We meet on the 2nd Monday of the month at 7:00 PM in Towne Hall, a wing of Towne Bank located at 137 Mt. Pleasant Rd.,Chesapeake, VA 23322. The public is invited to join us for socializing and the meeting. Meeting ScheduleOur mission includes:
Beekeepers Introductory Class
The Beekeepers Guild of Southeast Virginia and the Wesleyan Beekeepers Association present a three-day Short Course for Beginning Beekeepers with an emphasis on sustainable, chemical-free practices. The course will be held on three consecutive Saturday mornings, February 8,15 & 22, 2014 at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia. An optional fourth Saturday open hive demonstration in the bee yard with an equipment assembly workshop and graduation luncheon is included. The course consists of lectures and hands-on demonstrations. This course fulfills the educational requirement of six (6) hours of classroom instruction in introductory beekeeping training for the qualified level of the Virginia Master Beekeeper Program.
VSBA Meeting June 21 & 22, 2013
Friday, June 21
Registration - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Meeting 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Dr. Dennis Van Engelsdorp: "Bee Informed Partnership: What Works, What Doesn't"
Dr. Wyatt Mangum: "Colony Usurpation: Out with Your Queen, in with Theirs"
Dr. Dennis Van Engelsdorp: "Causes of Increased Colony Losses"
Dr. Troy Anderson: "The Decline of Honey Bees in Virginia: Are Agrochemical Exposures Affecting Colony Health?"
Saturday, June 22
Registration - 8:00am - 8:45am
Meeting 8:45am - 5:15pm
Dr. Buddy Marterre: "Bee Stings: Immunology, Allergy, and Treatment"
Keith Tignor: State Apiarist Report
Dr. Buddy Marterre: "Why Treat for Varroa?"
Lunch – on your own
VA Master Beekeeper Program update
Dr. Wyatt Mangum – Top Bar Beekeeping: Financially sustainable
Beekeepers Guild of Southeast Virginia – Meadmaking workshops
Norfolk Beekeepers – Bee Vacuum building workshops
Participating vendors include:
Heywood Honey (Honey-B-Healthy, soaps)
Sustainable Honeybee Program
C & H Books
Frank & Linda Wyatt
The Naro Cinema, located at 1507 Colley Avenue in Norfolk VA, will once again screen a film calling attention to the plight of the world's honey bees. Please join us on Wednesday, August 28th at 7:15 PM for More Than Honey. Guild members Dan Margolies and Pam Fisher will facilitate the post-film discussion.
Academy Award-nominated director Markus Imhoof (The Boat Is Full), whose family has kept honey bees for three generations, travels the globe investigating the mystery of bees dying off in large numbers. Bees pollinate most flowering plants, so more than honey is at risk. Without bees, it is estimated that a third of the world's food would not exist - so their threatened extinction is a big threat to humanity also. Imhoof interviews beekeepers, farmers and scientists, traveling from Switzerland to California (where truckloads of bees for hire are driven long distances from crop to crop), to China (where human workers clumsily hand-pollinate each flower after bees have been killed off by pesticides), to Australia (where like the US, honey bees did not exist until imported by European settlers). Surprising up-close camerawork reveals the complex society and collective intelligence at work inside the hive; unprecedented close-ups of bees in flight are beautiful and eye-opening. More Than Honey is a fascinating, amazing and vital film. (96 mins)
"[A] marvelous bee-centric documentary ...a delightful, informative,and suitably contemplative study of the bee world and the bee-population crisis"
"Spectacularly beautiful" - Stephen Holden, New York Times
"It's a vibrantly absorbing trove of information, revealing things like the "Waggle Dance," discovered by Nobel Prize winner Karl von Frisch, the ingenious figure-eight movement bees perform to impart information about the directions and distance to vegetative sources of pollen and water and also housing locations." - David Noh, Film Journal
"Poses philosophical questions about the ways bees interact with humans ...a curious, audacious mix of personal essay film and nature
"Richly documented and lavishly photographed...Imhoof obtains stunning images of (bees) at work." - Dan Fainaru, Screen Daily
"Makes a convincing argument for the role of bees sustaining both organic and industrial concerns...(an) effective melding of science and aesthetic delights." - Eric Kohn, Indiewire
Last Updated (Friday, 23 August 2013 16:46)
Honey Bee Festival
Join the Beekeepers Guild of Southeast Virginia at the Norfolk Botanical Garden for a fun filled day on Saturday, August 17th from 10 AM to 4 PM. The annual Honey Bee Festival features honey and hive products for sale, activities, vendors and great information. Learn how to keep bees and purchase plants to create a bee friendly yard. Taste honey samples, look inside a working bee hive under glass and take a turn spinning honey from the honeycomb. Great activities for the entire family include beeswax candle rolling and the busy bee beanbag toss! Kids that come dressed as a bee can participate in the costume parade! Special activities also in the Children's Garden. Don't miss a live performance by musician David Welsh.
This year’s message, Create a buzz...BEE GREEN is geared to helping the community understand the critical role of bees and to encourage home and business owners to incorporate bee friendly plants in their landscapes and to use organic products instead of traditional pesticides with harmful chemicals.
Ann Ruel – Pottery
Beekeepers Guild – Honey & Hive Products
Barbara Bloom – Pottery
Bonnie Sutor – Ceramics
Cindy Lackore – Glass Jewelery
Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast – Family Activities
Heifer International – International Aid
Kettle Kings – Food Concession
Kona Ice– Food Concession
Nature's Secret – Botanical Jewelry & Bee T-shirts
Sacred Friends Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education
Samantha Gallagher – Protect Pollinators License Plates
Terrascapes Environmental – Environmental Landscaping
Twisted Sisters Cupcakes – Food Concession
The Honey Bee is a sweet deal and so is the Honey Bee Festival! View video highlights of the 2012 festival.
Last Updated (Friday, 19 July 2013 20:05)
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