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    Visit LBA at the Lucketts Fair, August 19th & 20th, 9am-5pm - Learn more about honey bees by talking with LBA beekeepers See live honey bees at our observation hive FREE HONEY TASTINGS! Purchase honey from local apiaries Lucketts Community Center 42361 Lucketts Road Leesburg VA 20176, USA
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  6. Dear Loudoun Beekeepers Association: The Best Bees Company is currently hiring part-time beekeepers in the greater Washington, D.C. region, including northern Virginia. We are looking for beekeepers to collect data on about sixty beehives in and around DC, using a smartphone app that we wrote the code for data collection. Paying jobs for local beekeepers! Hiring immediately. Inquiries can be sent to our Regional Coordinator, Sean Smith (, 617.445.2322) or to me directly at my contact information below. Thanks and happy beekeeping! Best regards, Noah --- Noah Wilson-Rich, Ph.D. Partner & Chief Scientific Officer The Best Bees Company 839 Albany St (Rear) Boston, MA 02119 Office: 617-445-2322 | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter Our affiliated 501(c)3 nonprofit research laboratory's website is now live! Check it out, at
  7. Hi Eugene, welcome to the world of Beekeepers! To get started in beekeeping it is helpful to join a local beekeeping club, and to take a beekeeping class. Loudoun Beekeepers Association offers a class every late winter. It is over the course of several weeks (one night or Saturday morning per week), and includes a field day, too. After the class you can order package bees or nucs through the club and start right away. The biggest advantage after taking the class is that you get paired up with a mentor whom you can shadow, whom you can call for advice, and who will be willing to come out to your place and give you a hand with your hive if needed. Regarding joining a local club, you are at the right place! The LBA meetings are every month and always cover interesting topics. You will meet a lot of people who love talking about their bees and share advice. It is great that you will have a good mentor on your father but it is also very helpful to know beekeepers in your area to know what is locally going on in your and your neighbors' hives ("Has the main nectar flow already started?", "Where is the bear?" ...) The LBA online member's forum has a wealth of knowledge and information and connects you to other Beekeepers as well. If you would like to you can come and visit my apiary with your father. I'm from Europe, too, and some things are different in beekeeping here, than in Europe. I have currently about 35 hives and nucs. PM me if you are interested.
  8. Hi everyone!!! My name is Eugene and I'm pretty new into beekeeping. However, my father is a beekeeper in Europe and I would love to do something like that in Virginia. Can anyone come up with some ideas, suggestions or advises on how to get started? Also, my father is visiting me this month and we would like to visit some farms and see what is the setup. Any recommendations? Thanks!
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  10. The state of Virginia has on the site that due to budget constraints they are not funding this in 2017.
  11. If you are seriously considering getting started with beekeeping, I would also strongly encourage you to take a beekeeping class before you order your first piece of equipment. There are a couple of options. Virginia Bee Supply in Remington, VA offers one-day classes that convey a lot of information, but offer no mentoring program. LBA's own beekeeping course, taught in the Feb/Mar timeframe over the course of several weeks. One big advantage to taking this course through LBA is that you'll likely be assigned a mentor in your local area who can personally assist you with your new bees. Since the active beekeeping season is still upon us, I would also encourage you to visit a local (NorVa) beekeeper and get a closer look at the fascinating adventure you are contemplating. If you are already located in the DC Metro/NorVA area and would like to visit an active apiary (bee yard), please feel free to PM or text me to arrange a visit to my apiary, about 5 miles north of Haymarket, Virginia. No cost or obligation, I just love sharing my fascination about honey bees and dispelling many of the fears people have about them. Attached to this post is the ever-popular Beekeeping Basics pdf from Penn State that is often included in beekeeping classes. Welcome to the club, the life, and the obsession of beekeeping. Bret Fisher 703.965.6216 Beekeeping Basics - PSU.pdf
  12. This is all really good information thank you so much!!
  13. Hi Ash, Just to add a couple of thoughts - In Loudoun county there are not municipal ordinances regarding keeping bees with the exception of nuisance laws. If you do end up with an HOA I would suggest reading their rules/regulations carefully. Those will almost certainly have a section covering the keeping of animals and although they likely will not specifically call out honey bees keep in mind that in Virginia honey bees are technically classified as livestock, so depending on how that verbiage is written it may still apply if someone decides to make an issue. Regarding honey sales there are labelling requirements: Food inspection exemption is defined in § 3.2-5130. Inspections required to operate food establishment of the code of Virginia: It is unlawful to operate a food manufacturing plant, food storage warehouse, or retail food store until it has been inspected by the Commissioner. This section shall not apply to: (...) Private homes where the resident processes and prepares honey produced by his own hives, if: (i) the resident sells less than 250 gallons of honey annually; (ii) the resident does not process and sell other food products in addition to honey, except as allowed by subdivisions 3 and 4; (iii) the product complies with the other provisions of this chapter; and (iv) the product is labeled: "PROCESSED AND PREPARED WITHOUT STATE INSPECTION. WARNING: Do Not Feed Honey to Infants Under One Year Old." If you do not comply with the exemption or do not want to add the label above, you need a food inspection. See the Virginia department of agriculture and consumer services website. Basic Labeling Requirements for Honey Products – National Honey Board FDA guidance for honey labeling Hope that helps!
