Farm Planning and Beekeeping

Whole Farm Planning Workshop and Basic Beekeeping offered at BIC
Posted on 02/14/2020

The Virginia Cooperative Extension is offering two free workshops geared toward Beginning Farmers and Beekeepers.   

Spring is getting closer and that means planting season! Now is the time to start planning the garden and prepping for the days when gardeners and farmers are as busy as bees. 

The Virginia Cooperative Extension is offering a free training program for beginning farmers and beekeepers.  Please see the information below.  The workshops are free but space is limited, so please register. 

Tractor and gulls

Want to learn more about Agriculture in Northampton County? Please visit our Bountiful Northampton pages on this website: Agriculture, Aquaculture, Viticulture and Saltworks

Whole Farm Planning poster

Whole Farm Planning Workshop

An Introductory Training Program for Socially Disadvantaged & U.S. Military Veteran, New, Beginning Farmers and Ranchers


A whole farm planning workshop will be held Wednesday, February 19, 2020 from 1 PM - 4 PM at the Barrier Islands Center located at 7295 Young Street Machipongo, VA, 23405. This educational workshop is free and open to the public. Space is limited. To register go to The Virginia Cooperative Extension

Whole Farm Planning puts beginning farmers in a good position to maintain or improve profitability while enhancing their sustainability. Whole Farm Planning helps beginning farmers define long-and short-term goals to help you achieve a better quality of life at home and in your community.


• VSU Small Farm Outreach Agents as they review the Whole Farm Planning manual

•Cooperative Extension Agents for the county who can connect you with local resources

• Farm Credit representatives with instruction on how you can develop a simple, one-page business plan

• USDA agency representatives who will share information about available services and resources for farmers

For information, contact Small Farm Agent Susan Cheek, (804) 720-5539 / or call the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292.


Basic Beekeeping

Beekeeper and hive

Thursday, February 20, 2020
1:00 PM 4:00 PM
Barrier Island Center
7295 Young Street
Machipongo, VA, 23405 
Register at The Virginia Cooperative Extension

VDACS State Aparist Keith Tignor will provide classroom instruction on the following topics:

Colony Collapse Disorder
VDACS Pollinator Protection Plan
Grants available for Beekeepers
Beekeeper Equipment
Beehive Components, Construction and Maintenance

The classroom instruction will be followed by a demonstration of how to open, inspect and maintain a beehive.

Attendees must bring their own bee suit and wear long sleeves, pants and closed-toe shoes in order to participate in the hands-on demonstration with live hives.

For more information, contact Small Farm Outreach Program Agent Tracy Porter at (804) 219-7014 or or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.

 In addition, the Beekeepers Guild of the Eastern Shore (BGES) is offering Beginning Beekeeping classes on two consecutive Saturdays in March:

Saturday, March 14 & Saturday, March 21 , 2020
8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Historical Onancock School
6 College Avenue, Onancock, VA 23417
Registration fee is $50

See the BGES Beginning Beekeeping flyer for more information. 

If you see a swarm of bees this spring, please don't exterminate them! Call a beekeeper.

Cone of swarming bees

Visit our Animal Control page for more information of how to get in touch with a beekeeper or the Beekeepers Guild of the Eastern Shore