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Articles and news for beekeepers and friends of bees, plus, updates on our upcoming activities and events.

Come and Taste the Best Honey Produced in Our 3-County AreaWhat’s the best-tasting honey in Mitchell, Avery and Yancey County?  Time for local beekeepers to enter their bees’ honey and allow local residents to help decide the winner at the Sixth Annual Mayland Black Jar Honey […]
Helping beekeepers be successful is Jon Robertson’s goal.  Jon is our featured speaker at the Sept. 27 meeting of Toe Cane Beekeepers Association. He is the owner of Hoopers Creek Bee Company in Asheville. The meeting begins at 6:30 Trinity Episcopal Church, 15 Hemlock Ave. […]
Debbie Griffith
Debbie Griffith of Avery County has been certified by the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association (NCSBA) as a Master Beekeeper

How Can We Help You?

These are just some of the services we offer to community

Capture a Swarm

If you’ve spotted a swarm of bees outside their nest, we can help re-home them.


If bees are living in your house, outbuilding or anywhere else they don’t belong, we may be able to help.


Ask our experienced beekeeping experts to talk to your group, class, or gathering.


Some of our members sell packages, nucs, and queens. Many are bred for our higher altitudes.

A hive body with frame

Find Bee Supplies

We maintain a relationship with multiple vendors in the area. From hives to tools and protective clothing, they have you covered!

Honey display

Buy Honey

Buy local honey, including our famous sourwood honey, as well as beeswax and products made from beeswax

Did You Know?

When honey bees collect nectar and pollen from blossoms and flowers, they help pollinate some of the fruits, vegetables, and nuts we eat, increasing harvests and helping farmers feed the world. The bees consume some nectar but turn much of it into honey and store it for later use. At the peak of the season a beehive might contain 100,000 bees and more than 100 pounds of honey.

TCBA members provide local bees with a safe, secure place to live and help protect them from predators, invasive mites, and deadly viruses. In return, we collect honey the bees have made from a wide variety of sources, including tulip poplars, wild flowers, clover, basswood and sourwood trees.

About us

Promoting the art and science of beekeeping

The TCBA is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping bees and beekeepers flourish in our neighboring communities. We achieve our goals via education, outreach, cooperation and mentoring.

Association Officers

Here are the dedicated beekeepers that keep our association humming.

When I was five years old, my mom ordered package bees from Sears Roebuck. I used to spend hours watching them. In 1986 we got bees and kept up to 16 colonies. In 1993 we sold all the bees and moved to Southwest New Mexico. Now, I have about 10 colonies in the South Toe River.

Ed Geouge


I stumbled into beekeeping 4 years ago and have since become obsessed with all things honeybees. It’s been an incredible and fascinating journey and I love sharing my experiences with new beekeeping folks, just to offer a glimpse of what backyard beekeeping looks like.

Kristi Benningfield

Vice President

My bee story began in 1977, but I returned to the bee world 7 years ago with 9-12 colonies at Whippoorwill Hill Apiary in Avery County. The Toe Cane club has not only helped my beekeeping knowledge but has broadened my circle of great friends. Mentoring new keepers and giving presentations to school groups also has been rewarding.

Debbie Griffith


Bees are fascinating and such a good fit in our beautiful community. The sharing and support of club members is invaluable. 

Ann Coomber


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