  14. Hi Ash, You do not have to have a minimum or maximum amount of property to start a bee hive. I have known people who live in townhouses who have bee hives in their (small) back yards. You will of course need to get approval from your HOA (Homeowners Association) if you have one. You do not have to be registered with the county to start a bee hive. You may however, be eligible for a state refund (up to $200) for purchasing a hive, although I think the program has been put on hold for now. Here is the link for that: As for a license to sell honey, I do not sell honey and therefore can't answer that question. Perhaps another LBA member can respond to that. Good luck to you!
  15. Hi I was hoping someone could answer a question about what the rules and regs are to starting a bee hive. Do you have to have a certain amount of property? Do you have to be registered with the county? Also do you need a permit to sell honey? I haven't started purchasing anything just in research mode any answers to these questions would be super helpful! If you think of any other information that would be helpful I would appreciate it. I am starting to look at properties in the Loudoun area and I think depending on the answers will help me in the house buying process! Thanks in advance! Ash
  16. Thank you, LBA. We were able to connect with a LBA member looking for a spot for their hives. The hives were relocated last night. Dan
  17. Hello - we have 10 acres in Hamilton (easy access to Route 9 and Route 287) available to host a couple of beehives. I've attached a few pictures of the property. If anyone is interested, please contact me at or call/text at 703-675-5270 Thank you
  18. I have 10 acres in Middleburg and I am interested in having beehives on my property. I have an apple orchard that has never been sprayed with pesticides and the property has three natural springs that would provide ideal natural watering sources for the bees. I have hosted hives in the past, but the beekeepers eventually purchased their own farm and took the bees with them. I am also willing to negotiate other arrangements, for example, equipment purchase, etc. Contact me if you are interested: Darian 415-215-3817 or
  19. The number of hives isn't the real cost driver, it is the total value of the equipment so hive boxes, extractor, storage equipment, etc. There is no "life" insurance on the bees themselves. A full annual liability policy from Farm Family Insurance for my 25 hive operation is $250 a year. If you add in doing extractions on other peoples's property is another $250 per year. An overall commercial policy for "selling honey" would be typical if you had a dedicated store. If you cross the VDACs threshold of 2,500 lbs (I think?) you need to have a health certificate and training for the staff doing the packaging. Keep in mind for your business you should also include some form of commercial coverage and liability on your truck or trailer if they are used in the business. My MBA was in entrepreneurship and I do business plans in my sleep. Good luck in your class.
  20. Desperately need someone who can remove bees from a structure. Had several calls this year and no one interested. I can furnish name & phone number, the rest is up to you. Lennie Mather, Treasurer BONS Beekeepers of the Northern Shenandoah 540-877-1509
  21. Virginia Farm Bureau gave our club a great rate. Lennie Mather, Treasurer BONS
  22. I have a bees nest in an old meat smoker, according to my neighbor. I'm not home so I'm not sure it's bees but I need them gone.
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    VSBA 2017 Spring Meeting This is an amazing educational opportunity for any beekeeper, as well as an opportunity to get involved in beekeeping activities at the state level. For a detailed agenda, registration information and other information, see the VSBA website.
  24. Needed: A beekeeper at Greenhill Winery & Vineyards in Middleburg, Virginia. We have 10 hives and sell the honey through our Farm Store onsite. This is our second year. Our current beekeeper is retiring but will mentor the new one and get them started! Contact Rebekah for more info or 540 645 9475 Our website is
  25. I received this information and am passing it on to anyone interested. Please contact Mr Nolan directly. Mr. Bundy. Per our phone conversation earlier this morning, I am interested in having a couple or so bee hives on my property. I am not a bee keeper so therefore I would need someone to place the hives and care for the bees. All proceeds from the hive would of course belong to the owner of the hives. My E-mail address is The property is located between Hillsboro and Purcellville. I very much appreciate your assistance. Best regards, Robert Nolan.
  26. Laurie, I forwarded your info to Olin. He should be in touch soon.
  27. I have 20 acres in Leesburg. If this would be of interest to you please contact me at 703/615-2066. Call or text. Thanks Laurie Z
  28. I have 20 acres in Leesburg that would be available to host your hives. If anyone is interested please contact me at or call/text 703/615-2066. Thanks! Laurie Z.
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