Upcoming Events

 

 

November 11, 2019 – MABA November 2019 Meeting – Louis Padgett will present This and That, What and Why – A Year in the Life of a Beekeeper. We look forward to a great presentation! We will need to enter at the B concourse wing of the Agricenter, and the meeting will be in the A wing. See y’all there!

Importantly, the November MABA meeting is our yearly Honey Show and Competition! So let’s have everyone bring their best honey and hive products to be judged. That is how you win! Review the MABA Honey Show rules, prepare your products, and enter them to win your entered class, or maybe even the Premier Exhibitor! Best of luck to everyone!

 

 

December 9, 2019 – MABA December 2019 Meeting – A successful honey harvest deserves a celebration! 

This past Monday it was announced that the 2019 MABA Harvest Celebration would be held Monday, December 9th at 7 PM in the Banquet Hall at the Agricenter, our usual room in Concourse C.

Dinner will be catered by Garibaldi’s. Enjoy salad, spaghetti, ravioli, green beans, sweet and unsweet tea. And if that’s not enough, dessert will be some wonderful local cake! Coffee and tea will also be available.

We have entertainment! Our very own Gregg Tingle and friends will present “Finding Christmas”. You will not want to miss this!

Tickets are $10 each. There is no cost for children 12 and under. The deadline for payment is reception by Dec. 1, 2019. Payment by check (preferably) needs to be mailed to P.O. Box 38028, Germantown, TN 38183. Attendees must have emailed Eddie by December 1st, 2019 to indicate they will be in attendance, even if payment was sent earlier.

Importantly: When you mail your check please email Eddie Seratt at eseratt@gmail.com to let us know your check is in the mail, which will help us provide a final count for the caterer.

If that was not enough, the results and prize money for the 2019 MABA Honey Show will be presented to the lucky winners. See y’all there!

 

 

 

January 25, 2020 – MABA 55th Annual Beekeeping Short Course – We welcome everyone to attend the MABA 55th Annual Beekeeping Short Course! Prepare yourselves for a fun and fact-filled day to learn more about bees and beekeeping! See y’all there!

 

Previous Events

 

 

November 11, 2019 – MABA November 2019 Meeting – Louis Padgett will present This and That, What and Why – A Year in the Life of a Beekeeper. We look forward to a great presentation! We will need to enter at the B concourse wing of the Agricenter, and the meeting will be in the A wing. See y’all there!

Importantly, the November MABA meeting is our yearly Honey Show and Competition! So let’s have everyone bring their best honey and hive products to be judged. That is how you win! Review the MABA Honey Show rules, prepare your products, and enter them to win your entered class, or maybe even the Premier Exhibitor! Best of luck to everyone!

 

 

 

October 14, 2019 – MABA October 2019 Meeting – Bob Whitworth will present “Preparing Your Honey Show Competition Entries”. Be ready to learn about the Honey Competition that we host every year in November, and what it takes to makes winning entries. Also, Robert Hodum will present “Winterizing Your Bees”. If you have not prepared your bees for a successful overwintering then this is your opportunity to learn the “do’s and dont’s” for happy bees next spring. See y’all there!

 

 

 

October 11-12, 2019 – TBA Fall Conference

The annual Tennessee Beekeeper’s Association Fall Conference is a great time to learn more about bees and different beekeepers from around the state. Take part in the honey competition, buy great equipment from the many vendors, or buy bee-friendly plants for your yard!

It is a 4 hour drive from Memphis and always worth it! This year the TBA Fall Conference is October 11 & 12 at the Hyder-Burks Agricultural Pavilion at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, TN. Presenters and subjects are forthcoming.

 

 

 

Think about Volunteering to teach and sell honey at the upcoming festivals in September and October. We’ll need help unloading, selling, demonstrating, and teaching the public about beekeeping, we hope to see you there!

The Delta Fair @ the Agricenter is August 30 to September 1, 2019

The Germantown Festival is September 7-8, 2019

The Pink Palace Crafts Fair is October 11-13, 2019

Contact Bob Whitworth if you would like to sign up to volunteer, bgw92143@hotmail.com or 901-569-3560.

