VSBA Meeting Sat. Nov 4th features Erin Forbes, Mike Embry and Dr. James Wilson

The Virginia State Beekeepers Association Meeting is less than 2 hour drive for most of us at Blue Ridge Community College in Weyer’s Cave, VA.  A great speaker line up is in store this year.  Saturday November 4th.  Vendors too!

Speakers include: Erin MacGregor-Forbes, Chairman of the Eastern Apicultural Society will present “No-graft Queen Rearing” for those wishing to explore more sustainable beekeeping practices and “Organizing a Second Year Bee School” to share methods for arranging club-level education beyond the beginner level.

Mike Embrey, University of Maryland (retired) will present “Small Hive Beetles, Then and Now” gleaned from his years of experience as the Program Manager for the Eastern Shore Apiculture Program in Maryland.

Dr. James Wilson, Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Extension Apiculturist, will share his doctoral research “Integrating Pest Management in Virginia Cucurbit Production: An Example for Virginia Beekeepers” demonstrating practical methods for mitigating pesticide exposure to honey bee colonies.

Registration is open here:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3073379

Virginia State Fair Honey Show- Entry Applications Due Set. 8th & Entries Due Sep. 28

You must REGISTER IN ADVANCE to enter the Virginia State Fair Honey Show. Entry applications are due at the Virginia State Fair Honey Show by September 8th along with a $1 fee.  You can enter online or via mail, but not by fax

Physical DROP OFF OF HONEY SHOW ENTRIES are due at the fair on Thursday, Sept. 28,to The Meadow Pavilion, from 9a.m.to 12 Noon.

Sam Droege’s amazing bee photography highlight at next PWRBA meeting

Next club meeting Tuesday, Sept. 12th at 7 pm at the Manassas Church of the Brethren.  We welcome guest speaker Sam Droege of the U.S. Geological society and his amazing bee photography.

  Click here to see Sam’s work

Heroes to Hives Outreach at PW Forest Park Heritage Festival Sept 16 2017

New this year Colonel USA Ret. Rick Riccardelli is championing a Heroes to Hives PWRBA booth at the Prince William Forest Park Heritage Festival on September 16 2017 from 11- 5  in Triangle/Dumfries, Virginia.  Rick has a special interest in outreach to Veterans, but ALL are welcome and needed to help educate the public about beekeeping.   The event include historic CCC- civilian conservation corps cabins, archery,  WW II stuff, blacksmiths, bluegrass bands and other historic crafts and exhibitions.
See:  https://www.nps.gov/prwi/planyourvisit/heritagefest.htm
Please contact Rick at rriccardelli@msn.com or 703-590-2167 – he would like up to 4 volunteers.

Western Prince William Farm Tour with Bees at two farms Sept 23 and 24th 2017

PRINCE WILLIAM FARM TOUR– Help families experience the the last vestiges of real farming in Prince William County.  The Prince William Farm Tour is coming up on Saturday September 23 from 10 am. to 4 pm and Sunday  September 24 from noon to 4 pm.  We will have bees at two locations: Jay Yankey’s farm and Jim Gehlsen’s Evergreen Acres.  This is a great chance to interact with the public.  If you’ve been through bee school, you’re prepared for these events.

Respond to Bruce Louchen at bruce.louchen(at) qg.com or 703-624-6868 for volunteering working at Yankey Farms at the end of the pumpkin patch at 14039 Owls Nest Road, Nokesville, VA

and to Jim at jimrg54(at) yahoo.com or 703-203-2641for helping out at Evergreen Acres located at12801 Hazelwood Drive, Nokesville, VA

Visit PWRBA at the Prince William County Fair

Prince William still has some agricultural aspects in its County Fair.  The Prince William County Fair is the largest County Fair in the state of Virginia and PWRBA is an important part of the agricultural story.  Stop by and visit the bees- usually in the AG Barn.  August 11-19th 2017. Prince William County Fairgrounds, 10624 Dumfries Rd, Manassas, VA 20112,


Time for the Honey (and beeswax) Show at the PW Fair

Consider entering your honey or hive product at the PW County Fair Honey Show! Entries are due in on Thursday August 10th.

NEW classes of display frames and beeswax candles continue this year.  PWRBA offers cash $$$ prizes & will give out a free queen line jar for entry into the extracted class of the honey show- Contact Karla or Diana to arrange to pick up a jar. Find out more about the show here:  http://pwrbeekeepers.com/honey/pwc-fair-honey-show/

See PW Fair Honey (and Wax) show rules and registration info here:


Honey, Honey Hey! Honey, Extractors, and Honey Shows

The PWRBA website has lots of information and resources on it…. including who to contact for the extractor- the club has two a manual crank and a motorized one.  Please be courteous and use it and return it quickly as there are others who will want it. See:

Find out all about honey here:  http://pwrbeekeepers.com/honey/

It’s not too late to get to Eastern Apicultural Society (EAS) Annual Summer Conference in Newark, DE. and enter into the EAS 2017 EAS Honey Show!  Entries taken August 1 and Aug 2nd until 11 am.
EAS will also feature an extended Honey Tasting Workshop with renowned honey sommelier, Marina Marchese, founder of Red Bee Honey and the American Honey Tasting Society
Consider entering your honey or hive product at the PW County Fair Honey ShowNEW classes of display frames and candles continue this year.  PWRBA offers cash prizes AND will give out a free queen line jar for entry into the extracted class of the honey show- Contact Karla to arrange to pick up a jar. Find out more about the show here:  http://pwrbeekeepers.com/honey/pwc-fair-honey-show/

Eastern Apicultural Society comes to the Mid Atlantic in 2017 and 2018

Eastern Apicultural Society (EAS) is the largest non commercial beekeeping organization in the country.  The EAS annual summer meeting (held W-F) short course (held M and T) and honey show (W-F) will be in the mid Atlantic area in both 2017 and in 2018!

EAS 2017 July 31- Aug. 4th  in Newark, DE

EAS 2018 August 13-17 in Hampton, VA

See 3 great (and very short) videos about the event here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChFqpEVxOxVL0PSZl8DC2Pw




VSBA Spring Meeting- June 16 (starting at 1 pm) & 17, 2017 at Ferrum College

Get ready for the Virginia State Beekeepers Association  Summer Meeting featuring our Bee School author, Dr. Diana Sammaterro.  Registration will be available on the VSBA website and via the VSBA newsletter soon.

VSBA Spring Meeting- June 16 (starting at 1 pm) & 17, 2017 at Ferrum College, 215 Ferrum Mountain Road, Ferrum, Virginia 24088

 This year’s spring meeting is being hosted by the Moonshine Beekeepers Association and will be held at  Ferrum College in Ferrum, Virginia.

Speakers include: Dr. Diana Sammatero, retired researcher at the USDA-ARS Carl Hayden Honey Bee Research Center and author of The Beekeepers Handbook; Dr. Rebecca Masterman, University of Minnesota Bee Squad Associate Program Director; Dr. Lisa Horth, Associate Professor of Biology at Old Dominium University & VSBA grant recipient; Samuel Ramsey,  PhD student at Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp’s lab at the University of Maryland; Marc Puckett, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries; Theo Hartman, Broodminder Citizen Science Project; Virginia beekeepers Mike Church, John Davis and Licho Berrouette, as well as  workshops Saturday afternoon.

Registration on Friday, June 16 will open at 12 noon with the meeting beginning at 1pm.  Registration will re-open on Saturday morning at 8:00am.  The meeting will begin at 8:45am.  There will be speaker presentations, a business meeting with elections, the State Apiarist’s Report and an update on the Master Beekeeper Program.