__________Local Associations  _______________

Aiken County Beekeepers Association

Allen Johnson  803-645-6725



Anderson County Beekeepers Association
Joe Duffy  864-437-9429  


Beaufort / Jasper Beekeepers Association

David Arnal  843-384-2803


Blackwater Beekeepers Association

Jerry Dickinson  843-365-4513



Charleston Area Beekeepers Association

Patrick Roddy   843-729-2869



Cherokee County Beekeepers Association
Don Robbs  864-480-9985

Chester County Beekeeping Association
Jim Benware 803-379-1108

Dacusville Beekeepers
Dwight Porter  864-593-1535 


Edisto Beekeepers Association

Gilbert Miller  803-793-6614



Fort Mill Bee Club 

Larry Barnette  803-412-8553



Lakelands Beekeepers Association

Larry Lawson 864-378-3811



Lancaster County Beekeepers Association

Bob Legg 



Laurens County Beekeepers Association

Walter Perrin 864-915-1000



Lowcountry Beekeepers Association

Archie Biering  843-835-5912


Midstate Beekeepers Association

Thomas Ballou tballou@usit.net



Oconee County Beekeepers Association

Jay Bobo  864-882-1833



Pee Dee Beekeepers Association

Randy Feagin  803-518-4103
Bekki Medsker 843-679-0718 (additional contact)


Pickens County Beekeepers Association

Kevin Nicholson




Piedmont Beekeepers Association

Tim Dover  864-246-6646



Spartanburg County Beekeepers Association

Mark Sweatman  864 895 1034



Union County Beekeepers Association

Jean Pennas  864-426-6784



Wateree Beekeepers Association

Michael Radcliffe  803-438-8481



York County Beekeepers Association

Steve McNeely  803-684-6181











A Person Who Keeps Honey Bees is a Beekeeper. Here are things you should think about and take action on:


There are several steps that we advise to become a beekeeper.  One is contact your local beekeeping club.  Make that contact to see when a beginner bee class will begin and begin attending monthly meetings.  

The next step is request beekeeping catalogs (Brushy Mountain, Mann-Lake, Dadant, Rossman and Miller Bee Supply).  Those catalogs are very informative and you can familiarize yourself on equipment to purchase.  

The next step is set aside a budget of about $500 for all your supplies for one year.  That includes, beginner class, two colonies, the woodenware, tools, and protective gear.  

The next step is start looking for a place to put your bees.  Bees need good forage with lots of nectar and pollen.  The best situation is different plants that offer blooms all year round.  The other thing that is important is water, bees need water to produce honey.

The next step is buy a beekeeping book.  We recommend " First Lessons in Beekeeping", "Storey's Guide to Keeping Bees" There are a ton of books out there but this a good one that will get you started.  

The next step is to find a beekeeping mentor that will help you answer all the questions.

You may want to follow us on Facebook/SC State Beekeepers.  We can help you with questions too.  The State Assoc. offers a bee class at our summer meeting.  When you become a State Member you will get notification of all our events.  Visit our website often to stay informed.

The spring is a good place to start keeping bees.  So you have time between now and then to research and get involved in the meetings.  

Wow, that is your homework assignment!  Get Busy!

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