Summer Picnic, July 23rd 2016 at Nellie’s Cave Park, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

OK, it’s time to sign up for the summer picnic, and  take a break from cracking open all those hives.  For those of you not familiar with Nellies Cave Park in Blacksburg, just crank this into your GPS : Nellies Cave Park, 1900 Grissom Lane, Blacksburg, VA 24060
nelliescave (https://goo.gl/nkJ9Mg) for the Google map.

The shelter contains 12 tables and seats approximately 100. Shelter has water, electricity, restrooms, playground, grill, eight horseshoe pits, basketball court, athletic field.Handicapped accessible.

This is the site where we have been before, and it has cover in case it rains. No plan B for inclement weather.

The club will provide:

Fried Chicken
Hamburgers & Hot Dogs
Buns
Relishes/onions/mayo/cheese/mustard/ketchup
Potato salad
Beans
5 Gallon coolers with ice tea/lemonade
Paper plates/cups/utensils/napkins

This is a pot luck gathering beyond this.  Bring desserts, salads, side dishes. drinks, additions to above list. Game items/frisbees/volleyballs/etc. Please sign up so we can get a head count to be sure to have enough inventory!

 

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Next Field Day: June 23rd at 5:30pm

The next field day at the association’s beeyard will be held on Thursday evening, 23rd June, at 5:30 p.m. We are trying to vary the day and time of these field days so that everyone will have a chance to participate.

Directions to the NRVBA Apiary – Take the Prices Fork exit off the Rt 460 bypass in Blacksburg. Go west on Prices Fork, away from town. It is about 1.5 miles to the stoplight at Old Mill Rd. Take a right and go 0.7 miles to the gate on the left. Pull in to park.  If you are coming from the Radford direction on Prices Fork turn left on Old Mill Rd at the light directly across from the Prices Fork entrance to Blacksburg High School.

Here’s a Google Maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/M7Xj46MgF472

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June 9th Meeting: Honey Extraction Techniques

Please join us at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday 9th June at the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building at 210 Pepper St., Christiansburg  when long time member Jerry Borger will discuss honey extraction techniques.

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Jerry will briefly introduce production of various types of honey, then focus on extraction (including a few innovations), bottling, and labeling of liquid honey by backyard beekeepers.

We will also have our monthly beekeeper raffle and a “what should you be doing with your hives this month” discussion.

Please consider bringing a snack or drink to share.

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May 12th Meeting: “Honeybee House Hunting”

Please join us at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday 12th May at the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building at 210 Pepper St., Christiansburg  when Dr  Marcel Durieux will give a talk on Honeybee House Hunting.

Swarm

This talk is based on Professor Tom Seeley’s book “Honeybee Democracy”, which describes his research into how a swarm locates a new nesting site.  Dr Durieux will summarize the scientific data, focusing on those areas that are of most interest to the general beekeeper. Also discussed will be some of the history on how this research came to be. An article on building a bait hive will also be discussed.

Marcel Durieux MD, PhD is professor of anesthesiology at the University of Virginia, and a backyard beekeeper with an interest in bee biology. Much of his academic research focuses on improving outcomes after surgery. Another part of his professional work involves teaching in developing countries, which has led to an ongoing collaboration with beekeepers in Rwanda. Prof. Durieux has published several articles in our beekeeping journals.

We will also have our monthly beekeeper raffle and a “what should you be doing with your hives this month” discussion.

Please consider bringing a snack or drink to share.

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April Meeting: Dwight Porter on Queen Rearing

Please join us at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday 14th April at the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building at 210 Pepper St., Christiansburg  when South Carolina-based Russian queen and bee breeder Dwight Porter of Porter Farm Honey Bees will talk about his queen production operation and making splits. He is always happy to answer questions. He is a former member of the Russian Queen Breeders Association and a former officer in the Pickens County Beekeepers Associations.

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South Carolina queen and bee breeder Dwight Porter will give a talk on raising queens for the hobbyist.

We will also have our monthly beekeeper raffle and a “what should you be doing with your hives this month” discussion.

Please consider bringing a snack or drink to share.

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March Meeting: Raising Queens

Please join the New River Valley Beekeepers’ Association at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 10th 2016 at the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building at 210 Pepper St., Christiansburg .

