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  2. Donna and Mike Kropotkin

    Italian Packages for sale?

    If you're a member you should have been notified by email and I believe there was an announcement up on this site about a month ago. I'll see if they are still available. Mike
  3. 375rgr

    Italian Packages for sale?

    Checking in. Can someone tell me how to go about purchases the club's packages? Thanks.
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  5. The lot is actually quite large, with a commercial building in a commercial zone. The 10,000 sq is just the garden size. We have plenty of space. Could we get on a call to discuss? Or maybe text me at 703-625-8212
  6. Well I'm in South Riding so that's easy. If your lot is 10,000 sq ft that's fairly small and close to your neighbors. You should check with your HOA if you have one about having bees and we always recommend having at least 2.
  7. In sterling near south riding, about 10,000 sq ft
  8. Prateek - Where in Sterling are you located? How large is your garden?
  9. Hello, We are in Aldie and have space! We would love if you could start a few hives on our land! Please call or text me at 703-625-8212
  10. Kyle Hassler

    Kyle Hassler

  11. Prateek

    Seeking outyards!

    We have an outyard in sterling va, please call or text me at 703-625-8212
  12. Hello Dan, Could you help us as well? 703-625-8212
  13. We have a garden in Sterling Va, and are interested in having a hive to help our vegetable garden. please call me at 703-625-8212
  14. Donna and Mike Kropotkin

    August 2021 Member ZOOM Meeting

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    August 2021 VIRTUAL Member Meeting. Zoom link, sent by email, will follow. Speaker: Randy Oliver ScientificBeekeeping.com Topic: Reading the combs: Understanding bee biology over the course of a season A summary of my series “Understanding Colony Buildup and Decline.” By acquiring a better understanding of the biology of bees, nutrition, parasites, and pathogens over the course of the season, and by learning to "read the combs," the beekeeper can then make better informed management decisions adapted to his/her particular situation. This is the most popular and information presentation for general audiences, and is an advised first presentation, upon which subsequent presentations can build. Meeting Location: VIRTUAL (details below) We will be using Zoom for this virtual meeting. If you have not used Zoom before, we strongly encourage you to download the Zoom app ahead of time by visiting the Zoom Download Center: https://zoom.us/download. If you click on the meeting link below and do not have Zoom installed, you will be prompted to install it (please allow extra time before the meeting if you need to install the Zoom app). For more information on joining a Zoom meeting OR to try Zoom out by joining a Test Meeting, please visit this page: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting. (Zoom link and login instructions will emailed to club members in early June and posted here a few days before the meeting) Hope to see you there! Mike Mike Kropotkin Vice President, Loudoun Beekeepers Association (LBA) Email: Mike.Kropotkin@loudounbee.org
  15. Donna and Mike Kropotkin

    June 2021 Member ZOOM Meeting

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    June 2021 VIRTUAL Member Meeting. Zoom link, sent by email, will follow. Speaker: Bill Bundy (Former LBA President) Topic: Honey Harvesting and Extraction It's that time of year to harvest your honey! Bill will run down everything you need to know for a successful honey harvest. Meeting Location: VIRTUAL (details below) We will be using Zoom for this virtual meeting. If you have not used Zoom before, we strongly encourage you to download the Zoom app ahead of time by visiting the Zoom Download Center: https://zoom.us/download. If you click on the meeting link below and do not have Zoom installed, you will be prompted to install it (please allow extra time before the meeting if you need to install the Zoom app). For more information on joining a Zoom meeting OR to try Zoom out by joining a Test Meeting, please visit this page: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting. (Zoom link and login instructions will emailed to club members in early June and posted here a few days before the meeting) Hope to see you there! Mike Mike Kropotkin Vice President, Loudoun Beekeepers Association (LBA) Email: Mike.Kropotkin@loudounbee.org
  16. Hello Matt. I've left you a voice message. Feel free to call back whenever you'd like. Dan
  17. My family recently purchased a farm in Hamilton, Va. We're interested in having a beekeeper install an outyard expansion this Spring. Give me a call if you're interested in learning more about the property. Thank you, Matt G 540-229-9604
  18. Donna and Mike Kropotkin

    July 2021 Member ZOOM Meeting

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    July 2021 VIRTUAL Member Meeting. Zoom link, sent by email, will follow. Speaker: James M. Wilson, PhD., Extension Apiculturist, Virginia Tech Topic: Winter Preparations for Honey Bee Colonies: July/August is the time to start getting your colonies ready for winter. Dr. Wilson will walk us through the details. Dr. Wilson has asked that we submit any questions relative to winter prep, or anything regarding honey bees, in advance so he may make these part of his presentation. Meeting Location: VIRTUAL (details below) We will be using Zoom for this virtual meeting. If you have not used Zoom before, we strongly encourage you to download the Zoom app ahead of time by visiting the Zoom Download Center: https://zoom.us/download. If you click on the meeting link below and do not have Zoom installed, you will be prompted to install it (please allow extra time before the meeting if you need to install the Zoom app). For more information on joining a Zoom meeting OR to try Zoom out by joining a Test Meeting, please visit this page: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting. (Zoom link and login instructions will be posted in July and sent by email) Hope to see you there! Mike Mike Kropotkin Vice President, Loudoun Beekeepers Association (LBA) Email: Mike.Kropotkin@loudounbee.org
  19. Bret Fisher

    Italian Packages for sale?

    Bob has also previously suggested that swarm captures are an excellent way to repopulate or start a top-bar hive. You will find a wealth of good information on swarm boxes here on the LBA forums. All beekeeping is local.
  20. Bob Ragsdale

    Italian Packages for sale?

