Spring Workshops: Eastern Missouri Beekeepers Association

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    Eastern Missouri Beekeepers Association
    Contact: info@easternmobeekeepers.com

    Fifth Annual Beekeeping Workshop Set for Feb 11, 2012
    Courses for Beginners and Experienced Beekeepers Offered

    Do you keep bees, or ever wanted to learn how? The
    Eastern Missouri Beekeepers Association will offer courses for both the novice and experienced beekeeper on Saturday, February 11, 2012, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Maritz in Fenton, Missouri.

    Prominent bee researcher and Bee Culture columnist Jennifer Berry, certified master beekeeper Erin Forbes, and Missouri State Beekeepers Association
    President and frequent speaker Grant Gillard will lead the classes. The Beginners Beekeeping course is intended for persons with no prior beekeeping experience. The class will cover all aspects of basic beekeeping to prepare students to start beekeeping in April, 2012.

    The Experienced Beekeepers’ course will be tailored towards intermediate and expert level beekeepers, and will place special emphasis on spring management, nucleus colonies, queen rearing, mite control, and successful overwintering.

    Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Registration packets will include course materials, an authoritative reference book, beekeeping periodicals, and equipment catalogs.

    Online registration began December 15, 2011 at www.easternmobeekeepers.com

    Tuition cost is $75 for early bird registration, and $90 per person for those registering on or after January 22nd. Registration closes February 4th unless filled sooner. Space is limited, and will be filled on a first-comefirst-
    served basis. There will be a waiting list, if needed. More information is available by calling 314-894-8737 or as listed on the EMBA website.

    WORKSHOP FACULTY:
    Jennifer Berry is the Apicultural Research Coordinator and Lab Manager of the Georgia Bee Laboratory component of the University of Georgia Honey Bee Program, directed by Keith S. Delaplane. Her recent research has included queen breeding and Integrated Pest Management for varroa mite control. Jennifer is a past President of the Eastern Apicultural Society (EAS), a regular contributor to Bee Culture magazine, and is known for her hands-on knowledge of beekeeping practices and lively presentations. She also breeds and rears queens, produces nucs, and directs the Young Harris Bee Institute, a comprehensive,
    concentrated training program in all aspects of practical beekeeping.

    Erin Forbes is President of the Maine State Beekeepers Association, and an EAS Certified Master Beekeeper. Erin operates a sustainable, non-migratory beekeeping operation in southern Maine, and is a recognized expert on small-scale, practical beekeeping. She has been an instructor at leading national and regional beekeeping schools, including ABF and EAS. She has conducted research on the comparative strength and survivability of colonies
    started from nucleus colonies and packages, and has developed expertise in backyard queen rearing for hobbyists.

    Grant Gillard, a resident of Jackson, Missouri, is an articulate and innovative leader in Missouri beekeeping. He is a frequent speaker at regional and national beekeeping meetings, and has published several articles on colony management techniques in the American Bee Journal. He is President of the Missouri State Beekeepers Association and
    President of the Jackson Area Beekeepers.

    EMBA also sponsors cooperative purchasing of complete beginners’ equipment kits, nucleus colonies, and queens for delivery in March and April, and field workshops at the Club’s teaching apiary throughout the season. Equipment suppliers, Isabees, the St. Louis Walter T. Kelley Company dealer and Dadant & Sons will attend and have merchandise for sale.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the joys of beekeeping with master trainers and talk to the experts! Sign up for the classes today. Registration and additional information is available online at: www.easternmobeekeepers.com