Join the NRVBA or Renew Current Membership

In order to join the NRVBA or to renew your current membership, there are two options:

  1. You can send a check ($10 Individual/$15 Family) to our mailing address, which is:

NRVBA

PO Box 6

Pilot, VA 24138

  1. You can send money to the club’s PayPal account.  The PayPal ID for the club is our Gmail address, nrvbeekeepersassoc@gmail.com.

Whichever option you use, please send us an email at nrvbeekeepersassoc@gmail.com. Please give us ALL of your contact information, even if it hasn’t changed; name(s), postal address, email address and phone number. (This will save our VOLUNTEERS a lot of time.)

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Zoom Video of the 11/12/2020 NRVBA Monthly Meeting

Click here to view the Zoom recording of our last members meeting.

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November 12, 2020 Meeting: Mike Palmer’s video presentation

Comb Honey Production

Many of you are familiar with Mike Palmer.  Mike began beekeeping with two package hives in 1974 and now owns French Hill Apiaries at St Albans, Vermont where he annually produces over one thousand queens and manages over 1000 production hives and nucleus colonies.  Mike is a prolific writer and has lectured worldwide on his methods of beekeeping.  This is Mike’s presentation at the 2013 National Honey Show.

Carl Lefko will send a meeting invitation prior to Thursday.  This meeting, like the others, will be recorded.

Meeting Agenda

Business:

Apiary Report: Bob Whiton

Treasurer’s Audit: Carl Lefko

Election of 2021 Officers: Bill Hendon

What you should be doing with your bees

Featured Presentation:  Mike Palmer

Emory B. Altizer, NRVBA President

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Honey Extractor Covid-19 Policy

EXTRACTOR CHECKOUT AND USE GUIDELINES

Anyone picking up the extractor should bring an individual with them to assist in loading the extractor

All parties are required to wear a mask during exchanges

All buckets, screens, knife, decapping tool should be washed with hot soapy water as per the instructions below

Wipe the the extractor gate outside and the motor control knob with Lysol wipes

Remember to limit your use of the extractor to Three days days!

IMPORTANT: READ THIS FIRST – Power Extractor

Extractor: You must use the speed control on the motor to advance the basket when loading frames.
DO NOT move it by hand as this will strip the gear box and void the warranty. Read the enclosed operating instructions.

Electric Knife: Turn knife off between decapping frames to prevent it over-heating and burning honey/wax on knife. DO NOT immerse the knife in water.
Use caution when handling the knife, it is capable of both burning and cutting the skin!

EXTRACTOR CLEANING PROCEDURES

EXTRACTOR

Using very hot (may want to heat water on stove if your tap water doesn’t get very hot) water, wash the rack, rack base, and both interior and exterior of the extractor drum, taking care to remove all the wax residue you can. Be careful NOT to get the motor wet. Do NOT disassemble the extractor.

Rinse and repeat until the unit is clean.

FILTERS,

Pour hot water over each filter in the opposite direction the honey flowed through (i.e., back flush the filters). (Recommend doing this outdoors so heavy wax residue doesn’t contribute to clogging your indoor plumbing.) Repeat the hot wash until wax and honey is removed.

BUCKETS,

Clean all buckets and lids with hot water, removing all the wax residue.
Pay special attention to the ”honey gates,” making sure they get completely cleaned without damage.

DECAPPING KNIFE

Never immerse the knife in water. It will ruin the knife and void the warranty.
Clean the knife before and after each use with a damp cloth. Clean knife while knife is still warm. Remove all wax, including burned on wax (black or dark brown).

When done correctly, knife should be completely silver in color, with no dark or discolored residue. You may use a kitchen sponge/scraper, if necessary, but do not use a harsh scraping material like steel wool.

FINALLY

Dry all parts thoroughly and review the inventory list to make sure all parts are accounted for before storing in box(es) prior to passing extractor and accessories on to the next user.

