Virginia State Beekeepers Association 2014 Fall Conference

VSBALogoWhen: November 8, 2014
 
Speakers include:
  • Heather Trobaugh, of the USDA Farm Services Agency, who will provide details on the Federal Government's ELAP program for emergency assistance with honey bee losses.
Two researchers with Bugonia, an online database where beekeepers can participate in a citizen science approach to research, will share their current projects. 
  • Izzy Hill, Director of the Center for Urban Bee Research and affiliated with the Mid-Atlantic Apicultural Research and Extension Consortium (MAAREC) will present her work on Beekeepers Using Nematodes to Control Hive Beetles-BUNCH.  Izzy will follow it up with a DIY presentation on how beekeeepers can rear entomopathogenic nematodes for pest control.
  • Katy Evans, graduate student at the University of Delaware will present her research on Testing the Efficacy of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Programs for Controlling Varroa destructor. Specifically, whether splitting colonies reduces mite populations and mite-vectored viruses.
Vendors include:
  • Mann Lake  You can place an order for small items (not extractors, etc) to be delivered at the meeting. You must place your order no later than October 31st.
  • Dadant  If you would like to place an order with them and have it delivered to the meeting, please make sure you submit your order via telephone at 1-800-220-8325 no later than November 1st.
  • Haywood Honey & Supply
  • Unison Pottery & Tile Works
Additional vendors attending the meeting will be posted on the VSBA website along with any program changes.


Community Classes

The Beekeepers Guild of Southeast Virginia has teamed with our community partner New Earth Farm, to provide classes on sustainable, chemical-free beekeeping practices. The lectures and hands on demonstration will be held one Saturday each month at the farm which is located at 1885 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach, VA from 1PM to 3PM. The courses consist of lectures and hands-on demonstrations.

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Date:  March 22, 2014
Time: 1PM to 3PM
Location: New Earth Farm
Cost $10
1.5 hour presentation on pollinators followed by questions and answers
0.5 hour visiting the farm and seeing pollinators at work

Topics covered during the presentation:

  • Local pollinators
  • Some reasons for the decline in pollinators
  • How we can help the pollinators

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Date:  April 26, 2014
Time: 1PM to 3PM
Location: New Earth Farm
Cost: $10
1.5 hour presentation
0.5 hour visiting the farm and seeing a working bee hive

Topics covered during the presentation:
  • Basic Beekeeping equipment
  • Honey Bee Biology
  • How a Honey Bee colony works
  • Honey Production


2014 Beekeepers Introductory Class

2011FieldDay4The Beekeepers Guild of Southeast Virginia and the Wesleyan Beekeepers Association present a three-day Short Course for Beginning Beekeepers with an emphasis on sustainable, chemical-free practices. The course will be held on three consecutive Saturday mornings, February 8,15 & 22, 2014 at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia. An optional fourth Saturday open hive demonstration in the bee yard with an equipment assembly workshop and graduation luncheon is included.  The course consists of lectures and hands-on demonstrations. This course fulfills the educational requirement of six (6) hours of classroom instruction in introductory beekeepingBuy Tickets Here training for the qualified level of the Virginia Master Beekeeper Program. 

Click HERE to view more class information, including syllabus and registration.  Pre-registration is required.

 


Beginning Beekeeping

Dates: Thursdays, August 22, 29 and September 5, 2013. 7 pm - 9 pm

Location: Norfolk Botanical Garden, 6700 Azalea Garden Road, Norfolk, VA

Cost: $52 ($38 for NBG Members)

Curious about keeping bees but don't know if it is for you or where to start? Let members of the Beekeepers Guild of Southeast Virginia introduce you to the equipment and time commitment needed to be successful.

Pre-registration required.

This is a 3 evening course, Thursdays Aug. 22rd - Sept. 5th.


 Queen Rearing Retreat

Dr. ConnorDate: May 3-5, 2013
Location: Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria, VA

The Northern Virginia Beekeeping Teaching Consortium and Haywood Honey, LLC are sponsoring a Queen Rearing Retreat at Graves Mountain Lodge featuring hands-on and classroom instruction by Dr. Larry J. Connor.

Class size is limited to 20 participants; first come - first registered.