Long-time NRVBA member Jerry Borger will give two queen-related presentations, both appropriate even for those with only a couple of hives.

queenThe first will be “Queens for Pennies,” a step-by-step presentation reviewing equipment and procedures on how to raise about 10 queens at a time for pennies apiece using a Randy Oliver method of grafting (not the commercial procedure) that can easily be practiced by almost anyone.  No exceptional experience or skills needed.

Jerry will also present “Hobbyist Queens Using a Doublescreen,” which many of you will remember is a means of raising a handful of queens without grafting. Its threefold purpose is to minimize the swarming urge, maximize honey production, and to encourage the bees to produce large, well-fed queen cells to keep the line of a good queen going, all without taking a hive out of production.  Again, no exceptional experience or skills needed.

We will also have our monthly equipment raffle, information on what we should be seeing in our hives this month, and suggested management techniques for the spring. Please consider bringing a snack or drink to share.

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February 11th Meeting: Nucs and Splits

Please join the New River Valley Beekeepers’ Association at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, February 11th 2016 at the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building at 210 Pepper St., Christiansburg when Richard Reid, NRVBA Past President will talk on “Nucs and Splits- Expansion Model Beekeeping”.

Richard Reid started keeping bees in 1973.  His landlord charged him with taking care of 10 beat up old hives that came with the property.  He caught 9 swarms that first spring.  He was part beekeeper and part beehaver until 1995 when the last of the hives had died out from varroa mites.  He bought his first package of bees.  They were dead in two months.

Eight years ago he jumped back into beekeeping again.  Every spring after the honey production colonies are set up, he is splitting hives and raising queens in every way he can. Most years the limiting factor is lack of boxes for more splits.  Based just outside of Blacksburg, Richard enjoys operating Happy Hollow Honey for honey and nuc production, and he raises a few extra queens for sale after the splits are made.

We will also have our monthly equipment raffle, information on what we should be seeing in our hives this month, and suggested management techniques for the spring.

Please consider bringing a snack or drink to share.

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2016 Bee Packages for Sale

Bee packages for 2016 are now for sale. Prices are $100 for members, $110 for non-members. To order bee packages, go to our website https://nrvba.org/. Click on ‘For Members’ on the menu bar, and select ‘Bee Packages’.

The direct link is  https://secure.west-point.org/nrvba

Package delivery will be sometime in April, details will be announced shortly.

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January 14th 2016: Bee Toxicology

Please join the New River Valley Beekeepers’ Association at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, January 14th 2016 at the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building at 210 Pepper St., Christiansburg when Jen Williams, Masters student will give a presentation on “Bee Toxicology and Observations Regarding the  Bayer Bee Care Center Program”.

Jen is originally from northern Virginia, and is currently a Mjen_for_web_480pxwasters student at Virginia Tech. She will defend her thesis in March and then start her doctorate, in the hope of one day working in the agrochemical industry.

She did a short internship at the Bayer Bee Care Center.  Her talk will focus on her current master’s research about the effects of a common-use herbicide on the honey bee antioxidant system, risk assessment regarding pesticide exposure to bees, and an overview of her time at the Bayer Bee Care Center.

We will also have our monthly equipment raffle, information on what we should be seeing in our hives this month, and suggested management techniques for the fall.

Please consider bringing a snack or drink to share.

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Beginning Beekeeper’s Course 2016

Members of the New River Valley Beekeepers’Association will present a Beginning Beekeeper’s Course at 220 Price Hall on the Virginia Tech Campus, Blacksburg, VA. The course covers everything a beginner needs to know to start keeping honey bees, and lasts two Saturdays from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. The first will be 6th February 2016 to enable students to learn how to acquire honey bees and equipment in time to get them for use during spring 2016. The second date is 9th April 2016 and will include how to handle and care for honey bees along with hands-on time in an apiary.  Cost is $55 for the first member of a family, $25 for each additional member (with a single set of books/handouts).

Those interested can sign up at  https://secure.west-point.org/nrvba

Pre-registration not later than 30th  January 2016 is required.  Address questions to Jerry Borger (twoltcols@verizon.net), 540-382-1798.

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