THE NEXT MEETING Will be September 14, 2016 AT 7PM AT THE FRANKLIN CENTER. Lori announced that the program has not been finalized for the meeting.  will be reported here as soon as finalized.

Dr, Richard Fell, Professor Emeritus of Entomology at Virginia Tech, gave our August program and I see why he is in so much demand as a speaker. Very interesting and timely program.

New “Behind the Hive” added.


Question of the Month

I would like to make our web site a destination not for just our members but for people in the area, and outside the area for that matter, who may be interested in beekeeping. To help stimulate this interest, I would like to introduce “The Question of the Week”. The title is subject to modification. The concept is to have an interesting question posed on the website and have club members submit their answers which will be judged two ways. 1) I like that one best! 2) An expert (or two) will confirm that the answer is correct. Not only will answers come from our members, but future questions will as well. We have a members only section of this website that I will use to let members know how to submit their answers. Oh, the prize for submitting the best answer is to see it published with proper credit!

QUESTION: What is Funny Honey?


Any member wishing to submit an answer to the “Question of the Week”, please submit your 100 to 500 word answer to georges_black_hole@embarqmail.com . Put “Moonshine” in the subject line to prevent it from going into my SPAM black hole, never to be seen again! If you have a general interest Question, please submit it the same way.



About Us:

The Moonshine Beekeepers Association is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting current and future beekeepers of Franklin and surrounding counties in Virginia. Our Mission is to provide our membership with interesting and practical knowledge as well as promoting public awareness of the benefits, necessity, and value of the honeybee to human existence.
The purpose and objectives of our association are to:

  • Share knowledge, experiences and adventures of beekeeping
  • Educate the community about the joys, skills and benefits of beekeeping.
  • Serve as a resource to local beekeepers.
  • Provide an outlet for the membership to sell member-produced honey and other hive products.
  • Foster interactions with the local agricultural community and other beekeeping organizations.


Lori Mattox – President

Ron Hanawalt- Vice President

Jim McKenna – Secretary

Dave Jeavons – Treasurer

Jeff Jenner – Beekeeping Instructor