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Pollinators and Home Pesticides Workshop 
Mon Mar 25, 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

6601 Devils Racetrack Road, Four Oaks, NC 27524

— 1 week away Hosted By:
Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center
Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service

Date: Monday, March 25, 2013

Time: 7:00 pm- 9:00 pm

Location: Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center
6601 Devils Racetrack Road, Four Oaks, NC 27524

Costs: $10.00

Credits: 1.5 pesticide recertification credits will be provided
License areas covered: D, H, L, N, O and X

To Register: Contact Amie Newsome at 919-989-5486 or
Katrina McDougald at to
register or with questions.

*** Space is limited! Please register early! ***

-NC Cooperative Extension Service
-Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center
-Introduction of Native and Managed Pollinators
-How and When to Use Pesticides Without Harming
-Introduction of Beneficial Insects
-How to Reduce Pesticide Use by Increasing Beneficial
-How to Reduce Pesticide Use by Reducing Habitats for


Date: March 18, 2013

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Johnston County Agricultural Center (2736 NC Highway 210, Smithfield, NC 27577)

Speaker: Al Hildreth with Shamrock's Buzzy Bee

Topic: "Splitting Hives and Packaged Bee Installation"

Description: Mr. Hildreth will be discussing how to manage over-crowded hives and how to install 3 lb. mail-ordered bees

Special Notes: This event is free and open to the public.  We hope that you can make it.

Contact: Amie Newsome with Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service for more information at or 919-989-5380

The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer a workshop on Queen Rearing for Beekeepers from 6:00-9:00 pm on Monday March 11 in the auditorium of the Agriculture Building in Pittsboro. The workshop will be taught by North Carolina State University Apiculture Technician Jennifer Keller. There are many benefits to raising your own queens: you will always have one on hand when you need it, you can save money, and you can pick whatever characteristics are important to you and breed to that. This workshop is for beekeepers who have some experience; we will not be covering the basics of honey bee biology.

We will also be offering an all-day  follow-up workshop on Saturday June 1 for folks who understand the basic principles of queen rearing and want an intensive hands-on experience (details on the June workshop to be released in March).


  • What is queen rearing?
  • Why make your own instead of buying? Advantages and disadvantages of rearing your own queens.
  • Things to consider before beginning: number of hives needed to be successful, materials needed, planning, etc.
  • Cell builders: identifying a strong colony; how to set up swarm box.
  • Grafting
  • Mating nucs
  • Grafting demonstration and hands-on grafting practice

Cost of the March workshop is $15 and includes handouts. Pre-registration is required. The deadline for registration is March 7 (we must RECEIVE your registration by March 7). Space is limited so register early!

Download a registration for on the Growing Small Farms website at

Call 919-542-8202 or email for more information.


  • Should have all equipment ready, Now!
  • Air out stored supers
    • Remove from Paramoth
    • Freeze stored frames 1 – 2 days


  • Reversing hive bodies
    • Allows for better distribution of brood
    • Stimulates the growth of the colony

Swarm Preventions

  • Check for reproductive swarm preps:
    • Brood nest reduction
    • Nectar congestion (at the top of the nest)
    • Poor foraging and/or poor wax production
    • Queen cell / royal jelly / eggs / larvae
      • Particularly in hives with an early Spring buildup,