Welcome! Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association is a non-profit club bringing together old, new, and aspiring beekeepers in the Dallas area. Please have a look around our site and feel free to comment. We meet once a month in Dallas and our meetings are always free and open to the public! If you like what you see, then please join us as a member!
News

May Meeting: Annual Picnic

Upcoming Event

May 10, 2016, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
T&P Hill at White Rock Lake
Close to 3420 W Lawther Road (Park around here. We'll be in the pavilion.)

Join us for the 4th annual TV Bees Picnic at T & P Hill at White Rock Lake. We'll supply BBQ beef and turkey, and you can bring your favorite side dish, salad or desert. If you are culinarily challenged, just bring a bag of chips! All are welcome, members and non-members alike, so bring a friend. This is a great chance for new beekeepers to meet with experienced beekeepers, swap stories, ask questions, and talk all things bee!

Go to this link at SignUp Genius to RSVP and sign up for a side so that we know how much food to bring:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E044AAAAF28A4FD0-tvbees

Please note that we will NOT be meeting at our usual space at C. C. Young. We will be meeting nearby in the pavilion at T & P Hill at White Rock Lake, which is covered so we can handle rain if necessary. 

If you ordered a TV Bees T-shirt at the April meeting, your shirt has arrived! Please bring $20 per  shirt to the picnic. If you didn't order a shirt, we will have some extras for sale at $20 each, so come get one!

All meetings are free and open to the public. Feel free to attend even if you don't know anything about beekeeping--it's a great chance to see what it's all about!

See you there!

April Meeting: Candlemaking PLUS Hive Auction

Past Event

April 12, 2016, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Q&A Session 6:45pm
The Point (at C. C. Young Campus)
4847 W. Lawther Dr, Dallas, TX


Join us to learn about turning your beeswax into beautiful candles. Blair Clark of Lone Star Candle Supply will be joining us to talk about candlemaking basics, including equipment and safety. Put your beeswax to good use!

More about Lone Star Candle Supply: Lone Star Candle Supply is a family-owned business in Keller, started in 1999. Lone Star Candle Supply serves candle makers all across the country, from small crafters to large manufacturers, by offering a large selection of high-quality candle-making supplies. We stock everything needed for you to produce beautiful, highly scented candles.

PLUS we will be auctioning off a beekeeping starter kit (see photo), including a gently used Langstroth hive with hive stand, screened bottom board, brood box with 10 frames and foundation, inner cover, and top, plus a smoker and bee suit (size medium or small). Proceeds will benefit the TVBA scholarship fund. This starter kit would be worth about $200 retail, and the auction benefits a great cause, so bring your wallet!

The Q&A Session starts at 6:45. Come early to get your beekeeping questions answered by our more experienced members in a more informal setting.

Also, we will have our "Bee Plant of the Month" and Alan Eynon with our monthly "In the Hive" to refresh your memory of the beekeeping seasons. We will serve light refreshments and feature a fun selection of beekeeping-related door prizes. See you there!

The Point at C.C. Young Campus
4847 W. Lawther Drive, Dallas, TX
http://www.ccyoung.org/site/365/campus_map_and_directions.aspx for a campus map.

All meetings are free and open to the public. Feel free to attend even if you don't know anything about beekeeping--it's a great chance to see what it's all about!

TV Bees 2016 Survey

How are we doing? Please take our survey and let us know!

We have had lots of new faces coming to our monthly meetings, which is so wonderful! We would really appreciate if you could take a few minutes and let us know a bit about yourselves and your thoughts on Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association. Let us know what topics you want to learn more about and how we can improve the club to better meet everyone's needs.

Please click here >>>

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/N2YW9VL

for a brief 10-question survey and let us know what you think!

Many thanks!

Doing Some Spring Cleaning? TV Bees Call for Donations!

TV Bees is excited to announce that we are starting a lending library of beekeeping resources for our members. Books will be available for current members to check out at our monthly meetings. And we are looking for books! If you have any duplicate copies or extra beekeeping books on hand that you are no longer using, please consider donating them.

We are also preparing for our annual fundraiser for the scholarship program and are looking for donations of small beekeeping-related items to add to our beekeeping gift basket.

If you have any books or gift basket items to donate, please bring them to the March meeting tomorrow, March 8, at the Point at C.C. Young. Many thanks!

March Meeting: Swarm Catching and Bee Removals


Past Event

March 8, 2016, 7:00 -9:00 pm


Join us to learn about how to catch swarms and remove unwanted bees from trees, houses and other structures. Did you know there is a way to remove bees from trees and buildings and not harm the bees or buildings? Please join us to learn about swarm catching and bee removal from TVBA and Texas Master Beekeeper Program member Jerry Alcorn. Learn the safest and most effective ways to catch a swarm or remove bees from trees and buildings, focusing on saving the bees without using pesticides, without building destruction and with minimal impact to surrounding people and property. Learn the bee science and anatomy behind the little known method of bee removal called “bee siphoning” or “bee trapping”. You won’t want to miss Jerry’s tips on how to safely and successfully incorporate bees, brood and honey removed from trees and structures into your apiary. Jerry has something for new “bee chasers” and experienced bee removers alike.

