Our Mission

The Willamette Valley Beekeepers Association (WVBA), a nonprofit organization, is a diverse group of beekeepers who are focused on education in the art of beekeeping. WVBA prides itself on providing educational opportunities for beekeepers and non-beekeepers. Youth are encouraged to attend Bee School and become involved in bees and beekeeping. We are actively working to protect the future of beekeeping.

Leadership & Affiliation

WVBA Leaders

PresidentRichard Farrier
Vice PresidentMona Kanner
TreasurerLaura Evans
SecretaryAnna Ashby
LibrarianDebbie Blando
Equipment StewardRich Farrier
RefreshmentsTerry Holm
Nominating CommitteeSteven Coffman


The Willamette Valley Beekeepers Association is a regional association of the Oregon State Beekeepers Association (OSBA). The OSBA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to the promotion of honey bee health in Oregon and beyond.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I join WVBA?

Come to one of our monthly meetings! Everyone is welcome. If you are interested in becoming a member, we can help you join at the meeting.

2. Can I come to a meeting even if I’m not a member?

Absolutely! Our meetings are open to the public.

3. I’m interested in becoming a beekeeper; how do I start?

Learn about beekeeping, read books, and join us at our meetings!

WVBA offers a bee school every spring.

4. How can I save the bees?

Don’t use pesticides.