Toe Cane Beekeepers Association wins statewide award
In recognition of advancing the importance of beekeeping through education and community-relations efforts, Toe Cane Beekeepers Association, or TCBA, has been awarded the Golden Achievement Award by the N.C. State Beekeepers Association.
The chapter-level award was presented to TCBA in August at the state association meeting in Hickory. The award carries a $300 prize the chapter plans to use in its ongoing educational efforts.
The Golden Achievement award recognized the efforts of the chapter in advancing the practice, science, and community of beekeeping throughout the year and the significant accomplishments in support of North Carolina beekeeping, according to the State Beekeepers Association.
A binder recounting the TCBA’s efforts in 2018-19 was submitted to the state and contained examples of the chapter’s efforts including hosting meetings that are open to the public that features speakers on topics relating to bees, pollinators, gardening and other topics. The chapter also hosts an annual Black Jar Honey Tasting Contest, this year on Oct. 3 at Homeplace Beer Co. in Burnsville, which is open to the public. Many members volunteer their time and expertise to speak to civic and school groups to help educate the public about the importance of honeybees and other pollinators.
Chapter President Susan Spruill thanked the members for their ongoing efforts.
“This award is only given to chapters that meet rigorous criteria for helping promote the science and art of beekeeping, and for encouraging others to recognize the importance of pollinators,” Spruill said. “Our members are very active in the communities of Mitchell, Avery and Yancey counties, and we have plans for even more activities in the future including a 4-H Beekeeping Club now in the planning stages.”
Visit toecanebeekeepers.net or follow TCBA on Facebook @toecane online to learn more about the chapter or become a member.