 

 

 

UT Extension Master Beekeeping Program Schedule – 2019

The 2019 Master Beekeeping Program schedule has been posted and online registration is open. Advanced class requires that you have taken the UT Basic MBP class – classes at your local beekeeping clubs do not qualify. There are no waivers or exceptions. Both levels qualify for TAEP grants. Please contact your local Extension office or the Extension agent organizing a specific class if you have questions.

Register online with the links below:

Basic – http://tiny.utk.edu/mbp_basic
Advanced – http://tiny.utk.edu/mbp_adv

 

 

 

September 8-12, 2019 – Apimondia 2019 – The 46th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress is in Montreal, Quebec, Canada this year, the first and last time in North America for several years. This is the place to be to learn about international beekeeping challenges and practices! Let us know if you plan on attending!

 

 

September 9, 2019 – MABA September 2019 Meeting – Mike Studer, Tennessee State Apiarist, will present the state of beekeeping in TN and how to keep our bees healthy and thriving. You will want to attend this meeting! See y’all there!

*** We will meet in the same room, however enter from
the East entrance by the amphitheater, Due to Delta Fair Move-out. Look for the signs! ***

 

 

 

From Mike Studer, TN State Apiarist – AFB in West TN

For everyone with Registered or unregistered apiaries in the following counties: Weakley, Stewart, Obion, Dyer, Henry, Gibson, Carrol, Benton, Humphreys, Houston, or Montgomery. Tests confirmed 11 colonies in 3 apiaries were positive for American Foulbrood. These colonies were in Weakley and Stewart counties. Those colonies have been destroyed. We will be notifying all registered beekeepers within the affected area and inspecting all apiaries within the affected area in the next few weeks. Any beekeeper that thinks they may have AFB should send an e-mail to mike.studer@tn.gov ASAP. Anyone that knowingly has American Foulbrood and does not report it is subject to a $500.00 fine. Please be careful moving colonies within these counties get your local area inspectors to come out and inspect before you move anything.  Anyone moving colonies out of these counties or within these counties without a health certificate is subject to a $500.00 fine. Please everyone be diligent about hygiene when going from one apiary to the other. Designate a hive tool for each apiary or burn them between apiaries. Use disposable gloves when inspecting hives in these counties.

 

 

 

 

August 17, 2019 at 0630 – Honey harvest at the MABA Agricenter Bee Yard!

Yes, you read that right, 0630! MABA members are invited to come learn and help with our yearly honey harvest.

Where is the MABA Agricenter Bee Yard? From the Agricenter take Smythe Farm Road, take a right turn onto B. Lee Mallory Road after the Arrowhead Nursery, also on your right. Go up the gravel road (north towards Walnut Grove Rd) and park above or below the gate, please do not block the road. The bee yard is on the left, suit up before going in!

 

 

 

August 19-28, 2019 – Need HELP Bottling MABA Honey for the Fall Festivals

We are having honey bottling parties the next few late afternoons and evenings, from 3 to 8 P (1500 to 2000), to finish bottling all the honey for the Fall Festivals. If you have time the next few nights to help bottle, please contact Robert Hodum, 901-603-6492, and get on the schedule now!

 

 

 

 

August 12, 2019 – MABA August 2019 Meeting – Kent Williams is a EAS Certified Master Beekeeper. He has been keeping bees for about 30 years. He manages 800 or so colonies in western Kentucky, and is based in Wingo, KY. We have linked to Kent’s Facebook page over the years, as he presents the yearly Kent Williams Bee School each April, along with the Lake Barkley Beekeepers Association. Come ready with your questions, he might just have an answer!

 

 

 

July 8-10, 2019 – Heartland Apicultural Society 2019 meeting in Bowling Green, KY! HAS 2019 will be hosted by Western Kentucky University. With 6 keynote speakers and 24 more great speakers this meeting will have everything you need at any level of beekeeping. Registration forthcoming.

 

 

 

July 8, 2019 – MABA July 2019 Meeting – Van Power will present The Art of Honey Extraction. Many of you are seeing the bees cap the honey in your supers, so this is a timely subject for many. You will not want to miss this!

 

 

 

June 10, 2019 – MABA June 2019 Meeting – Dr. Jeffrey Harris, Mississippi State University Associate Extension/Research Professor, will return to MABA for a practical, fact-filled presentation for beekeepers of all experience levels. You’ll be sorry if you miss this meeting!

