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This organization is a chapter of the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association serving apiarists in Madison County of western NC.

This chapter meets on third Monday of each month at the Madison County Cooperative Extension Service Center, 258 Carolina Lane Marshall, NC 28753 (ph. 828 649-2411).  Consult the table below for specific dates.  Meetings typically begin with a pot-luck dinner at 6:00 pm followed by the program at 6:30 pm.  Contact the Cooperative Extension Service Center office for more information about chapter activities and upcoming meetings.

Officers for 2016

  • President - Jeff Lowe
  • Vice President - Barry Cooper
  • Secretary/Treasurer – Rachell Skerlec

Learn about beekeeping at Bee Schools in the area:

Upcoming Meetings in 2016 (check back for updates and revisions)


Presenter and Topic

February 15

Jon Christie, owner of Wild Mountain Bee Supply:  Coming out of Winter,: the management of your hives as you emerge from winter

March 21

Patrick Jones, Deputy Director of Pesticide Programs, talks about bee protection plans in North Carolina

April 18

Round table discussion group. Bring your questions.

May 16

Sharry Mikell, beekeeper and organic gardener, tells about making Bee Naturally products all with beeswax. She will make a lip balm as a demonstration.

June 20

Sarah Eshan, an experienced beekeeper, discusses catching swarms and requeening the hive.

July 18

Lewis Cauble, the Western NC Apiary Inspector, presents “Let’s Talk about Treatments.” Lewis is very knowledgeable about the effect of pesticides on bees.

August 15

Edd Buchanan, long time professional beekeeper and Master Beekeeper, shares words of wisdom.

September 19

Annual Honey tasting and Honey Recipe Contests with cash prizes!

October 17

R.D. "Ivar" Schloz, owner of Bee & Bramble Fine Meads in Fairview, NC, will regale us with the fascinating details of how to make honey-based wines.

November 21


December  - January

No meetings these months.


Useful links:

Updated:  21 March 2016