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Beekeeping in South Carolina with Beekeeper Charlotte – KM117

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This is Episode One Hundred and Seventeen of our beekeeping podcast. This week we are talking to the Charlotte Anderson from South Carolina.

We are Gary and Margaret, we love Honeybees, we are kiwimana and we are Beekeepers who live in the Waitakere Ranges, on the Wild West coast of Auckland, in New Zealand.

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The interview was recorded in Oct 2017


Charlotte Anderson is the first Female Master Beekeeper from South Carolina, she is also a Blogger and a Teacher. In 2012 she was named Beekeeper of the year in South Carolina. We talk about how she keeps bees successfully in the hot climate of South Carolina.

Here is what you will discover (Now with Times!!!)

For your reference we now include times for the conversation points, Some podcast players allow you to click on the times to jump to that section.


  • How to avoid getting stung 02:18
  • What is Charlotte ‘s three strike policy 03:00
  • Why is keeping Beekeepng records so important 03:38
  • What help beekeepers become better beekeepers 04:40
  • What is Beekeepers Biggest Problem 05:22
  • Everybody doesn’t need to be a Beekeeper 06:35
  • This not GrandPa’s Beekeeping 07:23
  • Does Charlotte have issues with Small Hive Beetles 07:43
  • Wax Moths are not much fun 09:09
  • What inspired Charlotte to start beekeeping? 09:22
  • Are Bees Adapting to Varroa Mites in the South East? 13:43
  • How does Charlotte treat her Bees with Oxalic Acid 16:44
  • What’s the biggest issue facing beekeepers in South Carolina 17:24
  • Flowers don’t always mean lots of nectar 18:25
  • Sugar is never as good the Bees own Honey 20:23
  • Does Charlotte encourage other people to pursue the Master Beekeeper program 20:44
  • Charlotte tells us about her new online Beekeeping course 24:15
  • Are Pesticides an issue in South Carolina? 28:55
  • Varroa Mites and Weak Queen are an issue, find out why? 29:43
  • Does Open feeding increases the risk of American Foulbrood? 36:08
  • Front Feeders are quite a good way to get your hive robbed out 38:02
  • A suit with Ice Packs in it! 39:22
  • Getting stung in the eye can make you blind 41:28
  • Pulling down your pants isn’t always the best way to go 43:57
  • What is Charlotte’s funniest Beekeeping story 45:30
  • What the plan for the next Beekeeping Season? 51:50
  • How to follow Charlotte’s work 55:49
  • End of the Show 57:34

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Gary Fawcett

Gary enjoys designing new kiwimana products which we sell through our on-line shop.He is passionate about saving the Bees and encouraging urban beekeeping.Gary loves to write about issues that affect the Bees and our environment.He is also into tramping/walking in the beautiful New Zealand bush.
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2 thoughts on “Beekeeping in South Carolina with Beekeeper Charlotte – KM117

  1. This was so much fun and you did a great job Gary! Thank you.

    1. Thanks Charlotte for coming on the show and sharing your wisdom with our audience…Talk Soon…Gary

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