The East Richmond Beekeepers Association (ERBA) is a non-profit association of people interested in helping the honey bee (with a focus on beekeeping.) We are a Virginia group, with members from the city of Richmond, Mechanicsville, Varina, Quinton, New Kent, Charles City, Prince George, Chester, and other areas nearby. The group was formed in May of 2008. Membership includes both beekeepers, and non-beekeepers, but all people interested in helping the honey bee to survive.
We meet on the second Tuesday of every month at Fort Lee Baptist Church. More information about meeting location and times can be found on the "Our Meetings" page.
At our monthly meetings we have guest speakers, topical discussions, demonstrations, and videos. These are all designed to help our members keep up on the latest developments in beekeeping, and address questions or problems they may have. The meetings also allow our members to network, swap information, mentor new beekeepers, and plan occasional field trips. One of our goals is to educate the public about bees, beekeeping, and the wonderful products made by the bees.
The objectives of the ERBA are to encourage better methods among beekeepers, to promote cooperation, to reach a common understanding regarding our problems and their solutions, to maintain friendly and helpful relations with those forces which are working to better the beekeeping industry, to develop markets for beekeeping products, to foster closer cooperation among members of the Association, and to do such things as will tend to improve purposes for its members and the general public relating to honey bees and the beekeeping industry.