Club Meeting April 13th 6:30pm

Hello Folks!

  • The next Rockwood Park Backyard Beekeepers Club meeting is on April 13th at 6:30 pm at Rockwood Nature Center for directions see map here.

After a brief business meeting and club update, the members will:

· Discuss Raising Queen Bees with Rob Wokaty, which will be followed by….

· …A panel discussion led by Mason, Wilhelm and Ken, on When to ReQueen (Early vs Late Queens)

Thanks, I hope to see everyone there.

Russ Lescault

WEBINAR: Feeding Honeybees

Join us for our April webinar at 9AM Eastern on April 15th, 2015

Kim Flottum, author and editor of Bee Culture Magazine, will discuss what foods honey bees need, how much they need, and what beekeepers can do to make sure their bees are well fed.

It’s said that good nutrition is the strongest medicine, and the best insurance beekeepers can use to keep their bees healthy and productive. Moreover, managing nutrition correctly can make your bees even more productive with appropriate timing and diet. Find out more about honey bee nutrition – enough good food, all of the time, for every bee in the bunch.

All webinars are free, and registration is not required. Webinars run from 9:00AM to 10:00AM Eastern.

To join the webinar, follow the link below and LOG IN AS A GUEST at about 8:55 the day of the event:

To access via iPad, iPhone or Android device, download the Adobe Connect app.

All webinars will be recorded and archived on the Bee Lab website:

Hope to “see” you this month!


Denise Ellsworth

Ohio State Extension, Department of Entomology

Beekeeping Seminar in Fishersville, VA – April 18th

The Shenandoah Valley Beekeepers Association in Fisherville, VA, will host a seminar with Michael Bush onSaturday, April 18, 2015. The seminar will cover the following five topics:
1.       Hubers Amazing Observations
2.      Lazy Beekeeping
3.      Four Simple Steps to Healthier Bees
4.      Common Issues
5.       Wintering Nucs
Seating is limited to 120. Pre-register is recommended as there are a limited number of admission tickets. Non-SVBA member conference attendance fee is $20.00. A pork barbecue lunch will be provided for a cost of $8.00. A registration form and details can be found at:


Big Event, Special Guest! The next Rockwood Park Backyard Beekeepers Club meeting is Monday, March 9th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Rockwood Nature Center, Rockwood Park.

After a brief business meeting and club update, the members will be educated and entertained by Sam Comfort, founder of Anarchy Apiaries.

Sam Comfort won six beehives in a poker game in 2002, then spent several years working in large-scale migratory pollination, honey production, and queen rearing. Exploring a different route, Anarchy Apiaries now provides surplus honey, queens, and bees from about 400 rustic, treatment-free hives, a mix of Kenyan top bar, Warre, and Langstroth mostly in New York, Vermont, North Carolina, and Florida. Sam freely shares a lot of tips, songs, why’s, how’s, and plenty of opinions for and against this approach, the state of the bee industry, and how communities can work together towards self-sufficiency in beekeeping.The mission of Anarchy Apiaries is to bring the means of production back to the beekeeper, to make beekeeping feasible, simple, and affordable for all, and to facilitate the beekeeping network with more hives than televisions, because bees are ultimately about awareness.


T-Shirts are still for Sale ($15), so bring your checkbooks or cash.

Future Topics:

· April 13th – Raising Queen bees, followed up by a panel discussion on when to re-Queen.

· May 11th – Companion Plants, Nature’s Natural ‘Pesticides’

Hope to see everyone at the next meeting!



Seed Swap & Potluck Feb 8th

Hi, I’m spreading the word about a seed swap & potluck that’s happening this next Sunday, Feb 8 from 3-6 pm in Richmond. Thought I’d email y’all the details if you’re able & willing to share it with other beekeepers. Hope to see anyone from RPBBA there!

-cath! cowan
“Beekeeper friends: If you’re looking to trade seeds with other growers in VA, here’s a chance! It’s also a great way to make new farming friends, share food, stories behind your seeds, knowledge and resources!
On Sunday, February 8, from 3:00 – 6:00 pm, we’ll be having a Seed Swap & Potluck at Blanton House (700 Blanton Avenue, Richmond, VA, 23221)
Here’s the facebook page for more information, rideshares, etc.
Looking forward to seeing y’all there! “