The purpose of the West Virginia Eastern Panhandle Beekeepers Association is to promote the education of beekeepers and the public. This is accomplished through monthly meeting of the association membership, special hands on field days, providing speakers at local schools, fairs, markets, and by invitation from local organizations.
Beginning Beekeepers Class
The Eastern Panhandle Beekeepers Association will be offering its Beginning Beekeepers Class again this winter. Classes will be held at the WVU Fruit Research Lab in Kearneysville, WV. Classes will be held six consecutive Tuesday evenings from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm beginning January 20, 2015. Classes are open to adults and children (age 9 and over) who are interested in keeping bees as well as those who are just interested in learning about honey bees. Class size is limited so please register early. The classes will cover all aspects of beekeeping such as the equipment you need to start beekeeping, the development of your colony, and managing your colony throughout the year. The cost of the class is $85.00 per family of three and includes textbooks, and a one year membership in the West Virginia Eastern Panhandle Beekeepers Association (WVEPBA) and the West Virginia State Beekeepers Association (WVBA). All beekeeping equipment, supplies and bees must be purchased separately. If you do not have a place to keep bees WVEPBA can help you locate someone who wants beehives on their property. WVEPBA also has a mentoring program for those club members who wish to have an experienced beekeeper guide them.
Thinking about becoming a Beekeeper but not sure? Have a few questions before filling out the application for beekeeping class. Geezer Ridge Farm, at the request of the Department of Agriculture will be holding a series of free, one day workshops to answer any of your questions about beekeeping. These classes will be held every Sunday at 11am and at 4pm beginning November 23rd, 2014 and running through January 18, 2015. Other dates are December 18th and January 8th at 7pm. Geezer Ridge Farm is located at 173 Rooney Road in Hedgesville West Virginia 25427. They can be reached at 304-702-3848. Please don't hesitate to call if you have any questions or would like more information.