The Beekeepers Guild of Southeast Virginia is on the leading edge of sustainable beekeeping. We have established a Guild Nucleus Colony (Nuc) Program to assist beekeepers, new and experienced, in getting started in beekeeping, expanding beekeeping operations and replacing lost hives. This exciting program matches beekeepers who have nucleus colonies of honey bees for sale or exchange with beekeepers who desire to exchange or purchase nucs. The nucs are locally grown, fully populated with a laying queen, brood in all stages of development and a robust workforce with stored honey and pollen; they are ready for foraging and 100% state inspected for health. The Guild Nuc Program enables beekeepers to obtain healthy colonies adapted to our local climate without the fear of importing pests or diseases into our area. What an exciting opportunity for beekeeping enthusiasts!
The Nuc Program is even bigger than the Beekeepers Guild:
- We are currently partnering with the Colonial Beekeepers Association in this endeavor;
- Nuc training is part of the Beginning Beekeeping Short Course presented jointly with the Wesleyan Beekeepers Association
- We shared the nucleus colony program at the 2011 North American Beekeeping Conference and Tradeshow in Galveston, TX.
To support the Nuc Program, The Guild has established a Nuc Coordinator position. The Nuc Coordinator, Gene Richley, is charged with establishing liaison between those who have nucs for sale and those who potentially desire to purchase nucs. This program will facilitate the identification of the exact specifications desired by specific buyers and match the buyer to the appropriate nuc producer. For example, buyers may specify the size and type of foundation (plastic or wood frames, deep or medium depth). Gene will match the buyer with the producer on a first-come, first-served basis. Nuc producers set their own prices and terms.
If you have nucs to sell or if you wish to buy nucs, please contact Gene with your requirements and he will be happy to assist you.
Guild members: click here to check the status of available nucleus colonies in the nuc program.