Spikenard Farms – March lecture & workshop

Dear Rockwood beekeepers,

I wanted to pass on some information about a beekeeping lecture and workshop that we are sponsoring in March at the Richmond Waldorf School.  They are being led by Gunther Hauk who founded Spikenard, the honeybee sanctuary in Floyd, Va.
I appreciate all your group is doing to help honeybees and hope Gunther’s approach to beekeeping will be of interest to some of your members.
Please feel free to let me know if I can answer any questions about the workshop for you.
Many thanks,
Jenny Dilworth0001

EAS 2018 Conference

Dear Virginia Beekeepers,

This year it is our state’s pleasure to host the Eastern Apicultural Society conference here in Hampton roads.

As the conference comes closer we ask that you spread the word to your fellow members. I have attached materials and conference information you can use on your websites, Facebook pages, and in meetings to help advertise the conference.

You can find additional materials such as our publicity videos and presentations on the publicity page of our website http://easternapiculture.org/conferences/eas-2018/publicity.html

For more information about the conference go to our website conference page. http://www.easternapiculture.org/conferences/eas-2018.html

We also have great opportunities for volunteers who would like to help with the conference and receive discounted rates for their volunteer hours. To learn more about volunteering please email EAS2018Virginia

Hotels are now taking reservations for the conference and will fill up fast so make your reservations as soon as possible.

Hotel Offerings:

EAS has negotiated special EAS hotel rates with the conference hotels listed below. It is critically important that you make your EAS hotel reservations using these links and where provided, discount code. Please DO NOT book these hotels using hotwire, Travelocity or other similar services or EAS will not get the credit it needs to reduce the cost of the venue and keep conference costs as affordable as possible for EAS members. Thank you for your cooperation!

Conference Hotel attached to Convention Center by covered walkway – Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton
Hotel Convention Center & Spa,
1700 Coliseum Drive,
Hampton, Virginia, 23666, USA TEL: +1-757-827-8200
2-room suite w/sofa bed: Single or Double occupancy: $115+ tax; 3 people: $125+ tax; 4 people: $135+tax

Crowne Plaza Hampton-Marina
700 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton
Virginia 23669 United States tel 1-757-7279700
King w/sofa bed or 2 double beds: $119+tax
Group Code: E18

· Hampton Public Piers to reserve a dock: http://www.downtownhampton.com/boating/public-piers (NO shuttle to HRCC)

Hampton Inn
3101 Coliseum Drive
Hampton, Virginia, 23666
USA TEL: +1-757-838-1400
2 Queen beds: $109+tax; King w/NO sofa bed: $99+tax

Courtyard Marriott1917 Coliseum Dr, Hampton, VA 23666, Phone: (757) 838-3300
King w/sofa bed: $104+tax

Holiday Inn Express
1813 W Mercury Blvd
Hampton, VA 23666
Phone: (757) 838-8484
King w/sofa bed or 2 double beds: $86.50+tax

Group Code: ENA


The Colonies RV and Travel Park501 Fenwick Rd
Fort Monroe, VA 23651
Phone: (757) 722-2200

Thank you,


Kristine Smith

EAS Publicity

2018 Chatham Virginia Backyard Beekeeper’s Conference – February 2, 3, 2018

Practical Back-Yard Beekeeping

Friday- February 2 and Saturday February 3, 2018

For Small-Scale (Hobby) and Serious Sideline Beekeepers


Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex in Chatham, Virginia

      FRIDAY FEBRUARY 2, 2017 $35

Friday Evening (6:00 PM) we will sponsor a Special “BEEKEEPERS DINNER AND PROGRAM” Starting with an exquisite catered meal. All courses will be flavored with specialty honeys! The main course will be Black Angus Beef. (This meal gets rave reviews every year from the attendees!) Immediately following the dinner, (7:00 PM) Dr. Debbie Delaney will present two fascinating programs titled Bees in Trees &Coal Mining to Bee Keeping” to be followed by audience Q’s and A’s. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To Register: http://halifaxbeekeepers.org/index.php/upcoming-events Checks, Money Orders or questions contact Jim Zeigler (jimmyz6@centurylink.net ) or call Jim at 434-376-4490.

     SATURDAY February 3, 2018$60


Kickoff Coffee, Tea, Donuts and Fruit Light Lunch at Noon; planned morning and afternoon breaks.

Topics: Sustainability of Honey Bees, Nutritional Forage for Pollinators, Why Genetics are Important To a Beekeeper, and Honey Marketing. (End at 4:00)

Plenty of Q and A Time

To Register: http://halifaxbeekeepers.org/index.php/upcoming-events Checks, Money Orders and Questions go to Jim Zeigler jimmyz@centurylink.net or call Jim at 434-376-4490

Dr. Debbie Delaney Biography


Dr. Delaney is an associate professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware where she mentors graduate and undergraduate students working on various aspects of pollinator health and productivity. She teaches Insects and Society, Apiculture and Pollination Ecology and Aquatic Entomology.

Debbie has 20 years of experience working with pollinators, specifically honey bees and maintains between 25 and 60 colonies in the teaching apiary at UD’s Newark farm. She is also

proud to say she was a beekeeper before she became a scientist and ran a small honey business. Debbie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from her career achievements on many subjects relating to honey bees. We are fortunate to have Dr. Delaney include our two day symposium in her busy schedule.

Wooden Ware Workshop Feb 24, 2018

Hello fellow Beeks,

Just checking to see if you would join us in Feb 2018 for a combined wooden ware workshop. We have a large enough space where we meet in Sandston to assemble hive parts and frames. In the past we have ordered supplies from Andy Westrich and people picked them up on Saturday. Some stayed to assemble and others took their supplies with them. See info below on prices, etc. We will do the workshop on Sat Feb 24th from 9am-2pm. We’ve had three air nail guns and jigs etc to use. Please let me know if your group would like to join us or if a different Sat that would work for your group.  To see new beekeepers putting things together is refreshing too. Thank you.

Steve Bugnacki

East Richmond Beekeepers

I got the price list Andy Westrich will use for the Feb Wooden Ware Workshop on the 24th of Feb. Please send it out to your members that would like to order some things. I realize it is early but perhaps some there are some who would like to at least place an order for the holiday gift season. Any questions on ordering please contact Andy Westrich at  andy@hamptonapiary.com

They can pick up at our location for the workshop…. 13 N Confederate Ave, Sandston,
VA 23150 on the 24th of Feb between 9 am and 2 pm.
If you are interested in helping with the workshop or could lend some assembly equipment please let me know. Our beekeeping family is growing. Let’s make 2018 our best year ever for beekeeping!
PS Andy has kept the 2017 prices for us to take advantage of for 2018.
PSS Also is attached something to sing along to if you want. Share it so
freely if you want.