About Toe Cane Beekeepers Association

TCBA is a non-profit organization that promotes the art and science of beekeeping, encourages cooperation among local beekeepers, contributes to the advancement of education about beekeeping and its related activities, and offers related support to our members and neighboring communities. ​



The following are goals of the TCBA:

  • To promote the practice and enjoyment of beekeeping

  • To learn more about honey bees, bee evolution, and beekeeping techniques

  • To engage in educational and helpful activities focused on honey bees and beekeeping and related activities as a common foundation

Our club meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month (February through October) at the United Community Bank in Burnsville. Meetings begin at 6 p.m. with a pot-luck dinner. Speakers from around the region join us to share information, helpful how-tos and lots of beekeeping adventures. Meetings are free, and you don't have to be a member to attend, but we'd love to have you join.

The fee for being a member of Toe Cane Beekeepers is $10 for individuals and $15 for families.

We are a chapter of the N.C. State Beekeepers Association.

For Members (links to bylaws, meeting minutes)



Susan Spruill

I started beekeeping in 2010. It has been a series of challenges and rewards, but always interesting and addictive!  My optimal apiary consists of 8-10 hives. Prior to becoming President, I was the Secretary of our club.  As President of TCBA, my duties include representing our club to the community, facilitating our meetings and seeking out projects and funds for those projects.  I am very proud of how active and engaged our club has become.  I am looking forward to a great year.

Vice President

Ed Geouge

My first experience with honey bees was that of the observer.  At 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. Then bees called me again in 1996 and we stated again, but that was short-lived as I discovered the hard way that Africanized bees had taken over my hive. Now, I have about 10 colonies in the South Toe River once again. So much more to learn!


Debbie Griffith

My bee story began way back in 1977, but I returned to the bee world 5 years ago with hives at my cabin in Avery County. joining this club has not only helped my beekeeping knowledge, but has broadened my circle of great friends. As secretary, I coordinate communications for the club, maintain the website and promote the club's activities.


John Pearson

I became interested in bees at an early age when Helping extract some honey.  Bees were fascinating but I didn't have the ability or location to keep bees.  Now that we are in NC and have access to a great bee club we decided to caretakers to help the bee community.  I'm not sure if we are keeping them or that are keeping us? So much to learn.

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Contact Us

General inquiries:

Susan Spruill, president


email: spruillsusan@yahoo.com

Website submissions/questions:

Debbie Griffith, secretary


email: djgriff2@gmail.com