November, December, January - cold, warm, wet, dry!
Winter in North Carolina can be very hard on honey bees. Cold snaps followed by warm snaps... sometimes dry, sometimes wet. This can trigger more activity in the hive than would occur in more northern regions where the weather settles into cold for the duration. What does this mean? It means honey bees can burn through food rapidly in the winter. Make sure they are well fed and have just enough ventilation.
  • Keep your honey bees fed throughout the winter.
  • Avoid a build up of condensation inside, it is common to leave the top entrance open and/or crack the top of the hive with a popsicle stick or something similar.
  • Don't inspect those bees if you can help it. Disruption can be fatal.
  • A small population can often survive the winter! If you do inspect and they are only a few hundred bees... don't give up. They may make it! And bees stop moving if they are cold, don't assume they are dead until they warm up again.

Franklin County Farmer's Market?

Do you want to see a permanent Farmer's Market facility built in Franklin County? Check out this press release by the Cooperative Extension about a feasibility study to be conducted and how you can participate.

Events and Activities

Visit our events page for a full list of upcoming activities.
Visit our meetings page for monthly meeting information.

We are a small association of peers dedicated to furthering the knowledge of and interest in beekeeping in Franklin County, North Carolina.

Our club sprang to life in late 2007 due primarily to the efforts of Larry Green and a small group of people he recruited to help him. Franklin County has been until now, and may have always been, without a beekeepers association.

We are young, but rapidly growing. If you are interested in joining, please contact one of us or simply show up to a meeting. We'd love to have you.

Where we meet...

We meet 7:30pm on the last Wednesday of every month at the Franklin County Cooperative Extension located at 103 S Bickett Blvd, Louisburg, NC 27549.