If you or a neighbor finds a swarm of bees on your property, don't
spray- call us instead! Tidewater Beekeepers Association (TBA) provides
FREE swarm removal to all residents in and around Hampton Roads.
call the TBA Swarm Coordinator at (757) 285-4509 if you spot a honeybee swarm.
The public is invited to attend our monthly meetings. These are generally held each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Towne Hall wing of Towne Bank Located at 137 Mt. Pleasant Rd. Chesapeake, Virginia 23322. see calendar and meeting information below
If you are thinking about becoming a beekeeper or just interested in honeybees, please join us at one of our meetings. (Read more...)
our next meeting
Saturday April 8th TBA Bee Yard Day at 322 Mt Pleasant Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23322
For a full schedule of meetings click on the calendar link
TBA has been providing FREE Beekeeping presentations to public schools, garden clubs, Rotary Clubs, Boys and Girls Scouts troops, home school groups, and other organizations in Tidewater for the past 25 years. To request a speaker, click Contact, and choose the event coordinator
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Have you heard the buzz? Honeybees fall under VFD regulations too
Starting in January, honey producers will have to turn to veterinarians for their antimicrobial needs.
Veterinarian Chris Cripps works with bees. Photo courtesy of Chris Cripps.
When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) regulations take effect in January to combat overuse of antimicrobial drugs in food animals, veterinarians will be in charge of an uncommon patient: honeybees.
Tidewater beekeepers association is dedicated to the education and training of beekeepers and the non-beekeeping public which is why our meetings are open, free of charge to anyone interested in beekeeping and helping the honey bee survive. So you may ask why do I want to be a paid member of TBA when meetings are free? Our paid members receive all of the same information from meetings as our non-paid members, but membership gives you so much more.
Our paid members benefit from being able to be a part of our Nuc program, get on our Swarm call list and use our website's member-only resources, as well as participate in our member social events. One of the most advantageous benefits we offer is the ability to check out and use one of two different honey harvesting kits. This provides a paid member everything they need to extract their honey without investing a considerable amount of money for only a limited number of hives. We are in the process of adding to our member benefits over the next few months.
In 2017 we plan to formalize our mentor program to make finding a qualified mentor much easier. We are also going to be adding a club bee yard for training and research along with a new series of workshops and classes. TBA will be filming a series of How-To videos that will only be accessible on the members-only pages of our website and this is just the beginning. So we invite you to become a member of Tidewater Beekeepers and join in on all we have to offer.
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Did you join at a recent meeting? WELCOME!!