Alamance County’s Farm Bureau “Homegrown” in the Park


The Alamance County Farm Bureau “Homegrown” “In the Park” held at Burlington City Park on Saturday, April 11th was well attended. To celebrate Alamance County Agriculture both the Alamance County Beekeepers and the Extension Master Gardeners Volunteers had exhibits. Thanks are due to members Mike Ross, Neil Carey, Corey Gillespie, Cynthia Pierce, Linda and Geoff Leister for their participation and for fielding the many questions from visitors about honey bees during the daylong event. The top attraction for both adults and kids was Mike’s observation hive that included a marked queen, drones, workers and emerging young bees. Another favorite for the very young kids were Linda’s “take home” handouts of selected line drawings of bees and flowers for coloring.

Beginning Beekeeping course instructors and mentors were also busy last Saturday distributing and helping to install newly received honey bee packages received by the 2015 class members.

Alamance County Hive Locations


 GIS Map

A PDF of Alamance County Hive Locations can be downloaded HERE. This is a Geographic Information System (GIS) map composed of multiple layers of information. In this case an Alamance County map has 122 hive locations plotted with a 1-mile flight radius that our honey bees travel as they forage on nectar & pollen. Also included are Alamance County’s Voluntary Agriculture Districts that include properties that are dedicated to either five acres of horticulture, ten acres of agriculture, or twenty acres of forestry.

Pollinator Conservation Resources provided by Dr. Nancy Adamson, The Xerces Society

If you were not able to attend Dr. Nancy Adamson’s presentation on Farming for Bees and Other Beneficial Insects at the January meeting, she has kindly provided a PDF copy of her presentation and it is available for download HERE

In addition she provided a Pollinator Conservation Web Resources PDF for the Eastern U.S. with additional resources for North Carolina. That is available for download HERE

Pollinator Conservation Resources for the the Mid-Atlantic Region that includes NC is located on the The Xerces Society website. Lists of recommended pollinator plants, conservation guides, native pollinator plant nurseries and seed companies, and bee identification and monitoring resources can found HERE


Beginning Beekeeping Course – 2015


We would like to announce that starting on January 20, 2015 the Alamance County Beekeepers will start the 24th consecutive year of offering a Beginning Beekeeping Course. The objective of the course is to create an interest in beekeeping and provide information needed for a person to become a keeper of honey bees, a beekeeper. No prior experience is required to take the course.

This is a 24-hour course, 20 hours in the classroom and 4 hours in the field. The structured classes start, as noted above, on January 20, 2015 and will continue each Tuesday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. through March 24th . All class sessions will be held in the auditorium of the Ag Extension Office located at, 209 N. Graham Hopedale Rd, Burlington, NC 27217.At the completion of the classroom instructions, we will have a Field Day on Saturday, March 28th . During the Field Day, we will spend 4 hours in a bee yard to gain hands-on experience in working with the bees.
It’s best to register in advance to assure you have a seat and course materials. The room can only hold 50 people comfortably, so be sure to register early. The cost of the course is $75.00. This includes $10.00 building usage fee, $21.00 for Local and State dues, and $44 for reference handbooks. If your spouse or other member of your family wants to take the course and you can share the books, then the cost for the additional person would be $31.00. To register in advance, please send you name, address, telephone number, e-mail address along with your payment to: Ira G. Poston, 135 Georgetowne Dr., Elon, NC 27244. Please make check payable to Alamance County Beekeepers.
If you live in the Burlington area, you most likely won’t need directions to the Alamance County Center, 209-C N Graham-Hopedale Rd., Burlington, NC; however, if you are coming from out of town one simple way to get to the Ag Extension Office is to get off I-85/1-40 at exit 145 and head toward downtown Burlington. This street is Maple Avenue. Stay on Maple Avenue through the center of Burlington until you get to Church Street, turn right travel approximately 2.1 miles until you get to Graham Hopedale Road, turn left, travel one block and the Ag Building is the first building on the right.
We would also like to announce that in 2015, the Alamance County Farm Bureau will again be sponsoring a Cost-Share program. This is a program where a number of people are awarded two hives each, along with a package of bees for each hive. Applications for this program will be available on the first evening of the class or download the application HERE.

Even though you have registered in advance, we would like for you to come a little early, maybe 6:15 or 6:30 p.m., on the first night, January 20th, so that we will have time to issue nametags and handbooks and still be ready to start our class at 7:00 p.m.

If you know someone interested in taking this course, we would appreciate you sharing the above information with that person.

This course announcement will also be posted on the Alamance County Beekeepers Web Site –

Hope to see you on January 20th

Beginning Beekeeper Course Announcement 2015

Beginning Beekeeping Course 2015

Download the Alamance County Farm Bureau 2015 Cost-Share Program Application Form