Blue Ridge Bee Supply

About Hexagons & Lexicons

The Hexagons & Lexicons program was our Apprentice/Mentor program at BRBS. It was started in 2015 and we were very successful and enlisted over a dozen young ladies and gents who expressed interest in becoming an apprentice beekeeper with a mentor. The program was mutually beneficial to both apprentice and mentor. We strongly felt that it would be very successful at increasing participation in beekeeping, providing sound “hands-on” education for new beekeepers and provide a much needed “helping hand” to veteran beekeepers who often find themselves struggling to keep up with their bees and equipment.

We ran the program for about 2 years until our young beekeepers decided there were more interesting things to do. We are proud of the work we did and hope that we started something good for our young beekeepers.

We appreciate our speakers and mentors!

Our Hexagons & Lexicons program supports beekeeping training

Thanks, once again, to Ron and his staff at Omega Printing in Hillsville, Va for our newest batch of shirts!

These shirts are given to our guest speakers and mentors that participate in our Hexagons & Lexicons Program.

This program is the combination of our monthly workshop, our apprentice course, and our community outreach activities. These shirts are a small token of thanks everyone who volunteers their time and experience to make our program a continued success!

BRBS Hosts Cub Scout Pack 538

As part of our Hexagons & Lexicons Program, BRBS was proud to host Cub Scout Pack 538 Saturday. After a hotdog lunch, Davie Simpson of Faith Apiary gave a presentation on everything about honey bees–from the castes and their jobs to pollination and pesticides. Then everyone visited the activity tables to extract honey, process bees wax, and make up honey straws. Checking out our observation hive and our hives on the yard was also squeezed in. The Cubs were very well behaved, and already possessed a vast amount of honey bee knowledge, on top of being a pleasure to have as guests. Thank to all of our staff and volunteers, Danny at Robby’s Sales for the dog tags, and to pack 538 for making it a great day! We hope you enjoy your honey straws, candles, and dog tags!

BRBS goes to school!

We spent the day in the Agriculture Dept at North Surry High School promoting beekeeping with Mr Culler and his students, along with several other classes and faculty. We thoroughly enjoyed the time and experience. All of the faculty and students were gracious hosts and we look forward to doing it again in the future.

While we were discussing honeybees and beekeeping with the Ag students at North Surry Monday, we took the opportunity to promote our Apprentice/Mentor program at BRBS. We were very successful and enlisted over a dozen young ladies and gents who expressed interest in becoming an apprentice beekeeper with a mentor. Anyone interested in becoming a mentor and taking on an apprentice please contact us. We have devised a program that is mutually beneficial to both parties. We strongly feel that it will be very successful at increasing participation in beekeeping, providing sound “hands-on”education for new beekeepers and provide a much needed “helping hand” to veteran beekeepers who often find themselves struggling to keep up with their bees and equipment. We look forward to your feedback on this matter, and hopefully participation in the program. Thanks for your support and happy beekeeping!