If you have questions about these types of insects, contact the NC Cooperative Extension Office at (704) 922-2119 or contact a professional exterminator for removal.


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Club Officers

Allen Thompson

Vice President:

Burton Beasley

Debi Wheeler


Jill Tipton

Jada Runkle

Program Coordinator:


Newsletter Editor:
Debi Wheeler

Web Page Editor:
Jim Burke




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

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