Heart of VA Beekeepers
First Annual Conference
January 14, 2023
9:00AM - 4:00PM
Make sure to take advantage of early admission pricing!!!
Nov. 1- Dec. 15!
To support and uplift the beekeepers of Central Virginia through education and
The Heart of Virginia Beekeepers are hosting their FIRST annual beekeeping conference for the central region! The conference will feature two seminars from keynote speaker, Dr. David Tarpy, professor and extention specialist of honey bee biology and beekeeping at NC State University. His seminars will delve into diagnosing queen problems and coming out of winter. There will also be a selection of breakout sessions from which to choose, including integrated pest management, varroa treatments, reading the frame, commercial beekeeping, Slovenian style beekeeping, a forum on swarm prevention, and the indispensible nuc.
The conference will be held within the Maugans Alumni Center, part of the remarkable Rotunda of Longwood's stunning campus. It is easily accessible from the available parking lots, and your approach will be faciliated by signage and available ambassadors.
The keynote sessions will be held within the elegant and spacious Blackwell Ballroom. Breakout sessions will take place within adjacent rooms outfitted with state-of-the-art technology.
Take time to peruse the Rotunda and its extensive gallery of fine art, antiques, and statuary... most notably the unique plaster sculpture of Joan of Arc.
Got children considering college choices? Walk around campus and get a feel for Longwood University!
Placed conveniently centered within the state of Virginia, Farmville is a bustling college town located almost equidistant to Lynchburg, Charlottesville, and Richmond. It is best known for the renowned luxury furniture shop, Green Front, located along the historic stretch of Main Street, which abuts Longwood's college campus.
There are plenty of options for sleeping accomodations, including the stately and luxurious Hotel Weyanoke.
Hoping to catch a brisk winter hike while you're here??? High Bridge Trail is just across Main Street!
History buff? Farmville is host to an abundance of museums and landmarks, including world-renowned Hampden Sydney College, founded in 1775 and the oldest private charter in the south.
The conference is being hosted by the Heart of Virginia Beekeepers, a local association dedicated to supporting local beekeepers (beeks!) and educating the public about the role honey bees play in the region. The club hosts monthly meetings, a mentor program, and a yearly new beekeepers class to provide support to beekeepers.
This conference is sure to bring a wide range of experience and perspectives from the realm of honey bee keepers! As we all know (or quickly discover), management techniques differ from region-to-region, apiary-to-apiary, and person-to-person.
Facilitated by the region's leading professionals, our breakout sessions are tailored to encourage interative conversations among our unique community. Something for everyone!