This is the second of two posts about the VSBA 2015 Fall Meeting. See the intro post for a short summary of the meeting, and the prior post for a discussion of Dr. David Tarpy’s talks. This second post is about the sessions given by Dr. Ernesto Guzman on selective breeding and the use of natural oils and nutraceuticals in a hive. Continue reading
The Virginia State Beekeepers Association 2015 Fall Meeting was held this weekend at Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave, Virginia. This is less than two hours from my house, so I woke up in the wee hours to drive through the beautiful Shenandoah Mountains to attend the meeting.
The post continues my summary of the presentations at the CCBA Conference this past weekend. The prior post discussed the presentations from Tom Seeley, this post shares the two presentations from Vermont beekeeper Michael Palmer. I should state up front that Palmer gives these presentations around the world, and both are available on YouTube. While I knew of him as a beekeeper, I was not familiar with his theories and found the sessions quite enjoyable. Continue reading
I posted a short summary of the CCBA Conference yesterday, so today I thought I would describe the advanced track presented by Tom Seeley and Michael Palmer. Even though they alternated, I thought a separate post for each of them would make sense. This post is about Tom Seeley’s three sessions on topics related to wild bees, honey production control systems, and water management. I was especially looking forward to seeing Tom Seeley, as I greatly enjoyed his book Honeybee Democracy about swarming. Continue reading
Today I attended a beekeeping conference at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. The Chester County Beekeepers Association (CCBA) sponsors it each year, and local beekeeper Karla Eisen thought I might be interested. I was, and it was awesome. Continue reading