Posts Tagged ‘CVBA Activity’

  • Christmas Social 2015

    Date: 2015.12.16 | Category: General | Response: 0

    The 2015 Christmas social for the Chattahoochee Valley Beekeepers Association was a delicious event!  We had a full spread complete with barbecue, side dishes, desserts and every kind of tea you could imagine.  A special Thank You to Gayle and Jim Hunsinger for taking charge of the details.  We appreciate you both and your wonderful organizing and culinary talents!

    At this social, we were introduced to Anne Randle, the new Muscogee County Agent.  If you missed the event, you can see her image in the slideshow below.  You can also contact her at the Extension office.

    Merry Christmas everyone!  Have a joyful and safe holiday.  See you back here at this Extension Office for our January meeting.  In February, we will be at Oxbow and start alternating between the two locations.

  • Wounded Warrior Sought

    Date: 2015.12.03 | Category: Announcement | Response: 0

    The Chattahoochee Valley Beekeepers Association has a “Wounded Warrior Program”.  A soldier who is interested in becoming a beekeeper is provided, free of charge, with everything needed to pursue this interest.  The CVBA has helped one previous soldier who has since been transferred to South Carolina.  Currently, another “Wounded Warrior” is sought who is interested in this wonderful hobby.

    Here is an article by Rich McDowell explaining all about this program:

    WoundedWarriorWounded Warrior needed for beekeeping responsibility

    Lt. Col. Bruce Gannaway lost his left foot and injured his left hand and right leg when he stepped on an IED while serving as a company commander with the 3rd Infantry Division in Iraq on Dec. 7, 2007.  After 18 months of extensive rehabilitation, he remained in the Army and served as the comptroller for the 75th Ranger Regiment.

    During that tour his wife, Sarah, saw an article in The Bayonet about the Chattahoochee Valley Beekeepers Association looking for a wounded warrior to become a beekeeper.  “I saw it as a good opportunity for him to put work aside,” she said.

    The CVBA provided Gannaway with instruction, bees, beekeeping materials and protective clothing. Since he lived on post, he kept his hive at the Oxbow Meadows apiary.  This past summer, Gannaway was transferred to 3rd Army Headquarters at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina.  He took his bees with him and said they are doing well, producing a lot of honey.

    The CVBA is offering this opportunity to another Wounded Warrior.  It will provide instructions, bees and equipment at no cost to the Soldier and if the Soldier needs a place to keep his bees, they will be housed at Oxbow Meadows, just minutes from Main Post.  The instruction that will be provided will be two-hour blocks each Saturday, beginning Feb. 20 and lasting until April 2. There will be no class March 26.  The course covers everything the novice beekeeper needs to know to get up and running and culminates with the delivery of a beehive.  Learn more about this course HERE.

    CVBA president Paul Berry said this is a win-win situation. The wounded warrior benefits by getting involved in a healthy outdoor environment while the environment benefits by getting more pollinators.  “Beekeeping is not rocket science. All it takes is a little time and patience and a love for the outdoors,” he said. “We will provide the wounded warrior everything he needs to get started and be there with him as he gets to know his way around the bees. And it’s all free.”

    The first wounded warrior to contact Berry will be eligible for the program. Deadline for applying is Feb. 14. Paul can be reached at 706-527-0739, or email

  • New Interim Meeting Location

    Date: 2015.10.20 | Category: Announcement | Response: 0

    We now have a new meeting location to rotate with Oxbow Meadows.  As you know, the Columbus Library has become increasingly difficult to schedule for our “off month” meetings, not to mention the fact that we have outgrown the rooms they make available to us.

    After visiting several possible locations, Paul Berry has found a great place and it is convenient too.  The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office has a huge “conference room” that will easily handle our meetings.  Best of all, they seem truly excited to play a part in accommodating our club.

    As of today, our November 9th meeting and our December 14th Christmas social will both be at this location.  There is a wonderful kitchen facility located right across the hall from the conference room.  The time for both of these gatherings is 6 PM.  Gayle Hunsinger is organizing the social, so please contact her to see what she recommends you bring.

    The UGA Cooperative Extension office is located next door to the Columbus Police Department.  The address for the meeting location is 420 10th Street, Columbus, GA.  The number 420 is clearly visible over the front door, so you shouldn’t have any difficulty finding it.

    Thank you! to Teresa and Beverly from the Extension office for welcoming us so graciously and sharing your wonderful facility.  Your efforts are very much appreciated.  We look forward to meeting you and thanking you in person.



    Date: 2015.08.18 | Category: Announcement | Response: 0


    The Chattahoochee Valley Beekeeping Association is announcing the dates for the 2016 Spring Beekeeping Course.  This course will teach you how to become a beekeeper and walks you through everything you need to know to begin.  Classes take place at Oxbow Meadows in Columbus, Georgia and are from 3PM – 5PM on each of the days (see schedule below).  In addition to learning how to handle bees, you will learn how to purchase equipment and will be offered special pricing on bees.  The fee for this class is $100 and includes all six (6) weekly class demonstrations to attend, written materials, membership into the CVBA for one year, and free admission into the Insectival Event offered at Oxbow Meadows during the Summer.  (Bees and equipment are purchased separately and are not included in the tuition.)

    Classes are held on Saturdays (see schedule below) and are from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM on each of those days.

    If you only want to attend a few individual classes, we also offer that option.  The tuition is $25 for each individual class you choose to attend.

    If you enroll in this class and wish for a family member to attend with you, they may attend for $50, and you can share materials.

    NEW INFO: Special for last years attendees:  Previous students of the 2015 class may attend this 2016 class for $50.  (You will use your same materials from the 2015 class.)

    The dates of the classes are consecutive Saturdays, except the last class, which allows us to skip Easter Saturday.  The timing of this entire course is the perfect time of year to get set up and start keeping bees.


    The fee for this class is $100 and includes all six (6) weekly class demonstrations to attend, written materials, membership into the CVBA for one year, and free admission into the Insectival Event offered at Oxbow Meadows during the Summer.  (Bees and equipment are purchased separately and are not included in the tuition.)

    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.

    Pre-registration for the Full Course and advanced payment of $50 (which is half of the full tuition) are required to complete your registration and is non-refundable in cash unless cancelled by Oxbow Meadows.  Registration will close Friday February 19th, 2016.  The remaining balance is due before the first session begins.

    Pre-registration for single classes follows the same instructions.  Advance payment of $25 for each individual class is required and registration closes on Friday before each program date.


    Dates for the Spring Course:

    Class 1: February 20th, 2016

    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: February 27th, 2016

    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 5th, 2016

    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 12th, 2016

    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 19th, 2016

    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.

    [skip a week here for Easter] no class

    Class 6: April 2nd, 2016

    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.











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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


February 12 – Ga. Extension Office
March 12 – Oxbow
April 9 – Ga. Extension Office
May 14 – 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

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