2015 Natural Beekeeping Symposium

UPDATE: Online registration has CLOSED.  

We will be able to accomodate a limited number of walk-ins on Sunday morning.  
Walk-in tickets are first-come, first-served. 

Prices will be $35 general admission; $25 Guild members; $20 Temple students with ID. 

Sunday February 8, 2015  10 am to 4 pm

Temple University – Kiva Auditorium
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave Philadelphia, PA 19122
Directions (via googlemaps) | Parking Info (Liacouras Lot is recommended)

Due to generous sponsorships from Temple University Office of Sustainability and Whole Foods Market (Mid-Atlantic North region), we are able to offer the symposium tickets for LESS THAN LAST YEAR’S PRICE for those who register by January 31, 2015!  Guild Members $20; Non-members $30, and holders of current Temple University IDs $15.  Click the following EventBrite link to register.

Eventbrite - Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild 5th Annual Natural Beekeeping Symposium
Groups of 10 or more people registering at the same time will receive the member rate, which is ideal for other local beekeeping associations who want to organize an educational trip to our fair city! Contact info@phillybeekeepers.org to arrange the group rate.

Box lunch is included in the ticket price.  Vegetarian options are available.  When purchasing your ticket, please comment on your dietary restrictions so the caterer can provide what you require.

Tips on parking and public transportation may be found at the following link: http://campusoperations.temple.edu/parking-transportation

The symposium will feature Ross Conrad, who is a well-respected beekeeper and author of a number of books and DVDs on natural beekeeping.  Ross also runs the dancingbeegardens.com website which has a wealth of information about keeping bees without the use of chemicals and pesticides.

The first 50 ticket purchasers will be entered into a drawing to have a free dinner with Ross Conrad and the Board of the Guild Sunday Feb 8 after the symposium.
Registration opens at 9:30 am, tentative agenda follows:
10 am – 12 pm Ross Conrad
Getting started with Organic Beekeeping: a balanced view of natural and organic beekeeping topics and practices  with emphasis on pest management.
12 – 1 pm  lunch and vendor browsing
1 – 2 pm  Katy Ciola Evans,  University of Delaware
 Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and results of her 2014 IPM study of treatment-free beekeepers; citizen science.
2 – 4 pm  Ross Conrad 
Working with Swarms & Queens:  Based upon research conducted at Cornell University, Ross will share tips on understanding the swarm and how to evaluate the queen and resolve queen issues as they come up.
4 pm raffle drawing . . . socializing/cleanup 

More details about the topics will be provided as the date gets closer.  Please check back periodically for updates.
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20 Nov 2014 – Business Meeting

In order for the Guild to operate as a well-oiled machine (or a stoked smoker!), members rotate onto and off of an Executive Board.  The remaining members do their best to take part in the vote, which satisfies our requirements as a not-for-profit entity in the Commonwealth of PA.

Two important votes at the next meeting will position us to become a 501C3 – FEDERAL non-profit.
1) Slate of officers – click each name below, to read the Candidate Statements
Don Shump (Pres.)
Dave Harrod (Vice Pres)
Amy Hsu (Treasurer)
Russ Alexander (Secretary)
Leah Troiano (Info Coordinator)

Member Representatives:  Wynn Geary (Social Media Coordinator), Mike Gonzales (Newsletter), Austin MartinKaren Cherubini, Norris Childs, Suzanne Matlock (Past President)

2) Constitution & Bylaws – click here to read them *INPUT REQUESTED ON THIS DRAFT*

Even though the Bylaws are not officially approved by you, the members, we are acting in the spirit of the bylaws by providing the information that is the subject of the voting ONE MONTH in advance of the meeting.  On 20-Nov-2014, we will vote on these two important topics.  And then we will have our usual beekeeper educational session.

Thank you in advance for participating in the important practice of voting.  Oh, yeah, don’t forget there’s another election on Nov. 4th!!

