Welcome to the Beekeepers of the Northern Shenandoah (BONS) website. We are a group of beekeepers in the western and northern area of Virginia. Our educational meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of each month at Blandy Farm in the Library.


The meetings usually start with a short business report (the business meeting is held separate from the educational meeting) then we have a topic presented by an experienced beekeeper on issues of managing beehives. The club sponsors beginning beekeeping classes each year, can provide a scholarship for young beekeepers, participates in local events related to bees, helps new beekeepers extract honey and is connected with the Virginia State Beekeepers Association.

If you are interested in beekeeping or would like information on beekeeping, contact one of the following individuals and click on the link below to print off the membership form.

Charles Brown – President June 2016- May 2018


Rusty Foltz – Past President (2014-2016)


If you’re interested in signing up for the 2017 Beginning Beekeeping Class (2016 is FULL), please email the lead teacher, John Lewis at


If you would like to become a member of our club, fill out the form  below and send payment to our treasurer.

BONS Membership Form


Beekeepers of the Northern Shenandoah

P.O. Box 3917

Winchester, VA 22604


 STATE BEE INSPECTOR:  new email for our regional inspector Bob Wellemeyer is as follows



Future opportunities for you to help BONS at an event or behind the scenes.

1. March 2017 Woodenware Workshop Day; Contact Doug at: koch.doug@gmail.com

There will be a day of organizing/counting all of these items most likely early in March.

2. Learn how to use and supervise the use of our extractor which is kept at Blandy Farms contact Timo  timobranstetter@gmail.com  Extraction season will be July through Sept 2016

3. Bee the one who will contact the Winchester Star, on line, monthly to post our club meeting under Community Bulletin Board.   Help us stay in the news…..CONTACT DOUG:  koch.doug@gmail.co


Doug and Ramona will be spearheading the beekeepers display at Sky Meadow this year for National Honey Bee Day August ??, 2017. They usually setup by 11am and tear down around 4pm. It is always a fun time and has good attendance. Contact Doug and Ramona at rmfineart@earthlink.net

6. ARBOR FEST October TBD, 2017 at Blandy Farms from 9:00am-4:00pm

If you are a club member we could use you to stand at our booth and answer questions for the people who attend this event.  You can sign up for a two hour shift and you can sell your honey both while you are there and when you are not.  We keep track of what you bring and what of yours we sell.  There will be more information at our meetings to help you understand how you can help us.  Helping set up and break down our display/tent is also helpful.  You can help us even if this is your first year.  I did and found out I did not have to defer any questions to other experienced beekeepers who were at the tent.  It is a great way to gain confidence if you need it to speak to the public about bees.  I am sure you have all done this to your family and friends.  Please consider taking a shift or two.

7. Coordinator of the BONS Mentorship program

Would you like to help the club with a project behind the scenes?  We need someone to coordinate getting those members who volunteer to be a mentor to be hooked up with new members who take the class.  If you have a question before you commit please contact Rusty our president.  We got this program off the ground a couple of years ago with Branson taking on the challenge.  We now need someone to pick up the ball and take this valuable role to new heights.  Please consider helping our club and new beekeepers. In the meantime we will have new beekeepers meeting existing member at club meetings where we will provide the opportunity for those who want to mentor to meet those in need.

 more opportunities coming check back…..

Do you have a talent a some time to help our club?  Tell Rusty and we have numerous opportunities for you to take our club to new levels.

We always need help before and after the monthly meetings to help set up chairs and put them back.  This is a way to help and not have to be “in charge” of something.  THANKS!


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