• About CVBA

    Bee on Georgia AsterThe Chattahoochee Valley Beekeepers Association was founded in 1971 as a way for local “seasoned” beekeepers as well as potential “novice” beekeepers to learn about hive management that is specific to our local area here in West Georgia and East Alabama. Of course, competent beekeepers have to manage more than just the hive. Factors that impact our ability to keep bees can range from neighborhood use of pesticide to changes in government policies. Communication is the key to staying up to date, and that, in a nutshell, is our purpose.

    To read a FULL HISTORY about our group, CLICK HERE.

    Our organization meets monthly with every other month featuring an educational speaker at Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center in Columbus, Georgia. Oxbow Meadows is affiliated with Columbus State University.  These meetings are educational.  At each meeting we offer a program on various pertinent topics associated with bees.  On the months in between, we share current information, tasks you should be doing and share suggestions and tips specific to our Chattahoochee Valley area.  These informational meetings are usually held at the UGA Cooperative Extension office – 420 10th Street, Columbus, GA.  Check the sidebar, however, to make sure.

    This website is run 100% by wind energy… AND the electricity used is offset 200% by wind energy.  That means we are compensating for twice the amount of electricity we use!

    Our current officers for the 2017 year are:


    Our current board of directors consists of:

    • Rich McDowell (2016-2017)
    • Dan DeKeyzer (2016-2017)
    • James Wilson (2016-2017)
    • Marty Mitchell (2017-2018)
    • Luke Ellerman (2017-2018)
    • Jeremiah Sneed (2017-2018)
    • Betty Beegle (Emeritus)
    • Jim Harris (Emeritus)


    You do not actually have to own a hive to become a member!  We encourage education for beginners before they buy their first hive. In conjunction with the Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia, a short course is offered for beginning beekeepers. In that course, the fundamentals are covered along with specifics about when and how to extract honey from your hive.  A limited number of starter hives are made available through our Chattahoochee Valley Beekeepers Association.


    To view the complete constitution for the Chattahoochee Valley Beekeepers Association please CLICK HERE.