Forsyth County Beekeepers Association
Forsyth County Beekeepers Association March Meeting @ The Forsyth County Cooperative Extension Building
Potluck Dinner: 5:30 pm Meeting: 6:30 pmPresentation: 7:00 pm
Speaker: Virginia Webb
Topic: Preparing Honey for Honey Shows
Bio: Mountain Honey (Virginia and Carl Webb) has been awarded four gold medals at the World Honey Show for Best Honey in the World. 2005 in Dublin, Ireland, 2009 in Montpellier, France and 2013 in Kiev, Ukraine and 2015 Deajeon, South Korea
Virginia is a third generation beekeeper. She began beekeeping in 1964 when her father, Joe Stephens, gave her a beehive as a birthday gift. Keeping bees in North Carolina and Tennessee, Virginia and her father shared a hobbyist beekeeping business for many years. Virginia was the first state winner in Tennessee 4-H for Beekeeping and was a Tennessee State Honey Queen.
After moving to Atlanta, GA and pursuing a career in banking, Virginia began keeping bees on her farm in north Georgia and became active in beekeeping clubs. She is the past President of the Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association and the Georgia Beekeepers Association. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the American Beekeepers Federation (ABF), chairs the Budget and Finance Committee and is a board member of the ABF Research and Technical committee. Virginia is also the first and only female member of the Farm Bureau Honeybee Advisory Committee. In 1993, Virginia was named Beekeeper of the Year for Georgia. In 2002, Virginia was named North Georgia Farm Woman of the Year by the Georgia Farm Bureau.
Virginia Webb is the only individual in the U.S. to hold three master beekeeper certifications, Georgia, Florida and Eastern Apiculture Society.