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!
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February Meeting: Bee Seasons

Upcoming 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!

Scholarship Reports and Elections

Past Event

November 10, 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 the time for our Trinity Valley Youth Scholarship recipients to present the results of their first year in beekeeping.  These are always entertaining talks!  Also it is the annual election for club officers so be there to throw your name in the ring or to just cast your vote.

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!

The Bee Czar Talks About His Organization

Past Event

October 13, 2015, 7:00 - 9:00pm
Q&A Session 6:45pm
The Point (at C. C. Young Campus)
4847 W. Lawther Dr, Dallas, TX

Join us this month as Walter Schumacher, the Bee Czar, discusses his organization the American Honey Bee Protection Agency (honeybeekind.com).   It started in Austin, grew to South Texas, Houston and San Antonio and is now moving into North Texas. The group performs live bee removals with the bees taken to local bee sanctuaries.  The organization is donation based. Walter was recently written up in a Dallas Morning News article. This should prove to be a fascinating talk.

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!

Encaustic Painting

Past Event

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




Encaustic painting (or hot wax painting) involves painting using hot beeswax to which pigments have been added.  It is a technique that dates back to the first century BC.  This month Janet Reynolds will speak to the club about this fascinating art form.  In her own words:

  • I am a naturalist, artist & lover of this incredible life.
  • I actively communicate, listen, & share with community, concerning caring for the planet, clean water, food security, and our responsibility.
  • I work with youth in the Juvenile Justice System to help connect them with themselves & our world.
  • I teach adult painting in my studio in Little Forest Hills.
  • I create my own artwork and exhibit. It is an extension of my outreach.
  • I am an organic gardener & pollinator planter.
  • In short, I have a very good time!
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!

Movie Night: Bees - Tales from the Hive

Past Event

July 14, 2015, 7:00 - 9:00pm
Q&A Session 6:45pm
The Point (at C. C. Young Campus)
4847 W. Lawther Dr, Dallas, TX


Join  us for our annual movie night as we screen the NOVA special Bees - Tales from the Hive. The photography is stunning.  We will provide popcorn and soft drinks so don't miss it!

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!

Swarm Prevention

Past Event

April 14, 2015, 7:00 - 9:00pm
Q&A Session 6:45pm
The Point (at C. C. Young Campus)
4847 W. Lawther Dr, Dallas, TX

It's that time of the year again when hives threaten to swarm.  Last month you heard about one way to take population pressure off of you hives by making splits.  This month join Russell Dittfurth as he discusses a variety of  methods for swarm detection and prevention.   Russell is the current president of the Collin County Hobby Beekeepers Association  (cchba.org) and brings a wealth of experience to the talk.

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!