7th Annual Bee Forum at Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago
Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance will be hosting it's annual Bee Forum on Saturday, March 19th., 2016 from 8:30 am-2:30 pm. This year's theme is "The Community of Beekeeping". The cost is $28 for GPCA members/volunteers and $35 for the general public. There are scholarships available, if you'd like to apply send an email to [email protected] and you'll receive a short application to fill out. To register for the Forum please visit http://www.garfieldconservatory.org/...Yes&Quantity=1
This year's presenters are;
Stephen Repasky is an EAS certified Master Beekeeper and owner of Meadow Sweet Apiaries. He's an author, consultant, president of BurghBees and BurghBees Community Apiary. He's also the 1st Vice President of Pennsylvania State Beekeepers, sits on the Board of Directors for the American Beekeeping Federation, teaches beekeeping classes and is involved in public education about honey bees and beekeeping issues.
Dr. Meghan Milbrath, owns and manages Sand Hill Apiaries at Bending Sickle Community Farm, a small livestock and queen rearing operation in Munith, Michigan. She began working bees with her father as a child over 20 years ago, and has been hooked on bees since. She is the coordinator of the Michigan Pollinator Initiative at Michigan State University, where she also recently worked as a postdoctoral research associate in the Entomology Department, studying honey bee disease with Zachary Huang. Meghan teaches multiple beekeeping classes; has taught queen rearing courses at Michigan State University; and runs clinics and beekeeping consulting through her apiary. Meghan has been an invited speaker to many academic and beekeeper events ranging from regional apicultural meetings and national conferences to small discussion groups on bees at local libraries. She is an active member in the South East Michigan Beekeeping Association, the Center of Michigan Beekeeping Association, is the district 2 representative for the Michigan Beekeeping Association, is the acting president of the Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers and the coordinator of the Northern Bee Network, an organization dedicated to promoting sustainable beekeeping in northern climates.
Garry Grube is the Chicago Director of the Illinois Queen Initiative. IQI's mission is to produce queens and bees that are more disease and mite resistant and have greater survival and productivity characteristics under Illinois conditions. By producing them locally they are better adapted to each area in the state.
IQI seeks to do this through educational programs, cooperative exchange of breeding stock, member exchange of ideas and methods of testing stock, cooperative purchase of supplies, and promotion of Illinois-produced queens and bees to our states beekeepers.
8:30 am 9:00 am; Registration and Light Breakfast
9:00 am 9:15 am; Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:15 am 11:00 am; Morning presentations
11:00 am 12:00 pm; Community Potluck Lunch
12:00 pm 1:15 pm; Afternoon Presentations
1:15 pm 2:30 pm; Panel Discussion and Closing