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Thursday January 12, 2017 - Bennington County Beekeepers meeting - Vermont Veterans Home, Bennington, Vermont

Natural Beekeeping in the Age of Neonicotinoids and CCD: Ross will address how beekeepers can cope with the current state of honey bees and beekeeping in North America through proper nutrition; non-toxic, organic and treatment free ways to control Varroa mites, Small Hive Beetles, and Wax Moths; and drug-free ways to keep colonies healthy in the face of high virus loads, American Foul Brood, Nosema and CCD symptoms.


Tuesday January 31, 2017 - Vermont Beekeepers Association meeting - Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, Vermont.


Saturday February 4, 2017 - Pawtuckaway Beekeepers Association, New Hampshire - 9am - 5pm

Organic Varroa Control: Varroa identification, monitoring, and control techniques including sugar dusting, essential oils, organic acids, herbs, screened bottom boards, genetic tolerance, breaking up the brood cycle, regular replacement of old comb, trapping varroa/culling drone brood, small cell comb. 

Beeswax: Production, Collection, Processing, and Uses – Beeswax is a unique substance produced within the body of the honeybee. We will explore the origins of beeswax within the hive, its properties, how the bees use it, and how we can benefit from this incredibly useful substance.  Various methods of collection and processing will be discussed that are especially suited for the small-scale, backyard, or part-time beekeeper.  We will also discuss some of the many uses for beeswax such as for household and everyday use, share beeswax recipes for salves and balms, and explore the many uses of beeswax for art, creativity, and self-expression such as through batik, Ukrainian eggs, encaustics, and lost wax casting for sculpture or jewelry making.

Saturday February 18, 2017 - Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA-VT) Winter Conference - University of Vermont, Burlington, VT (802) 434-4122  http://nofavt.org/winter-conference-2016

Beeswax: Production, Collection, Processing and Uses: Beeswax is a unique substance produced within the body of the honeybee. We will explore the origins of beeswax within the hive, its properties, how the bees use it, and how we can benefit from this incredibly useful substance.  Various methods of collection and processing will be discussed that are especially suited for the small-scale, hobby, or part-time beekeeper.  We will also discuss some of the many uses for beeswax such as for household and everyday use, share beeswax recipes for salves and balms, and explore the many uses of beeswax for art, creativity, and self-expression such as through batik, Ukrainian eggs, encaustics, and lost wax casting for sculpture or jewelry making.
Natural and Organic Control of Honeybee Pests other than Varroa: Natural and organic options for controlling everything from Bears and Skunks, to Wax Moths, Small Hive Beetles, Foulbrood, Nosema, Viruses and more.


Monday February 20, 2017 (7pm-9pm) - Medina County Beekeepers Association - Medina, Ohio  http://www.medinabeekeepers.com/index.php?title=Medina_Beekeepers:Current_events

Natural Beekeeping in the Age of Neonicotinoids and CCD: Ross will address how beekeepers can cope with the current state of honey bees and beekeeping in North America through proper nutrition; non-toxic, organic and treatment free ways to control Varroa mites, Small Hive Beetles, and Wax Moths; and drug-free ways to keep colonies healthy in the face of high virus loads, American Foul Brood, Nosema and CCD symptoms


Thursday February 23, 2017 (10am-5:30pm) - Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) - Getting Started In Organic Beekeeping - La Crosse, WI - (715) 778-5775  https://mosesorganic.org/conference/


Monday February 27, 2017 - (7pm-9pm) - Willamette Valley Beekeepers Association
Chemeketa Community College – Building 9, Room 115 4000 Lancaster Dr NE, Salem, Oregon - http://wvbahive.org/events/

Natural Beekeeping in the Age of Neonicotinoids and CCD: Ross will address how beekeepers can cope with the current state of honey bees and beekeeping in North America through proper nutrition; non-toxic, organic and treatment free ways to control Varroa mites, Small Hive Beetles, and Wax Moths; and drug-free ways to keep colonies healthy in the face of high virus loads, American Foul Brood, Nosema and CCD symptoms.


Thursday March 2, 2017 - Marin County Beekeepers - http://marinbeekeepers.org/

Natural Beekeeping in the Age of Neonicotinoids and CCD: Ross will address how beekeepers can cope with the current state of honey bees and beekeeping in North America through proper nutrition; non-toxic, organic and treatment free ways to control Varroa mites, Small Hive Beetles, and Wax Moths; and drug-free ways to keep colonies healthy in the face of high virus loads, American Foul Brood, Nosema and CCD symptoms.


Saturday March 4, 2017 - Marin County Beekeepers - http://marinbeekeepers.org/

AM session: 9:30 - 12:30pm- Pesticides and Honey Bee Health: this presentation summarizes the latest scientific research on the effect of pesticides on honey bees, the impacts of EPA regulation, describes how beekeepers, homeowners, farmers and gardeners can assist pollinators challenged by pesticides, and shares information about activism that is happening around the country by beekeepers and the general public in response to the plight of honey bees and other insect pollinators.
Organic Varroa Mite Control in Beehive: This workshop will cover Varroa identification, monitoring, and control techniques including sugar dusting, essential oils, organic acids, herbs, screened bottom boards, genetic tolerance, breaking up the brood cycle, regular replacement of old comb, trapping varroa/culling drone brood, and comb drawn from small cell foundation.

PM session: 1:30pm - 4:30pm Live Hive Demonstration (weather permitting): We will open hives and evaluate the colonies state of health and condition. If you have never handled bees before, this is your chance for hands-on experience!
Overwintering Bees and Spring Management: One of the most challenging aspects of keeping bees is successfully overwintering the hives so that they are alive in the spring. Ross will discuss the primary issues that need to be addressed to help bees survive the winter and periods of prolonged dearth, and how to steward colonies through the critical time period of late winter and early spring when hives are typically in their most vulnerable condition. 
 