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Hive Equipment Loans

Due to you know what (Covid-19) the board has decided to suspend all equipment loans for the time being. This includes the hive carrier, the honey extractor, and the teaching hives. When we receive further guidance from the proper authorities, we will resume loaning the association’s equipment.

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March 12 Meeting

March 12, 2020 Meeting:  Fred Jones will present, “Swarms: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly”

Fred is an eleven-year beekeeper who unwittingly became introduced to swarming when, in his second year of managing bees, his four hives swarmed at least six times. This will be an entirely different talk from past presentations on the same subject. The focus will be on how we can work with our bees when it comes to the swarming instinct to both help the bees and meet our goals. By gleaning information from research on swarming I hope to provide insight for a variety of beekeeping skills from increasing our chances of catching swarms with bait hives to non-chemical control of Varroa mites.

Please join us on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 6:30 pm at the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building at 210 Pepper St., Christiansburg

Meeting Agenda

-Business:

  • Treasurer’s report
  • Apiary report
  • Bee package update

-What you should be doing with your bees:  Tips and ideas from     successful Association members.

– Featured Presentation: Fred Jones  

-The Buffalo Jack Raffle: Please note: there will be no intermission so buy your tickets before the meeting or, quietly, any time before the Featured Presentation in the back of the room.   

-Close of formal meeting.  Join in for socializing, refreshments, and a time for asking questions.  Please consider bringing a snack or beverage to share.

-Emory B. Altizer, NRVBA President

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February 13 Meeting

(NB) The webmaster was in Argentina the week of February meeting, and therefore was not able to post the agenda. My apologies …

February 13, 2020 Meeting:  

Dr Holly Scoggins presents:  Garden Plants for Bees

Can a few garden plants carry a hive? Absolutely not! But with some thoughtful plant choices, you can add some pollen and nectar resources plus learn by observing bee foraging behaviors. Holly shares advice on gardening for bees, including a bit of plant physiology, seasonal plant selections, planting tips, and more.

Please join us on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 6:30 pm at the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building at 210 Pepper St., Christiansburg

Meeting Agenda

-Business:

  • Treasurer’s report
  • Apiary report
  • Bee Packages
  • Beginning Beekeeper’s Course Update

-What you should be doing with your bees:  Tips and ideas from     successful Association members.

– Featured Presentation:  Dr Holly Scoggins

-The Buffalo Jack Raffle: Please note: there will be no intermission so buy your tickets before the meeting or, quietly, any time before the Featured Presentation in the back of the room.   

Items will include:

Two dozen quart jars for honey (no lids
8-frame screened bottom board (assembled)

10-frame deep box (unassembled)

10 medium frames with plastic foundation (unassembled)

Leather gloves- size medium

-Close of formal meeting.  Join in for socializing, refreshments, and a time for asking questions.  Please consider bringing a snack or beverage to share.

-Emory B. Altizer, NRVBA President

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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 keeping bees forever, sign up! Our dues are exorbitantly priced at $10.00 for an individual annual membership and $15.00 for a family annual membership. Did I mention that our memberships last a year? What a deal! All you need to do is click on this link (https://nrvba.org/join-the-nrvba/), and voilà you or you and your family are on your way. Hurray!

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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, equipment needed, time required, procedures for acquiring and keeping bees, expectations for honey harvest, etc.)  Presentations last approximately one hour and are free.  No sign-up or pre-registration required.  Address questions to Jerry Borger, 540-557-7789.

