2023 BEGINNINER BEEKEEPING CLASS
The Fairfax Beekeepers Club is pleased to announce a beginning beekeeping classes at South Lakes High School starting February 9, 2023.
Please register here : https://fairfaxbees.org/_registration
Thursday evening class: 7-9 pm at South Lakes High School.
The Class is 8 weeks long and approximately 2 hours per class (a couple may take a little longer). You’ll get a textbook and a USB drive that contains all kinds of relevant information. A family member (spouse, older child, or significant other) is welcome without additional cost, but you’ll have to share books and materials.
The final class is in the field where you will be able to inspect a beehive with an instructor, locate eggs, brood, queen, and learn to use the tools of the trade
The class covers :
- Bee biology and sociology.
- Proper location for a bee hive
- Types of hives, vendors, and purchasing equipment
- Installing bee packages or nuc hives.
- Spring, summer, fall and winter management.
- Identifying, preventing, and managing disease and pests.
- Products from the hive, including honey, wax, propolis, and pollen.
- Other topics to ensure the success of a new beekeeper.
Teacher: Ann Fraser, EAS certified master beekeeper.
Nate Muller: email@example.com (571-245-2311)
Our club has grown from a fledgling, handful of local beekeeper enthusiasts, to a robust, active group that spans the County. We owe our roots to the efforts of Jim and Pat Haskell, master beekeepers who encouraged, supported, and promoted the formation and evolution of the Fairfax Beekeepers organization.
The club would not have come in to existence without their tireless support financially, keeping the original group together, and encouraging us to form a legitimate club. They gave of their expertise and time, and opened their beeyard for instruction to new beekeepers.
We were saddened by Pat's passing last year; she is now followed by her life partner. Both were dear friends of many members of our organization - and to beekeepers across the Commonwealth.
We thank you, Pat and Jim, and will always remember your contributions to apiculture.
Resources to Help You Plan Your Native Garden
Everyone knows that the European honeybee has taken terrible hits in recent years. What is less well known is that the 400+ species of native bees in Virginia are under serious threat from the actions of human beings. Not only are native bees important pollinators of many food crops, they play an essential role in our ecosystem as a whole. Bees and a whole array of less noticeable animals - including many species of flies, ants and beetles - pollinate the majority of the plants we see around us. In other words, they ensure the survival of most of the plant kingdom.
Want to save the bees? This task is far more complicated than you might guess. We have the Gardening for Bees guide (prepared by plantnovanatives.org) and other tips and tricks on our Resources tab.
...Starting with Extraction
The Eastern Apicultural Society hosts a Honey Show as part of the annual conference. The following link contains Honey Show Tips & Tricks that gives alternative methods (with pros and cons) of how to pull and extract honey. It's never too soon to start planning for our honey crops!
About Our Club
Fairfax Beekeepers is a group of beekeepers mainly from northern and western Fairfax County that meet monthly to promote responsible honey bee keeping in our urban and suburban environment.
Our goal is to maintain a local group of beekeepers, both new and experienced, that can assist each other in continuing their education. Experienced beekeepers mentor new ones; we share resources including honey extractors, equipment, bees, queens; and encourage each other to grow as beekeepers.
Most of our members are from Reston, Herndon, Great Falls, Sterling, Chantilly, Centreville, Vienna, and Oakton. We mix meetings of open discussion with guest speakers and demonstrations that focus on hive health and management. Our members often contribute volunteer time to local outreach endeavors, as well as the 4-H Bee Club.
As a small group, our focus is primarily on individual beekeepers supporting each other. However, if you want more involvement in the NOVA beekeeping community, there are other larger organizations in the area that are listed on our Resources page. Many of our members are members of those organizations, as well. Please check them out; these larger clubs offer excellent speakers, educational opportunities, and a significant amount of community outreach.
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Fairfax Beekeepers meets the second Monday each month. Meetings are open to the public and involve open discussion about beekeeping and hive management. Members can discuss problems they've had, exchange ideas and observations, and support each other as fellow beekeepers.
Board of Directors
President: Tagg Timm
Secretary: Elizabeth Schumacher Treasurer: Nate Muller