Sunday March 5, 2017 - Beekeepers Guild of San Mateo County  - http://www.sanmateobeeguild.org/

Natural Beekeeping in the Age of Neonicotinoids and CCD: Ross will address how beekeepers can cope with the current state of honey bees and beekeeping in North America through proper nutrition; non-toxic, organic and treatment free ways to control Varroa mites, Small Hive Beetles, and Wax Moths; and drug-free ways to keep colonies healthy in the face of high virus loads, American Foul Brood, Nosema and CCD symptoms.

Overwintering and spring management: One of the most challenging aspects of keeping bees is successfully overwintering the hives so that they are alive in the spring. Ross will discuss the primary issues that need to be addressed to help bees survive the winter and periods of prolonged dearth, and how to steward colonies through the critical time period of late winter and early spring when hives are typically in their most vulnerable condition.

Working with queens and swarms: The queen bee is the only fertile female bee in the hive and can lay 1,500 eggs or more a day during the peak of summer. Ross Conrad from Dancing Bee Gardens will provide beekeepers with information they need to work productively with queens. Participants will learn how to differentiate between healthy queens and unhealthy ones, receive tips on how to introduce queens into a hive or nuc, and how to address the various queen problems that may arise.  We will also explore the swarm...from the swarm as an expression of the hive's vitality to the intricate details of how the hive decides on a new location to build their home and the process they use to coordinate the movements of 10,000 bees so that they all arrive at the new location at the same time. Based upon research conducted at Cornell University, Ross will share tips on understanding the swarm, how to work with the swarming impulse, and how to capture swarms. Note: this workshop will NOT cover breeding queens and grafting.


Wednesday March 8, 2017 - DenverBee, Denver, Colorado - Natural Beekeeping in the Age of Neonicotinoid Pesticides and Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) - Ross will address how beekeepers can cope with the current state of honey bees and beekeeping in North America through proper nutrition; non-toxic, organic and treatment free ways to control Varroa mites, Small Hive Beetles, and Wax Moths; and drug-free ways to keep colonies healthy in the face of high virus loads, American Foul Brood, Nosema and CCD symptoms. 


Saturday March 11, 2017 - 4 Corners Beekeepers Association, Durango, Colorado- Full Day program (9am-5pm) - 

Organic Varroa Mite Control in Beehives: We will cover Varroa identification, monitoring, and control techniques including sugar dusting, essential oils, organic acids, herbs, screened bottom boards, genetic tolerance, breaking up the brood cycle, regular replacement of old comb, trapping varroa/culling drone brood, and comb drawn from small cell foundation.

Controlling Pests (Other Than Varroa) Naturally and Organically: bears, skunks, mice, ants, wax moths, small hive beetles, Australian Sap Beetle, American foul brood, nosema, chalk brood, chill brood, viruses.

Overwintering and spring management: One of the most challenging aspects of keeping bees is successfully overwintering the hives so that they are alive in the spring. Ross will discuss the primary issues that need to be addressed to help bees survive the winter and periods of prolonged dearth, and how to steward colonies through the critical time period of late winter and early spring when hives are typically in their most vulnerable condition.

Apitherapy - Healing and Health With Products From the Hive - The honeybee and hive products have historically played a large role
in disease care and prevention. Today science is finally catching up to what naturalists, herbalists, beekeepers, and acupuncturists have known for years. Covered are the healing properties of Honey, Pollen, Propolis, Royal Jelly, and Honeybee Venom.


Saturday May 13 - Sunday May 14, 2017 - Metta Earth Institute, 344 Geary Road, Lincoln, Vermont

Fee: $110 per person

Two-Day Organic Beekeeping Intensive For Beginners:
(includes course text: Natural Beekeeping 2nd Edition)

This two-day intensive workshop provides an introduction for folks interested in small scale and part-time (backyard) beekeeping. The workshop will present a balanced view of natural and organic beekeeping topics and practices including: location and equipment requirements; basic honey bee biology; swarming as an expression of the bees vitality; overwintering; presence and mindfulness in the beeyard; non-toxic pest and disease control; an appreciation for the role that pollinators and beekeepers play within the Earth's ecosystem, and more. The program will be punctuated with an open hive demonstration with the opportunity for hands-on experience by students weather permitting. Class is limited to 24 students.


Thursday June 1 - Saturday June 3, 2017 - Sterling College, Craftsbury Common, Vermont

June 1-2, 2017 - Organic Beekeeping intensive for beginners

June 3, 2017 - Value added products


Saturday June 24 - Sunday June 25, 2017 - Wild Roots Farm, Bristol, Vermont

Two-Day Organic Beekeeping Intensive For Beginners: Fee: $110.00   (includes Lunch) 

This two-day intensive workshop provides an introduction for folks interested in small scale and part-time (backyard) beekeeping. The workshop will present a balanced view of natural and organic beekeeping topics and practices including: location and equipment requirements; basic honey bee biology; swarming as an expression of the bees vitality; overwintering; presence and mindfulness in the beeyard; non-toxic pest and disease control; an appreciation for the role that pollinators and beekeepers play within the Earth's ecosystem, and more. The program will be punctuated with an open hive demonstration with the opportunity for hands-on experience by students weather permitting.(802) 377-1214


Saturday July 8, 2017 - Vermont Beekeepers Association - Middlebury Union High School, Middlebury, Vermont


Friday September 22 - Sunday September 24, 2017 - Common Ground Country Fair, Maine Organic Farming and Gardening Association, Unity, Maine


Thursday November 2 - Saturday November 4, 2017 - Wisconsin Honey Producers Association Convention - Au Claire, WI- TBA - http://www.wihoney.org/