VSBA Spring Meeting

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The Rappahannock Beekeepers Association (RBA) is hosting the Virginia State Beekeepers Association (VSBA) spring meeting in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

David Proctor


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Virginia State Beekeepers Spring Meeting

by David Proctor

 May 30, 2019

Urban Farm Lifestyle Magazine    Published Weekly


RBA is the local chapter of beekeepers for Fredericksburg Virginia.




Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States – May 5, 2019 – RBA is hosting the VSBA 2019 Spring Meeting!




The location is at:

Fredericksburg Hospitality House and Conference Center

2801 Plank Road

Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Phone: (540) 786-8321


The event will be from 12:00-8:45 Friday, May 31st to 8:00-5:00 Saturday, June 1st 2019.

The following speakers and presentations are scheduled:

Kim Flottum has been in charge of Bee Culture magazine for over 30 years and has kept bees even longer.


After receiving a degree in horticulture from UW Madison, Kim Flottum worked four years in the USDA Honey Bee Research Lab, studying pollination ecology.


He has authored and edited many books on bees, honey, and beekeeping.  His latest book is titled “In Business with Bees”.


Kim’s presentations will include: “Make Your Bees Pay Their Way”; “Being in the Beekeeping Business”; and “150 Years of Craftsmanship”(Celebrating 150 years of A. I. Root, America’s first family of beekeeping)

Dr. Jennifer Tsuruda, University of Tennessee, was the apiculture specialist at Clemson University, a postdoc at Purdue University, and a graduate student at UC Davis.


Jennifer is past President of the American Association of Professional Apiculturists, past Vice-Chair of the HAS, and past Chair of the Entomological Society of Americas Student Transition and Early Professionals Committee.


Dr. Tsurudas presentations will include: “Creating a Pollinator Paradise”; “Breeding Bees for Behavioral Resistance to Mites” and “Insect Photography”.

Peter Borst has worked in the beekeeping industry since his first job working as beekeeper’s helper in Wolcott NY, in 1974.


Peter has published over 40 articles on topics as diverse as beekeeping techniques, the composition and value of pollen for bees, and the history of bee breeding.

Peter’s two presentations, “Keeping the Hive Alive: Sustainable Beekeeping” and “A Perfect Swarm” address common beekeeper concerns Peter gleaned from his years of running a beekeeping supply store in the San Diego area where he interacted with beekeepers with all levels of expertise.

Jody Conway started her business in 2016 as a small farmers market gift shop with hopes of one day expanding.


She began by making soaps and other products using the products from the hive: honey, wax, propolis, and pollen.


Today her business features beekeeping equipment, seminars, workshops, and an educational apiary in addition to her soaps, lotion bars, balms, salves, household cleaners, and candles. Jody will present, “Products from the Hive – Hand Crafting Salves”.

Registration through the VSBA site is available to current VSBA members and expired/non-members.


Payment is by credit card.

Prices are the same as for mail-in-registrations, with a discount for current members.


Online registration is open through May 11, 2019.

On Friday, May 31, Walk-In Registration via cash, check or charge will open at noon with the meeting beginning at 1:00 p.m.


Walk-In Registration will re-open on Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. and the meeting will resume at 8:45 a.m.


Presentations and vendors are scheduled until 8:45 PM on Friday and 4:45 PM on Saturday.


The VSBA is a nonprofit organization committed to promoting and advancing beekeeping in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Membership in the VSBA is open to beekeepers and non-beekeepers, alike. Annual membership dues are $12.00 per individual/family or $10.00 through local associations. In addition to other benefits, members receive a quarterly newsletter.

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For more information, please visit:

Virginia State Beekeepers Association:


Meeting Agenda:



Register Online:



Registration Form:

Rappahannock Beekeepers Association:



Vendor Information  & Policy Form:


Vendor Registration Form:


Fredericksburg Hospitality House Hotel & Conference Center


(540) 208-4746

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