Piedmont Beekeepers Association
Serving the Greater Lynchburg, Virginia area and surrounding counties
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Events

Keep an eye out for new events, all geared around enhancing the love of the honey bee.

2019 Annual North American Mite-A-Thon
Sep
7
to Sep 21

2019 Annual North American Mite-A-Thon

2019 North American Mite-A-Thon

DATE EXTENSION - SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 TO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2019

Mite-A-Thon is a tri-national effort to collect mite infestation data and to visualize Varroa infestations in honey bee colonies across North America within a two week window. All beekeepers can participate, creating a rich distribution of sampling sites in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Their Varroa monitoring data will be uploaded to www.mitecheck.com.

The parasitic mite, Varroa destructor (Varroa), and the viruses it vectors is a significant driver of this honey bee colony mortality. Yet, indicators suggest that many beekeepers are not monitoring honey bee colony Varroa infestations and therefore not able to connect infestation to colony loss.

OBJECTIVE: 1) To raise awareness about honey bee colony Varroa infestations in North America through effective monitoring methods. 2) Management strategies will be made available for discussion within bee organizations utilizing Mite-A-Thon partner developed information and outreach materials.

DATE: Starting the week of September 7, 2019, with a practice test during summer 2019

PARTICIPANTS: All beekeepers in North America are encouraged to participate

COST: There is no cost. You can create your own test materials or kits can be purchased online and at your local bee supply store.

OUTREACH: Promotion of Mite-A-Thon will be through local bee clubs, state beekeeping organizations, and national associations (see partners for examples)

DATA COLLECTION: Participants will monitor the level of mites (number of mites per 100 bees) using a standardized protocol utilizing two common methods of assessment (alcohol wash or powdered sugar roll) and then enter data, including location, total number of hives, number of hives tested, local habitat, and the number of Varroa mites counted from each hive. The published information will not identify individual participants.

SPONSORS: Sponsorships are being solicited to underwrite costs and grants, as necessary.

CONTACT: Miteathon@pollinator.org or 415-362-1137

TO DO: Determine your preferred method of testing for mites and commit to a day for testing, either individually or through beekeeping organizations, and report your data (see above).

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Saturday September 21st, 2019 -PBA Fall Picnic and Honey Tasting
Sep
21
11:00 AM11:00

Saturday September 21st, 2019 -PBA Fall Picnic and Honey Tasting

Members and families, please join us at Riverside Park in Lynchburg, Va from 11am-1:30pm at the first Pavilion for a fall picnic, and honey tasting. Piedmont Beekeepers Association will be providing hamburgers, hotdogs, buns, drinks, chips, plates, napkins, and utensils. Members and guests, please feel free to bring any additional sides or desserts that you would like. It may be a good idea to bring a lawn chair and bug spray also! Please RSVP to Mark Smith at 434-258-7048.

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Apimondia 2019 - Montreal, Canada
Sep
8
to Sep 12

Apimondia 2019 - Montreal, Canada

The 46th APIMONDIA Congress will be held in Montréal, Canada. APIMONDIA is the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations. Its major objective is to facilitate the exchange of information and discussions on apiculture by organising Congresses and Symposia where beekeepers, scientists, honey-traders, agents for development, technicians and legislators meet to listen, discuss and learn from one another. APIMONDIA meetings are fabulous events that offer great opportunities to learn about all the aspects of the beekeeping world: from morning until late evening, participants explore various exhibits and learn about cutting edge research from all parts of the world and have a unique opportunity to meet beekeepers and scientists from every corner of the planet

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June 20th, 2019 - Monthly PBA Meeting
Jun
20
7:00 PM19:00

June 20th, 2019 - Monthly PBA Meeting

  • Administration Building - Lynchburg City Public Works (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ann Zudekoff, PBA Club Educator will be presented a presentation on Varroa Mites called, “You know you’ve got them, so what can you do about them?” This is the time of year to start (or be finished) extracting spring honey, doing mite counts and treatments if necessary, or consider making splits. Varroa mites testing and treating is one of the top priority of beekeepers to maintain healthy colonies and help ensure our bees are healthy enough to make it into and through winter.

