Surry Beekeeper Members during last Saturday's meeting
The Surry County Beekeepers Association held it's latest annual spring field day and certification on Saturday, April 14th, in Mount Airy. Albert Cockerham hosted the event for the members that had completed the 10 hour Beekeeping for Beginners Course of Study, held from February 20- March 19th. Everything from hive components and construction to bee behaviors and maladies were taught during the course. Thirteen year old Sabrina Dixon removed and inspected frames like a pro and with much confidence during Saturday morning's field day. The course has been offered the last two years and the Chapter meetings are held the first Monday of every month at 7pm, in the Surry County Extension office in Dobson. Information can be obtained at their website and all persons interested are welcomed to join. Bees and the culture of beekeeping are necessary to promote and preserve a strong beneficial population of bees in this county, that relies heavily on agriculture. Contact the Surry County Extension at 336-401-8025. Also view the Beekeeper's website at

Opening hives for inspection

Sabrina Dixon inspects the hive for the queen.