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  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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!
  6. 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!
  7. National Honey Month

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    September is National Honey Month!
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Thanks for your thoughtful response! I'll keep that in mind and repost in the spring if I can't find anyone this year.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
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    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.
  14. Bob Ragsdale

    Beautifully packaged jar and cut-comb honey.
  15. Lucketts Fair

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    Visit LBA at the Lucketts Fair, August 19th & 20th, 9am-5pm - http://theluckettsfair.com/ 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
  16. National Honey Bee Day

    Happy National Honey Bee Day!
  17. Jobs for Beekeepers

    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 (s.smith@bestbees.com, 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 bestbees.com | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter Our affiliated 501(c)3 nonprofit research laboratory's website is now live! Check it out, at www.beesanctuary.org
  18. Getting Started

    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.
  19. Getting Started

    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!
  20. The state of Virginia has on the site that due to budget constraints they are not funding this in 2017.
  21. 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. http://www.virginiabeesupply.com/Classes.html 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. http://www.loudounbee.org/the-association/beekeeping-classes.html/ 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 CGBees@gmail.com 703.965.6216 Beekeeping Basics - PSU.pdf
  22. This is all really good information thank you so much!!
  23. 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!
  24. 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: http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/plant-industry-services-beehive-grant-program.shtml 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!
  25. 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
  26. 10 acres in Hamilton available to host some beehives

    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
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