REGULAR MONTHLY MEETINGS 2013
Every first Tuesday of the month, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street
There will be no meetings until February 2014. Please check back for date, location, and agenda.
Our main speaker of the evening, Toni Downs, will regale us with tales of beekeeping in the Caribbean. Ms. Downs is an American born beekeeper, who is now a St. Croix beekeeper. She will share what it takes to manage honeybee colonies in paradise, along with all of the value added products she produces.
David Hackenberg is chairman of the Honey Bee Health Advisory Board and co-owner of Hackenberg Apiaries, which manages 2400 active bee colonies and contributes to the overall pollination of six states across the country. Over time he had built his business to include 3000 bee colonies but in 2006 lost 80% of the hives due to CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder). David has since appeared in The Vanishing of the Bees, a documentary which follows his and Dave Mendes' efforts to protect their bees against CCD and advocate for honeybee health on Capital Hill. David has also served as the president of the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association, the American Beekeeping Federation and as a member of the National Honey Board.
Howland Blackiston is the author of Building Beehives for Dummies (2013 John Wiley & Sons), and Beekeeping for Dummies (Second Edition 2009 John Wiley & Sons). These popular how-to books join the roster of the extraordinarily successful “Dummies” series of reference books.
Howland has been a back yard beekeeper since 1983. He has written hundreds of articles on beekeeping and has appeared on dozens of television shows, radio programs and in numerous magazines (including The Discovery Channel, CNBC, Sirius Radio, XM Radio, Metro Learning,
Cablevision, NPR, Traditional Gardening, House and Garden, and scores of regional shows and newspapers). He is a frequent and entertaining speaker at clubs and associations throughout the USA.
Howland is the past President of Connecticut’s Back Yard Beekeepers Association, one of the nation’s largest regional clubs for the hobbyist beekeeper. The club has over 400 members.
Howland has been a keynote speaker at many conferences in over 40 countries. Collectively, his publications have been translated into 14 languages. Howland and his wife Joy live in Weston, Connecticut.
Chris & Eileen Kohl from Sweet Valley Pennsylvania have been keeping bees since 2009. They started with, and continue to use the Warre Hive in their bee yard based on its natural open-architecture and Laissez-Faire approach. In 2011 they formed Sweet Valley Hives, a small company whose primary mission is to promote backyard bee keeping and natural chemical free management through the use of the Warre Hive. Their company is governed by two philosophies: Preservation & Pollination. The Preservation of the Honey Bee and availing to the environment the Pollination services that only a healthy honey bee population can provide.
How to plant bee nutrition that keeps your bees happy and healthy!
Kim Eierman is an Environmental Horticulturist and Founder of EcoBeneficial!, a horticulture consulting and communications company. Kim is also a Master Gardener, a Master Naturalist and an Accredited Organic Landcare Professional. She teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Rutgers Home GardeningSchool and the Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College. She lectures on a number of ecological gardening topics for gardening clubs, nature centers, beekeeping groups, Audubon Society chapters and other organizations interested in improving the environment.
For more info about Kim, please visit her website: www.ecobeneficial.com
Bees Without Borders in Kenya
Bees Without Borders will give a Power Point presentation of their latest trip to Kenya, where they built three fences to keep the honey badgers out of the apiaries.