The New River Valley Beekeepers Association was founded in 1998 to aid local beekeepers in managing their hives through outreach, education and networking. Monthly meetings are held throughout the year to provide information and foster relationships.
Visitors and guests are welcome at meetings, held the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building, 210 Pepper Street St., Christiansburg, VA. A picnic is held in July instead of a meeting, and no meeting is held in December.
Have a question or a beekeeping issue? Contact one of our officers for help.
Program for 2017 (Subject to change)
January 12 – New developments in beekeeping equipment. Mark Bennett.
February 9 – Woodenware construction, making and assembling your own bee keeping equipment. Review check list of basic beekeeping equipment needs. NRVBA members Richard Reid, Jim Hill, Glenn Buss and Jerry Borger.
March 9 – Swarms, splits and nuc’s. NRVBA member Bob Whiton.
April 13 – Producing queens and hardy survivor stock. Judge O’Hanlon from West Virginia.
May 11 – Honey bee diseases and pests. Dr. Rick Fell
June 8– Honey Extraction simulation. Step by step “dry” demonstration of equipment. NRVBA President Jim Hill.
July – NRVBA Picnic (Date to be determined).
August 10 – Current trends in pests/diseases observed this year during hive inspections in Virginia, hive inspection procedures. Brian Kreowski, state apiarist.
September 14 – Do, or do not, treat for mites? Pro’s and Con’s of various treatment methods. James Wilson, VT.
October 12 – Follow-up on his 2016 experience with the AZ hive by Mark Chorba. Making creamed honey by Sue Hossack.
November 9 – Preparing colonies for winter. In addition, how to salvage drawn comb, capped honey, uncapped honey, pollen stores and old frames/foundation after a winter dead out, or a fall queen failure (too late in the season to replace the queen). NRVBA member Richard Reid
December – No meeting.