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April 18, 2019 Monthly PBA meeting
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

April 18, 2019 Monthly PBA meeting

In celebration of our Spring 2019 Beginning Beekeepers graduates, our monthly meeting will consist of snacks, prizes, graduation certificate presentations, and monthly question and answer time. Please bring snacks and the club will provide sodas and bottled water along with paper plates and napkins.

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Dr. Leo Sharashkin's Natural Beekeeping Workshop
Apr
6
8:00 AM08:00

Dr. Leo Sharashkin's Natural Beekeeping Workshop

  • Blue Ridge Community College - Plecker Workforce Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Dr. Leo Sharashkin is the founder of horizontalhive.com and editor of Keeping Bees With a Smile, a compre-hensive resource on keeping bees naturally in horizontal hives. He is contributor to American Bee Journal, The Beekeepers Quarterly (UK), and Acres USA, and speaks internationally on sustainable beekeeping, organic growing, and earth-friendly living.

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January 2019 - Monthly PBA meeting
Jan
17
7:00 PM19:00

January 2019 - Monthly PBA meeting

  • Lynchburg Public Works Administration Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Jessica Driver, Apiary Inspector will be our speaker for the January meeting. Our local Inspector, Jessica can help you with inspections, colony concerns, or possible diseases. This is an important time of year as we ramp up equipment builds and repairs, checking and feeding colonies as needed, mid winter mite checks and treatments, and bee and equipment orders. Please make every effort to attend meetings and keep up with what happening in the hive now and what to expect in the months to come.

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December 2018 - PBA Annual Christmas Party
Dec
20
6:00 PM18:00

December 2018 - PBA Annual Christmas Party

  • Lynchburg Public Works Administration (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Our annual PBA Christmas party will be held December 20th, 2018 from 6pm-8pm (or longer if needed) at our usual meeting place. The club will be providing meats, bread, drinks, plates, cups, and cutlery. Members, please bring a side dish or dessert. We will also be having a $10 Polly Anna gift exchange also, Pick a $10 non gag gift, wrap it, bring it to the party, and we will start a gift exchange at some point during the night. As with any usual meeting, family members are welcome to attend. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

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October 2018 PBA Monthly Meeting - Honey Tasting
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

October 2018 PBA Monthly Meeting - Honey Tasting

Bring your test honey for others members of the Piedmont Beekeepers Association to try. More importantly, be prepared to try everyone else's honey. This is a night of taste testing and a chance for everyone to relax after a long season. Please bring samples in an unmarked container to allow for a fair contest when others just who had the best honey.

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August 2018 - Monthly PBA meeting
Aug
16
7:00 PM19:00

August 2018 - Monthly PBA meeting

  • Lynchburg City Public Works Administration Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Tenatively, we will have a speaker from a local USDA - FSA office to discuss the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program

ELAP is administered by the Farm Service Agency
(FSA) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

ELAP provides assistance for livestock death losses;
feed and grazing losses that are not due to drought or
wildfires on federally managed lands; losses resulting
from the cost of transporting water to livestock due to
an eligible drought; losses resulting from the
additional cost associated with gathering livestock for
treatment related to cattle tick fever, honeybee feed,
colony and hive losses; and farm-raised fish feed and
death losses.

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2018 Summer Picnic
Jul
28
11:00 AM11:00

2018 Summer Picnic

Thanks to Select Bank for providing burgers, hot dogs, and a small assortment of drinks. Please bring lawn chairs. The pool will be available for use.

Please use Rt. 221 to Good Station. (Goode Road Bridge is closed due to construction)

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Virginia State Beekeepers Association 100th Anniversary State meeting
Jun
15
to Jun 16

Virginia State Beekeepers Association 100th Anniversary State meeting

Mark your calendars for our 100th anniversary meeting, June 15 & 16, at Roanoke College in Roanoke.

The speakers are: Tom Seeley, Professor at Cornell University and an outstanding researcher into the behavior and social life of honey bees; Kirsten Traynor, author of Two Million Blossoms: Discovering the Medicinal Benefits of Honey and co-author of Simple, Smart Beekeeping with Michael J. Traynor, she is also the new editor of American Bee Journal; Dewey Caron, Emeritus Professor of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, Univ of Delaware, & Affiliate Professor, Dept Horticulture, Oregon State University, with 40+ years teaching and doing bee extension and bee research; and, Jessica Kern, who has been published in the American Bee Journal and teaches body mechanics for beekeepers, as a beekeeper, her primary focus is on queen rearing, small scale honey production and pollination.  Workshops are scheduled for Saturday afternoon. We will have a workshop on the Driftwatch Program as well as workshops given by Tom, Kirsten and Jessica.

