I saw this on the Phil Craft Hive Craft website:
Meeting tommorrow night. Thurs. Nov. 7 @ 6:30 @ the extension office. It is not to early to start thinking about ordering bees next spring. We will be placing orders in Feb. and March. You will need to decide how many packages of bees you think you will want and start getting your wooden ware ready. The packages will be $85 per swarm this year according to Arliss. This could change a little high or low, but you could work on this price.
Good meeting again last night. Thanks for all who came and took part. Special thanks to Dr. Douglas Airhart from TTU for his presentation on “Bee Plants”. I was impressed with several of our members who had several suggestions.
I am putting together a swam collection list for the county extension office. If you want your name on the list, please let me know.
Arliss is putting together a inspectors class. This would be limited to 16 members. If interested get your name in pot soon. You can send me an email if you are interested in either of these things at email@example.com
David Lafereney has been meeting with a few of us and letting us graft our our own queens. This has been so cool. Look at the facebook page to see a few pictures. David, thanks again for all you do, but this may be one of the most special things I have learned. You know what they say about a little knowledge.
If you are handy with woodworking I found this site to make screened bottom boards. I went to Highland hardware and got a roll of screen for about $20. This roll looks like it will make 100 screened bottom boards. Using scrap wood these were easy to make. Other than the screen, there was not cost. You will need 2 scrap 2 ft. 2×4’s . On cold snowy days this was easy breezy. the web site is
If anyone is wondering when is best time to get involved in beekeeping. The time is now. The bees will be delivered early April, so they must be ordered now. You have 2 months to get your equipment, assemble it, and paint it. The Cookeville Beekeepers will be offering a beginners class for those who want to learn more. They will have a meeting Feb. 7 @ 6:30 at the Putnam Extension off. by the fairgrounds.
G. Holt sent me a video showing the lifecycle of bees. If you would like to watch go to