June meeting to feature experts in raising local bees

Learn about the hows and whys of local nuc production at the June NRVBA meeting with speakers Pat and Jim Haskell. Photo courtesy of Richard Reid and happyhollowhoney.com.

Learn about the hows and whys of local nuc production at the June NRVBA meeting with speakers Pat and Jim Haskell. Photo courtesy of Richard Reid and happyhollowhoney.com.

Note: Read the minutes from this meeting.

Join the New River Valley Beekeepers Association at 6:30 p.m. June 12 at the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building, 210 Pepper St., Christiansburg for an evening dedicated to the why and the how of raising locally-adapted honey bees, with speakers Pat and Jim Haskell.

Links and other resources from their presentation are available here and here (resource links).

Pat and Jim Haskell operate Massanutten Mountain Apiaries located in Page and Fairfax counties, which produces nucs and queens for beginning beekeepers and honey and other hive products that sell at local farmers markets.

Jim and Pat Haskell will headline the June NRVBA meeting, talking about the importance of nuc production.

Jim and Pat Haskell will headline the June NRVBA meeting, talking about the importance of nuc production.

An Eastern Apicultural Society Certified Master Beekeeper, Pat organized the Northern Virginia Beekeeping Teaching Consortium several years ago. Today it is a nonprofit organization providing textbooks and other educational materials to over a dozen local beekeeping clubs throughout the state. The consortium is currently involved in developing and sponsoring club-based nuc production and queen rearing programs for beekeeper education.

Jim helps in Pat’s educational and extension endeavors whenever possible, and he does a lot of the heavy lifting and frame scraping. In his former life as an agricultural economist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Jim helped build agricultural cooperatives in the U.S. and abroad. He thought then that among the most difficult groups to assist in initiating self-help programs were independent Texas cow/calf producers. That was before he confronted independent beekeepers.

Pat and Jim received the Virginia State Beekeepers Association Langstroth Award for the advancement and promotion of beekeeping this past year. Pat also was recognized by the Maryland State Beekeepers Association with the George Imirie Award for excellence in beekeeping education.

The Haskells regularly give talks about nuc and local bee production across Virginia and have been featured at the American Beekeeper Federation conference.

We will also have announcements and our regular beekeeping equipment raffle. Please consider bringing a snack or drink to share.

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