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January 9, 2020 Meeting:

 Jerry Borger presents, Beekeeper’s Calendar A review of what to be doing, thinking about, and looking for with your hives throughout the year, subject to weather constraints. Jerry is a Pennsylvanian by birth, spent 28 years in the Air Force, … Continue reading

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Join the New River Valley Bee Keepers’ Association

We are a dedicated and fun-loving community of beekeepers and invite you to join us. Our members are a friendly and amiable bunch comprised of both novice and veteran apiarists. So whether you are just starting out or have been … Continue reading

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So You Want to be a Beekeeper? – Great!

Members of the New River Valley Beekeepers’ Association (NRVBA) will present “So, You Want To Be a Beekeeper” sessions at regional library branches in January 2020 (see dates and locations below) addressing all aspects of getting started in beekeeping (costs, … Continue reading

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October 10th Meeting: Observation Hive with Josh Wolfer

Notes from Josh: I have been a beekeeper since the spring of 2017. I began with 2 packages and several weeks later started my observation hive with a supersedure cell from one of them. I have had bees in it … Continue reading

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September 12th Meeting

September 12th Meeting: Preparing for winter with Dr Rick Fell and Richard Reid Dr Fell will present the biology of the wintering honeybee and Richard Reid will discuss the practical aspects of wintering colonies in our area. Dr. Richard Fell … Continue reading

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August 8th Meeting: Zac Lamas, Summer Prep for Winter Success

Zachary Lamas is a PhD student in the vanEngelsdorp Lab at the University of Maryland. Zach’s background includes managing honey production and nucleus colonies for Mike Palmer at French Hill Apiaries in St. Albans, Vermont, and his own queen and … Continue reading

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July 27th NRVBA PICNIC!!

Our annual picnic will replace the regular July meeting.  Please join us at 1:30 at Nellies Cave Park in Blacksburg.  The Association is providing meats, drinks, plates, napkins, etc.  Please bring a dish to share.  You may want to bring … Continue reading

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June 13th Meeting

June 13th Meeting: Queen Management: Problems and Replacement with Dr Richard Fell Richard Fell is a retired professor of entomology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech but is still involved as a professor emeritus. A member of the … Continue reading

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May 9th Meeting

May 9th Meeting:  Dr. Donald Zedalis and the history of the bee sting allergy and why should a pharaoh care?  Please join us for a fascinating presentation on the immunology of allergic reactions and how the venom allergy differs from … Continue reading

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April 11th Meeting

April 11th Meeting:  Splits and Nucs- Expand your Beekeeping and the UniqueOpportunities of Queen Hotels   All in One Night! Please join us on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 6:30 pm at the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building at … Continue reading

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