Time to renew for 2018!

It’s time to think about renewing your membership in the New River Valley Beekeepers’ Association for 2018!  Only $10 for individuals, $15 for families, and free for students.  You can sign-up online at https://secure.west-point.org/nrvba/ or go to our webpage, https://nrvba.org and click on ‘Join/Renew’ on the menu bar. You may also pay at our monthly meetings. Dues paid now are good through 2018.

If you don’t renew you will miss out on benefits like the listserv, access to the Association’s commercial radial extractors and other honey harvesting equipment, and discounts on bee packages.

Visitors and guests are welcome at our meetings, held the second Thursday each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building, 210 W. Pepper St., Christiansburg, VA. No meeting is held in July or December.

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Beekeepers’ Ball, July 22. 10:00 – 3:00

OK, it’s time to take a break from cracking open all those hives, and enjoy some summer socializing! Enjoy live music from the Bank Street Band, good food, and company at 569 Long Mountain Rd., Willis VA 24380. (Directions below). Family members welcome!

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, drinks, additions to above list. Game items/frisbees/volleyballs/etc.

Here is the address for your GPS:

569 Long Mountain Rd., Willis VA 24380.  https://goo.gl/maps/qv1gY1UgYqG2

Directions from Christiansburg: (follow directions from Floyd for other starting points)

Come to stop light on Rte 8 in Floyd.  Turn right on US-221 S/W Main St.  Go through Willis after 10 miles, then another 3 miles to protected turn lane. Turn left onto Buffalo Mountain Rd (VA 758) .  Go  7 miles to Long Mountain on the right (629).  Less than a mile on the right.

Alternatively:

Take Rte 8 from Christiansburg towards Floyd at exit 114 I81. After 10.5 miles turn right on Alum Ridge (750). After 12 miles turn right on US 221  S. Go 5.3 miles and turn left on VA 758 Buffalo Mountain Rd. After 4.7 miles turn right on State Rte 628. (Rock Church Rd).  After 1 mile turn left on State Rd 629 Long Mountain Rd. Site is 1 mile on left

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

Remember there is no meeting at the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building at 210 Pepper St., Christiansburg in July.

(Photos from 2008 picnic)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 11th: Honey bee diseases and pests

Please join us at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday 11th May at the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building at 210 Pepper St., Christiansburg when  Virginia Tech entomology emeritus professor Dr. Richard Fell will discuss honey bee diseases and pests.

Virginia Tech honey bee researcher Rick Fell

We will 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 13th Meeting: Hardy Survivor Stock

Please join us at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday 13th April at the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building at 210 Pepper St., Christiansburg when Judge O’Hanlon from West Virginia will talk about producing queens and hardy  survivor stock.

Dan O’Hanlon has been a beekeeper & queen producer in West Virginia for many decades.  He is an officer in his local bee club and the founder of the West Virginia Queen Producers, an organization dedicated to supporting local queen producers.  Dan led the effort to pass the first bill in the nation granting beekeepers immunity from civil liability.  Dan was selected as the 2011 Beekeeper of the Year by the WV Beekeepers Association.

We will 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 9th Meeting: Swarms, Splits and Nucs

Swarms, splits and nucs: Management from a hobbyist’s perspective.

Please join us at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday 9th March at the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building at 210 Pepper St., Christiansburg when NRVBA member Bob Whiton will talk about managing swarms, and making splits and nucs. Maintaining a small apiary is difficult as the beekeeper is annually faced with either disastrous losses or an unmanageable surplus of bees. Nucs provide the flexibility needed to stabilize the backyard apiary without large investments of money or space.

Bob has kept two or three hives in his back yard for 11 years without treatments.

 

We will have our monthly beekeeper raffle and a “what should you be doing with your hives this month” discussion, and discuss new wording for our bylaws.

Please consider bringing a snack or drink to share.

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February 9th meeting: Building your own hives

Please join us at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday 9th February at the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building at 210 Pepper St., Christiansburg when NRVBA members Richard Reid, Jim Hill, Glenn Buss and Jerry Borger will show us various aspects of woodenware construction, including how to make and assemble your own bee keeping equipment.  They will review the check list of basic beekeeping equipment needs.

We will have our monthly beekeeper raffle and a “what should you be doing with your hives this month” discussion, and discuss new wording for our bylaws.

Please consider bringing a snack or drink to share.

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January 2017 meeting on Thursday 12th

Please join us at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday 12th January at the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building at 210 Pepper St., Christiansburg when Mark Bennett from Dadant in Chatham, VA will be our speaker.  He’ll be discussing what’s new in beekeeping equipment, what equipment/supplies to consider for gearing up for spring, items for queen-rearing, and perhaps a few sideline areas, like candle and soap-making.

If you’re planning on doing some splits for the first time this year, or maybe raising some queens, etc., you might want to consider ordering a nuc box or two, or maybe a queen hotel or doublescreen.  Or perhaps you just need regular woodenware.

He’ll be bringing his van, so if you would like to place an order for any beekeeping supplies, call the Dadant Chatham number, (877-220-8325), place your order and ask that Mark bring it with him–no shipping charge.  He should have it available for pickup a few (~about 15) minutes before our meeting starts.

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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November 10th Meeting: “A History of Top Bar Hives”

Please join us at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday 10th November at the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building at 210 Pepper St., Christiansburg  when Dr  Marcel Durieux will give a talk “From ‘appropriate technology’ to ‘balanced beekeeping’: a history of the top bar hive.”

topbar

Top bar hives have recently become popular in the western world, but the system has a very long history and in fact revolutionized beekeeping by allowing management and inspection for the first time. In this talk, Dr Durieux gives an overview of the history of the top bar hive, touching on items as diverse as other hive systems in use prior to the invention of the movable-comb hive, top bar hive use in Greece in the 1600s, the development of the Kenya top bar hive for African beekeeping, and the current interest in the system as a part of “balanced beekeeping”.

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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Beginning Beekeeper’s Course

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 4 February 2017 to enable students to learn how to acquire honey bees and equipment in time to get them for use in the spring of 2017; the second date is 8 April 2017 and will include how to handle and care for honey bees along with (weather permitting) 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 and/or view a syllabus on-line at https://secure.west-point.org/nrvba.

Pre-registration not later than 26 January 2017 is mandatory.

Address questions to Jerry Borger, twoltcols@verizon.net 540-382-1798.

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October 13th: Honey Tasting

Please join us at the next meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday October 13th at the Montgomery County Health and Human Sejarrvices Building at 210 Pepper St., Christiansburg  when   member and NRVBA Secretary Sue Hossack will give directions for making creamed honey.

We will also have a tasting of members’ honey so bring a jar or two to share!

 

The equipment raffle will be held and we will be discussing what we should be doing to help the bees prepare for winter.

Please consider bringing a drink or snack to share. 

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