Treatment-Free Beekeeping with Kirk Webster


Rodale Institute

Event Description:

With Industry Expert Kirk Webster

Have you heard of treatment-free beekeeping? That is, beekeeping without synthetic inputs like pesticides, antibiotics, or even organic-approved mite treatments? How will you keep your colonies healthy? How can they thrive?

Learn from two full-time commercial beekeepers how they’ve developed and manage productive commercial apiaries using no treatments of any kind for more than 15 years. How did this idea originate? What techniques are being used, and how are they improving every year? The daylong workshop will include slideshows, lecture and discussion, and demonstrations in the field with live bees. The instructors include renowned treatment-free beekeeping experts Kirk Webster (of Champlain Valley Bees and Queens, Vermont) and Troy Hall (of Hall Apiaries, New Hampshire). The workshop will include applications for both commercial and hobby beekeepers.

Kirk Webster owns Champlain Valley Bees and Queens. He takes care of 300 colonies for honey production without treatments of any kind since 2001, all the while sustaining his apiary with his own bees and queens. Troy Hall is owner of Hall Apiaries and has 180 colonies for honey production without the use of any treatments since 2010. He only uses his own bees and queens.

Tuition: $120/person. Groups of 5 or more participants receive a discount of $20/person. Organic Farmers Association members receive 25% off all workshops. If you are a veteran, you may be eligible to attend educational events for free. Please email veterans@rodaleinstitute.org for details.

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