Gaston County Beekeepers Association
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The Gaston County Beekeepers Association is a local chapter of the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association. Our purpose is to educate beekeepers in the most up-to-date methods of tending bees, including proper use of equipment, medications, and the timing of beekeeping activities throughout the year.
It is also our purpose to help educate the general public regarding the beneficial impact bees have in the pollination of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Also, we endeavor to reassure the public that having honeybees is a highly positive condition in our environment. We also promote the social enjoyment of meeting with fellow beekeepers to share experiences, problems, innovations, and fellowship.
Our Annual Bee School is held in late winter on 10 Monday nights. The 2019 Bee School begins January 28, 2019 and ends on April 6, 2019. The course prepares students to begin keeping honey bee colonies and to complete an optional certification test with the NC Master Beekeeper Program. Also included in the course are optional workshops to teach students how to assemble hives parts and provide opportunities to get hands-on experience working with bees in established apiaries. Tuition for the 2019 Bee School is $95.00, which includes the course book and a one-year membership in the Gaston County Beekeepers Association and the NC State Beekeepers Association. If you have questions about the Bee School or our association, contact Jim Burke, Natural Resources Extension Agent, at (704) 922-2119. If you would like to register for the 2019 Bee School, you can register and pay online at the Gaston County Beekeepers Association website at http://www.gastonbee.org/. Once you get to the home page, look for *Now Open – 2019 GCBA Bee School Registration – Click Here*. Select this link, and you’ll be taken to a new page where you can register for the bee school and pay your tuition online.
Our organization is open to anyone who has an interest in beekeeping. We meet on the last Tuesday of the month, except December, at 7 p.m. at the Citizens Resource Center, 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy., Dallas, NC 28034.
2019 Annual Swarm List
Some Gaston County Beekeepers Association members are willing to relocate HONEY BEES ONLY from your property* to an apiary so they can continue to benefit our farms and gardens with pollination and our menus with honey.
If you have yellow-jackets, hornets or wasps, please consult the yellow pages or the internet to find information on contacting a local exterminator.
*Some beekeepers will remove honeybees from within walls of structures. This process is called a cutout; they may charge a fee for this service, and they may or may not perform structural repairs. Make sure you understand what the beekeeper is agreeing to do before work begins.
To access the Gaston County Beekeepers Association Swarm List go to http://www.gastonbee.org/swarm-removal-list/
(Revised: May 1, 2019)