 

 

 

May 13, 2019 – MABA May 2019 Meeting – Bob Russell from Red Belly Bee Farm (Myrtle, MS – just before Albany, MS on US-78) will be presenting his experience in northeast Mississippi. Don’t miss his discussion on Big Double stacks – two colonies working a single super stack. See y’all there!

 

 

 

May 8 & 9, 2019 – The Tipton County Ag Days are scheduled for May 8 & 9, 2019, with a rain makeup day scheduled for May 10. They have a need for Beekeeping speakers. There are 30 talks to be given to 800+ 5th grade students that will attend. Bob Whitworth will be volunteering, and he will need others to help in this community outreach. You will have a demonstration hive and other educational materials on hand to discuss bees and beekeeping to the eager minds of these young students.

 

Tipton County Ag day is an educational field trip for the 5th grade students and teachers of Tipton County. It is intended to teach the importance of agriculture in our county, state, and world. It is also designed to teach the importance of protecting and conserving our environment.

 

Tipton County Ag Day takes place at the Tennessee Gins Inc. warehouse at 800 Tennessee Ave. Covington, TN 38019.

 

If you can volunteer for this great event, please reach out to Bob Whitworth to coordinate, at 901-569-3560 or bgw92143@yahoo.com

 

See y’all there!

 

 

 

Bee 901 Co. is selling “Life-changing” T-shirts in memoriam of Bob Haskett, and all proceeds will benefit his 63-year-old, paralyzed son Bobby.

 

Read more below, and pre-order your T-shirt by April 26th to show your support!

 

What can we do to help? Well, just like the honey bee, if we all get together we can do something huge. Purchase this shirt (click here www.bee901.co/store/honeycomb-tee) and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Bobby. Doesn’t matter if we sell 1 shirt or 500 shirts, we want to do what we can to help our fellow friend in need.

 

Please share this with your friends and let’s make this a positive life-changing event for Bobby! Go forth and bee well!

 

In addition, for those that want to donate to Bobby Haskett, you can certainly donate directly. Bring cash or a check to the next MABA meeting, or send a check, made out to MABA, and specify it is for Bobby Haskett. We will ensure every penny goes to Bobby. 

 

We thank the many individuals who have already purchased T-shirts or donated through MABA, for their generous outpouring of support for Bobby.

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 8, 2019 – MABA April 2019 Meeting -Wanna learn more about nucs, swarms, and splits? You will be in the right place during this meeting! Dena Hodge, Robert Hodum, and Sammy Mardis will present their “do’s” and “don’t’s” for successful nuc installations, swarm captures, and colony splits. Special note: We will meet in Wing B of the Agricenter – please follow the signs and other beekeepers. See y’all there!

 

 

 

March 22-23, 2019 – The 2019 Honey Convention returns, this time to Fountainhead College of Technology in Knoxville, TN! Look forward to 18 great speakers and 70+ classes to attend! Lectures. Networking. Workshops. Classes. Vendors. Food. Door Prizes. Auction. If it’s about beekeeping it will be there!!

 

 

 

March 16, 2019 – 9 AM at the Agricenter Bee Yard – Spring Inspection!

For MABA Members, come learn about what to expect during your March beehive inspections! Gus Mitchell and Robert Hodum will teach attendees (you?) about reversing boxes, when to add boxes, and comparing weak and strong colonies. If you decide to attend, please bring your own protective equipment (mandatory), a hive tool, and a smile! We hope that you will take advantage of this field day. See y’all there!

Where is the MABA Agricenter Bee Yard? From the Agricenter (where we meet) take Smythe Farm Road, take a right turn onto B. Lee Mallory Road after the Arrowhead Nursery, also on your right. Go up the gravel road (north towards Walnut Grove Rd) and park above or below the gate, please do not block the road. The bee yard is on the left, suit up before going in!

 

 

 

March 11, 2019 – MABA March 2019 Meeting – Andrew Fogg from Dadant will bring MABA an overview of spring hive health and the steps you can take to ensure healthy hives and excellent honey crops. Be prepared to learn, and then use that knowledge in your bee hives to keep your bees healthy. See y’all there!

