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  Topic: Keeping bees in Shenandoah Valley, VA
Thymeenough

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Fri May 06, 2011 5:31 pm   Subject: Pp
Pop, have your bees established well?
Just got mine today. Any insights to share?
Thanks again for the contact!
  Topic: Keeping bees in Shenandoah Valley, VA
Thymeenough

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 1:03 am   Subject: Keeping bees in Shenandoah Valley, VA
Thanks again for the contact. Somehow we didn't connect this weekend, but I'm on his list for a package may 6. How did your hiving go?
  Topic: Keeping bees in Shenandoah Valley, VA
Thymeenough

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 1:52 pm   Subject: Keeping bees in Shenandoah Valley, VA
Thanks so much! It looks like this may be the perfect solution for me.
Happy hiving!
  Topic: Keeping bees in Shenandoah Valley, VA
Thymeenough

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 11:42 am   Subject: Keeping bees in Shenandoah Valley, VA
I'd love for you to see if there's a package available still! Thanks. I'm in Rockingham County, along the I-81 corridor. If it works out, let me know when and where they're arriving. It would certa ...
  Topic: Keeping bees in Shenandoah Valley, VA
Thymeenough

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 11:14 am   Subject: Keeping bees in Shenandoah Valley, VA
Hi B. Good luck with your bees, very exiting!
I recently installed my first package and a week later all but a dozen are gone. I'm trying to learn whether there was something I could have or shou ...
  Topic: Keeping bees in Shenandoah Valley, VA
Thymeenough

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 12:42 am   Subject: Keeping bees in Shenandoah Valley, VA
Hi. I am a new/ wanna be beekeeper in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and I'd like to connect with other local natural-minded keepers.
 
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