Friday, January 18, 2013

Organic Growers School & February Meeting

Spring is coming, and bringing along with it tons of new opportunities for building on our beekeeping knowledge.

Diane, of Honey Bees and Heather Farm, will make her 30-minute Introduction to Pollinators presentation to the Asheville Tree Commission on Tuesday, January 22 around 12:30 at the Public Works Building (161 South Charlotte Street,  Asheville, NC 28801). (The meeting actually starts at 12:00.) If interested in attending, contact Phyllis Stiles ( for a parking pass.

In addition to many exciting topics, the Organic Growers School in Asheville (Sat & Sun, March 9th & 10th) is featuring two sessions on beekeeping, one of which is hosted by our own shining star Debra Roberts:


Natural Beekeeping for BEEginners 

Debra Roberts & Mary Beth Gwynn CLASS LIMIT= 25

Come explore natural beekeeping, honeybee basics, hive equipment and tools, start-up costs, what “organic” beekeeping really means, and good stewardship practices. Session tailored for BEEginners with very little to no experience. 


The Kenyan Top Bar Hive: Thinking Outside the Box

Tom Knaust

This class will cover best methods for populating a Kenyan top bar hive, managing bees in such a structure, the pros and cons versus a commercial Langstroth hive, and the basics of constructing one yourself.

But why wait until March? We are lucky to host Tom Knaust as a speaker at our February meeting! He will be discussing the best methods of populating a top bar hive, management techniques, and some pros and cons versus Langstroth hives.

Save the Date! To learn even more about top bar hives, be sure to attend Les Crowder's lecture during the weekend of August 3rd and 4th. This event will be hosted by the Center for Honeybee Research, and you can find more information on Les Crowder's website

See you at our next meeting!

7:00 pm on Monday, Feb. 4th at Groce United Methodist Church
at 954 Tunnel Rd in Asheville, NC.
Come early at 6:30 for informal mentoring, conversations about your bees, and an opportunity to talk to other beekeepers.

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