Bee Videos Galore for Cold Winter Nights

Our friends across the border at the University of Guelph, Honeybee Research Centre has some wonderful videos to spend the winter watching!  Take a look!

PWRBA Member Dues are Due

It’s time to renew memberships.  Download the membership form here. Bring it with you to our next meeting or mail it in.  Note that 2018 Bee School students do NOT pay for 2018 membership.

Next club mtg., elections, Honey & Hive products, a Honey Exchange. Tue. Jan. 9th

Join us for the first meeting of 2018 on Tuesday January 9th at 7 PM at the Manassas Church of the Brethren.

ELECTIONS.  We need members to volunteer for President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary. Please consider volunteering to help guide your club in 2018. We will take all nominations from the floor, and then vote at the meeting.

PROGRAM. After elections, we have a great program on Excellence in Honey and Hive Products by George H. Wilson and George “Popi” Zwetko. George Wilson is half of the locally based Backyard Farm honey and bee operation and serves as Chair of the Honey Show at the Eastern Apicultural Society. He will present topics including best practices for extracting to ensure a clean, safe, and beautiful product, what type of equipment is needed, bottling, etc.  Honey judging is not the main focus, but he can address a few points about judging extracted honey and what you can do to be competitive. George Zwetko is a beekeeper and co owner of the locally based Murlarkey Distillery.  He will talk about specialty products and how he is using products of the hive to make a special whiskey as well as add to the discussion of best practices around best practices in the honey house from a food professional perspective.

HONEY EXCHANGE. We will also have a honey exchange for those members that still have some left. If you’d like to try different local honeys, here is your chance. Exchange up to three jars of honey with another beekeeper!  Drop off up to three jars of honey, clearly labeled, when you arrive at the meeting. Place your honey on the table by the door and receive a ticket for each jar. After the meeting, bring your tickets and exchange the tickets for jars of honey.

Weather Policy – Our church meeting space follows PW County School on closures & emergencies (NEW!!!).

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:

Simply Smart Beekeeping with Dr. Kirsten Traynor at PWRBA Nov. 14th from 7-9pm

Dr. Kirsten Traynor will talk about “Simply Smart Beekeeping” as our guest speaker at the November 14th PWRBA meeting.  Please join us from 7-9pm at the Manassas Church of the Brethren.  She will have her book Simple, Smart, Beekeeping ($25) and Tow Million Blossoms: Discovering the Medicinal Benefits of Honey ($20) for sale.  Credit card service can be spotty, so consider bringing cash or check for books.

Dr. Traynor is based nearby in Maryland and is currently the new editor of the American Bee Journal.  Fascinated with the social complexity of a honey bee hive, Kirsten earned her PhD in biology from Arizona State University. While a grad student, she spent almost a year in Avignon, France in the lab of Dr. Yves Le Conte as a Fulbright Fellow. She recently investigated how pesticides impact honey bee health for the University of Maryland in the lab of Dr. vanEngelsdorp and is the editor of Bee World, published by the International Bee Research Association. Kirsten received the German Chancellor Scholarship from the Humboldt Foundation in 2006-2007. She and her husband drove over 50,000 miles throughout Western Europe to study the differences between European and American beekeeping, reporting their findings through 50+ published articles in national and international magazines. At the same time she interviewed scientists and medical doctors, gathering information for her book: Two Million Blossoms: Discovering the Medicinal Benefits of Honey. Follow her on Twitter @FlowersLoveBees.


PWRBA Bee School Open House

The PWRBA Bee School 2018 Open House will be Saturday November 18th from 1-3 pm at the Manasass Church of the Brethren.

Bee School Applications will be accepted at this time.

Classes will begin in January, 2018

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.
Please contact Rick at 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) 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) or 703-203-2641for helping out at Evergreen Acres located at12801 Hazelwood Drive, Nokesville, VA

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 12 Noon.