 

 

 

 

February 16, 2019 – TBA February 2019 Business Meeting – The Tennessee Beekeepers Association board of directors will meet Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 1:00pm (central time). The meeting will be held in the Rutherford County Extension Service community room, part of Lane Agri-Park, 315 John Rice Boulevard, Murfreesboro, TN.

Admission is open to the general public however each region has up to 3 voting members who must be current TBA members. See y’all in Murfreesboro!

 

 

 

 

February 11, 2019 – MABA February 2019 Meeting – Harry Fulton, former Mississippi State Entomologist/Apiarist and Pesticide Registration, and Nuc and queen producer from Brooksville, MS, will discuss the early spring preparations to ensure success for your colonies. You will not want to miss this!

 

 

 

 

 

January 26, 2019 – MABA 54th Annual Beekeeping Short Course – We welcome everyone to attend the MABA 54th Annual Beekeeping Short Course! Prepare yourselves for a fun and fact-filled day to learn more about bees and beekeeping! See y’all there!

 

 

January 14, 2019 – MABA January 2019 Meeting – Charles Force, Gus Mitchell, and others will present Trapping Feral Bees!

 

 

 

December 10, 2018 – MABA December 2018 Meeting – A successful honey harvest deserves a celebration!

Please join us December 10th at 1900 in the regular meeting room at the Agricenter. Door prizes will be many potted poinsettias used for table decorations. 

The meal is catered by the Smokey Mountain Catering Company. Enjoy smoked turkey, smoked ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn bread stuffing, sweet potato dressing, simmered green beans, cranberry sauce, and dinner rolls. And if that’s not enough, desert will be peach cobble. Coffee and tea will be available.

Rusty Eason will entertain us, you will not want to miss this! Rusty has served as a Music Minister in large Baptist Churches as a career, though on Monday the 10th he will play the trumpet, guitar and banjo – maybe all at the same time! Look forward to a great performance.

Tickets are $12 each in advance and $15 at the door. The deadline for $12 price is Dec. 5. Checks should be mailed to the club treasurer directly: 4852 Waycross Ave, Millington, TN 38053.

If that was not enough, the results and prize money for the 2018 MABA Honey Show will be presented to the lucky winners

See y’all there!

 

 

 

November 24, 2018 – MABA Field Days – At 0930, Gus Mitchell will be using the ProVap 110 to treat the MABA bee colonies for varroa mites with sublimated oxalic acid. Come learn how to to use the ProVap 110 for your own colonies. Please bring your own organic vapor respirator, or stand far enough upwind.

Where is the MABA Agricenter Bee Yard? From the Agricenter take Smythe Farm Road, take a right turn onto B. Lee Mallory Road after the Arrowhead Nursery, also on your right. Go up the gravel road (north towards Walnut Grove Rd) and park above or below the gate, please do not block the road. The bee yard is on the left, suit up before going in!

 

 

 

November 17, 2018 – MABA Field Days – Treatment 1 – Gus Mitchell will be using the ProVap 110 to treat the MABA bee colonies for varroa mites with sublimated oxalic acid. Come learn how to to use the ProVap 110 for your own colonies. Please bring your own organic vapor respirator, or stand far enough upwind.

 

 

 

November 12, 2018 – MABA November 2018 Meeting – Stuart Hooser will present “Products of the Hive”. Be ready to learn about the many products produced by bees that can be harvested – it’s not all just about the honey! Wax, pollen, propolis, and royal jelly, oh my!

 

Importantly, the November MABA meeting is our yearly Honey Show and Competition! So let’s have everyone bring their best honey and hive products to be judged. That is how you win! Review the MABA Honey Show rules, prepare your products, and enter them to win your entered class, or maybe even the Premier Exhibitor! Best of luck to everyone!

 

 

 

October 12-14, 2018 – The Pink Palace Crafts Fair – Honey Sales!

Think about Volunteering to teach and sell honey at the upcoming festivals in September and October. We’ll need help unloading, selling, demonstrating, and teaching the public about beekeeping, we hope to see you there!

The Germantown Festival is September 8-9, 2018

The Pink Palace Crafts Fair is October 12-14, 2018

Contact Bob Whitworth if you would like to sign up to volunteer, bgw92143@hotmail.com or 901-569-3560.