This class is geared to beekeepers with 3 years or more experience. Beekeepers should feel comfortable working bees without gloves

Retreat Cost:queen rearing
$275 per person (includes book Queen Rearing Essentials, a $23 value)
Plus one of the options below
2 Nights and 7 Meals (Lunch Friday to Lunch Sunday) includes tax and gratuity
• Single room (1 person in a room) $225 per person
• Double room (2 people in a room) $200 per person
7 Meals only (no lodging) includes tax and gratuity $130 per person
All meals served family style – all you can eat

To register, send check for full amount to HHS-Continuing Education Initiative, P.O. Box 769, Madison, VA 22727. Be sure to include type of room selection. Cancellations accepted and money refunded up to 2 weeks before the retreat

For more information, contact Shirley Ammon at 540-923-5075 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it To read more about Dr. Connor and his activities, visit www.wicwas.com


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Date:  Saturdays, February 16, 23 and March 2, 2013 from 8 AM to 12:30 PM

Location: Virginia Wesleyan College, Blocker Hall, 1584 Wesleyan Dr Norfolk, VA 23502.

Cost: $30 individual. $15 for each additional student in same household.

The Beekeepers Guild of Southeast Virginia and the Wesleyan Beekeepers Association present a three-day Short Course for Beginning Beekeepers with an emphasis on sustainable, chemical-free practices. The course will be held on three consecutive Saturdays, February 16, 23 and March 2, 2013 at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia. An optional fourth Saturday open hive demonstration in the bee yard with an equipment assembly workshop and graduation luncheon is included. The course consists of lectures and hands-on demonstrations. This course fulfills the educational requirement of six (6) hours of classroom instruction in introductory beekeeping training for the qualified level of the Virginia Master Beekeeper Program.  Click here for additional information including registration and syllabus.


 Queen Rearing Workshopqueen bee

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2013

Location: Northampton Community Center, 1435 A Todd's Lane, Hampton, VA 23666.

Cost: $25.00 in advance. There will be no ticket sales at the door.

The class will be taught by Dr. Rick Fell from Virginia Tech and our very own Virginia State Apiarist, Keith Tignor. The class is open to all members of any of the beekeeping clubs. To sign up, contact Andy Westrich by January 23, 2013.  The doors to the center open at 8 AM and the class will start at 8:30 AM. Checks should be made payable to "Colonial Beekeepers Association" in the amount of $25 per person and mailed to:
Andrew Westrich
68 Sherry Dell Drive
Hampton , VA 23666

Any questions can be sent directly to Andy. This is a great opportunity to pick up queen rearing skills and to acquire qualifying class hours for the Master Beekeeper Program.


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2013 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow

Dates:  January 8-12, 2013

Location:  Hershey, Pennsylvania

The 2013 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow will be held in Hershey, Pennsylvania at the Hershey® Lodge, January 8-12, 2013. As always, this conference promises to bring you the most up-to-date information within the beekeeping industry and the latest products and services offered by many exhibitors and sponsors.

The 2013 conference will be a very special one because the American Beekeeping Federation will be celebrating its 70th anniversary! The ABF could not think of a better way to celebrate than by hosting another successful conference and tradeshow.

The conference committee is busy developing the agenda and you can be sure it will include presentations from industry experts as well as information from speakers new to the ABF. Features of the 2013 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow include:

  • Two and half days of general sessions complete with presentations on the latest developments in beekeeping
  • Large exhibit hall with great vendors featuring outstanding products and services
  • The 2013 American Honey Show
  • The 2013 Honey Queen and Princess coronation
  • The ever-popular Serious Sideliner Symposium with a focus on "How I Do It"
  • The American Bee Research Conference
  • A variety of specialized hands-on workshops
  • Opportunity to visit a working bee farm (or two)
  • A few "sweet" treats
  • And much, much more...

For more information, click here.


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 honey-bee-on-the-combHoney Workshop

Date:  Saturday, March 10, 2012

LocationHampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center – 1444 Diamond Springs Rd., Virginia Beach, VA  23455.

Cost: $20 each.  Workshop is Full - preregistration required!

Ever wonder how bees convert nectar into honey?  Why do bees store more honey than they need to survive?  How can a beekeeper maximize honey production?  How should honey be harvested and handled to maintain its wholesome goodness?

