The Huguenot Beekeepers Association meets monthly to discuss topics relevant to the season including what members can expect to see in their hives and what actions they may consider taking to best care for their bees. We meet on the first Thursday of each month in the Powhatan Village Auditorium from 7-9pm and other times as designated for special programs.
Anyone interested in beekeeping is welcome to attend one of our monthly meetings as a guest. Membership dues are $10 per year per family and can be payed to the treasurer at any meeting, but generally are due at the first meeting of each year held in February. Through an all volunteer organization, the club strives to provide many benefits to both its members and the community with some of our recent programs shown below.
Check out the full Beekeeper's Calendar.
HBA Club Extractor Rules - Rules and cleaning instructions for using the honey extractor owned by the club.
Michael Palmer's Pollen Patty Recipe - A simple recipe to make pollen patties for use in your hives.
Winter Sugar Brick Recipe - A simple recipe to make sugar bricks that can be placed in the hives as an emergency food source during the winter months.
Nectar Sources - A comprehensive list of all pollen sources available in North America, including the blooming months, availability and quality of the source for honey bees.
Pollen Sources – A comprehensive list of all pollen sources available in North America, including the blooming months, pollen color, availability and quality of the source for honey bees.
Pollen Contents – List of amino acids, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are found in bee pollen.
Spring Pollen & Nectar – A low resolution version of the Spring pollen & nectar chart available from Eversweet Apiaries.
Summer Pollen & Nectar – A low resolution version of the Summer pollen & nectar chart available from Eversweet Apiaries.
Fall / Winter Pollen & Nectar – A low resolution version of the Fall & Winter pollen & nectar chart available from Eversweet Apiaries.
Selecting Plants for Pollinators – A Regional Guide for Farmers, Land Managers, and Gardeners in the Southeastern Mixed Forest Province including the States of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Parts of Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Maryland provided by the Pollinator Partnership in support of the NAPPC.
How to Store Equipment – Presentation given at the February 2017 meeting on how to store equipment after a dead out or after extraction of honey.
Preparing for Winter – Presentation given at the October 2016 meeting on how to get your hives ready for winter, including checking for mites and feeding.
Diagnosing Deadouts – How to winter bees in cold climates and diagnose the cause of deadouts.
Swarm Infographic – An infographic from Vita-Europe on honey bee swarming.
Varroa Infographic – An infographic from Vita-Europe on the Varroa mite.
Mite Treatments – Presentation given at the August 2016 meeting about how to treat for Varroa mites, including mechanical & physical controls, genetics, natural treatments and synthetic treatments.
Varroa Management Guide – Tools for Varroa Management, A Guide to Effective Varroa Sampling & Control provided by Honey Bee Health Coalition.
Honey Bee Diseases & Pests – A paper by Dr. Marla Spivak and Mr. Gary S. Reuter from the Department of Entomology at the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Extension Service listing all major honey bee diseases, mites and pests.
Protecting Your Hives From Bears And Other Predators – A presentation given by Greg Gibson at the April 2017 meeting on how and why to setup an electric fence.
European Hornets – A presentation given at the September meeting on how to identify European Hornets and their impact on honey bee colonies.
European Hornet Trap – Instruction sheet on how to build a trap for European Hornets. This trap also works well for yellow jackets and wax moths.
Virginia's Home Kitchen Food Processing Exemptions – A list of Virginia’s New Home Kitchen Food Processing Exemptions including the rules for Honey Processing.
Virginia Honey Laws – A compiled listing of the National Honey Board & Virginia Honey label laws.
Virginia State Beekeepers Association - www.virginiabeekeepers.org
VSBA Master Beekeeper Program - www.virginiabeekeepers.org/master-beekeeper
Eastern Apiculture Society - easternapiculture.org
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) - www.vdacs.virginia.gov
VDACS Beehive Grant Program - www.vdacs.virginia.gov/plant-industry-services-beehive-grant-program.shtml
Keith Tignor – Virginia State Apiarist
Virginia Beekeeping Laws - law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title3.2/chapter44