08/15/10 — Neuse Beekeepers honored

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Neuse Beekeepers honored

By From staff reports
Published in News on August 15, 2010 1:50 AM

The Neuse Regional Beekeepers, which has headquarters at the Lenoir County Cooperative Extension Service office in Kinston, has been awarded the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association Golden Achievement Program "2010 Chapter of the Year."

The organization includes beekeepers from Wayne, Greene, Duplin, Jones, Craven and Pitt counties as well as Lenoir.

The Golden Achievement Program is designed to recognize those chapters of the North Carolina Beekeepers Association which are actively involved in promoting beekeeping in their local communities.

Points are awarded for club growth, public speaking and demonstrations, participation in community service programs, and individual members' achievements in beekeeping.

The NCSBA was founded in 1917 and current membership is 2,500 in 67 local chapters, making the NCSBA the oldest and largest such organization in the United States.

The Neuse Regional Beekeepers group was chartered in 2006. It seeks to promote, maintain and extend the craft of beekeeping in the Neuse River Basin of eastern North Carolina.

Working with local Farm Bureau agencies, Neuse beekeepers recently established educational bee yards in Lenoir,Wayne and Greene counties.

Local beekeepers are available to demonstrate beekeeping to the public at these facilities. Beekeepers are available for swarm removal, public speaking and demonstrations for schools, churches, gardening clubs and civic groups. A mentoring program is available for novice beekeepers and a beekeeping school is offered each Spring.

The Neuse Regional Beekeepers meet monthly on the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Lenoir County Cooperative Extension Service facility at 1791 Hwy 11 south of Kinston.

Membership is open to anyone interested in beekeeping, pollination, or honey and hive products.