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  • 2018 Spring Beekeeper Course

    Date: 2018.02.08 | Category: Announcement | Response: 0

    WANT TO BE A BEEKEEPER?  TWO SPRING EVENTS: Spring Beekeeper Course and Jr. Beekeeper Workshops offered by CVBA!

    That’s right, two educational events: A full six-week course for anyone serious about beekeeping, and three special day-long workshops geared toward children interested in beekeeping. Taught by knowledgeable, seasoned CVBA beekeepers.

    2018 CourseTHE SIX-WEEK COURSE:
    The CVBA is presenting a six-week course that will take you from a beginner to a beekeeper. (see expanded flyer below) This course is one day per week from February 24, 2018 to April 7, 2018. (There is no class March 31st).  Cost is $100 per person and $50 for immediate family, which includes the classes, textbooks, handouts, and a one year membership with the CVBA!  Time is 3PM – 5PM at Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, Columbus, GA. Specific dates are: Feb. 24, Mar. 3, Mar. 10, Mar. 17, Mar. 24, Apr. 7

    REGISTER TODAY!  Call Oxbow Meadows at 706-507-8559

    This is a comprehensive class with hands-on work and is packed with information.  Early spring is the perfect time to become a beekeeper, so call today to sign up.

    Join us for a day-long fun workshop and learn all about honey bees.  Three workshops are offered. (see expanded flyer below) Cost is $35 per child with one parent/guardian. Parent/guardian must be present during the workshop.

    The Dates and topics are:
    April 14, 2018 – How to build a bee frame
    May 12, 2018 Beeswax Candle making
    June 9, 2018 – How to build a bee frame

    Bring a lunch, as all workshops are from 10AM to 3PM at Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, Columbus, GA

    REGISTER TODAY!  Call Oxbow Meadows at 706-507-8559

    More information on both of these Spring 2018 events at:


    2018 Course

    2018 workshops

  • 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

  • Construction Instructions

    Date: 2015.03.10 | Category: General | Response: 0

    Web-SC-58This is where it gets exciting… when your new equipment is delivered!  Week three of our 2015 short course at Oxbow Meadows marked the session on learning how to construct your hive.  The weather was perfect.  As you can see in the photo, the boxes containing numerous hives were ready for the beekeeper students to pick up.  Anyone who wanted to put their hive together on the spot had ample help, knowledge and tools available.  However, most wanted to put their hives together at home.  It is true that it’s easier to transport everything when it’s still in the box.

    Web-SC-17Cost and shipping charges require many beekeepers to buy the components unassembled.  Even if you go the pre-assembled route, you still need to know how it all fits together.

    Web-SC-50Paul demonstrated how it all works and talked about best practices on doing the construction and set up of your hive.  There are many slightly different styles of frames, and different types of foundation and he covered most of them.  There are optional items and lots of ways to feed bees… those were discussed also.

    Web-SC-03A few of the beekeeper students did take advantage of the help available after the class and put together some of their new apiary equipment.  These two had a great system worked out and put these frames together in a snap!  Four hands are better than two… plus, when a pneumatic stapler is available, its hard to pass up the opportunity.  You will understand once you put all forty frames together with a tack hammer on the first hive.  Ready for the second one?

  • 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.


HELP! Swarms & Bee Rescue



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

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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


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
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