What is the SVBA?

The Shenandoah Valley Beekeepers Association (SVBA), founded in 1982, exists to serve its members, the local community, and the honeybee for which humans are dependent upon.  The club:

  • promotes the keeping of honeybees in order to increase the local honeybee population, thereby increasing honeybee genetic diversity and the probability of successful queen bee matings, in turn making it easier for members to raise their own queens and operate a local sustainable apiary
  • provides a meeting place or activity each month for the dissemination and sharing of beekeeping information
  • provides an extensive library of beekeeping books and DVD’s to club members
  • manages local apiaries for educational and queen rearing purposes
  • supports local events in the community, such as Staunton Earth Day, Waynesboro RiverFest, and the Augusta and Rockingham County Fairs
  • prepares and serves breakfast and lunch at the Virginia State Beekeeping Association (VSBA) Fall meeting at Blue Ridge Community College
  • provides honeybee removal from buildings and swarm collection sevices
  • offers beekeeping classes at JMU and BRCC
  • offers use of a 9 frame honey extractor to club members free of charge
  • provides educational honeybee demonstrations to schools and other organizations

SVBA Officers from 2017 thru 2018

  • Dave Pugh- President
  • Jason Hallacher- Vice President
  • Sue McKown – Secretary/Treasurer
  • Adrian Zwanzig – Recording Secretary
  • Dorn Peterson- Board Member
  • Beth Iseman – Board Member

Inquiries: webmaster@shenvalleybeekeepers.org


What is the SVBA? — 16 Comments

  1. I would recommend visiting our monthly bee club meeting (the next one is April 16) and inquiring with other local beekeepers there as to who has colonies to sell and for what price. Starting with local bees habituated to this area is your best bet for getting started successfully in my opinion. If you join our club, you’ll have access to a fantastic library of materials to help you become sustainable with your apiary. You may also be able to recruit a mentor if that is something you would like. Details about our meetings can be found on our Web site.

  2. ? I ordered 4 nucs this year as it was all I could afford and I had lost all put one hive (which what holding on for dear life.. and still is) so, in an effort to be ready for the new bees I set up the hives with old frames of comb, a feeder, and a telescoping cover. I had been ready for about a week before they came and wouldn’t you know that when I went to load the new nucs, one of the hives was already occupied. Well I might have attributed it to me not realizing there was a cluster in that hive box and not seeing it however, I totally disassembled that box, scraped out the dead cluster, and replaced the comb so the new bees would have a quicker start. In addition to bees being in the box.. it was not a few, but in the MANY MANY MANY, THOUSANDS. I immediately added another box, full of comb, a feeder, and a telescoping lid and they are by far the strongest hive I have ever had this time of year. My sole surviving hive (aside from the nucs I added this year) is just muddling along, I believe them to be hopelessly queenless and plan to slip a full frame of capped brood over to them from my new friends as soon as one is available to see if that doesn’t get them going. I suppose it is possible, I have lost several colonies to swarming and maybe it was my turn to get one back. AS far as the last surviving hive from last year. Though I continue to see more and more bees, I see very spotty and very few brood, or capped brood, or capped honey… a few uncapped cells is it. Is it more likely the bees I see are just robber bees and my original cluster has finally passed on? or am I missing something in the mix.

    • It sounds like the surviving hive may be queenless and your plan to add brood (make sure there is new eggs in there as well) is the only hope of saving that colony. It may work or may not depending upon how long they were queenless.

  3. Hi,
    i couldn’t find a link to join this club. can you help with that & the dues.
    I am a new keeper this year & it was recommended that i join as there a lot of helpful folks here.
    Many thanks Becky

    • You can join the club and pay your dues with cash or check by attending one of the regular meetings at the Tinkling Springs Presbyterian church on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm. We do not accept new memberships online. Our next regular scheduled meeting is in September.

  4. Will you have any other courses this year? I’m interested in starting my own small colony as merely a hobby.
    Thank you.

    • Blue Ridge Community College offers classes in Beekeeping taught by one of our members. Also, Valley Bee Supply in Fishersville does one day workshops on occasion.

    • I would suggest attending one of our meetings to complete a membership application.

      Unless we are having a field trip, party, or special event, the club meets at the

      Houff Center, building G, room186/188(next to or behind the Plecker Building)
      Blue Ridge Community College
      Weyers Cave, Virginia

      Our meetings begin at approximately 6:30 pm on the third Thursday of each month unless there is a special event or field trip. Speakers or presenters at the meeting are listed on our meeting schedule.

      • Will the next meeting be March 15th? My fiance and I are extremely interested in getting started on beekeeping possibly this summer and would like to attend to get a better insight on how to approach this.

        • Yes, our next meeting is March 15, 2018 @ 6:30 pm, with Keith Tignor, our state apiarist presenting. Our meeting schedule is posted on shenvalleybeekeepers.org. Meetings are usually on the third Thursday of the month unless there is a special event.

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