1st Concurrent Session 9:55 - 10:45

Top Ten Secrets to Beginning Beekeeping – Richard Mendel                                                                  Information will cover what a new beekeeper will need to know and expect to encounter to be successful before they make a choice to invest in beekeeping as a business or hobby. In addition a general overview of Honeybee biology, challenges and history will be reviewed.

Langstroth Equipment Essentials-- Keith Lazar                                                                                                    Langstroth hives are the basic learning beehive for beginners and honey producers; this class overviews the basic components needed to complete a Langstroth hive; Then explore the difference in hive sizes to the tricks of assembling boxes and frames.

Cut outs - rescuing Honey Bees from all the wrong spaces-- Dave Pearce                                             Rescuing colonies from houses, barns and other structures is a great way to save bees from extermination and also to grow your apiary! Dave will explain through pictures, video and hands on demonstrations, how to remove a colony (comb, brood and all) and re-home it in your own bee yard. He will discuss the tools and techniques necessary to successfully complete a cut-out.

Honey Bee Microbial Seasonality - Earl Hoffman                                                                                                   We will explore which microorganisms are in honeybees. Next, we will discuss where they are located and investigate their relationship with honeybees. Last, new data and analysis will be discussed that shines light and new understanding regarding honeybee health and pathogens. Please join me for Microbial Seasonality.

Rendering and handling Beeswax  - Winn & Wendy Harless                                                                               Learn techniques from primitive to modern on how to take beeswax from the hive, render and process it      into something beautiful.

Top Bar Hives, an Introduction - Jessica and Keith Stellar                                                                                   Top bar hives have steadily been growing in popularity among new, hobbyist and backyard beekeepers alike. Come explore information on the biology of the Honeybee and how that shapes why we use alternative hives; why we keep for the honeybee, not the honey. We discuss the seasonal cycles of the bee, their natural management and maintenance and why keeping outside the “box” worked for us.

Second Concurrent Session- 2:40 – 3:30

What NOT to plant for honey bees. Mike Connor
Are all flowering plants good for your bees? Some plants produce large quantities of pollen, such as oaks and pines. Do bees benefit from them? What about hybrids, or cultivars of trees and flowers? Should I only plant “natives”? This talk is a discussion of bloom timing, nutrition, species, quantity and quality of nectar/pollen and the role of invasives.

‘One is the loneliest number’ why it is better to start with 2 hives, rather than one. - Dave Pearce           Why is it better to start with 2 hives rather than one? Don’t miss this talk on how to share resources between your hives to help them both not just stay alive but thrive!

Propolis and Pollen hidden gems of the hive - Rich Wieske                                                                           Pollen and Propolis the two P’s of the beehive. How to collect, use and market these hidden gems.

Effects of Household Pesticides on Bees – Don Schram                                                                                    Ever wonder what effects everyday household products could have on bees? Don explores how cleaning solutions as mild as dish soap or pet protectents like flea collars could affect our honey bee population.

Healing from the Hive: History, Practice, and Innovations in Apitherapy- Cecilia Infante, Lacey Ingrao & Jerry Catana. Heroes to Hives (H2H) and Bee Warriors                                                                                     This session integrates multiple organizations that use beekeeping and the healing power of the hive to support the needs of individuals who find themselves living on the fringes of mainstream society. There will opportunities to talk with members of these organizations and to learn about their experiences throughout the day. 

Alternative hives: An Overview: Panel discussion-Moderator Joan Mandell                                                      This panel explores the Flow Hive, AZ Hive, Warre Hive and an Experimental Hybrid. Come in and learn what each of these unique hives has to offer.