WATEREE BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION

An affiliate of the South Carolina Beekeepers Association

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The "Gloves On" Experience for the Beginner's Beekeeping Class!

 Each year in March, our Beginner's Beekeeping Class culminates with what we like to call the "gloves on" experience.  Class members are given a chance to gather at an apiary and actually see inside an active hive.  This year for the first time we actually used the backyard apiary of one of our Association members rather than a commercial bee yard.  We didn't really plan it that way, but beekeepers are pretty accustomed to making last minute plans!  It actually makes a lot of sense because the majority of our members are backyard or hobby beekeepers anyway.  We turned the event into an impromptu picnic!  We're already dreaming about having our own Association Apiary by next year! 

The 2014 Annual "Bringing of the Bees"

Every year in late March or early April, a couple of our Association members make a "pilgrimage" to a little town in South Georgia called Baxley.  It happens to be home to one of the Southeast's largest Apiaries and suppliers of package honeybees.  This year we picked up over 120 packages of Italian honeybees.  Each package contained three pounds of bees and one queen.  We never waste any time getting the bees back to Camden where we know a group of excited beekeepers are waiting to pick up their packages and take them to their new homes all over Kershaw and Sumter Counties.   

We try to take a few pictures each year to share on our website.  We've posted a few here.   If you'd,  like to see more,visit our Photo page and browse through the gallery!

Nothing like a little free advertising for our favorite package bee supplier

 

 

Packages are stacked in groups of ten as they come in on flatbed trucks from the bee yards. 

 

 

The expert crater carefully spaces the boxes for maximum ventilation and then uses strips of wood to secure them against shifting in transit.  It's not unusual for this crew to fill and load over a THOUSAND packages of bees in a single day!  If you know what you're doing, you can fit over 120 packages safely in the bed of a Toyota Tacoma!

Selling Your Honey legally in South Carolina

At our November, 2013 monthly meeting, Association Board member Glen Perdue gave a presentation on how to sell your honey legally in South Carolina. As a follow-up, we thought it might be helpful to provide some links to important information from  the South Carolina department of Agriculture's website. 

A recent change in the law in South Carolina allows beekeepers to sell up to 400 gallons or 4,800 pounds of honey annually directly to end users without having the honey processed in an approved honey house.  However, in order to do this, you must obtain an Exemption Certificate from the Department of Agriculture.  There is NO COST for this certificate.  Below is a link that will take you to the SCDA application for a honey exemption certificate:

http://agriculture.sc.gov/userfiles/file/forms/Honey%20Exemption%20Word.pdf

 Along with your application, you must submit a sample of your honey label for approval.  Below is a link to the requirements for honey labels in South Carolina:

https://agriculture.sc.gov/userfiles/file/Food%20Safety%20and%20Compliance/Honey%20Label%201-17-2012%20Angie(1).pdf

 

Remember, you CAN sell your honey directly to end-users in South Carolina WITHOUT processing it in a honey house approved by the SC Department of Agriculture.  However, in order to do so legally, you MUST have a Honey Exemption Certificate and you can ONLY sell your honey DIRECTLY to end-users.  In other words, you CANNOT sell your honey wholesale.  Also, ALL the honey you sell must be properly labeled and you are limited to selling no more than 400 gallons of honey annually

                                      WBA Adopts our FIRST LOGO

Wateree Beekeepers Association is proud to unveil our first LOGO.  We will soon be taking orders for t-shirts, polo shirts, sweat shirts and lots more, all featuring this unique and colorful logo.  Check this  website frequently OR register to receive e-mails containing details on how to order!

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