With breaks in the rain showers on Saturday, March 14, mentors and Hive Grant participants met in the Rhea County Beekeepers Association’s Club Apiary to install their bees.
The hives were provided by the Tennessee Beekeepers Association to assist first-time beekeepers get started in the hobby.
For their second year in the Grant program the Club selected to purchase Nucleus colonies of bees. “It’s a great place to demonstrate all the essential skills to first-time beekeepers: site selection, inspections and installation of new bees and all that requires,” Rhea County Beekeepers Association President Diana Pace said.
As an added bonus, Club members and Mentors Andrea Porter and Matt Sachs were able to share information with future Rhea County beekeepers in an impromptu educational session when curious neighbors attended the hive installation.
“Thank you so much for taking the time to share with the kids,” said Lacy Rayburn who hosts the Rhea County Beekeepers Association’s Club Apiary at their property — Rayburn Farms.
Under the program, which is subsidized in part by a grant from the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program from UT and TSU, any club affiliated with TBA pays for one hive while two hives are provided by the TBA Grant.
“It’s a wonderful way to encourage skills development through mentorship and club participation,” said Pace.