Oct. 22-23 in Smithfield, VA
Make plans now to attend the VSBA Fall Meeting 2021
The conference will be held at the Smithfield Center 220 N Church Street Smithfield Virginia on Friday October 22 & Saturday October 23rd 2021. Visit: VSBA Fall Meeting for more information.
Jerry Hayes Editor of BeeCulture Magazine
Dr Joshua Jakum
Winter Hive Management Tips
In addition to this one time checklist, see our Resources tab for other tips & tricks to keep your bees happy and healthy over the winter months:
1. Liquid food should be off/out of the hive. If a hive is underweight - use sugar or fondant bricks / AP23 patties.
2. Provide a windbreak for hives that are at risk for high winds.
3. Remove robbing screens - at this point in the year robbing is minimal and they interfere with removal of dead bees.
4. Ensure top vent is open.
5. Provide a way to absorb moisture, prevent dripping on the bees:
a. Newspaper on the underside of the inner...
The meetings are about 1 to 2 hours, every two weeks, and will follow a basic curiculum including:
- Do I really want to become a beekeeper? (The challenges and rewards of keeping bees)
- What are the state and local regulations?
- What equipment do I really need?
- Where can I get bees?
- What happens when I open a beehive?
- Taking care of your first beehives.
- Basic biology.
- Diseases, their identification and prevention.
This meeting is intended to augment one of the existing online classes and provide a forum for discussion. Completion of the Penn State, Cornell, or equivalent online class before attending meetings is expected. These classes are a few hours long, and can be easily completed in a few evenings.
Beyond covering the basic tasks of getting equipment, locating bees, and setting up a hive, the meetings will continue into the summer as a regular check-in so that we can share observations and answer questions as the season progresses.
If you're interested, please register for the beginner meeting at https://fairfaxbees.org/_registration
There is no fee for the meeting, but please also register as a club member.
Check out the new link on our Resources page!
Resources to Help You Plan Your Native Garden
Everyone knows that the European honeybee has taken terrible hits in recent years. What is less well known is that the 400+ species of native bees in Virginia are under serious threat from the actions of human beings. Not only are native bees important pollinators of many food crops, they play an essential role in our ecosystem as a whole. Bees and a whole array of less noticeable animals - including many species of flies, ants and beetles - pollinate the majority of the plants we see around us. In other words, they ensure the survival of most of the plant kingdom.
Want to save the bees? This task is far more complicated than you might guess. We have the Gardening for Bees guide (prepared by plantnovanatives.org) and other tips and tricks on our Resources tab.
About Our Club
Fairfax Beekeepers is a group of beekeepers mainly from northern and western Fairfax County that meet monthly to promote responsible honey bee keeping in our urban and suburban environment.
Our goal is to maintain a local group of beekeepers, both new and experienced, that can assist each other in continuing their education. Experienced beekeepers mentor new ones; we share resources including honey extractors, equipment, bees, queens; and encourage each other to grow as beekeepers.
Most of our members are from Reston, Herndon, Great Falls, Sterling, Chantilly, Centreville, Vienna, and Oakton. We mix meetings of open discussion with guest speakers and demonstrations that focus on hive health and management. Our members often contribute volunteer time to local outreach endeavors, as well as the 4-H Bee Club.
As a small group, our focus is primarily on individual beekeepers supporting each other. However, if you want more involvement in the NOVA beekeeping community, there are other larger organizations in the area that are listed on our Resources page. Many of our members are members of those organizations, as well. Please check them out; these larger clubs offer excellent speakers, educational opportunities, and a significant amount of community outreach.
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Fairfax Beekeepers meets the second Monday each month. Meetings are open to the public and involve open discussion about beekeeping and hive management. Members can discuss problems they've had, exchange ideas and observations, and support each other as fellow beekeepers.
Board of Directors
President: Nate Muller Vice President: Wendy Meeusen
Secretary: Heather Mason Treasurer: Raul Puertas
At Large: Anna Freska