March 8th YCBA Meeting - YCBA South Carolina
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March 8th YCBA Meeting

March 8th YCBA Meeting

To:              YCBA Members & Guest
Subject:   March 2018 Meeting
 
                This is the week in March 2018 when we all come
together to discuss beekeeping, present questions, hope for answers and
reveal personal experiences we have endured while beekeeping.  This is a
prime opportunity for us to share information with each others and
learn from others who have gained knowledge over years of beekeeping. 
This gives us an advantage of not learning through our mistakes, but
avoiding them using the wisdom we receive from the speaker's experience.
 
                 We are very fortunate to have as our speaker this
Thursday, March 8th, 2018 a man that has walked the walk and talked the
talk in Beekeeping.  Kerry Owen, owner and operator of
"Bee Well Honey Farm" started out as a very
primitive beekeeper, processing honey in his wife's kitchen and
merchandising his product at the local school bus stop.  He now keeps
bees on 26 farms in three different states selling honey to more than
400 stores in the Southeast. Using the 2.5 mile radius we believe bees
forage, his 26 locations would cover over 30,000 acres each year
collecting the nectar that produces honey.  Kerry is the president-elect
of our South Carolina Beekeeping Association and will become the
president of SCBA at our next meeting in July 2018 replacing Steve McNeely.
 
                 Kerry Owen was named the 2016 South Carolina
Farmer of the Year, being the first full time beekeeper to achieve this
title. 
 
                 I have personally know Kerry Owens for over 15
years and purchased some of my first bees from him down in a river
bottom that had flooded.  Kerry is a man of integrity and comes to us
with many years of experience and knowledge through (OJT) hands  on job
training.  Of all the meetings and speakers we have come visit our
association, you do not want to miss Kerry Owen this Thursday night. 
 
                We will also have an update from Ron Fletcher concerning the 2018 beekeeping school.
 
                The Co-op will be open prior to the meeting and we will be taking orders for bees and dues.
 
Sincerely,
John A. Gardner
York, SC



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