    I agree. Packages are the way to go with top-bar hives. Also if you want local genetics, you can always replace the queen that comes in the package with a local queen when you install or at a later date.
  21. 375rgr

    Italian Packages for sale?

    I'm not looking for nucs because I've had fitment problems in my top bar hives. Its seems to be less painful to use packages. I would prefer nucs if i had langs. Especially nucs from locals who have generations of bees acclimated to this region. Thanks for the replies
  22. Donna and Mike Kropotkin

    May 2021 Member ZOOM Meeting

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    May 2021 VIRTUAL Member Meeting. Zoom link, sent by email, will follow. Speaker: Frank Ludlow (LBA) Topic: Mites: Detection and Treatment A basic primer on the parasitic mites beekeepers face and the methods and chemicals available for an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program. Frank has been keeping bees for 9 years and has served as President of LBA and is currently serving as LBA's new treasurer. He's currently managing 11 hives in 2 outyards and is interested in "beelining" and feral bees. Meeting Location: VIRTUAL (details below) We will be using Zoom for this virtual meeting. If you have not used Zoom before, we strongly encourage you to download the Zoom app ahead of time by visiting the Zoom Download Center: https://zoom.us/download. If you click on the meeting link below and do not have Zoom installed, you will be prompted to install it (please allow extra time before the meeting if you need to install the Zoom app). For more information on joining a Zoom meeting OR to try Zoom out by joining a Test Meeting, please visit this page: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting. (Zoom link and login instructions will emailed to club members in early May and posted here a few days before the meeting) Hope to see you there! Mike Mike Kropotkin Vice President, Loudoun Beekeepers Association (LBA) Email: Mike.Kropotkin@loudounbee.org
  23. Donna and Mike Kropotkin

    April 2021 LBA Meeting (Virtual on Zoom)

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    Speaker: Jamie Ellis, PhD Topic: Managing Queen Honey Bees: Jamie Ellis is the Gahan Endowed Professor of Entomology in the Department of Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida. He has a BS degree in Biology from the University of Georgia (USA) and a PhD in Entomology from Rhodes University in South Africa. At the University of Florida, Jamie has responsibilities in Extension, instruction, and research. Regarding his Extension work, Jamie created the UF/IFAS Bee College and the UF/IFAS Master Beekeeper Program. As an instructor, Jamie supervises PhD and masters students. Currently, Jamie and his team have over 30 active research projects in the fields of honey bee husbandry, conservation and ecology, and integrated crop pollination. Meeting Location: VIRTUAL (details below) We will be using Zoom for this virtual meeting. If you have not used Zoom before, we strongly encourage you to download the Zoom app ahead of time by visiting the Zoom Download Center: https://zoom.us/download. If you click on the meeting link below and do not have Zoom installed, you will be prompted to install it (please allow extra time before the meeting if you need to install the Zoom app). For more information on joining a Zoom meeting OR to try Zoom out by joining a Test Meeting, please visit this page: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting. (Zoom link and login instructions will be emailed to club members in April and posted here a few days before the meeting) Hope to see you there! Mike Mike Kropotkin Vice President, Loudoun Beekeepers Association (LBA) Email: Mike.Kropotkin@loudounbee.org
  24. Donna and Mike Kropotkin

    Italian Packages for sale?

    Don't we have a recent supplier in Maryland...which is at least closer than Georgia?
  25. Bret Fisher

    Italian Packages for sale?

    It might be worth noting that these will probably not be "local" package bees, but will be shipped in from Georgia, which do well for many beeks in our area. I'm not aware of anyone in our region selling package bees, but there are many who offer nucleus colonies (nucs), which it sounds like what you are looking for. Even then, ask your prospective nuc supplier where they get their queens from.
  26. Donna and Mike Kropotkin

    March 2021 LBA Meeting (Virtual on Zoom)

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    March 2021 7:30-9:00PM VIRTUAL Member Meeting. Zoom link, sent by email, will follow. Speaker: Jay Sanders, Owner and COO AZ Hives North America LLC www.azhivesnorthamerica.com j.sanders@azhivesnorthamerica.com Tel: (703) 944-8032 Topic: "Slovenian Beehives". "Jay" distributes Slovenian Beehives in north America. The Slovenian beehive design originated in the eastern European country of Slovenia, is centuries old, and is particularly useful for beekeepers with disabilities or the inability to lift and move heavy hive bodies. Jay has invited LBA club members to visit her facility in Fairfax County, near Ft. Belvoir, in small groups, on weekends, over the next few months for demonstrations. This would be a good time to check them out if you're considering new equipment purchases for the year. If you're interested, post on the forum or contact me directly and we'll see if we can schedule a visit. MikeKropotkin@verizon.net Meeting Location: VIRTUAL (details below) We will be using Zoom for this virtual meeting. If you have not used Zoom before, we strongly encourage you to download the Zoom app ahead of time by visiting the Zoom Download Center: https://zoom.us/download. If you click on the meeting link below and do not have Zoom installed, you will be prompted to install it (please allow extra time before the meeting if you need to install the Zoom app). For more information on joining a Zoom meeting OR to try Zoom out by joining a Test Meeting, please visit this page: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting. (Zoom link and login instructions will be posted here and sent by email before the meeting) Hope to see you there! Mike Mike Kropotkin Vice President, Loudoun Beekeepers Association (LBA) Email: Mike.Kropotkin@loudounbee.org
  27. Donna and Mike Kropotkin

    Italian Packages for sale?

    The club will be announcing package availability shortly. As every year, delivery won't be until late March, early April-ish.
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