Southwest Arkansas Beekeepers holds a number of educational workshops and social events throughout the year. Participants have the opportunity to learn and share information at these events and do not have to be members to attend. Contact any Officers or Committee Chairs for more information.
Junior Beekeepers Program
This two-year training program for young beekeepers provides training workshops and guidance from experienced beekeepers to youths through age 19. There is no membership fee for Junior Beekeepers. Contact President Sheila Kreul at (870) 845-8524 for more information.
Beekeeping Books at Howard County Library in Nashville – Southwest Arkansas Beekeepers maintains a special collection of more than 100 beekeeping books at the Howard County Library branch located in Nashville.
The collection was made possible by a grant from Nashville’s Growing Healthy
Communities and Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas. There are children’s books about bees and books on basic and advanced beekeeping, cooking with honey, native bees, history and lore of beekeeping, and more. Be sure to take advantage of this fantastic addition to Howard County Library!
- A honey bee colony is composed of one giant family. The queen bee is the mother of all the other bees in her hive!
- One hive may contain 20,000 to 60,000 bees, all living and working together.
- A queen bee can lay up to 2500 eggs per day. She must eat many times her own body weight each day to produce eggs continually.
- A honey bee can fly up to 15 miles per hour. Its wings beat about 180 times per second, producing the familiar buzzing sound.
- A honey bee can travel up to 3 miles from its hive to collect food.
- One colony of bees can forage across more than 18,000 acres.
- An individual honey bee will take an average of 10 trips from her hive each day, visiting 50-100 flowers on each trip from home.
- A honey bee will only visit a single species of flower on each trip, ensuring that pollen is transferred to the correct type of flower.
- A worker bee who finds a good source of nectar will communicate its location to the rest of her hive by performing a unique dance.
- A pound of honey is about 11/3 cups. Bees must gather nectar from about 2 million flowers to make a single pound of honey.
- Together, the bees in a hive must fly about 55,000 miles to collect all of the nectar for just 1 pound of honey. By comparison, the earth has a circumference of about 25,000 miles at the equator.
- During their busy spring and summer, a worker honey bee will only live for about 6 weeks. Workers may live up to 6 months in the winter, during which the bees cluster together to stay warm.
Point of Contact
President- Sheila Kreul
Interested in being a member?
Southwest Arkansas Beekeepers started in 2010 with beekeepers located throughout southwest Arkansas. Members are beekeeping hobbyists and enthusiasts and the association provides support to members through monthly meetings, beekeeping courses, workshops and field trips and by association with each other and beekeeping professionals throughout the state.
>> 2nd Monday Monthly
Cossatot Community College Room 101
6:00 pm Sign-in and visit
6:30 pm Business meeting followed by an educational program