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Observing Honey Bees at Home

You cannot be a good beekeeper if you don’t know much about bees. And it is hard to learn much about bees when they are hidden away in an opaque wooden box on the far side of the yard. It doesn’t matter what you are trying to learn – French, air guitar, or beekeeping – if you don’t do it three times a week, you won’t get anywhere. But if you inspect your colonies three times a week… no, not a good idea. So, what to do? One possibility, one I learned a lot from, is to keep a small colony in a glass hive in your house, an observation hive. I kept an observation hive in the room where I spent a lot of time and every time their tone changed, I took a look. I saw more in a year than many backyard beekeepers see in a lifetime. And every year is different. In this talk I will show you how to keep bees in an observation hive and learn from them.

To Our Members & Guests -
It is my privilege and pleasure to welcome you to the Virginia State Beekeepers Association website and to represent the VSBA as president!

My name is Martha Kiene and like most of you I've been a beekeeper for many years. We are fortunate to have a great leadership team that is fully committed to VSBA and continues to go the extra mile in building this association, while carrying out the many worthwhile projects that we undertake for the benefit of our beekeeping community.

The recent restrictions with COVID-19 has certainly put a damper on our 2020 plans for live meetings, conferences, and our goal of meeting you. We encourage all members to keep strong during our struggles with COVID-19 restrictions and to maintain your enthusiasm, and commitment to beekeeping.  We're looking forward to a bright 2021 and getting to know each of you a little better.  

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As a group, VSBA supports our members to help maintain vibrant local beekeeping organizations by providing educational programs and tools, improve relations between Beekeepers, Government Agencies, and the Public, promote and maintain industry connections at the State, National, and International level, and to fund, promote and enhance beekeeping research.

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VSBA offers a master beekeeper education program to educate beekeepers that includes testing and certification for those interested in learning successful apiary management.


Visit our Newsletter page for the latest VSBA news articles, Updates from our State Apiarist, Information on our next meeting and more...

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Donations to the Virginia State Beekeepers Association go to further beekeeper education, fund pollinator research and provide resources for current and aspiring beekeepers in Virginia.

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