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.


57 Responses to About

  1. Dave Johnson says:

    Would like to attend your meetings and learn more about beekeeping

  2. Jack Higgs says:


    I just ran across your website today and found it informative. I am a Cookeville native now living in the mountains of Colorado. I am a first year beekeeper living at 8100 feet elevation. My two hives wintered over and are now coming back to life as things start greening up here in the mountains. Here is a youtube video of some visitors to my hives back in the summer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1FWwXrZvmU

    Keep up the good work with the website!

  3. Randy Bolin says:

    Hi, I am ready to start beekeeping. We have a farm in Buffalo Valley and hope to start organic gardening this year. Would love to get information on buying bees, applying for the hive grant, as well as rubbing shoulders and I hope some mentoring from the group. I will be in attendance on Feb. 6. What are the things I need to do now before the meeting to get into the drawing?

  4. April Lake says:

    Hello, I’m a private beekeeper in southwest Virginia located in Carroll County. Hello to all of you. April

  5. Bill Allen says:


    Since we have many customers in Tennessee and other parts of the Southeast, I wanted to contact your organization
    to see if there might be an interested in our honeybee products for your members. These include t-shirts, sweatshirts,
    hoodies and various caps, which can be seen on our website http://www.jandbcreative.com under Beewear.

    Unfortunately, I was unable to reach an agreement to extend the Licensing Agreement with the illustrator,
    as a result, we’re having a “close out” sale with 50% off [except for mugs] while supplies last.

    Thanks for your time and let me know if you have questions or need additional information.

    Best regards,


  6. Thomas Vanden Bosch says:

    My name is Tom Vanden Bosch. I have experience with Honeybees. I am looking for work in an Apirary. if you could help I would be very appreciative. Thanks Tom

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