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West Virginia Beekeeping Association Spring Conference
March 20 - March 21
ELKINS, West Virginia — West Virginia Beekeeping Association will hold its spring
conference at the Randolph County Armory on March 20th & 21st, 2020.
The conference will feature four reputable presenters on beekeeping topics, a
beekeeping-related marketplace, a mead tasting with Healthberry Farm, and many
breakout sessions focused on helping new and established beekeepers.
The whole weekend of events is open to the public and those interested in
beekeeping. Advance registration is required for a guarantee of lunch, but walk-ups
are welcome. There are opportunities for attendees to be involved, including a
photography contest, hive-painting contest, hands-on workshops and networking.
“The goal of our conference is to make sure that beekeepers understand
sustainable beehive management,” says Sam Golston, president of Highlands
Apicultural Association. “The workshops will allow beekeepers to create and
maintain healthier hives with fewer expenses. This will lead to a deeper
understanding of what’s happening with your bees, and a better income for your
business. That’s a win-win situation.”
Friday night events include a social gathering sponsored by Healthberry Farm,
which will feature a tasting of their Honey River meads and melomels (varietal
honey wine), and a presentation on native bees. The vendor market will be open
Friday evening as well.
Saturday’s featured speakers will be:
• Mel Disselkoen, author and inventor of the OTS Queen rearing method, sharing
on hive management;
• Dr. Kirsten Traynor, an accomplished researcher and writer, presenting on simple
and smart beekeeping methods;
• Sam Golston, master beekeeper and financial consultant, speaking on the topic
of sustaining a beekeeping business;
• And Dr. Matt McKinney, speaking on native bees.
The topics of the breakout workshops are:
• Baking and Cooking with Honey
• Mead Making with Healthberry Farm
• OTS Queen Rearing
• The Pollination Business
• Propolis – from the Hive to the Bottle
• Simple, Smart Beekeeping Part II
• What’s Wrong With My Hive?
The conference is presented by Barbour County Beekeepers Association,
Highlands Apicultural Association and Upshur County Beekeepers Association, with
support from West Virginia Beeekeepers Association.
To register or learn more, visit wvbeekeepers.org