If you need honey bees remove from your property please see the Honey Bee Removal List.

If you are interested in Beekeeping in the Cookeville/Putnam county TN area (or anywhere for that matter) you can subscribe to email updates using the email notification widget just to the right >>> or you can contact me by leaving a comment.  Updates will include notifications about association meetings and activities, and other beekeeping related tidbits, but no chain mails, political propaganda or other spam.  Also your email address will not be distributed, sold or abused in any way.

Our regular meetings are usually on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM at  Collegeside Church of Christ 252 East 9th Street Cookeville, TN 38501.

2013 Association Officers

  • President – David LaFerney
  • Vice President – Matt Phillips
  • Treasurer – David Fox (outgoing 2012 President)

About the Photograph in the Page Header

The header photo is cropped from this picture taken by Shirley LaFerney (my lovely wife):

and shows from left to right – capped brood, white larva (open brood) curled up in cells and almost ready to be capped, and on the right are pollen stores.  The pollen is different colors because it has been gathered from different flowers, and you may notice that most of it has a wet sheen – bees mix pollen and nectar along with enzymes from their bodies which caused is to ferment into “bee bread” an extremely important high protein food supply.   You can click on this picture for a detailed view and then you can blow the image up even more by holding the Ctrl key while you hit the + button several times.


2 Responses to About

  1. roy henderson says:

    To: David LaFerney…

    David, I am a former member, having relocated to Rockport, TX , I have three colonies/hives located in Gainesboro that I want to transport to Texas.

    Texas requires a “permit” for interstate shipment of bees…at this point it appears to be certification of disease (foulbrood) free colonies/hives. As I recall, Cookeville Beekeepers provided “inspections” of this nature. Am I correct on the inspection service…what fees?

    I am still learning about the “process” of obtaining the Texas importation permit…

  2. Janice Stanley says:

    My husband and I are new to the area, Buffalo Valley, and would like to start a couple of hives this year. How do we join your Beekeepers? I am still living in Virginia and plan to come as needed this winter/spring to get the hives started. Is there a local place to buy hives and bees? We would prefer to support our local suppliers.
    Thanks for any help you can send our way.

    Tom and Janice Stanley

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