Oct. 10 meeting: Preparing hives for winter

Volunteers are needed to staff the NRVBA's beekeeping education display at this year's Hokie Bugfest, set for Oct. 19 at the Inn at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.

Volunteers are needed to staff the NRVBA’s beekeeping education display at this year’s Hokie Bugfest, set for Oct. 19 at the Inn at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.

We will meet Thurs., Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Montgomery County Human Services Building at 210 Pepper St., Christiansburg.

This month we will discuss techniques for preparing hives to survive the coming winter – a major challenge for beekeepers in the era of Varroa destructor mites. Discussion will include mite management, feeding and how to evaluate colony strength.

Review the minutes from last month’s meeting.

The club is also looking for volunteers for the upcoming Virginia Tech Bugfest. The festival has grown to be one of the most popular programs offered to the public by the college of agriculture and life sciences.

The NRVBA will sponsor a large education display at Bugfest, held at the Inn at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. Members are encouraged to sign up for one hour or longer shifts working the information table. Many of the attendees are children, who are very curious about honey bees. Sign up by contacting President Mark Chorba.

We will also have the monthly equipment raffle. Please bring a snack or drink to share.

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