Wiregrass Beekeepers Association
Is a non profit association formed to help area beekeepers. We are comprised of individuals and families, young and old, who share an interest in beekeeping, honey production, and other products of the beehive.
The objectives of the Association as stated in the Constitution are:
- To assist in checking the spread of honey bee diseases
- To spread and exchange information on experiences
- Ideas and improve methods of production;
- To inform the public as to the value of honey as food and the importance and value of honey bees as pollinators of plants
- To elevate the business of beekeeping to a place of eminence in the Agricultural Industry.
Beekeeping (apiculture) is the practice of managing honeybee colonies to attain desired objectives.
The most common primary objectives for managing colonies are:
- To ensure large, healthy adult honeybee populations to coincide with major nectar flows
- To use these strong honeybee colonies to best execute the beekeeping management plan
- To maximize the collection of nectar (ie. to maximize honey production);and/or Provide pollination services for local food crops.
Some beekeepers have other objectives for their honeybee colonies such as:
- Raising honeybee livestock for sale to other beekeepers
- Producing other honeybee substances, including bee pollen, propolis, and royal jelly
Our club activities include:
- Giving beekeeping demonstrations to schools and other organizations.
- Maintaining beehives at Landmark Park. The honey we harvest from these hives is available for sale in the country store there.
- Swarm collection. Most swarms die in the wild succumbing to disease or parasites without the care of a beekeeper.
- Beginning Beekeeper Classes
- Educating club members to improve our beekeeping skills.
- Equipment Rental for Club Members
- Keeping abreast of the latest information on beekeeping and honey production.