Current State of Beekeeping and Organic Solutions
The honey bee faces many affronts to its immune system in these days of Varroa mites and climate destabilization. The so-called "Colony Collapse Disorder" now facing beekeepers makes it all the more imperative that local beekeepers, farmers, gardeners and homeowners learn healthy ways to assist the honey bee and other pollinators. Ross Conrad, owner of Dancing Bee Gardens, 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. Topics covered include: Non-toxic natural pest and disease control, habitat creation and planting for pollinators, proper bee nutrition, and more. Following this class, participants are welcome to stay to meet and discuss beekeeping with others. Instructor: Ross Conrad learned his craft from the late Charles Mraz, world renowned beekeeper and promoter of apitherapy, and Charlie's son Bill. Conrad is a former president of the Vermont Beekeepers Association, a regular contributor to Bee Culture - The Magazine of American Beekeeping, and author of Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture. Ross has been keeping bees for over 25 years and has given bee related presentations and led organic beekeeping workshops and classes throughout North America for many years. His human-scale beekeeping business, Dancing Bee Gardens, supplies friends and neighbors with honey, beeswax and candles among other bee related products, offers 5-frame nucleus bee colonies for sale each June, and provides bees for Spring pollination services in Vermont.