What is the NRVBA?
The New River Valley Beekeepers Association is a group of hobby and commercial beekeepers, who work with these incredible animals for enjoyment and to provide products and services to the community, including honey, pollination, queens and nucleus hives.
We work to educate the community about the importance of honey bees, which pollinate many of the staple foods we enjoy, from fruits and nuts to productive pasture for livestock.
Visitors and guests are welcome at 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.
Benefits of an NRVBA membership
We offer a two-day spring Beginning Beekeeper class based on science and presented by experienced local beekeepers. Completion of the class often entitles students to free shipping on first orders from major beekeeping supply houses.
Our members are experienced beekeepers willing to teach and mentor newbees, helping them establish and care for their colonies. Our members-only listserv called “the Hive” provides a forum to get answers to important questions.
You’ll learn something new at each of our monthly membership meetings, which feature presentations by apiarists, honey bee researchers, commercial and sideline beekeepers, vendors and others who can help you achieve your beekeeping goals.
Connect to local, state, national and international beekeeping conferences. Get discounts on package bees, workshops and seminars in advanced honey bee management.
Annual dues also entitle members to use the association’s commercial radial extractors and other honey harvesting equipment.
How Much Does It Cost to Join the NRVBA?
Annual dues are $10 for an individual and $15 for a family. New members who join and pay dues in October or after are considered to be paid through the following year.
A family membership covers two email addresses on the listServ, a single vote for the club; single set of handouts and single free-shipping order for the class. Both memberships entitle you to reduced cost on bee packages, and the use of the Association’s extractors.
Students may apply for a free membership by clicking here and selecting ‘Student’ in the drop down list.
Renew your annual membership