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JCBA December Meeting

Hello Fellow Beekeepers,

Our annual JCBA Christmas Banquet will be held on Monday, December 15th at the Johnston County Agricultural Center. The banquet will be pot-luck for vegetables, other sides and desert with the JCBA providing fried chicken as the meat course.
I hope all club members will attend this enjoyable evening of dinner and entertainment. Information on the evenings entertainment will be sent out when details are finalized.
All members who plan to attend please let Amie know by email at
Include the number attending and what dish you will provide in the email.
Attached are the minutes from our last meeting for review. Thanks go out to JCBA member Al Hildreth for an interesting presentation on products from the hive and running a sideline beekeeping business.
The minutes list the officers and board members for 2015. Thanks again to all the folks who have volunteered to serve.
Look forward to seeing all of you at the banquet.


Chip Braswell
JCBA President

November Beekeeping Meeting

Johnston County Beekeeper’s Association

Monthly Meeting

Date: November 10, 2014 (Please Note the Change in date to the 2nd Monday)

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Johnston County Agricultural Center (2736 NC Highway 210, Smithfield, NC 27577)
Speaker: TBA

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday the meetings for November have to be moved up one week to accommodate the Farm City Week Banquet.
See you next Monday,

November Meeting Date Change

The November meeting will be held on November 10th. This will be one week early.

Bee Prepared for November 2014


  • Store your equipment away for the winter


  • Rake all leaves and dead grass away from the colony to prevent fire
  • Cut tall grass
  • Fence apiary to protect the colonies from livestock
  • Check all tops to be sure they are waterproof
  • Place a weight on the outer cover to prevent the wind from blowing the top off the hive
  • Finish up all winterization preparations of your hives
  • On a cold day when the bees are all inside, weed-eat around your hives


  • Feed
    • 1 gallon of 2:1 sugar syrup
    • Add 7/8 teaspoon of Fumidil-B
    • Feed light hives as long as sugar water does not freeze
  • Top ventilate all colonies
  • Don’t check for brood
    • The cluster defines the brood location

Johnston County, NC