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  • PICNIC Date Postponed Due to Hurricane IRMA

    Date: 2017.09.14 | Category: Announcement | Response: 0

    The Annual CVBA picnic has been postponed to September 17th, 2017 due to Hurricane Irma.  Imminent bad weather on September 10th made it necessary to postpone our annual picnic for everyone’s safety and to prepare for the hurricane.

    The picnic will take place as usual but is delayed by one week.  The new date is September 17th, same time, same place so we hope you will come out to the Beegle Farm.  Sunday September 17th at 4:00!

  • Get Ready! The 2017 Annual Picnic is rescheduled for Sept. 17!

    Date: 2017.09.05 | Category: Announcement | Response: 0

    The CVBA Annual Picnic is scheduled for Sunday September 10, 2017

    (RESCHEDULED for September 17th, 2017 due to Hurricane Irma)

    This is the picnic we look forward to each year.  It is a fun time with lots of activities, and great prizes! There is a smoker contest, a honey tasting contest candle dipping, and other activities as well as fellowship and great food.  Bring the family and your favorite food to share. Check out these photos from our 2016 picnic.

    Picnic location is the Beegle Farmmore interesting facts on that later in this post.

    CVBA-2015 PicnicMany activities – beginning at 4:00 PM

    Dinner – 5:00 PM

    Dinner, Fellowship, Beekeeping Technique Demonstration, Honey Tasting Contest, Smoker Contest, Candle dipping, Group Photo, and more!   So, bring your family, bring a veil for the demo, a small un-marked squeeze top container of your best honey for the tasting contest, your smoker for the smoker contest… don’t bring pine straw, everyone will pick from the same pile, and of course bring your favorite food to share.

    Partial reprint from previous years:

    Picnic MapHere are some interesting facts on the Beegle Farm.  First, here is a basic map on how to get there.  The big double road drawn North/South in the map on the right, is Interstate-185.  Take Exit 30, then go a very short distance toward 219.  Whether you turn right or left obviously depends on if you are travelling North or South on 185.  The off ramps are technically on the Hopewell Church Road, but Hopewell Church Road turns into 219, so you do not turn once you are on that road.  You are within walking distance… pass a church, and when you come to some trees on the left, you have arrived.   Look for the “If and When Honey” sign, and usually there is a smaller sign that says “Bee Club” pointing down the dirt road that leads to the picnic area, shown as the red circle with the star on the map.

    Honey SignThe Beegle Farm is a historic landmark with a rich history, which includes a grist mill, power plant, and general store.  Bet you didn’t know that!  I happened upon this website describing several interesting, historic landmarks in the Whitesville, GA area.  The Beegle Farm is one of the featured places, and to me, the most interesting.  In 1932 Betty’s father, J.T. Cox, purchased the house, land, grist mill, and country store.  I will let you read the details from the link above, but interestingly he also owned a personal power plant that produced 32 Volt electric power – enough for their needs on the farm (back then).  The grist mill ran on it’s own separate gasoline engine until they converted it to run with electricity.   This personal power plant also provided electricity for a movie projector, which J.T. ran during the summer months.   Picture a drive-in, with wagons instead of cars.   This movie night attracted quite a number of people, who, in-turn, could all purchase snacks at intermission from the country store… how smart is that?

    So plan to attend this year’s picnic.  It’s always a fun time

  • Beekeeping Spring Course Outline -2017

    Date: 2017.01.17 | Category: Announcement | Response: 0

    The fee for this course is $100.  This covers classroom materials, text book, a one year membership in the CVBA and the six classes.  Instructors will guide participants to sources for tools, equipment, protective clothing and honeybees, none of which are included in the fee.  Immediate family members wishing to take the classes with a fully paid participant, can pay a $50 fee but materials are not included (share).  If someone wants to take just one or two classes, the fee is $25 each class. 

    To register for The Spring Beekeeping Class, please call Oxbow’s front desk at 706-507-8550 and ask to register for the Spring Beekeepers Program.  Payment can be accepted over the phone.

    Dates for the 2017 Spring Course:

    Class 1: February 25th, 2017

    3PM – 5PM at Oxbow Meadows Auditorium

    Registration, introductions and general discussion on honeybees and beekeeping, all designed to answer the question, “Is beekeeping right for me?”.  Distribution of textbook, catalogs and other materials.  Overview of equipment needed by participants and how to order.  Woodenware must be ordered soon after this meeting.

    Class 2: March 4th, 2017

    3PM – 5PM at Oxbow Meadows Auditorium

    Discussion of honeybees, types of bees, life cycle, hive locations.  Further discussions on the use of woodenware, protective clothing and other tools necessary for the beekeeper.