 

 

 

 

October 12-13, 2018 – TBA Fall Conference

The annual Tennesssee Beekeeper’s Association Fall Conference is a great time to learn more about bees and different beekeepers from around the state. Take part in the honey competition!

It is a 4 hour drive from Memphis and always worth it! This year the TBA Fall Conference is October 12 & 13 at the Hyder-Burks Agricultural Pavilion at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, TN. Presenters and subjects are forthcoming.

 

 

 

Please have a look at the other 2018 Master Beekeeper Extension Course Schedule offerings. None are in west TN currently, but you can contact Michael Wilson (865-974-5467 or mwilso14@utk.edu) to indicate your interest in a west TN Master Beekeeper course. If there is enough interest they will make it happen.

 

 

 

October 8, 2018 – MABA October 2018 Meeting – Bob Whitworth will present “Preparing Your Honey Show Competition Entries”. Be ready to learn about the Honey Competition that we host every year in November, and what it takes to makes winning entries. Also, Robert Hodum will present “Winterizing Your Bees”. If you have not prepared your bees for a successful overwintering then this is your opportunity to learn the “do’s and dont’s” for happy bees next spring. See y’all there!

 

 

 

September 22, 2018 – Second Annual Fall Beekeeping Conference at the Agricenter in Memphis, TN at 8 AM, with registration starting at 7:30 AM.

*** We will meet in the AMPHITHEATER, using the upstairs east entrance, the same for the Short Course and the last meeting ***

Welcome back for the Second Annual Fall Beekeeping Conference at the Agricenter! We are please to have excellent speakers that will discuss their successes (and failures), for practical use in our apiaries. This is an all-day meeting, with many sessions, the agenda is forthcoming with the specific topics to be covered. This meeting will be helpful whether you are a seasoned beekeeper or don’t have a hive yet.

Please print out the registration form, fill it out, and bring it with you, along with your $20 registration fee to the September 22, 2018 Second Annual Fall Beekeeping Conference at the Agricenter in Memphis, TN.

The scheduled speakers are:

1) Dr. Leo Sharashkin – known for his natural beekeeping methods and use of horizontal hives (Layens and long Langstroths), along with innovative swarm trapping. His presentations will have many talking about colony health.

Topics: 1) Natural Beekeeping that Works, 2) $20/lb Honey – Crafting & Marketing

2) Charlie Parton – Parton Apiaries began 36 years ago in Maryville Tennessee with two hives, and has grown to an operation which runs 80 plus colonies. He is immediate past President for Tennessee Beekeepers Association (TBA) and past East TN Regional Vice President. Charlie was selected as TBA’s Beekeeper of the year in 2011 and the TBA Life Member in 2013. He is active in the Blount County Beekeepers Association serving in several capacities including two terms as president.

Topics: 1) Building a TDA (TN Dept. of Agriculture) Approved Honey House, 2) Making Nucs – Why and How

3) Jennifer Berry – Apicultural Research Professional and Lab Manager for the University of Georgia Honey Bee Program. Her research objectives have focused on improving honey bee health, the sub-lethal effects of pesticides on beneficial insects and IPM techniques for varroa and small hive beetle control.

Topics: 1) Back to the Basics on Keeping Bees Alive, 2) Fighting for Our Bees

We look forward to excellent presentations from these wonderful beekeepers! See y’all there!

 

 

 

September 11, 2018, 4PM – 10PM – TN Apiary Inspector Course – Mike Studer, Tennessee State Apiarist, will teach willing beekeepers the material necessary to take and pass the TN Apiary Inspector test, which will grant those individuals with the legal ability to inspect bee colonies and equipment for sale or transport within the state of Tennessee. Get ready for 6 hours of intense learning!

 

 

 

September 10, 2018 – MABA September 2018 Meeting – Mike Studer, Tennessee State Apiarist, will present the state of beekeeping in TN and how to keep our bees healthy and thriving. You will want to attend this meeting!

*** We will meet in the AMPHITHEATER, using the upstairs east entrance, the same one for Early Voting, Due to Delta Fair Move-out ***

 

 

September 8-9, 2018 – The Germantown Festival – Honey Sales!

Think about Volunteering to teach and sell honey at the upcoming festivals in September and October. We’ll need help unloading, selling, demonstrating, and teaching the public about beekeeping, we hope to see you there!

