Saturday, November 18, 2023
673 Main Street
East Aurora, NY 14052
3:00 PM – 6 PM
(Guests can arrive between 2:00 and 3:00 PM)
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
$10.00 (WNYHPI members)*
*Please consider joining the WNYHPI (https://wnyhpi.org/membership-form/)
All your favorite movie theatre refreshments will be available for purchase.
Keeping Bees Healthy: Naturally – Ross Conrad has been keeping bees for over 30 years using natural and organic methods of honey bee management. His presentation will explore ways beekeepers can work with nature and the honey bee’s natural instincts to maintain healthy, vibrant hives rather than try to force nature to conform with antibiotics, toxic synthetic pesticides, genetically engineered bees, honey bee vaccines, or artificial diets composed primarily of sugar syrup and protein patties. Ross will cover proven natural methods for controlling varroa mites, foulbrood, nosema, CCD, wax moths, small hive beetles, honey bee viruses, raising nucleus colonies, and the critical components of successfully overwintering hives in northern climates.
Ross Conrad of Middlebury, Vermont learned his craft from the late Charles Mraz, world renowned beekeeper and promoter of apitherapy along with his son Bill. Conrad is a former president of the Vermont Beekeeper’s Association, a regular contributor to Bee Culture magazine, author of Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches To Modern Apiculture Expanded and Revised 2nd Edition, and co-author of The Land of Milk and Honey: A History of Beekeeping in Vermont. Ross has given bee-related presentations and led organic beekeeping workshops and classes throughout North America for over two decades. His beekeeping business, Dancing Bee Gardens, supplies friends and neighbors with honey and candles among other bee related products, has 5-frame nucleus bee colonies available each June, and provides bees for Vermont pollination in spring.