    Class 3: March 11th, 2017

    3PM – 5PM at Oxbow Meadows Auditorium and Garage area

    Hands on assembly of hive components.  Demonstrate and assist participants in the assembly of their equipment.

    Class 4: March 18th, 2017

    3PM – 5PM at Oxbow Meadows Auditorium and Beeyard

    How to don protective clothing.  Lighting a smoker.  Use of various tools.  Discussions on package installation and NUC installation.  Demonstration of an actual hive inspection.

    Class 5: March 25th, 2017

    3PM – 5PM at Oxbow Meadows Auditorium and Beeyard

    Hands on hive inspections by instructors and participants.  Overview of the extraction process.  Demonstration of the extraction equipment.  Discussion of next sessions events and what participants need to bring.

    Class 6: April 1st, 2017

    3PM – 5PM at Oxbow Meadows Garage area and Beeyard

    Final formal class.  Demonstrate the installation of a package of bees and the installation of a NUC with live bees if available and possible.  Assist participants with their installations.

    Beekeeping education is ongoing and we recommend joining the CVBA as we provide educational programs throughout the year.  Joining is easy.  You can view the membership application HERE.

    Insectival Honey Extraction at Oxbow Meadows –  free admission for those taking this class. 


    The fee for this six-week course is $100.  This covers classroom materials, text book, a one year membership in the CVBA and the six classes.  Instructors will guide participants to sources for tools, equipment, protective clothing and honeybees, none of which are included in the fee.  Immediate family members wishing to take the classes with a fully paid participant, can pay a $50 fee but materials are not included (share).  If someone wants to take just one or two classes, the fee is $25 each class.

  • Gavel Passed at Christmas Party 2016

    Date: 2016.12.13 | Category: Announcement | Response: 0

    Christmas 2016The CVBA held its annual Christmas social on December 12th, 2016.  The meeting/social was held at the GA extension meeting room in Columbus, GA.  The turnout was great for this event and mother nature provided beautifully mild temperatures.  This was truly an enjoyable night with good fellowship and delicious food.  Here is a photo as the food started rolling in.  By the time we were ready to eat, the amount of food was phenomenal and the entire dinner delicious.

    Jim Harris

    Jim Harris

    Two important events were forefront at the meeting.  First was the celebration of Jim Harris’s 90th birthday!  Jim is a longtime member and important mentor to many, many beekeepers.  His beekeeping knowledge has always been freely shared and the CVBA has been blessed with his participation in the club.  Jim holds Emeritus status and is a permanent member on the board of directors.  The club recognizes this extensive contribution in promoting beekeeping and is joyful to celebrate his 90th birthday with him and his son, George. We look forward to many more years together.

    Jim Harris and Betty Beegle

    Jim Harris and Betty Beegle

    Jim is not the oldest member, however.  Here is a picture of Jim Harris and Betty Beegle.  Both are active members and have both celebrated their 90th birthdays this year.  Betty’s birthday was in June, and Jim’s in December.  Congratulations to you both!

    The second event at the meeting was the change in leadership.  The president position has been passed from Paul Berry to Jim Ellis.  The club has really grown while Paul has held office and everyone thanks him for his service and terrific job during these past several years.  Paul will continue to be an active member in our club. Both Paul and Jim have a great amount of beekeeping knowledge and a desire to promote beekeeping in the Chattahoochee Valley area.  Jim has held the presidency before and has graciously accepted the challenge again.  We look forward to this new year and new leadership.

    Paul Berry and Jim Ellis

    Paul Berry, immediate past-president and Jim Ellis, president

    Here is a photo of Paul Berry and Jim Ellis at our Christmas Social.  Congratulations and thank you for serving the beekeepers of the Chattahoochee Valley.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our beekeeping friends – both current and future!  See you in January at our next meeting, January 9th, 2017 at the GA extension office and, looking ahead, at our Spring beekeeping course, which begins in February.  This comprehensive and hands-on course will take place on six consecutive Saturdays at OXBOW MEADOWS. Saturday February 25 thru April 1, 2017.  You can read more about this course HERE.

    If you would like to join our group, you can print out an application HERE.

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October 9 – Ga. Extension Service
November 13 – Oxbow
December 11 – CVBA Christmas Social at Ga. Extension Office
All dates except the picnic begin at 6PM and end (hopefully) before 8PM.

All of our meetings are on the second Monday of the month, except, of course, September’s annual picnic. Now you can put us on your calendar early and plan out your entire year of beekeeping meetings. These meetings alternate locations between Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, 3535 South Lumpkin Rd., Columbus, GA and the UGA Cooperative Extension office – 420 10th Street in Columbus, GA. Time is 6:00 PM
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