The Germantown Festival is September 8-9, 2018

The Pink Palace Crafts Fair is October 12-14, 2018

Contact Bob Whitworth if you would like to sign up to volunteer, bgw92143@hotmail.com or 901-569-3560.

 

 

 

September 1, 2018 at 0830 – How to Prepare your Equipment for the Winter Season, at the MABA Agricenter Honey House!

MABA members are invited to come learn how to prepare your equipment for the winter season, at the MABA Agricenter Honey House. Gus Mitchell will teach everyone how to best prepare your boxes and drawn wax frames for storage, and protect them from wax moths and other critters.

If you were at the honey extraction event last Saturday then you know where the honey house is, right on the north side of Smythe Farm Road, just a quarter mile from the main Agricenter buildings. No need for protective equipment, unless you want to bring it. See y’all there!

 

 

 

August 29 – 31, 2018 – Need HELP Bottling MABA Honey for the Fall Festivals

We are having honey bottling parties the next few late afternoons and evenings, from 3 to 8 P (1500 to 2000), to finish bottling all the honey for the Fall Festivals. If you have time the next few nights to help bottle, please contact Robert Hodum, 901-603-6492, and get on the schedule now!

 

 

 

August 25, 2018 at 0600 – Honey harvest at the MABA Agricenter Bee Yard!

Yes, you read that right, 0600! MABA members are invited to come learn and help with our yearly honey harvest.

Where is the MABA Agricenter Bee Yard? From the Agricenter take Smythe Farm Road, take a right turn onto B. Lee Mallory Road after the Arrowhead Nursery, also on your right. Go up the gravel road (north towards Walnut Grove Rd) and park above or below the gate, please do not block the road. The bee yard is on the left, suit up before going in!

 

 

August 13, 2018 – MABA August 2018 Meeting – Mike Harris from Logan’s Lake Honey, and our very own Jerry Murphy, Stuart Hooser, and Huff Peeler, will present “Inspection for and alternative treatment methods for Varroa destructor mites.” Be prepared to learn, and then use that knowledge in your bee hives to keep your bees healthy. See y’all there!

 

 

July 11-13, 2018 – Heartland Apicultural Society Meeting in St. Louis, MO – May Berenbaum, Marla Spivak, Keith Delaplane, Jennifer Berry, Dennis vanEngelsdorp, and Samuel Ramsay the well-known bee researchers and experts that are confirmed. Register now!

 

 

July 9, 2018 – MABA July 2018 Meeting – Van Power will present The Art of Honey Extraction. Many of you are seeing the bees cap the honey in your supers, so this is a timely subject for many. You will not want to miss this!

 

 

June 11, 2018 – MABA June 2018 Meeting – Johnny Thompson (Broke-T Honey, and Mississippi Beekeepers Association) will present the current state of Varroa sensitive hygienic (VSH) bees. You will not want to miss this!

 

 

 

May 14, 2018 – MABA May 2018 Meeting – David Glover will present “Now that you have your bees, what do you look for when you open your hive?” Many new beekeepers have received their bees recently, so this is a timely subject – what is going on in that hive? Get your writing sticks, you’ll be putting them to use! See y’all there!

 

 

 

After all that, we are indeed Installing new nucs and Introducing new queens in splits Saturday, May 5, 2018, 6:30 AM at the Agricenter Bee Yard

For MABA Members, come learn to work the club bees with Gus Mitchell and Robert Hodum. Willing volunteers (you?) will be installing new nucs and introducing new queens in recent splits. If you decide to help, please bring your own protective equipment, a hive tool, and a smile! See y’all there! This will be the last opportunity this year to install nucs!

Where is the MABA Agricenter Bee Yard? From the Agricenter take Smythe Farm Road, take a right turn onto B. Lee Mallory Road after the Arrowhead Nursery, also on your right. Go up the gravel road (north towards Walnut Grove Rd) and park above or below the gate, please do not block the road. The bee yard is on the left, suit up before going in!

As always, taking pictures and video of MABA Field Days is prohibited unless explicit consent is given by the individuals and the group prior to taking pictures or filming video. Please be respectful of everyone’s right to privacy.

