The purpose of the West Virginia Eastern Panhandle Beekeepers Association is to promote the education of beekeepers and the public. This is accomplished through monthly meeting of the association membership, special hands on field days, providing speakers at local schools, fairs, markets, and by invitation from local organizations.
Beginning Beekeepers Class
The Eastern Panhandle Beekeepers Association will be offering its Beginning Beekeepers Class again this winter. Classes will be held at the Hospice of the Eastern Panhandle education building in Kearneysville, WV. Classes will be held two consecutive Saturdays, February 20th and 27th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. In case of inclement weather check our Facebook page to see if classes are cancelled. If a class is cancelled the make-up date is March 5th. Beginning Beekeeping Classes are open to adults and children (age 9 and over) who are interested in keeping bees as well as those who are just interested in learning about honeybees. Class size is limited so please register early. The classes will cover all aspects of beekeeping such as the equipment you need to start beekeeping, the development of your colony, and managing your colony throughout the year. The cost of the class is $85.00 per family (registrant and 2 family members) and includes textbooks, a one year membership in the West Virginia Eastern Panhandle Beekeepers Association (WVEPBA) and the West Virginia State Beekeepers Association (WVBA). All beekeeping equipment, supplies and bees must be purchased separately.
If you do not have a place to keep bees WVEPBA can help you locate someone who wants beehives on their property. WVEPBA also has a mentoring program for those whose wish to have an experienced beekeeper guide them.