THE JANUARY 2017 MEETING IS CANCELED DUE TO SNOW. 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 Schedule
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2017 Beekeepers Introductory Class
The Beekeepers Guild of Southeast Virginia presents 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 11, 18 & 25, 2017 at the Law Enforcement Training Academy (LETA) in Virginia Beach, Virginia. An optional fourth Saturday open hive demonstration in the bee yard with an equipment assembly demonstration 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.
Where We'll BEE Next
The Beekeepers Guild of Southeast Virginia is committed to public service. Our members have volunteered thousands of hours educating the public about honey bees! To request a FREE beekeeping speaker for your school, civic association or garden club or to request a beekeeping exhibit at your event, please
If you're wondering where we'll bee next whether it's simply to learn more about honey bees or to buy local honey, we'll keep you updated here.
Please join us for the Virginia Flower and Garden Expo held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center on January 27, 28 and 29, 2017. The Expo promotes horticultural education for everyone from professionals to the weekend enthusiast. Hampton Roads residents can avail themselves of information on virtually every aspect related to flowers and gardening in a single climate-controlled location. Experts and knowledgeable professionals will be there to discuss plants, plans, products and practices. More than a hundred vendors, exhibitors and societies provide guests countless ideas and products they can use. We will bee there to talk bees and good gardening practices to protect them. Honey and hive products will be available for sale.
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2017 4-H Honey Bee Essay Contest for Virginia
Cash prizes to top three Virginia state essay winners are:
Virginia's state winner essay will be forwarded on to National competition and could win cash prizes as follows:
1st - $750
Each state winner, including the national winners, receives an appropriate book about honey bees, beekeeping, or honey.
For the 2017 essay contest, the topic is: “How can MP3 (Managed Pollinator Protection Plan) more effectively protect honey bees from pesticide exposure?”
Last Updated (Tuesday, 03 January 2017 12:40)
Virginia's DRAFT MP3 Plan
In June of 2014, federal departments and agencies were tasked with taking new steps to reverse pollinator losses and help restore pollinator populations. To accomplish this effort, the Pollinator Health Task Force was created. Co-chaired by the Secretary of Agriculture and the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the task force included representatives from a wide variety of departments and agencies.
As part of this effort, the EPA engaged the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) in the development of a Virginia pollinator protection plan as a means of mitigating the risk of pesticides to honey bees and other managed pollinators.
Click here to read the DRAFT Plan to Mitigate Pesticide Risk to Managed Pollinators (Plan), one component of the Virginia Pollinator Protection Strategy (Strategy). The Strategy, which was enacted by the 2016 General Assembly, directs VDACS to develop and maintain a pollinator protection strategy to promote the health of and mitigate the risks to pollinator species and ensure a robust apiary industry. The Strategy shall include a protection plan for managed pollinators that provides voluntary best management practices and supports efforts to reduce risks from pesticides, increase habitat, and take other steps to protect pollinators.
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