Archive for February, 2015

  • Short Course 2015 Begins

    Date: 2015.02.23 | Category: General | Response: 0

    Saturday marked the first session of the CVBA short course at Oxbow Meadows.   We have 55 registered participants for our six week course!  Everyone was very attentive while they were introduced to a multitude of equipment and accessories.  Examples of all of the tangible items were available for them to see up close in addition to hearing a thorough presentation by Paul, our president.

    A number of seasoned CVBA members were also present to assist with operations, administration, to help with questions and put in their two cents… as we all know personal preference in equipment can vary widely.  Thank you to all members who helped with this class, and thank you to Oxbow Meadows!  With a great staff and terrific facility, Oxbow Meadows is an ideal partner for the Chattahoochee Valley Beekeeping Association in making this Beekeeper Course available.  If you would like to find out more about our 2015 course CLICK HERE.  If you would like to find out more about Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, CLICK HERE.

    There was a lot of information given on Saturday, but getting started is usually the hardest part of any new venture.  Catalogs were available from several different beekeeping vendors and the new beekeepers were encouraged to take them and order what they need based on information in the workshop, notes they took during the explanation and their class binders.   Ordering equipment is something they need to do in a timely manner.  The third session, March 7th, marks the class where they will be instructed on how to put everything together.

    We are pleased to see the tremendous interest in beekeeping.  A short course of this size is a huge responsibility.  Teamwork is required and all of our seasoned beekeepers are encouraged and welcomed to join in the fun!  Here are a few photos from our opening session…  Hope to see you next Saturday.


  • Gearing Up for the 2015 Season

    Date: 2015.02.10 | Category: Tips and Tricks | Response: 0

    MeetingOur February 9th , 2015 CVBA meeting was well attended.  About seventy members were present.  Paul, our president, demonstrated a few feeding techniques he has developed.  He brought in a modified turkey fryer that is just the right size for his bee yard’s needs.  He also brought in items to show how he mixes and transports his rather large amount of syrup to his bee yard.  Seeing the equipment and hearing his routine made it easy to comprehend what we should be doing in our own bee yards.

    We discussed feeding, which everyone in our area should probably be doing.  Paul talked about when and why his ratio of sugar to water changes.  In the late fall, bees need to put up honey to consume during the winter so if you need to feed, this is when the ratio should be 2 sugar : 1 water in whatever measurement you want to use.  It could be 2 pounds of sugar : 1 pound of water; or it could be 2 cups sugar : 1 cup water.  This ratio changes in the Spring to a 1:1 ratio of sugar to water.  There is less sugar in this mixture because of what the bees are doing with it.  In the fall, they are converting the sugar water to honey to consume later, as opposed to Spring when they are simply consuming the sugar water.

    Jim, our vice-president, demonstrated several key pieces of equipment, which he also brought to show.  He had many tips and some easy uses of everyday items that are quite handy to know.  These are things that he has developed and uses personally.  Many items and tools can be made from modifying something you already own but some are best to get right from the beginning – like a hive tool.  It’s your own preference.  You can use a screwdriver rather than a hive tool to open your hives, but you will damage the wood and soon need to buy new bee boxes.

    Package bees are just about sold out, if you hurry, you can get on the list.  Contact Jim Ellis for this.  There are a few nucs left, contact Jim Hunsinger if you are interested in getting nucs.

    Beekeeping is not learned from books or online… It’s by experience and mentorship.  Joining CVBA and attending the workshops is your first step in learning about honeybees.  Our Spring course will begin February 21st.  CLICK HERE to find out more.

HELP! Swarms & Bee Rescue



Due to construction work, the April 9, 2018 meeting will be held at Oxbow Meadows.  Please spread the word.

Here is a handy link:


Click these handy links to find out more about our SPRING 2018 COURSE OFFERINGS:

2018 Course

2018 workshops

(see below for specifics about our alternating locations)

2017 Picnic Photos Posted!:  CLICK HERE


April 9 – Oxbow – Note: this is due to construction at UGA office.
May 14 – Oxbow
June 11 – UGA Ex. Office
July 9 – Oxbow
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
Becoming a member of our Beekeepers Association is easy! CVBA-MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

Recent Posts

Nucs Arrive 2017

Varroa Mite Test

Helpful Links