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Philadelphia – 6th Annual Natural Beekeeping Symposium

- February 6, 2016 -


Feb 06, 2016    
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Temple University - Gittis Student Center
1755 N 13th St, Philadelphia, PA, 19122

2016 Offers a New Enhanced Afternoon Program Format

PHILADELPHIA, PA – 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 in St. Albans, Vermont – -Mike is widely consulted for his sage advice both nationally and internationally on his approach for raising and overwintering nucleus colonies. (

New this year are four Breakout Sessions in the afternoon. Attendees will have time to participate in two of the following:
Queen Rearing– This panel discussion about local queen raising programs and how queen development supports the sustainable apiary will feature keynote speaker Mike Palmer. He 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.

Bees and Trees– Bringing It All Together This panel will discuss how horticulturists and beekeepers can work together to increase the tree canopy and boost forage for the bees. Hosted by Guild member Kirk Wattles the panel will feature:
• 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

Teaching Children about Bees This workshop presents strategies and techniques for teaching elementary and secondary students about bees and beekeeping. Karen Cherubini, Guild board member and Science Dept. faculty member at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia hosts.

The Amazing Products of the Honeybee Hive 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 including historical and medicinal uses, recipes and more. Recently relocated to Philadelphia, Stephanie co-founded the Boston Area Beekeepers Association and is the owner of Benevolent Bee.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Purchase tickets online via the Guild?s Website ( or Click Here. Prices include a boxed lunch and are $45.00 for non-Guild members and $35.00 for Guild members or a 10-Pack for $350.00 (group discount). Tickets will also be available at the door for an additional $5.00.

The Gittis Student Center is located at 1755 North 13th Street, Room #217 Philadelphia, PA 19122

The first 50 tickets purchased will be entered into a drawing for a free dinner with Mike Palmer and the Guild Board members after the symposium.

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About The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild
The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild began in 2009 as a small, informal group of local beekeepers and has quickly grown into a (more than) 14