 

 

 

Saturday, April 21, 2018, 8 AM at the Agricenter Bee Yard – Installing new nucs and Introducing new queens in splits

For MABA Members, come learn to work the club bees with Gus Mitchell and Robert Hodum. Willing volunteers (you?) will be installing new nucs and introducing new queens in recent splits. If you decide to help, please bring your own protective equipment, a hive tool, and a smile! See y’all there!

Where is the MABA Agricenter Bee Yard? From the Agricenter take Smythe Farm Road, take a right turn onto B. Lee Mallory Road after the Arrowhead Nursery, also on your right. Go up the gravel road (north towards Walnut Grove Rd) and park above or below the gate, please do not block the road. The bee yard is on the left, suit up before going in!

As always, taking pictures and video of MABA Field Days is prohibited unless explicit consent is given by the individuals and the group prior to taking pictures or filming video. Please be respectful of everyone’s right to privacy.

 

 

 

April 19-20, 2018 – Master Beekeeper Course – This is the first of 4 courses offered this year through the UT Extension. None are in west TN currently, but you can contact Michael Wilson (865-974-5467 or mwilso14@utk.edu) to indicate your interest in a west TN Master Beekeeper course. If there is enough interest they will make it happen. Please have a look at the other 2018 Master Beekeeper Extension Course Schedule offerings.

 

 

April 10, 2018 – 4 PM at the Agricenter Bee Yard – Splitting Colonies!

For MABA Members, come learn to split colonies. Gus Mitchell and any willing volunteers (you?) will be splitting colonies (making more colonies). If you decide to help, please bring your own protective equipment, a hive tool, and a smile! See y’all there!

Where is the MABA Agricenter Bee Yard? From the Agricenter (where we meet) take Smythe Farm Road, take a right turn onto B. Lee Mallory Road after the Arrowhead Nursery, also on your right. Go up the gravel road (north towards Walnut Grove Rd) and park above or below the gate, please do not block the road. The bee yard is on the left, suit up before going in!

 

 

 

April 9, 2018 – MABA April 2018 Meeting – Clarence Collison, Emeritus Professor of Entomology and Emeritus Head of the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Mississippi State University. Dr. Collison has studied bees since the 1970s, and held academic positions at Michigan State University and Pennsylvania State University. He also wrote a monthly column for Bee Culture magazine, called A Closer Look, and published a book titled “What Do You Know?” in 2003.

Dr. Collison is known as a beekeepers beekeeper, and will have more information to share than we can understand in one session. You will not want to miss this!

 

 

 

April 5-7, 2018 – Kent Williams Bee School in Wingo, KY

 

 

 

March 15, 2018 – The Lawrence/Wayne Beekeepers Association (LWBA) will host TN State Apiarist, Mike Studer, as the speaker for their March meeting, Thursday, March 15th at 6 PM, at New Life Free Will Baptist Church, 2699 Buffalo Rd, Lawrenceburg, TN, next to Giles county. This would be a great meeting if any of our MABA members are in that area that day.

 

 

March 12, 2018 – MABA March 2018 Meeting – Andrew Fogg from Dadant (Frankfort, KY branch) will discuss beekeeping in 2018.

Also, you can save 5% and get your Dadant order delivered to this meeting if you place you order ahead of time. Just mention you are with MABA for the 5% discount and that the order should be delivered for the March 12, 2018 MABA meeting. Call 888.932.3268 to place you order now with the Dadant, Frankfort, KY branch.

 

 

February 24, 2018 – 2018 Tennessee Beekeepers Association Spring Board Meeting, Saturday February 24, 2018

 

February 24, 2018 – The Savannah Area Beekeepers Association is having their annual Short Course Saturday February 24, 2018. If you missed the MABA Short Course this will be a good as well.

 

 

February 12, 2018 – MABA February 2018 Meeting – Harry Fulton will discuss the early spring preparations to ensure success for your colonies. You will not want to miss this!

 

 

February 10, 2018 – The Kentucky Lakes Beekeepers are having their annual Short Course Saturday February 10, 2018. If you missed the MABA Short Course this will be a good one as well. Contact James Hinton, 731-363-3523, for details.