Join Dr. Rick Fell, Virginia’s Extension Apiculturist, and Keith Tignor, Virginia's State Apiarist, as they demystify honey production and explain the principles behind a bountiful honey harvest.

Schedule:
9:00 – 9:45       How bees make honey and Supering colonies (R. Fell)
9:45 – 10:30     Managing hives for Spring Build-up and Honey Production (K.Tignor)
10:30 – 10:50   Break
10:50 – 11:30   Techniques for Removing Honey from Hives (Fell)nhb-honeyjars
11:30- 12:15     Honey Extraction for the small beekeeper (Tignor)
12:15 – 1:15     Lunch
1:15 – 2:00       BONUS Presentation by Dr. Fell:  Hive Evaluation: Colony Strength to Queen Quality as he has presented nationally including the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association meeting
2:00 – 3:00      Demonstrations:
  • Removing honey (Fume boards, bee escapes)
  • Judging packed honey
  • Determining moisture content of honey

      Please contact Pam Fisher if you would like to register for this workshop or require further information.

       


      Beginning Beekeeping Course

      Presented by the Colonial Beekeepers Association

      Date: Thursdays, 6 PM to 9 PM.  March 15, 22 and 29 and April 5, 2012

      Location: Northampton Community Center, 1435-A Todds Lane, Hampton VA 23666.

      Cost: FREE

      A bee yard day is scheduled on the 7th of April from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Students must attend all five days to get full credit for the course.

      First Lessons in Beekeeping book offered for sale at the class.  Pre-registration required.

       
      To register, please contact Andy Westrich by email or phone (757-825-8843)

      Checkerboarding For Swarm Prevention Maintenance & Honey Production  

      Presented by the Beekeepers of the Albemarle

      Date: Saturday, March 17, 2012 from 9 AM to 12 PM

      Location: NC Cooperative Extension Service Center, 1209 McPherson Street Elizabeth City, NC 27909

      Cost: FREE for current Beekeepers of the Albemarle members and $20.00* for non-members

      Checkerboarding is a term used in beekeeping that describes a specific hive management technique to prevent swarming. The technique was developed by Walt Wright, a long time beekeeper from Tennessee.  Click here to read Wright's articles as published in American Bee Journal and Bee Culture.

      Seating is limited. Please pre-register before March 10, 2012 with This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , secretary, by email or by phone at 252-562-4957 between 8:00am and 9:00pm. Also send payment  payable to B.O.A. to:

      Amy Bundy, Secretary
      906 Foreman Bundy Rd.
      Elizabeth City, NC 27909

      *In the event of the seminar being cancelled, money will be refunded.


      Mid-Atlantic Organic Honey Bee Convention

      Date: Saturday, March 17, 2012

      Location: 4500 Kensington Ave, Richmond, Virginia  23221

      Cost: $30 per person pre-register; $35 at door;  $50 per household

      Speakers & Topics:
      • John Adams: Organic methods for Langstroth, top bar and alternative hives/Organic treatments of diseases/How to keep bees and almost NOT spend money/58 different types of bee hives/Honey, wax, and propolis extraction at a price anybody can afford
      • Sam Comfort: Alternative hives (Warre and Kenya hives)
      • Wyatt Mangum: Top bar hive colony management; hiving package bees in a TBH, including feeding the new adventure in a top bar hive; a summary of TBH products and services: liquid honey, cut comb honey, queen and package bee production, pollen trapping and crop pollination.
      • Keith Tignor: Overlooked facts that we beekeepers somehow seem to forget.

      More Information


      Virginia State Beekeepers Spring Meeting

      Date: March 23-24, 2012

      Location: ACCA Temple Shrine, 1712 Bellevue Avenue, Richmond, VA 23227

      Guest Speakers:
      • Dr. Dewey M. Caron, Professor Extension Entomologist University of Delaware
      • Dr. James Earl Tew, Associate Professor of Entomology at The Ohio State University.
      • Ed Levi, Apiary Specialist and Inspector for the Arkansas State Plant Board.

      More Information.


