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7th Annual Bee Forum: The Community of Beekeeping

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When: Saturday, March 19, 2016
Time: 8:30am – 2:30pm; Registration begins at 8:30am
Cost: $35 / $28 GPCA Volunteers/Members
Where: Jensen Room
Pre-registration is required

Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance is excited to present the 7th annual Bee Forum on Saturday, March 19th, 2016 from 9a-2:30pm. The theme of the Forum is The Community of Beekeeping. Join us to explore how beekeepers can work together to be successful, just as the honey bees strive to do. Contact Marcin Matelski at by February 19th, 2016 if you'd like to apply for a scholarship.

8:30 am – 9:00 am; Registration and Light Breakfast
9:00 am – 9:15 am; Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:15 am – 11:00 am; Morning presentations
11:00 am – 12:00 pm; Community Potluck Lunch
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm; Afternoon Presentations
1:15 pm – 2:30 pm; Panel Discussion and Closing

This year’s presenters will be:

Garry Grube is the Chicago Director of the Illinois Queen Initiative. IQI's mission is to produce queens and bees that are more disease and mite resistant and have greater survival and productivity characteristics under Illinois conditions. By producing them locally they are better adapted to each area in the state. IQI seeks to do this through educational programs, cooperative exchange of breeding stock, member exchange of ideas and methods of testing stock, cooperative purchase of supplies, and promotion of Illinois-produced queens and bees to our state’s beekeepers.

Dr. Meghan Milbrath, owns and manages Sand Hill Apiaries at Bending Sickle Community Farm, a small livestock and queen rearing operation in Munith, Michigan. She began working bees with her father as a child over 20 years ago, and has been hooked on bees since.  She is the coordinator of the Michigan Pollinator Initiative at Michigan State University, where she also recently worked as a postdoctoral research associate in the Entomology Department, studying honey bee disease with Zachary Huang. Meghan teaches multiple beekeeping classes; has taught queen rearing courses at Michigan State University; and runs clinics and beekeeping consulting through her apiary.  Meghan has been an invited speaker to many academic and beekeeper events ranging from regional apicultural meetings and national conferences to small discussion groups on bees at local libraries. She is an active member in the South East Michigan Beekeeping Association, the Center of Michigan Beekeeping Association, is the district 2 representative for the Michigan Beekeeping Association, is the acting president of the Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers, and the coordinator of the Northern Bee Network, an organization dedicated to promoting sustainable beekeeping in northern climates.

Stephen Repasky is an EAS certified Master Beekeeper, owner of Meadow Sweet Apiaries and president of BurghBees.. He was instrumental in creating and establishing the BurghBees Community Apiary that serves as a hub for urban beekeepers in the Pittsburgh area. He's also the 1st Vice President of Pennsylvania State Beekeepers, sits on the Board of Directors for the American Beekeeping Federation, teaches beekeeping classes and wrote a beekeeping book on swarming behavior of honey bees.


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