 

January 27, 2018 – MABA 53rd Annual Beekeeping Short Course

 

January 8, 2018 – MABA January 2018 Meeting – Stuart Hooser will present the fascinating topic of Honey Bee Nutrition. Bee there or be square!

 

December 11, 2017 – MABA December 2017 Meeting – Our yearly Christmas meeting!

 

November 18, 2017 – 2017 Fall Beekeeping Conference at the Agricenter in Memphis, TN

 

November 13, 2017 – MABA November 2017 Meeting – This is our yearly MABA Honey Show!

David Glover will be discussing his experiences in beekeeping! We’ll call it the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!

 

October 20-21, 2017 – 2017 TBA Conference – Featured speakers are Dr. Marion Ellis; University of Nebraska, and Dr. Leo Sharashkin: Founder of HorizontalHive.com and editor of Keeping Bees With a Smile.

 

October 9, 2017 – MABA October 2017 Meeting – Bob Whitworth will discuss the preparation needed for your honey submissions for the November MABA Honey Show.

 

Think about Volunteering to teach and sell honey at the upcoming festivals in September and October. We’ll need help unloading, selling, demonstrating, and teaching the public about beekeeping, we hope to see you there!

The Germantown Festival is September 9-10, 2017

The Pink Palace Crafts Fair is October 13-15, 2017

Contact Stuart Hooser if you would like to sign up to volunteer, shooser555@aol.com or 901-485-6152.

 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 4:00 PM at the Agricenter Bee Yard – For MABA Members, come learn and help to winterize the club bees with Robert Hodum and others. It does not feel like winter, but it is around the corner! If you decide to help, please bring your own protective equipment, a hive tool, and a smile! See y’all there!

Where is the MABA Agricenter Bee Yard? From the Agricenter take Smythe Farm Road, take a right turn onto B. Lee Mallory Road after the Arrowhead Nursery, also on your right. Go up the gravel road (north towards Walnut Grove Rd) and park above or below the gate, please do not block the road. The bee yard is on the left, suit up before going in!

 

September 11, 2017 – MABA September 2017 Meeting – Robert Hodum will teach us how to properly winterize our bees and equipment! Get your writing sticks, you’ll be putting them to use! See y’all there!

 

August 26, 2017 at 0700 – Honey harvest at the MABA Agricenter Bee Yard!

Where is the MABA Agricenter Bee Yard? From the Agricenter take Smythe Farm Road, take a right turn onto B. Lee Mallory Road after the Arrowhead Nursery, also on your right. Go up the gravel road (north towards Walnut Grove Rd) and park above or below the gate, please do not block the road. The bee yard is on the left, suit up before going in!

 

August 14, 2017 – MABA August 2017 Meeting – Mr. Ture Carlton from the Shelby County Health Department will present their mosquito control and surveillance program, and our honey bees. See y’all there!!!

 

July 10, 2017 – MABA July 2017 Meeting – Bob Russell from Red Belly Bee Farm (Myrtle, MS – just before Albany, MS on US-78) will be presenting his experience in NE MS. Don’t miss his discussion on Big Double stacks – two colonies working a single super stack. See y’all there!

 

June 12, 2017 – MABA June 2017 Meeting – Stuart Hooser will present “Varroa – The Bane of Beekeepers”. Come learn about Varroa mites and how to manage them.

 

May 9, 2017 – 5:30 PM at the Agricenter Bee Yard – Inspecting and feeding newly queened colonies

 

May 8, 2017 – MABA May 2017 Meeting

 

April 29, 2017 – 3 PM at the Agricenter Bee Yard – Inspecting and feeding new splits, and new queen introductions

 

April 12-15, 2017 – Kent Williams Bee School in Wingo, KY

 

April 13, 2017 – 4 PM at the Agricenter Bee Yard – Inspecting and feeding new splits

 

April 10, 2017 – MABA April 2017 Meeting

 

March 20, 2017, 1 PM – Agricenter Bee Yard – Splitting Colonies and Introducing Queens

 

March 13, 2017 –  MABA March 2017 Meeting

 

March 2-4, 2017 – UT TN Master Beekeeper Basic Class

 

February 25, 2017 – 2017 TBA Spring Board Meeting

 

February 13, 2017 – MABA February 2017 Meeting

 

January 28, 2017 – MABA 52nd Annual Beekeeping Short Course