       

      biplogoBee Informed Partnership Webinar: Reducing Colony Losses

      When: March 27, 2012 from 7 PM to 8 PM EDT

      Sponsored by Brushy Mountain Bee Farm

      Dennis vanEngelsdorp (Project Director for Bee Informed Partnership) will discuss the importance of the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) project and how it is working to reduce colony losses. For the effort to be successful, it requires beekeeper involvement. Be part of the solution. Learn why it is vital for all beekeepers to be involved and the benefits you will receive.

      Register here for the webinar.  Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to participate in the webinar.


      Celebrate Bees

      When:  March 31, 2012

      Where:  Virginia Living Museum, 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA  23601

      Investigate the secret lives of bees at the Virginia Living Museum.  Discover the critical role that honeybees and other native bees play in pollination. Learn about the devastating widespread honeybee decline and find out what you can do to help. See different species of bees and bee mimics from museum collections and create BEE-utiful crafts to take home. Meet representatives from The Colonial Beekeeper's Association will have a display sharing information about keeping honey bees.

      gunther-haukBeekeeping Workshop with Gunther Hauk

      When:  March 31, 2012 from 9 AM to 12:30 PM

      Cost:  $45 (museum admission is included)

      Learn about beekeeping on March 31 from Gunther Hauk, who has been a beekeeper for more than 35 years and is one of the central inspiring figures in “Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?”

      The workshop is part of a day-long celebration of bees at the Virginia Living Museum, Newport News.

      Gunther Hauk has been a teacher, lecturer, biodynamic gardener and beekeeper for more than 35 years. He co-founded the Pfeiffer Center in Chestnut Ridge, NY in 1996, and Spikenard Farm, Inc., a non-profit honeybee sanctuary in 2006.  Over these years, he has given workshops on the successful use of sustainable/biodynamic beekeeping methods in 26 states.  In his book “Toward Saving the Honey Bee” (2002) he calls for a radical change from current approaches to beekeeping.  The Spikenard Honey Bee Sanctuary is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, in Floyd, VA.

       Register in advance at 757-595-9135 or online.

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      Film Screening - Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?

      When:  March 31, 2012 at 2 PM

      This film is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from Taggart Siegel, director of  “The Real Dirt on Farmer John. “ Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world.

      View trailer.

       


      An Evening with Michael Bush

      Presented by the Richmond Beekeepers Association

      Date: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 7 PM

      Location:  The Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 West Broad Street  Richmond, VA 23220

      Cost: FREE and open to the public

      Michael Bush is the author of The Practical Beekeeper and Beekeeping Naturally.  His lectures include "Four Simple Steps to Healthier Bees" and "Lazy Beekeeping"

      Preregistration is recommended and available through July 15th.  Remaining seats will be filled on a first come, first served basis the night of the event.  Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to save your seat.


       

      EAS 2012

      August 13-17, 2012
      Burlington, Vt.
      The 2012 EAS Conference to be held at University of Vermont.and hosted by Vermont Beekeepers.· The theme will be “Bees and Beyond”.

      Tom Seeley, Dewey Caron, Debbie Delaney, Michael Palmer, Jim Tew, Joe Latshaw, Ross Conrad, Michael Young, Maryann Frazier, Marla Spivak, Jeff Pettis, Sam Comfort and a whole host of other local and international experts that will be presenting at EAS Vt.

      Every summer the Eastern Apicultural Society conducts its Annual Conference consisting of lectures, workshops, vendor displays, short courses for beginning and advanced beekeepers, and annual business meeting in one of its 26 member states or provinces in the eastern U.S. and Canada. Over 400 people generally attend the conference each year.


      Find out what “all-the-buzz” is about!   In partnership with the Norfolk Botanical Garden.

      Register online

      Beginning Beekeeping

      Date: Thursdays, August 23, 30 and September 6, 2012.  7 pm - 9 pm

      Location: Norfolk Botanical Garden, 6700 Azalea Garden Road, Norfolk, VA

      Cost: $52 ($38 for NBG Members)

      Curious about keping bees but don’t know if it is for you or where to start? Let members of the Beekeepers Guild of Southeast Virginia introduce you to the equipment and time commitment needed to be successful.

      Pre-registration required.

      This is a 3 evening course, Thursdays Aug. 23rd - Sept. 6th.


       

       

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