Upcoming Events

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.

 

 

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!

 

 

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 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!

 

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 22, 2018 – Second Annual Fall Beekeeping Conference at the Agricenter in Memphis, TN

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.

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.

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.

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

 

 

October 8, 2018 – MABA October 2018 Meeting – Speaker and Subject – Coming soon!

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

November 12, 2018 – MABA November 2018 Meeting – Speaker and Subject – Coming soon! This is our yearly Honey competition!

 

 

December 10, 2018 – MABA December 2018 Meeting – Speaker and Subject – Coming soon! This is our yearly Christmas supper meeting!

Previous Events

 

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