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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.

Beekeepers Introductory Course 2020


Beekeepers Introductory Course 2020

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, February 8, 15, & 22 2020 at the Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center (HRAREC), 1444 Diamond Springs Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23455. Course will start at 8 am and finish up at 2 pm each day.

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 8, 2020 to June 30, 2020. 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/4478238 or mail in a completed form and check by February 02, 2020.  Please make check payable to BGSV and mail to:

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

By  February 02, 2020

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 24th through the 26th 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.