The program agenda with their topics will be in the next Virginia State Beekeepers Association newsletter and on the VSBA website later.

Dinner will be available at the college and after dinner we will have the MBP awards and 100th anniversary celebration. VSBA looks forward to seeing everyone at the meeting and celebration.

Registration information, hotels and vendors will be available in the next VSBA newsletter and on the website at a later date.

Deb Parker, Meeting Chair
brokenpost.farm@gamil.com

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May 2018 - Monthly PBA meeting
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

May 2018 - Monthly PBA meeting

During the first part of the meeting, Guest speaker Silas Richardson will be speaking on his start into beekeeping and how his operation has expanding into several hundred hives. The second half of the meeting will be a general beekeeper question and answer time with our club educator, Anne Zudekoff. The Q&A will be for novice and experienced beekeepers alike.

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Amherst Honey Bee Festival
Apr
21
10:00 AM10:00

Amherst Honey Bee Festival

- Event by the Amherst County High School Parent Teacher Organization

Join us as we celebrate bees, honey, spring, fruits, berries, vegetables, farms, orchards, flowers, plants, birds, animals, gardening, butterflies, insects, nature, conservation, ecology, biology, produce, jams & jellies, canned goods, baked goods, and delicious foods. All to support education.

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Practical Back Yard Beekeeping Conference - Chatham, Virginia
Feb
2
to Feb 3

Practical Back Yard Beekeeping Conference - Chatham, Virginia

  • Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

For Small-Scale (Hobby) and Serious Sideline Beekeepers

DEBBIE DELANEY FEATURED SPEAKER - INSTRUCTOR

Friday Evening (6:00 PM) we will sponsor a Special “BEEKEEPERS DINNER AND PROGRAM” Starting with an exquisite catered meal. All courses will be flavored with specialty honeys! The main course will be Black Angus Beef. (This meal gets rave reviews every year from the attendees!) Immediately following the dinner, (7:00 PM) Dr. Debbie Delaney will present two fascinating programs titled “Bees in Trees” & “Coal Mining to Bee Keeping” to be followed by audience Q’s and A’s. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To Register:  http://halifaxbeekeepers.org/index.php/upcoming-events   Checks, Money Orders or questions- contact Jim Zeigler (jimmyz6@centurylink.net ) or call Jim at 434-376-4490.   

SATURDAY February 3, 2018 - $60   

08:30 CHECK IN AND AT-DOOR REGISTRATION – PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Kickoff Coffee, Tea, Donuts and Fruit  ê  Light Lunch at Noon; planned morning and afternoon breaks.

Topics: Nutritional Forage for Pollinators, Why Genetics are Important To a Beekeeper, and Honey Marketing. (End at 4:00)

Plenty of Q and A Time

To Register: http://halifaxbeekeepers.org/index.php/upcoming-events  Checks, Money Orders and Questions go to Jim Zeigler jimmyz@centurylink.net or call Jim at 434-376-4490 

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January 2018 PBA Monthly Meeting - Nucs and their Uses - 5 Frame Plywood Nuc
Jan
18
7:00 PM19:00

January 2018 PBA Monthly Meeting - Nucs and their Uses - 5 Frame Plywood Nuc

We will be using the 5 Frame Plywood Nuc BeeHive plans from D. Coates and posted on Beesource.com to build a nuc. Attendees that are planning to build a nuc will need to prepay for materials and bring any supplies needed for building. We are planning to pre-purchase the plywood and have it cut for the meeting, leaving only the building to be completed that night.

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2017 PBA Christmas Celebration
Dec
14
7:00 PM19:00

2017 PBA Christmas Celebration

  • Lynchburg Public Works Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Please join Piedmont Beekeepers Association at our December meeting for a time of fellowship and good food. We will be participation in our annual Battered Smoker bee trivia contest to see which team of beekeepers takes home the award for 2018. Hope to see you there!

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