More about Jerry: Jerry Alcorn has a passion for learning and bees. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance/Business Administration from the University of Texas and a Juris Doctor degree from Oklahoma City University. In March 2015, Jerry passed the written and practical exam to become one of the first members of the Texas Master Beekeeper Program sponsored by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. Jerry has a passion for teaching beekeeping and he mentors young beekeepers in the Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association. Jerry is the designated contact person for Dallas County honeybee questions referred by the Office of Apiary Inspection Service and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. He regularly speaks to groups of schoolchildren, adults and community service organizations about honeybees and beekeeping. If you have a group that would like to learn more about bees and beekeeping, be sure to invite Jerry to speak to your group.

The Q&A Session starts at 6:45. Come early to get your beekeeping questions answered by our more experienced members in a more informal setting.

Also, we will have our "Bee Plant of the Month" and Alan Eynon with our monthly "In the Hive."

The Point at C.C. Young Campus
4847 W. Lawther Drive, Dallas, TX
http://www.ccyoung.org/site/365/campus_map_and_directions.aspx for a campus map.

All meetings are free and open to the public. Feel free to attend even if you don't know anything about beekeeping--it's a great chance to see what it's all about!

February Meeting: Bee Seasons

Past Event

February 9, 2016, 7:00 -9:00 pm
Q&A Session 6:45pm
The Point (at C. C. Young Campus)
4847 W. Lawther Dr, Dallas, TX



Please join us to learn about beekeeping seasons throughout the year from TVBA member and past president Christi Baughman. Christi will talk about changes in the hive -- and the environment -- in the changing seasons. Christi will help beekeepers develop their plans for their bees for the coming year and help them think about weather and temperatures and how they affect hive management. This presentation will be an excellent overview of the beekeeper's year for both new and experienced beekeepers -- you won't want to miss it!

More about Christi: Christi Baughman acquired her love of plants and the outdoors as a result of growing up on a farm in eastern North Dakota. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Dakota in 1978.  After spending several years working with a Christian mission organization at Illinois State University and the University of Iowa, she came to Dallas in 1988 to pursue a commercial art career.  For almost 20 years, she was employed as a designer and illustrator for landscape design, stained glass window design, stationary and books. Since 2006, she has been keeping bees and beekeeping is now her full-time occupation.  She manages 100-200 hives in Texas and up to 1200 hives for honey production in North Dakota.  Beekeeping goes back to her roots of plants and farming.  In Texas she has re-educated herself in horticulture for the Texas climate and specializes in nectar plants for bees in Texas. 

The Q&A Session starts at 6:45. Come early to get your beekeeping questions answered by our more experienced members in a more informal setting.

Also, we will have our "Bee Plant of the Month" and Alan Eynon with our monthly "In the Hive."

The Point at C.C. Young Campus
4847 W. Lawther Drive, Dallas, TX
http://www.ccyoung.org/site/365/campus_map_and_directions.aspx for a campus map.

All meetings are free and open to the public. Feel free to attend even if you don't know anything about beekeeping--it's a great chance to see what it's all about!

January Meeting: Alternative Hives

Past Event

January 12, 2016, 7:00 -9:00 pm
Q&A Session 6:45pm
The Point (at C. C. Young Campus)
4847 W. Lawther Dr, Dallas, TX


Please join us to learn about alternative hives from TVBA member (and president) Bob Richie. Bob is a native Dallasite and has been a beekeeper since he was 13 years old. He spent the first 3 years of his beekeeping career as a “beekeeping slave” for Fred Richardson, the original owner and founder of North Dallas Apiaries. A member of Boy Scout Troop 717, he worked with Mr. Richardson to obtain his Beekeeping Merit Badge. Mr. Richardson failed to tell Bob that it didn’t really take 3 years to get the badge! For many years Bob kept bees in traditional Langstroth hives. A couple of years ago he started keeping bees in Kenya Top Bar hives that he designs and builds himself. He has also developed nuc boxes, swarm traps and equipment for doing cut-outs that are specifically designed for Top Bar Hives.

The Q&A Session starts at 6:45. Come early to get your beekeeping questions answered by our more experienced members in a more informal setting.

Also, we will have our "Bee Plant of the Month" and Alan Eynon with our monthly "In the Hive".

The Point at C.C. Young Campus
4847 W. Lawther Drive, Dallas, TX
http://www.ccyoung.org/site/365/campus_map_and_directions.aspx for a campus map.

All meetings are free and open to the public. Feel free to attend even if you don't know anything about beekeeping--it's a great chance to see what it's all about!

Annual Potluck Party

Past Event

December 8, 2015, 7:00 - 9:00pm
Q&A Session 6:45pm
The Point (at C. C. Young Campus)
4847 W. Lawther Dr, Dallas, TX

This month is our annual Holiday Potluck Party.  We'll supply the meat and you can bring your favorite side dish or dessert.  If you're not so handy in the kitchen, just show up - there's always more than enough for everyone!  It's BYOB or wine if you are so inclined.  As always this is open to members and non-members alike. 

We will also celebrate the 2015 Scholarship Recipients with their completion certificates and announce the 2016 Scholarship winners!

The Q&A Session starts at 6:45. Come early to get your beekeeping questions answered by our more experienced members in a more informal setting. Also, we will have  Alan Eynon with our monthly "In the Hive".


All meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month and are free and open to the public. You're encouraged to attend even if you don't know anything about beekeeping--it's a great chance to see what it's all about!