The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild 6th Annual Natural Beekeeping Symposium
The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild’s 6th Annual Natural Beekeeping Symposium will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2016, from 10 am to 4 pm at Temple University Main Campus – Gittis Student Center , Philadelphia.
The Symposium opens with special guest Karen Roccasecca, Pennsylvania’s State Apiarist, presenting “The State of the Bees 2015”.
The keynote speaker is Mike Palmer, renowned Vermont beekeeper, who will share his method for “Building a Sustainable Apiary.” In addition to his commercial beekeeping business– French Hill Apiaries, St. Albans, Vermont — Mike is widely consulted for his sage advice both nationally and internationally, on his approach for raising and overwintering nucleus colonies “in frozen North America”.
New this year are four Breakout Sessions in the afternoon. Attendees will have time to participate in two of the following:
“Bees and Trees- Bringing It All Together” is a panel discussion hosted by Guild member Kirk Wattles. Erica Smith from Tree Philly (Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation), Barley Van Clief and Mindy Maslin from Tree Tenders (Pennsylvania Horticultural Society project), Robyn Mello from Philadelphia Orchards Project and Linde Lauff from Tree Northeast will discuss what the different groups do and how horticulturists and beekeepers can work together to increase the tree canopy and boost forage for the bees.
“Teaching Children about Bees” will be presented by Karen Cherubini, Guild board member and Science Dept. faculty member at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia. Karen will present education strategies and techniques she and the Guild have developed over the recent years.
“The Amazing Products of the Honeybee Hive” will be facilitated by Stephanie Elson-Bruneau. This delicious and fun hands-on workshop will highlight the main products of the honeybee hive: honey, beeswax, propolis, pollen, royal jelly and bee venom. Recently relocated to Philadelphia, Stephanie co-founded the Boston Area Beekeepers Association and is the owner of Benevolent Bee.
“Queen Rearing” covering local queen raising programs and how queen development supports the sustainable apiary. Keynote speaker Mike Palmer will be joined by Mark Gingrich of Gingrich Apiaries, Scott Famous of the Montgomery County Beekeepers Association, and Guild member Jeff Eckel of Instar Apiaries.