Virginia State Beekeepers Association
Virginia State Beekeepers Association

Sustainable Beekeeping through Nucleus Colonies

by Joe Lewis Susquehanna Beekeepers 2015

Susquehanna Beekeepers Association (of Forest Hill, MD) is the local club for Harford and Cecil Counties in Northeast Maryland. It serves the two counties on either side of the lower Susquehanna River, just before it opens into the Chesapeake Bay. (The club is not to be confused with the other great Susquehanna Beekeepers Association --- of Northeast Pennsylvania -- New Milford, PA.)

Our website is:


Joe Lewis, originally from Texas, is a retired US Army officer who operates Harford Honey as a sideliner operation, raising Russian, Carniolan and Buckfast bees, and sponsoring beekeeping classes on nuc making and queen rearing. He often contributes to American Bee Journal with articles such as “Beekeeping 2.5” and “Re-queening a Drone Laying Colony”. Lewis is a frequent speaker at local bee club meetings and has refined the nuc making presentation to this “Sustainable Apiaries” one-hour talk. It is packed with tips and techniques which he freely shares.

Many of Joe’s other articles (such as on managing Russian bees) are located at: 

The VSBA is a nonprofit organization committed to promoting and advancing beekeeping in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Membership in the VSBA is open to beekeepers and non-beekeepers, alike. Annual membership dues are $12.00 per individual/family or $10.00 through local associations. In addition to other benefits, members receive a quarterly newsletter.

Promoting Knowledge and Fellowship
Among Beekeepers in the Commonwealth of Virginia

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