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October Guild Meeting

f971b3e5-4b5c-45b0-a98d-ff60b47fbd27Thursday, October 16, 7:30 pm at St. James School

Overwintering techniques with Keith Jardine

Winter is right around the corner, are you wondering how to prepare the hives to make it through?   Come and hear Keith Jardine discuss overwintering techniques on Thursday, October 16, 7:30 pm at St. James School.  Keith started beekeeping in 1976 when a swarm arrived in his yard in South Africa.  By the time he was 16, Keith had over 17 hives.  Keith, who grew up with Africanized bees is now local to Philadelphia and shares beekeeping experience from both hemispheres.  Keith Jardine is also the President of Chester County Beekeepers Association.

Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild meetings are free and open to anyone.  As the sun goes down at 6:30 these days, we do not expect to hold an open hive talk again until spring.

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18 September – Montco Beekeepers Meeting

Since the Honey Fest was our September meeting, you may want to get out to Montgomery County Beekeeper’s Association (MCBA) meeting on Thursday, September 18. 7 pm at the Skippack 4-H Center.  1015 Bridge Rd., Collegeville, PA 19426

The presentation is by Walter Sheppard, Professor and Chair, Department of Entomology, Washington State University (WSU).  In 2008, the WSU honey bee program began overseas collection and importation of semen from three European honey bee subspecies, Apis mellifera carnica (Carniolan), A. m. caucasica (Caucasian) and A. m. ligustica (Italian)under permit from USDA-APHIS Starting in 2011, the cryopreserved semen was used for backcrossing and further enhancement of the proportion of Old World parentage of US honey bee stock.  WSU now distributes Carniolan, Caucasian and Italian breeder queens that have approximately 75% genetic origin from Old World sources.

MCBA is holding a Bee-Fit 5K at Pottstown’s Riverfront Park on Sunday, Oct. 5 to support their programs.  For details about the 5K, click here.

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September 5 – 7 = Guild “Meeting” = HONEY FEST!

GRID AD 2014

Thanks to the participation of many of our members and friends, the 5th Annual Philadelphia Honey Festival will take place this coming weekend, September 5 – 7.  Our venues are Wagner Free Institute (Fri), Wyck Historic House (Sat) and Bartram’s Garden (Sun).  The full schedules of events at the three partnering venues may be found at phillyhoneyfest.com

We are especially proud of our Young Beekeepers Panel, four people under the age of 18 who will describe their experiences as beekeepers.  Meet Evelyn Feldman, Sophia Troiano, Murad Brundage, Tyriq Peterson on Saturday at Wyck and see beekeeping from a fresh young perspective!

Our partners at Wagner Free Institute, Wyck , and Bartram’s Garden join me in THANKING those of you who volunteered your time and talents to pull off a fantastic public awareness event on behalf of the bees.


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Aug 31, 2014 “Bees at the Bar”: Tatooed Mom’s

beebeard WynnDon Shump, 
Philadelphia Bee Co. will give a sneak preview of the Philly Honey Festival on August 31, 2014 at Tatooed Mom’s (a bar on South St) A BEE BEARD WILL OCCUR ~7pm Serving a signature cocktail: Honey Amor (a Manhattan with honey ginger syrup and bullet rye whiskey). Be there or be square!

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Aug 21 Guild Meeting (3rd Thurs)

Chris Kohl of Sweet Valley Hives will discuss the Warre hive design and more specifically the modifications he’s made so it can be “legal” (inspectable).    Meet at St. James School ,3217 Clearfield St., Philly, 19132.  Starts at 7:30 pm

Early Bird Special:  Austin Martin, our state apiary inspector, will conduct an official inspection on our apiary.  This will show you the value of getting your hives registered, as Austin will give feedback on the condition of the hives, in writing, as well as take samples of bees for testing if warranted.  Starts at 6:45 pm  (bring your own veil) I guess that’s BYOV


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