About FAQs

Here are some frequently asked questions about the club and beekeeping. Please let us know if there are any other questions that should be posted here.







FAQs


CVBA Questions:

Who are we?
What goes on at our monthly meetings?
What other things do our members do?
How do I become a member of CVBA?
What are the club dues and when are they due?
How do I get a mentor?
How do I volunteer at the Albemarle County Fair beekeeping table?

General Bee & Beekeeping Questions:

I have a swarm, who can I contact?


Who are we?

We're a group of men and women of all ages and from all walks of life who are interested in honeybees and Beekeeping. We support each other in our efforts to be the best beekeepers we can be, educate each other and the public, and share resources and our interest in bees. Most of us are amateur hobbyists with a few hives; some of us sell our extra honey and wax and a few of us are bonafide commercial operators. Some of us are beginners; some have been keeping bees for 50 years. We are all enthusiastic.

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What goes on at our monthly meetings?

Mostly we just share with each other what is working and what is not, our individual and mutual concerns and successes, ideas and hints. The meetings are a wonderful forum and opportunity for the exchange of ideas, happenings, and enthusiasm. Often we have expert speakers cover subjects of interest. News & Events

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What other things do our members do?

For the past few years, in cooperation with the Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville, Parks and Recreation Departments, and the Ivy Creek Natural Area, we have conducted a course in basic Beekeeping for 25 people. Several of us give talks to school kids, scouts, garden clubs and other interested groups. Some of us remove swarms from yards or houses. A few of us move our hives into orchards or gardens, when requested, to help in pollination. We staff our booth at the Albemarle County Fair. Members maintain the observation beehive at the Ivy Creek Natural Area Barn where people can see what bees actually do inside of a hive. Some of us have appeared on local radio and TV to discuss bees. If it involves honeybees, we do it.

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How do I become a member of CVBA?

We always welcome new members to CVBA whether you are a beekeeper with experience or just have an interest in bees. Come and see if this partnership with nature is for you. Send us the application form and we'll put you on our mailing list until the end of the year. After that, if you wish to continue getting our newsletter, you can become a dues paying member.

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What are the annual club dues and when are they due?*

Club dues are due at the begining of the year in March. Please send a check for $5.00 made out to CVBA, to Art Freeman, 8799 Rockfish Gap Tpke, Afton, VA 22920 or bring payment to the monthly meeting. Please include name, address, email address and phone number with your check.

*Note: Class members from the beginers beekeeping class this February do not have to pay dues this year.

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How do I get a mentor?

We try to pair people who have taken the beginning beekeepers course in February with a mentoring beekeeper. If you would like a mentor please consider taking "Introduction to Beekeeping Course" coordinated by Albemarle Parks and Recreation. Register.


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How do I volunteer at the Albemarle County Fair beekeeping table?

Every year CVBA hosts an information table on local beekeeping at the Albemarle county fair. We bring out the observation hive with live bees and help answer questions about bees and beekeeping. Whether you have only had bees for a year or are an experienced beekeeper we need enthusiastic volunteers to help. If you are interested in volunteering at the table please contact our county fair coordinator, Kenneth Hall.


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I have a swarm, who can I contact?

Some CVBA members help to remove swarms of honey bees. For more information on swarms please see "Honey Bee Swarms."
If you have a swarm problem please contact either club member Brian Gallagher (434-978-4405) or the State Apiarist, Keith Tignor (804-786-3515).



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