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.


6 thoughts on “About”

  1. 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

  2. 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…

  3. Hello,
    I am in charge of programming for Cookeville Breakfast Rotary that meets at the golf club on 10th Street every Tuesday morning at 7am. Do you have someone who could join us one Tuesday morning and present to our group about the Cookeville Beekeepers Association and how to get started in beekeeping or other interesting bee topics?
    I think this would be a high interest, highly engaging topic. Let me know if you are interested or can direct me to a local beekeeper to contact. Dates we have available are May 31, June 14 or 21, or any another Tuesday that is best for you in another later month. Thanks and great website.

  4. I am a beginner beekeeper and I have two hives in the Buffalo Valley area. I am in need of a mentor. I believe one new hive is not doing well,barely any bees coming and going,the other is doing quite well with lots of activity. Is there anyone in the area that can take a look at my hives and assist me with checking the health of the colonies? I am willing to compensate someone for their trouble. Please call 615-403-5847 if you can help.One hive may need honey harvesting. I am a member of the Nashville area beekeepers, but stopped going to meeting because it seemed like meeting were just designed to sell you overpriced supplies and was too big to give individualized help. Left most meetings very confused about beekeeping.

  5. We were wondering if your club would like to participate in our upcoming convention. Jay Heselswcherdt from Bee Friends, and Ace Ely and myself are from Heritage Beekeepers, and we started this convention last year. We had a great turn out, and would love for you to join us. Please let me know.

  6. Hi, I’m trying to reach you to ask if the Beekeepers Association (or any individual members) would like to have a (free) booth at the Earth Day Celebration that is being held at Dogwood Park in Cookeville on Sunday, April 22 from 1:00 to 5:00 (12:00 for participant setup). The event is being organized by a loose coalition of groups headed by the Putnam County Democratic Party, and including Vol State Community College, TTU, and local businesses. It is absolutely free to participate and to attend.

    It would be great to have an exhibition hive and beekeepers there to talk about the bees and the ecological role of bees and other pollinators, and things like what kind of native species to grow for pollinators.

    I have just submitted a request to join your Facebook group in order to try to reach you through that platform.

    If you could send me an email, I’ll send you my phone number so we can talk more about it.


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