Blue Ridge Bee Supply

BRBS Workshop November 2015: Top Bar Beekeeping & Overwintering Hives

BRBS’s 2nd Practical Beekeeping Workshop was held on November 7th. And once again, the weather is prevented us from getting into our hives. However, Ms Elise Clark educated us on top bar hive beekeeping practices, and Mr Carroll Hill, our own mentor, went over the proper over-wintering techniques. Both Mr Hill and Ms Clark are veteran beekeepers and we were very fortunate to have them.

BRBS would like to thank Ms Clarke and Mr Hill, as well as everyone who attended our Practical Beekeeping Workshop today. Its a real privilege to be able to host these workshops and hopefully they will have a positive impact on our local beekeeping community. Thanks again, and we hope to see you at the December workshop.

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!

BRBS Workshop October 2015: Our First Workshop!

Our first Basic Beekeeping Workshop at BRBS was October 3rd. It was held at the store from 1:00 pm until 3:00. It consisted of a VERY brief rundown of honey bee history, beekeepers tools, basic hive components, and a review of the beekeepers calendar. We had hoped to do some basic hive inspections outside but weather didn’t cooperate.

We would like to extend a big “Thank You” to everybody who came to our first Basic Beekeeping Workshop today. Although we were unable to inspect hives we were excited to present our new observation hive. We consider it a big success, and it was a privilege to interact with our current and prospective fellow beekeepers. We look forward to seeing yall at our next workshop on November 7th! Thanks a million!