Beekeeping in Onslow County

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Welcome to Beekeeping in Onslow County!

Onslow County has a vibrant beekeeping community which includes backyard hobbyist, small scale producers and commercial beekeepers who send thousands of hives across the nation for pollination services.  

The N.C. Cooperative Extension - Onslow County Center supports the Onslow County Beekeeping Association (OCBA) with it's programming. The Onslow County Beekeeping Association is a member of the NC State Beekeeping Association which offers testing to become a NC Certified Beekeeper, Journeyman, Master Beekeeping, and Master Craftsman. 


Click here for additional information about the Onslow County Beekeepers Association!

Click here for additional information about the NC State Beekeepers Association!

Upcoming Programs

NC Journeyman Test prep



NC Journeyman Test Prep

Are you a NC Certified Beekeeper?  Have you gained some skills but need help preparing for the NC Journeyman exam at the NC State Beekeepers Association Conference in March?

Date: Jan 27, 2024

Time: 12pm - 6pm

Location: Onslow County Parks: Hines Farm Park & Stables, 1259 McCallister Rd., Jacksonville

Cost: FREE!  

Click here to register!


2024 Beginners Beekeeping Short Course



2024 Beginners Beekeeping Short Course

Ready to learn more about Apis mellifera, the European honeybee?  


Date: Feb 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2024

Time: 8am - 12pm

Location: Onslow County Parks: Hines Farm Park & Stables, 1259 McCallister Rd., Jacksonville

Cost: $70 (includes Short Course Material, 1st year membership in Onslow Co Beekeepers Association and NC State Beekeepers Association, written and practical test to become a “NC Certified Beekeeper”, mentoring throughout the season)

Click here to be added to the pre-registration list and receive additional information!

See a Swarm? Relax!

Honey bees are generally very docile when they swarm.  Swarming is what honey bees do when they are searching for a new home and will generally move on after a few hours.

Click here for additional information if you see a honey bee swarm!