Christiansburg                                   Shawsville

Saturday, 11 January at 1:30 pm          Sunday, 12 January at 1:30 pm

Christiansburg Library                         Meadowbrook Public Library   

125 Sheltman Street                             267 Alleghany Spring Road

Dublin

Saturday, 11 January at 10:30 am        (note: time is different from other       

Free Memorial Public Library              presentations)                           

300 Giles Ave

Floyd                                                   Blacksburg

Sunday, 19 January at 1:30 pm            Sunday, 26 January at 1:30 pm

Jessie Peterman Library                       Blacksburg Library

321 West Main Street                          200 Miller Street             

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Beginning Beekeeper’s Course, 2020

Those interested will be able to sign up for a Beginning Beekeeper’s Course in person at one of the sessions described above or on-line at nrvba.org.  The course lasts two Saturdays, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, 8 February and 11 April 2020.  Cost is $60 per student and includes a beginner’s book, course materials, and lunch; $30 for additional family members who share the book and course materials. The course will be held at 220 Price Hall on the Virginia Tech Campus and will include (weather permitting) a hands-on session in the NRVBA apiary. Seating is limited and pre-registration not later than    31 January 2020 is mandatory.  Click this link to reserve your spot: https://app.loveadmin.com/EventsLink/394dd2a26f81b362bd0823b8235785bf.htm. Registration will close on 31 January or when the class is full, whichever comes first!  Address questions to Jerry Borger, 540-557-7789.

November 14th Meeting:  

Jerry Borger presents, “Beeswax Candle-Making”

Jerry is a Pennsylvanian by birth, spent 28 years in the Air Force, and retired to southwestern Virginia in 2004.  He began beekeeping in 2006 and currently has 11 full-sized hives and 10 double-deep nucs.  He is a two-year past president of the New River Valley Beekeepers’ Association and has managed the Association’s Beginning Beekeeper’s Course for the past nine years. In addition to raising a few nucs and “mini-nucs” to sell each year, he takes honey bees out of buildings, and also sells a couple products he makes from beeswax. He is a big fan of trying new things, particularly enjoys playing with queen castles, and continues to look for new and exciting mistakes to make with his bees.

Please join us on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 6:30 pm at the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building at 210 Pepper St., Christiansburg

Meeting Agenda

-Business:

  • Treasurer’s report
  • Apiary report
  • So, You Want to Be a Beekeeper?
  • Beginning Beekeepers Course
  • 2020 meeting topics

-What you should be doing with your bees:  Tips and ideas from     successful Association members.

– Featured Presentation:  Jerry Borger

-The Buffalo Jack Raffle: Please note: there will be no intermission so buy your tickets before the meeting or, quietly, any time during the meeting in the back of the room.   

Items will include:

10 medium frames w/ plastic foundation (assembled)

A 10-frame ventilated inner cover

A J-hook hive tool

Metal votive 6-candle mold with wicks

An 8-frame medium box {assembled and painted) w/8 each one-piece frames/foundation

-Close of formal meeting.  Join in for socializing, refreshments, and a time for asking questions.  Please consider bringing a snack or beverage to share.

-Emory B. Altizer, NRVBA President

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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 ever since and have learned a tremendous amount because of it.

My goal is to encourage everyone to use an observation hive as part of their beekeeping journey.

A few things we’ll cover are: what is an observation hive, are they hard to care for, what can I learn, and other ideas.

Please join us on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 6:30 pm at the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building at 210 Pepper St., Christiansburg

Meeting Agenda

-Business:

  • Treasurer’s report
  • Apiary report
  • Hokie BugFest October 5th
  • Annual Meeting

             Treasurer Audit

              2020 Officer Election

-What you should be doing with your bees:  Tips and ideas from     successful Association members.

– Featured Presentation:  Josh Wolfer

-The Buffalo Jack Raffle: Please note: there will be no intermission so buy your tickets before the meeting or, quietly, any time during the meeting in the back of the room.   

Items will include:

Med 8-frame assembled box with one-piece frames and foundation

10 assembled med frames with plastic foundation

J-hook hive tool

-Emory B. Altizer, NRVBA President

Two division board plastic feeders (takes the place of a frame)

Frame grip

-Close of formal meeting.  Join in for socializing, refreshments, and a time for asking questions.  Please consider bringing a snack or beverage to share.

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