BANV Website is now hosted on

As of February 22nd, 2015 – the BANV web site if hosted on

The original domain will redirect to this new hosting platform, which was chosen for ease of use and collaboration among multiple editors. The site will remain within BANV webmaster’s control – however there will be no more posts made here.

Please update your bookmarks and to the official URL: since it will always point to the most up to date website.

Thank you!

Feb 24, 2015 BANV Meeting

7:00pm – 8:30pm
Osmia, Mason or orchard bees – they may go by a lot of names but these tiny bees are native pollinator workhorses!  Brenda Kiesling will not only lead the discussion, she will have Osmia bees to hand out so you can get started – no hive required!
Great project for kids or folks who don’t want the work of honey bees but want to help the pollinators! And they very rarely sting :-)

The 501c3 committee will present its findings. The 501c3 discussion will take place at the March meeting and a vote will be taken at the April meeting.

When: Feb 24, 2015   7:00 pm
Where: Mason District Government Center 
             6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003 

Potluck and Meeting January 27

BANV’s Annual Potluck Meeting for New and Old Members!  Come join us at our annual Open House when we recognize stellar beekeepers from the club, discuss timely beekeeping topics, conduct such business as there may be, meet new beekeepers, and enjoy the goodies everyone brings — plus have time to visit and catch up before our busiest season is upon us.

Join us on 27 January at 7pm at the Mason District Government Center (6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003) for an evening of shared food, friendship and conversation about our bees!  The club provides all dinner ware and coffee.  No RSVP necessary.

Nuc Coordination

2015 BANV Support for Nuc Sellers and Buyers

Hi There, I’m Carolyn, your friendly BANV Nuc Coordinator.   Last year was my first as Nuc Coordinator. This year I’d like to do some things differently so BANV can support buyers and sellers more efficiently. BANV is not responsible for the terms between a buyer and seller but looks to connect buyers and sellers by providing information.

Last year, we worked directly with students to put them in touch with nuc sellers. This year, we intend to have seller information available via the BANV website to anyone interested in buying a nuc. Rather than working directly with students, we will direct them to the web site and they would be responsible for contacting nuc sellers.   The website will be modified to more clearly to identify nuc sellar information with the date of the last update.

This will require that I get updates from nuc sellers (e.g. sold out, price change etc.). As Nuc Coordinator, my main responsibility will be to keep tabs on the website. For instance, if sold out, the seller should let me know and I’ll amend the list with this information.   My hope is that this will support nuc sellers and provide buyers with accurate information. I know that supplies can change quickly for small producers.

To start, a plea for nuc sellars. Please send me your information if you’d like to be included on the Nuc Sellers list. I would need: name, location and contact info, type of nuc, queen info, price, and date of availability.   Please include additional information you’d like posted.

I can be reached at If you’d rather discuss, send me a phone number and I’ll give you a call.

Thank you.

Intro Beekeeping Classes in Western Fairfax County

Introductory beekeeping classes remain available in Centreville and Reston.  These classes are under the auspices of the Northern Virginia Beekeeping Teachers Consortium (NVBTC)  and are not sponsored by BANV.  If interested, you need to contact the people below directly.

Sunday morning class 9-11 am in Centreville, VA starts in Feb. Teacher: Pat Haskell. Contact Pat Haskell at 703-560-3484 or email

Tuesday evening class 7-9 pm in Reston, VA starts in early March. Teacher: Todd Harding. Contact Todd Harding at 703-860-5072 or email

Tentative 2015 Meeting Dates

Mark your calendars (in pencil)

Jan 27

Feb 24

Mar 24

Apr 28

May 26

Jun 23

Jul 28

Aug 25

Sept 29

Oct 27

Nov 17


2015 Beekeeping Classes Are Filled

Unfortunately our beginning bee classes for 2015 are now filled. Please look at alternatives listed in our November 2, 2014 announcement and look at our website in the fall of 2015 if you are interested in our 2016 classes

Presentation on native bees and plants: Reston, January 8



A Bee’s Eye View of Native Plants— Hear Sam Droege of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS),Patuxent Wildlife Research Center speak on Thursday, January 8, 7 – 8:30 p.m. at theWalker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive in Reston, VA.

Regionally, there are over 400 species of native bees, and many are only found on the flowers of specific plants. Learn what is happening to our native bee populations and why what we plant is important to these native pollinators. Reservations required by January 5. or call 703-476-9689.  $5/person Reston Association members • $7/person non-members. Read more about our speaker

2015 Lifetime Award Recognition

Happy Holidays Everyone!  It’s that time to nominate a BANV member who has improved the situation for honey bees by serving BANV.  There are no restrictions on who you can nominate, as long as she or he was or is a BANV member and you can identify why you would nominate the member.  Past members have been recognized for serving as a club officer for years, teaching and mentoring new beekeepers, creating teaching programs that are used Statewide as well as in BANV, and promoting successful outreach programs to the community, such as the 4H Club.

As in past years, the award will be given during the January Potluck Dinner.

Please send your nomination to Carolyn Foley at by January 10th.  If you have questions, please call her at 703-642-3068.

BANV November 18 Meeting

BANV will meet on November 18  (an earlier Tuesday so we don’t run into Thanksgiving) @ 7 in Mason Governmental Center.

There will be a discussion of the pros and cons of incorporation under 501(c)(3) status.


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