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04 Aug
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Celebrate National Honey Bee Day with the Neuse Regional Beekeepers!

On Saturday August 19th come to the Kinston Farmer’s Market in downtown Kinston between  10:00 AM to 1:00 PM to celebrate National Honey Bee Day.

Discover what bees do in the darkness of their hives. A demonstration beehive, where honey bees are temporarily moved into a sealed hive and cannot exit, will be on exhibit. You can watch the bee girls as they tend to their brood, keep the hive tidy, serve the queen bee, and much more.

Help extract honey! Meet local beekeepers and participate in the honey extraction process. Starting with the honey frames, lend a hand spinning the extractor to remove honey from the comb, and see the golden amber honey ready for bottling with only minimal filtering.

Explore the educational area where you can learn about the honey bee lifecycle, how bees create all they need from the environment, what bees need to survive and thrive, the amazing products made by the bees, and see the components of a real hive – minus the bees.

The first National Honey Bee Day was recognized with a proclamation in 2009 by the US Secretary of Agriculture. It was started to build community awareness of the bee industry through education and promotion.

For more information on this event contact Karen at mulcahyk@yahoo.com

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23 Jan
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Jim White Becomes Journeyman Beekeeper

Congratulations to Jim White of Neuse Regional Beekeepers! Jim (left) has earned his NC Master Beekeeper Program Journeyman Level and was recognized for his achievement last night at our monthly meeting. His certificate was presented by Bob Gaddis, North Carolina State Beekeepers Association Treasurer.

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08 Jun
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Spring Beekeeping School Produces 16 New Certified Beekeepers

Participants working in the bee yard

Participants working in the bee yard

Sixteen participants successfully passed the NC Master Beekeeper Program, Certified Beekeeper written and practical exams as part of the annual Neuse Regional Beekeepers Spring Beekeeping School. The school was held over six Saturdays during the months of April and May at the Lenoir County Cooperative Extension. Topics included beekeeping basics, equipment, anatomy, history, behavior, sociology, pests, diseases, hive maintenance, and more. Classes were taught by local, experienced, certified Master Beekeepers and included hands-on training.

The NC Master Beekeeper Program (MBP) was designed by Dr. John Ambrose and established in the fall of 1982 to provide an infrastructure whereby beekeepers can improve their beekeeping skills and knowledge, and to provide valuable information to beekeepers and the public through various outreach services.

Perhaps for the first time in North Carolina, students were also provided with equipment, protective gear, hives and bees, all made possible by a grant from Resourceful Communities Conservation Trust in the amount of $8,200. Project manager and grant writer Gene Riddle was pleasantly surprised when the grant award was announced. Classes began on April 25th and ended on June 6th with all 16 students passing the certification test and practical exam. Students will keep their bees in bee yards located in Greene, Lenoir and Jones Counties. They will be mentored and monitored and allowed to take their bees home at that time.

The Neuse Regional Beekeepers, a local chapter of the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association, hopes to encourage more locals to take up the joy of beekeeping through training. “With the ongoing challenges to honey bees, which has a direct impact on our food supply, there is an ever-growing need for more trained beekeepers. We don’t need a few beekeepers with 500,000 hives. We need 500,000 hobby beekeepers with a few hives,” said Bob Gaddis, NC Master Beekeeper and school instructor. “We also need more non-beekeepers who understand the importance of bees and how to protect them.”

Neuse Regional Beekeepers (NRB) was chartered in 2006 as a local chapter of the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association (NCSBA), and serves Lenoir, Jones & Greene Counties in Eastern North Carolina. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in honey bees, beekeeping, gardening, crafts, or other associated areas of beekeeping. NRB meets on the 3rd Thursday night of each month at 6:30pm at the Lenoir County Cooperative Extension office at 1791 Hwy 11/55 in Kinston, NC.