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Welcome to the Beekeepers Guild of Southeast Virginia (BGSV). We meet on the 2nd Monday of the month at 7:00 PM in Towne Hall, a wing of Towne Bank located at 137 Mt. Pleasant Rd.,Chesapeake, VA  23322.   The public is invited to join us for socializing and the meeting.

Where you can find us next...

  • The Flower and Garden Expo

    The Flower & Garden Expo is a special treat in the cold of winter - landscape companies build actual gardens inside the convention hall. Nothing is more welcome than being in a lush, warm garden when it’s freezing outside!   Speakers, demonstrations, vendors and exhibitors round out the list of gardening attractions all in one location. The Guild will be one of many vendors for this event that will be taking place January 25th through the 27th at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

    Our exhibits will be showcasing the mutually beneficial relationship between bees and plants.  Our primary focus for this event is education; however, honey and other products from the hive will be available for purchase. More details of the event will be posted when available. Some additional information can be found at vafgs.org.

  • Beekeepers Introductory Course 2019

    Sign up early for the Beekeepers Guild of Southeast Virginia presents 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 in February 2, 9, & 16 2019 at the Law Enforcement Training Academy (LETA) in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Course will start at 8 am and finish up at 2 pm.

    An optional fourth Saturday, around April time period, will have an open hive demonstration in the bee yard with an equipment assembly demonstration. Date pending weather and bee yard availablity.

    Topics include:

    • Honey Bee Biology
    • Beekeeping Equipment
    • Seasonal Hive Management
    • Guild Mentor Program
    • Guild Nucleus Colony (Nuc) Program
    • Beekeeping Best Management Practice
    • Honey Bee Pests and Diseases
    • Honey Production and Other Hive Products

    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.

    Tuition: $55 includes MAAREC Beekeeping Basics, additional beekeeping publications, refreshments each day and a FREE Guild membership from February 23, 2019 to June 30, 2019. A $25 tuition available for additional students in the same household not receiving reference materials.  Minor children must be accompanied by a paying adult. Please register early at https://bpt.me/3855457 or mail in a completed form and check by January 30, 2019. Please make check payable to BGSV and mail to:

    Beekeepers Guild of Southeast Virginia
    P.O. Box 16516
    Chesapeake, VA  23328

    By  January 30, 2019