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2023 Bee School Sign up is Open

Enrollment for 2023 Bee School is open. The cost for Bee School is $75 – $15 to join the association and $60 for the class and the textbook. Before signing up for Bee School, read this document to see if it’s really for you – link: “Is beekeeping right for you“. Now that you’re sure, follow this link to access the enrollment page Bee School enrollment Link . Classes are Monday nights January 9- February 20 and are either in person or on Zoom. There will be live bee school apiary sessions as soon as the weather warms up a little (end of Feb/beginning of March).

November Honey Contest and Holiday Party

It’s that time of year when we change the club meeting to the second Monday due to Thanksgiving and judge the best-tasting honey. Bring treats to share November 14th at 7pm to 9pm in Jackson Park Extension Office and may the odds be ever in your favor.

We will also be celebrating outgoing bee board directors. Please let me know if you’d like to share an inspiring story about how their service made a difference in your life and/or apiary.

The honey contest rules are as follows:

  1. Honey must be submitted by an HCBA member beekeeper in good standing and be pure, unadulterated and produced by his or her bees.
  2. Contestants must provide three glass, one pound, glass containers of honey.
    a. One jar without identifying marks
    b. The other two must have the beekeeper’s label attached as he or she would when offering their honey for sale.
  3. None of the three lbs of honey will be returned to the beekeeper. All honey becomes the property of HCBA. The honey will be sold as a fundraiser for the activities of HCBA.
  4. Multiple entries are allowed but limited to 3 per membership.
  5. Our HCBA winner will be announced at the party and awarded a ribbon by HCBA and their honey will be entered into the Center for Honeybee Research Black Jar Contest.
  6. The following details are required and will be used to update contestants about judging, awards, and related news as details become available:
    First and Last Name
    Email Address
    Phone number

Got Swarms???

If you have a swarm on your property, we probably have someone willing to come get it. Click on the link and call whoever covers your area or call 828 BEE 5623 (828-233-5623)

Next Apiary Session – December 3

Our final two sessions for the year will occur on the first 2 Saturdays of December for oxalic acid treatment and training (for those who have the appropriate respiratory protective equipment). As always we look forward to seeing you there. Antoine 🐝

Apiary sessions are held at the club’s apiary at  Historic Johnson Farm (select link for info) on Haywood Rd/Rte 191 across from Rugby Middle school.

Remember to enter through the exit, park in the parking lot to the right and walk to the back of the property. 🐝

Membership lapsed?

You may renew your membership at the link below and you will again be eligible for ALL the benefits of being a member of HCBA.

Renew Here

HCBA Meeting Minutes

HCBA Meeting Minutes, Board Meeting minutes  are now available online.  Email for a link

Request for Speaker

Requests for an HCBA guest speaker may be directed to HCBA Director of External Communications, Jim Poe,


Stay Informed!

HCBA uses several communications vehicles:

  • The website at  click here will give a summary of club communications
  • The calendar of Events click here will provide specific details on scheduled events such as topic, date, time, location and agenda. For directions via google maps, click on the icon next to the address.
  • Newsletters will be published approx. monthly. For the most part, the content will mirror the website, with the addition of some unique articles.  The Newsletter represents the monthly email you will receive from HCBA.
  • Facebook click here  (or search on Henderson County Beekeepers in facebook) will provide the opportunity to chat with fellow beekeepers via social media. Ask questions, post pictures, tell tall tales, share your beekeeping experiences. Although club communications will often find their way here, please use the website or Newsletter to stay abreast of events and happenings.
  • Periodic ‘special’ emails, such as announcements of special speakers or programs, will be published as needs dictate.

Your Contact Information

HCBA member contact information (phone number and email address) is only used to contact members for ‘official’ club business!  Please keep your contact information up to date. To do so,  log in and update your profile.  Should you forget your password you may request a new password.
HCBA now has a ‘privacy policy.‘  HCBA will never share your personal information with 3rd parties!



For event details please check our calendar of events

HCBA – Information by Beekeepers for Beekeepers!