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Shenandoah Valley Beekeepers Association

9 August 2019


Today’s conversation was all about the bees! Fred Hollen, a VA Master Beekeeper with Shenandoah Valley Beekeepers Association drove over to the station from Waynesboro, VA to chat for a bit and educate me on all the bee things. We talked about the average life cycle of a honey bee; got some beekeeper tips; learned about the important role bees/pollinators play in our everyday lives and so much more. So much, in fact, that we had to continue our conversation after we ran out of time on the air. In that segment, we talked about the origination of Africanized bees, common issues new beekeepers encounter, and I learned that you can buy a queen bee! Who knew?

Find more information about the Shenandoah Valley Beekeepers Association on their website: http://shenvalleybeekeepers.org/, click here to follow them on Facebook. If you’re interested in taking Fred’s beekeeping class at Blue Ridge Community College, click here for the details.

About The Shenandoah Valley Beekeepers Association

The Shenandoah Valley Beekeepers Association was founded in 1982 and exists to serve its members, the local community, and the honeybee for which humans are dependent.  The club promotes the keeping of honeybees in order to increase the local honeybee population. They provide a meeting place or activity each month for the dissemination and sharing of beekeeping information and offer an extensive library of beekeeping books and DVD’s to members.

SVBA also manages local apiaries for educational and queen-rearing purposes; and, provides honeybee removal from buildings and swarm collection services. They also provide educational honeybee demonstrations to schools and other organizations.

During the show, I referenced a previous guest, Rick Copeland with Misty Mountain Meadworks. You can listen to the podcast of that show here: https://theriver953.com/podcast/misty-mountain-meadworks/


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