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    December 2018 Member Meeting Speaker/Topic: Coming soon! Meeting Location: Sykes Hall at the Loudoun County Fairgrounds 17558 Dry Mill Road Leesburg, VA 20176
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    November 2018 Member Meeting Speaker/Topic: Coming soon! Meeting Location: Sykes Hall at the Loudoun County Fairgrounds 17558 Dry Mill Road Leesburg, VA 20176
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    October 2018 Member Meeting Speaker/Topic: Coming soon! Meeting Location: Sykes Hall at the Loudoun County Fairgrounds 17558 Dry Mill Road Leesburg, VA 20176
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    September 2018 Member Meeting Speaker/Topic: Coming soon! Meeting Location: Sykes Hall at the Loudoun County Fairgrounds 17558 Dry Mill Road Leesburg, VA 20176
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    August 2018 Member Meeting Speaker/Topic: Coming soon! Meeting Location: Sykes Hall at the Loudoun County Fairgrounds 17558 Dry Mill Road Leesburg, VA 20176
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    July 2018 Member Meeting Speaker/Topic: Coming soon! Meeting Location: Sykes Hall at the Loudoun County Fairgrounds 17558 Dry Mill Road Leesburg, VA 20176
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    June 2018 Member Meeting Speaker/Topic: Coming soon! Meeting Location: Sykes Hall at the Loudoun County Fairgrounds 17558 Dry Mill Road Leesburg, VA 20176
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    May 2018 Member Meeting Speaker/Topic: Coming soon! Meeting Location: Sykes Hall at the Loudoun County Fairgrounds 17558 Dry Mill Road Leesburg, VA 20176
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    April 2018 Member Meeting Speaker/Topic: Coming soon! Meeting Location: Sykes Hall at the Loudoun County Fairgrounds 17558 Dry Mill Road Leesburg, VA 20176
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    March 2018 Member Meeting Speaker/Topic: Coming soon! Meeting Location: Sykes Hall at the Loudoun County Fairgrounds 17558 Dry Mill Road Leesburg, VA 20176
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    February 2018 Member Meeting Speaker/Topic: Coming soon! Meeting Location: Sykes Hall at the Loudoun County Fairgrounds 17558 Dry Mill Road Leesburg, VA 20176
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    January 2018 Member Meeting Speaker: Loudoun County Economic Development Topic: Establishing a Small Rural Business Meeting Location: Sykes Hall at the Loudoun County Fairgrounds 17558 Dry Mill Road Leesburg, VA 20176
  15. I have not used the Flow Hive myself. I think there may be a couple other members who have tried one. It seems way too expensive for my taste. My suggestion would be to start with normal Langstroth equipment at first, and once you learn more about honey bees it might be something to explore after a year or two.
  16. Hi Bret, thanks for your reply! I made every attempt I could to attend the meeting last night but was unable to get there. Do you have any feedback on the honey flow hives? Are they worth the extra cost? It seems like a very practical way to both harvest honey and to disrupt the bees as little as possible.
  17. Hi, Jennifer. You are being wise to seek out more information before starting to buy any beekeeping equipment, and I'm glad to hear you'll be joining LBA. That's a great first step. You've got plenty of time before you need to purchase any equipment, and I would highly recommend taking our beekeeping classes that begin in February. You can find more information here: http://www.loudounbee.org/the-association/beekeeping-classes.html/ I've also attached "Beekeeping Basics" that I hope you will find helpful as you start learning about the fascinating world of the honey bee. Beekeeping Basics - PSU.pdf
  18. I am interested in getting two hives started as we live in rural Loudoun County and have plenty of land for them. I am interested in the Honey Flow type of hive but wanted some input before purchasing any hive. If simple basic hive will do, then that's what I'll purchase. I plan to join this organization and am excited to learn about the beekeeping world. Any input on hives to purchase (and possibly where...Southern States? Amazon?) would be greatly appreciated!
  19. Mite-A-Thon Week

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    The Bee Informed Partnership and others are sponsoring a national effort to collect varroa mite infestation data for colonies across North America by conducting a MiteCheck Survey. The Mite-A-Thon runs September 9-16, but the MiteCheck Survey is open all year. Participants will check for mites using either powdered sugar roll or alcohol wash and enter the resuts on the MiteCheck website (no identifying information is published). For more information about collecting and reporting mite infestation data, see https://bip2.beeinformed.org/mitecheck. Let's get Loudoun County on the map!
  20. National Honey Month

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    September is National Honey Month!
  21. BGES Meeting - OTS Queen Rearing

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    President of the Beekeepers Guild of the Eastern Shore, George Brown, has cordially invited LBA members to attend their October 7th meeting, where EAS Master Beekeeper Mel Disselkoen (www.mdasplitter.com) will be coming from Michigan to speak about his On The Spot (OTS) queen rearing method (and other topics). See the attached flyer for more information. Location: Little Italy Restaurant, Nassawadox, Virginia Time: 10:30am Tickets ($20 for non-members): http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3074071 Lunch will be served (pizza & salad) MelDisselkoenFlyer.pdf
  22. Getting Started

    Hi Kristina! Thank you for giving us such an opportunity! It was really nice of you and a great experience for me and my father. We did learn a lot about beekeeping here in the DMV area! The honey was delicious! Wish you best of luck and hopefully we can get together again for some knowledge exchange. -Eugene
  23. Thanks for your thoughtful response! I'll keep that in mind and repost in the spring if I can't find anyone this year.
  24. Thanks for offering your property to host bees! There are many beekeepers who do not have the possibility to keep their bees on their own property and look for a place to host their hives. I started that way and was very thankful for a spot to put my hives on an organic farm next to a huge veggie patch. I have my own property now where I can keep my bees but still have an outyard where I keep some of my bees. At this time of the year most beekeepers have their hives established and have already started to prepare them for overwintering. It is too late to start a new hive or to expand the apiary. Therefore there are probably not a lot of people around that are in need of a new beeyard. If you do not get any answers from beekeepers regarding your offer at this time of the year it is most likely for the above reasons. This situation will change in spring, the main time of starting new hives and expanding. If you do not find a beekeeper who is interested in putting bees on your property, I encourage you to ask again between February and April of next year. The Loudoun Beekeepers Association's beekeeping class will be in spring, and there will be a lot of beginning beekeepers in need of a place to put them.
  25. 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 help with set up costs if helpful - for example purchasing a couple of hives and equipment. Please contact me if interested. darianmahar@yahoo.com 415-215-3817
  26. Getting Started

    Eugene, thanks for coming out with your Dad to visit me and my bees! It was so interesting to hear about beekeeping in Moldavia, and delicious to exchange honey! I think I learned at least as much as you did. I still can't believe he doesn't have to deal with varroa mites and SHB! Several of the things he showed me on pictures of his hives would be great improvements for my hives, too, that I might implement. To all other Beekeepers: Use opportunities like this , or volunteering at an outreach event, to talk about bees and beekeeping. It is a lot of fun, and sometimes you get even more back than you give.
  27. Bob Ragsdale

    Beautifully packaged jar and cut-comb honey.
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