Join the WCBA in the lower level conference room of the Wake County Commons Building for the first 2018 meeting. Pollinator Garden is tonight’s topic. Also we will form committees for 2018, including the Swarm List, Mentors, Bug Fest, State Fair, etc. Join or renew your club membership for $10 using this form 2018+WCBA-NCSBA+membership+form
The entrance to the lower level conference room is on the right side of the Commons Building toward the back. You may want to park in the parking lot near the NC Rural Center. The gathering begins at 7 pm and the meeting starts at 7:30 pm. 4011 Carya Drive, Raleigh NC 27610. Visitors welcome!
*** The location for the February 17 class was changed to Greystone Baptist Church, 7509 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh NC 27615. Please check with to see if any seats remain. *** The WCBA workshop for beginning beekeepers will be held Saturday, February 17, 2018. Classroom instruction from 8 am – 4 pm, followed by the opportunity to take the written portion of the Certified level test of the NCSBA Master Beekeeper Program. Additionally, a practical training will be held the third Sunday at 1:00 pm during March – September, weather permitting. The workshop fee is $60, which includes the book First Lessons in Beekeeping, one year membership in the WCBA, and lunch on Saturday. Click below for the registration form. Please mail your check prior to January 24, 2018.
Draft 2018 Spring Beginner Beekeeping Workshop Registration Form
We invite you to join us on December 12 for our Annual Christmas Dinner. The club supplies the meat, but members bring a dish or dessert to share. Come to enjoy an evening of socializing with other beekeepers. Wake County Commons Building, upper conference room, 4011 Carya Drive, Raleigh.
Join us to hear Betsey Spencer speak on Queen Rearing. She has assisted with running upwards of 3,000 colonies at a time and raised Minnesota Hygienic queens. Sustainable beekeeping is using locally bred queens. Also, officers for 2018 will be elected at the November 14 meeting, to be held at the Wake County Commons Building, 4011 Carya Drive, Raleigh.
The October 10 meeting of the Wake County Beekeepers Association is a BBQ. Master Pig Cooker Ricky Barbour is cooking the pig and you are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share. At the October meeting, we will celebrate our 40th year as a club! The club is raffling a top bar beehive, handmade by Charlie Gaul; tickets may be purchased at the meeting. The address of the Raleigh Police Club is 3500 Leonard Road, Knightdale (but some GPS find this address in Raleigh). Leonard Road is off Hodge Road in east Raleigh. Be sure to wear your nametag!
The September monthly meeting will be held at the Raleigh Police Club. Justin Wahrenburg of Cluck and Hive Apiary will share lots of information about the 100th year State Beekeepers Conference. Bring your questions as there will be a Q & A session afterwards. The gathering begins at 7:00 pm and the meeting starts at 7:30. The Raleigh Police Club, site of the 2017 Beginner Bee School, is located at 3500 Leonard Road, Knightdale NC (but some GPS find this address in Raleigh.) Leonard Road is off Hodge Road in east Raleigh. Just for fun, wear a Bug Fest t-shirt, if you have one.
The next “Hands on in the Hive with Mr. Buzz Ben Crawley” is Sunday, September 17 at 1:00 pm. (That is the 3rd Sunday of September.) The beehives are located near the demonstration cotton field near the back of the Historic Oak View park. All are welcome.
Please plan to join us on August 8 at the Raleigh Police Club as Master Craftsman Beekeeper Danny Jaynes presents a program on “Preparing entries for the NC State Fair”. You will learn fascinating things about all the products of the hive. The gathering begins at 7:00 pm and the meeting starts at 7:30. The Raleigh Police Club, site of the 2017 Beginner Bee School is located at 3500 Leonard Road, Knightdale NC (but some GPS find this address in Raleigh.) Leonard Road is off Hodge Road in east Raleigh. Click on Calendar for a map.
Please note the next 3 meetings will be at the Police Club, since our regular room is not available. If you pre-ordered a NCSBA Cookbook, please plan to pick it up at the August 8 meeting.
We are looking for volunteers for Bug Fest on Saturday, September 16 in downtown Raleigh. There are three shifts to select from. Each volunteer gets a t-shirt and a fun day discussing beekeeping. Below is a link to sign up.
We are also looking for volunteers for August 19 Honey Bee Day at the State Farmer’s Market.
August 20 is the next “Hands on in the Hive” with Mr. Buzz Ben Crawley, starting 1:00 pm.
Plan to attend the July 11 meeting of the Wake County Beekeepers Association. Master Beekeeper and NCSBA Historian Charles Heatherly will present “100th Anniversary of the NC State Beekeepers Association”. We can learn from the past to make the future better. The gathering begins at 7:00 pm and the meeting starts at 7:30 in the Wake County Commons Building, 4011 Carya Drive, Raleigh.
The next “Hands on in the Hive with Mr. Buzz Ben Crawley is Sunday, July 16 at 1:00 pm. (That is the 3rd Sunday of July.) The beehives are located near the demonstration cotton field near the back of the park. All are welcome. The practical test for the Certified Beekeeper will be available for anyone who wants to take it. Please remember, to become a Certified Beekeeper, you must be a member of the NCSBA, pass a written test and the practical test. You need to have four months beekeeping experience before taking the practical test. Our club offers the practical test monthly during March – September, weather permitting. The written test is given upon request made to Susan Benton, Secretary WCBA.
“Extracting Honey” is the topic of our June 13 monthly meeting. Club President Mike Childers is looking for some members to bring a frame(s) of capped honey to be extracted. If you can bring some frames, please contact Mike at The gathering begins at 7:00 pm and the meeting starts at 7:30 in the Wake County Commons Building, 4011 Carya Drive, Raleigh.
WCBA is conducting an essay contest. The winner will represent our club at the summer meeting of the Eastern Apiculture Society, July 31 – August 4 in Newark, Delaware and make a presentation at a subsequent club meeting. This essay should outline your future outlook for beekeeping, your goals, and your plan to give back to the beekeeping community. You may enter an essay and a small video, if you wish. Please make your entry to by our June 13 meeting.
Make plans to attend Sunday’s “Hands-on in the Bee Yard” at 1:00 pm with Ben Crawley. We meet at the Historic Oak View Park, Carya Drive, near the demonstration cotton field. The practical instruction and exam for the Certified Beekeeper will be offered starting at 1:00. The written exam will be offered at 4:00 if requested (please e-mail to make arrangements for the written test.)