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Saturday January 27, 2018 - Berkshire Botanical Gardens, Stockbridge, Massachusetts

The Current State of Beekeeping and How You Can Help - 12pm: The honeybee faces many affronts to its immune system in these days of Varroa mites and pesticide overload. The extreme challenges now facing  beekeepers makes it all the more imperative that local beekeepers, farmers, gardeners and homeowners learn healthy ways to assist the honey bee. Ross will share the "how to" of numerous techniques to reduce stresses on honey bee health and keep bees alive despite the numerous challenges they face that range from pesticides to climate disruption. Topics covered include: Planting for pollinators, Non-toxic pest control, natural/organic virus and nosema solutions, pesticides, and more.

Beeswax: Production, Processing, Uses - 3pm: Beeswax is a unique substance produced within the body of the honeybee. This workshop will cover its origins from within the hive to its uses for health and healing, everyday practical use, and artistic expression. 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 some uses of beeswax in art, creativity, and self-expression.

For more information or to Register:

https://berkshirebotanical.secure.force.com/events/cnp_paas_evt__EventListingPage?elid=a2pi0000002tvikAAA&rld=111701


Friday February  17 - NOFA-VT Winter Conference, UVM Burlington, Vermont

Getting Started In Organic Beekeeping -This workshop will focus primarily on the benefits and mechanics of small scale and backyard beekeeping and through a lecture format cover fundamental topics and practices for beginners of organic beekeeping including: location and equipment requirements; sourcing bees for your hive, basic honey bee biology; swarming as an expression of the bees vitality; presence and mindfulness in the bee yard; and non-toxic pest and disease control.

To Register: https://nofavt.org/events/winter-conference-feb-17-19-2018


Sunday February 19, 2018 - NOFA-VT Winter Conference, UVM Burlington, Vermont

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 beekeepers, naturalists, herbalists, and acupuncturists have known for years. Covered are the healing properties of Honey, Pollen, Propolis, Royal Jelly, Beeswax and Honeybee Venom.

To Register: https://nofavt.org/events/winter-conference-feb-17-19-2018


Sunday March 18, 2018 - NOFA-NH Winter Conference - Merrimack Valley High School 106 Village Street Concord, NH 03303


To Register: http://www.nofanh.org/winterconference



Tuesday March 20, 2018 - Audubon Benefit Presentation - Middlebury, Vermont - Free and open to the public

The Current State of Beekeeping and How You Can Help: The honeybee faces many affronts to its immune system in these days of Varroa mites and pesticide overload. The extreme challenges now facing  beekeepers makes it all the more imperative that local beekeepers, farmers, gardeners and homeowners learn healthy ways to assist the honey bee. Ross will share the "how to" of numerous techniques to reduce stresses on honey bee health and keep bees alive despite the numerous challenges they face that range from pesticides to climate disruption. Topics covered include: Planting for pollinators, Non-toxic pest control, natural/organic virus and nosema solutions, pesticides, and more.


Saturday May 19-Sunday May 20, 2018 - Beginning Organic Beekeeping Class - Metta Earth Institute, 334 Geary Rd. South, Lincoln, Vermont  9:00am – 5:00pm
This 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 bee yard
non-toxic pest and disease control
an appreciation for the role that pollinators and beekeepers play within the Earth’s ecosystem
The program will be punctuated with an open hive demonstration with the opportunity for hands-on experience weather permitting.
Fee: $120 per person
(includes course text: Natural Beekeeping 2nd Edition)

Register: Call 802-349-4279 or email: dancingbhoney@gmail.com 


Sunday May 27, 2018 - Advanced Beekeeping Class, Middlebury Inn, Court Street, Middlebury, Vermont  9:00am-5:00pm

This workshop builds on the beginner class and covers working with Queens, nucleus colonies and swarms. We will also follow the products from the hive (pollen, propolis, honey, wax, royal jelly and bee venom) from production through harvesting, processing and final uses especially as they apply to health and healing (apitherapy). There will be an opportunity for a hand’s-on nuc making session weather permitting.
Fee: $65 per person
Register:
Call 802-349-4279 or email: dancingbhoney@gmail.com


Saturday June 23, 2018 - Knox-Lincoln County Beekeepers, Newcastle, Maine

Organic Varroa Mite Control in Beehives - Beekeeping was the only major agricultural endeavor in the U.S. that did not rely on toxic chemical pesticides until the late 1980's when Varroa mites became established in America. Throughout history pests have always developed chemical resistance causing industry to rely on progressively higher concentrations and more toxic compounds in response.  Beekeeping has followed the same path as the rest of industrial agriculture.  Ross will share the "how to" of numerous techniques to keep bees alive in the face of Varroa, what works and what doesn't, for getting off the chemical treadmill.  Topics covered include: Genetics and breeding, Trapping, Screened Bottom Boards, Essential Oils, Organic Acids, Small Cell Foundation, and more.


Sunday August 5, 2018 - Capital Area Beekeepers, Concord, New Hampshire -


Friday September 21 - Sunday September 23, 2018 - Common Ground Country Fair, Unity, Maine

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Friday November 2 - Saturday November 3, 2018 - Pennsylvania State Beekeepers' Association, State College, Pennsylvania

Organic Beekeeping: Do's and Don'ts  - Ross will share the "how to" of numerous techniques to reduce stresses on honey bee health and keep bees alive despite the numerous challenges they face that range from pesticides to climate disruption. Topics covered include: Non-toxic varroa control, wax moth and SHB control, natural/organic virus and nosema solutions, treatment-free beekeeping, and more.