The Rappahannock Beekeepers Association serves the Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania and Stafford county area but have members from Orange and Caroline counties also.
Members have different strengths and beekeeping knowledge. Some have only one bee colony while others have hundreds. As hobbyists, sideliners and professional beekeepers we all share a love for honey bees and their well being.
Interested in becoming a beekeeper? Join us during one of our meetings or shoot us an email and we'll give you all the information you need.
We meet at Salem Church Library at 7pm every 3rd Thursday of the month.
The March 19, 2020 RBA meeting is cancelled.
Due to concerns of the COVID19 virus all Fredericksburg area library branches have cancelled events taking place within their doors. This includes our March bee meeting. The April 16 meeting is TBD.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but in times like this we must all take precautions to stem the tide of this virus. If anyone has any questions or would like to talk honey bees please visit the RBA Facebook Group and post them there. (Likewise with other honey bee related Face Book groups) This is only a small break and soon meetings will be back in full swing. Updates will be posted here, on Face Book and emailed to members.
Please stay safe and be patient. We are all in this together.
Beginners Beekeeping Course
The Virginia Beekeeping Teaching Consortium (VBTA) is offering Practical Beekeeping for beginners. The class is intensive, meets once a week for approximately 2 months and is designed primarily for people who want to keep bees.
Classes are open to adults and children (age 10 + accompanied by a paying adult). Books include: Diana Sammataro, The Beekeepers Handbook (4th ed.), Mid Atlantic Apiculture (MAAREC) Beekeeping Basics & Honey Bee Parasite, Pests, Predators & Diseases as well as handouts & membership in a local beekeeping association for club affiliated classes.
Classes are taught by experienced beekeepers and include information on buying equipment & amp; obtaining bees to start honeybee colonies.
Rappahannock Beekeepers Association (RBA) (Spotsylvania, Stafford, Caroline & Orange)
Class starts Thursday, Feb. 6 th , 2020 at the Ray Simms Conference Room, 8800 Courthouse Road Spotsylvania, VA.
Instructor: Kim Fraser.
Registration will be taken the first night of class.