VSBA 2011 Fall Meeting

When: Saturday November 5, 2011
Where: Blue Ridge Community College
1 College Lane,
Weyers Cave, VA 24486 (click here for directions)
Hosted by: Shenandoah Valley Beekeepers Association

The topic of the day is honey bee nutrition. The principle speaker for the Fall meeting is Dave Mendes from Fort Myers, Florida. Mr. Mendes has been a commercial beekeeper since 1977, operating from Florida to California. He manages more than 7,000 colonies that are partially utilized for honey production and primarily for pollination Mr. Mendes is a member of the Honey Bee Technical Council in Florida, Beelogics Technology Advisory Board, Project Apis m., and President of the American Beekeeping Federation. His talks are entitled "A Year in the Life of Headwaters Farm", which outlines the different pollinations in California, Maine, and "Honey Bee Nutrition".

We have also been lucky enough to secure a few other well known speakers in Va Beek circles, including Brenna Traver, a Virginia Tech PhD candidate; Frank Wyatt, a queen breeder; and, Jim Haskell!

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: David Mendes, President American Beekeeping Federation. Dave is a commercial beekeeper from Florida and has been pollinating up and down the east coast for more than 30 years, moving bees to the wild blueberry barrens in Maine, to cranberries in Massachusetts, apples and blueberries in New Jersey, and moves some of his 7,000 colonies to California for almonds.

Dave has lectured about his bees and CCD and what's changing in beekeeping. Dave has been a great spokesman for the beekeeping industry in the halls of Congress. His experience and insights are telling and worth listening too.

Master Beekeeping Program Testing : Testing for the Virginia Master Beekeeper Program will be offered November 4th and 5th in conjunction with the Virginia State Beekeepers Association Semi-annual Meeting. Written tests for the Qualified and Certified level will be available Friday night, November 4th, beginning at 7:00 pm in the Multipurpose Rooms of Plecker Workforce Center at Blue Ridge Community College. The tests will again be available at 5:30 pm on Saturday, November 5th, immediately following the VSBA meeting in the Multipurpose Rooms. The fee for each test is $25.00. Both levels require field testing which will be administered at a later date. Qualifications and study guides for the Qualified and Certified levels can be viewed by clicking here. Be sure to fill out a registration form for the testing!

C&H Books
Linda Wyatt with t-shirts, etc.;
Ralph & Shirley Figgers with Honey B Healthy and soap products
Lois Lobo who does hand painted bee signs, glass and some jewelry.
Joan Gardiner, Unison Pottery Tile Works
John Adams, Bee Busters Inc. - book on historical hives
Mark Baker, Busy Bee - wooden ware

For further information on vendors contact Deb Parker after October 5th. Deb’s email address is brokenpost@gemlink.com, home phone 540-854-4883.

Click here to download the Registration Form

Program Chair:Deb Parker (email Deb)
Click here for the Fall Meeting's Program
Program Sub-committees
Speaker Co-Chairs Brenda Kiessling  and Billy Davis
Audio Visual Chair: Host Club volunteer
Logistics Chair: Host Club volunteer
Registration Chair: Karen Hunt
Door Prize Chair: Pete Ostrowski