Halifax County Beekeepers Association

The Halifax County Beekeepers Association is a group of beekeepers who live and work in and around Halifax County, Virginia, USA, united in support of the following goals:

  • To strive to understand and solve the common apiculture problems of the Association members.
  • Providing and promoting apiculture education and the use of more productive methods of beekeeping within the region.
  • Developing both the scientific and practical aspects of apiculture.
  • Promoting good relations with individuals, businesses and other organizations sharing a common interest in apiculture.
  • Sponsoring and engaging in activities fostering good relations between the regional beekeepers and the general public.
  • Promoting the use of honey and honeybee products.

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MEETINGS

Our regular meetings are held at 7 PM

on the 2nd Friday of each month at

SENTARA HALIFAX REGIONAL HOSPITAL

LEGGETT AUDITORIUM

(GROUND FLOOR)

2204 WILBORN AVENUE

SOUTH BOSTON, VIRGINIA, USA

 


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2017 REGULAR & SPECIAL MEETING DATES AND PROGRAMS

 

NEXT REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING

 

JUNE 9th, 2017 AT 7 PM

REGULAR MEETING LOCATION

 As beekeepers, our biggest risk to bee health and survival is the Varroa Mite.  Introduced to the U.S. in the 1980’s from Asia, this pest has spread to nearly every apiary.  Worse yet, the Varroa Mite has been proven to vector many other viruses and bacterial diseases straight to our bees.  Science has been working diligently on the problem for over 25 years with no resolution and sometimes even spotty information on how to successfully deal with the problem at the beekeeper level.

Preliminary results on total bee losses from the Bee Informed Partnership survey show beekeepers lost 33.2% of their bees in the 2016-2017 timeframe.  Much of this loss will be attributed to Varroa.

So, in June, we will take an in-depth look at what we do know about Varroa Mites and what the current approaches are to minimize our Varroa related losses.  Join in for the review and discussion in the June meeting to develop your own approach to try to save your colonies.

Program: Jim Zeigler

Refreshments: Susan Alexander & Jerry Clemmer


 
OUR REGULAR MONTHLY MEETINGS ARE HELD AT:

SENTARA HALIFAX REGIONAL HOSPITAL

LEGGETT AUDITORIUM

(GROUND FLOOR)

2204 WILBORN AVENUE, SOUTH BOSTON, VA, USA

The Leggett Auditorium is noted on the second attached picture of the hospital by the yellow star at the back of the the ground floor of the hospital. You may park and access the Leggett Auditorium from the rear side of the main hospital building. You will drive to the parking areas by entering the main entrance of the Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital from Wilborn Avenue (Route 501). Turn left at the hospital front entrance and drive around the building to the back portion of the Emergency Room Parking area (designated as Lot # 5) for the closest parking to Leggett.
 
Please notice the 2 white "Airgas Tanks" in the attached photo at the backside of Lot # 5 - Emergency Room Parking. These tanks are where you access the entrance to the Leggett Auditorium as shown in the third picture (black glass doors at the bottom left of the walking ramp). As the back of Emergency Room Parking Lot # 5 fills, you may follow Oak Lane back to the Employee Parking Lot # 7 for additional parking.  We will have a couple of association members standing by outside by the parking area to assist with directions for the first couple of meetings.