Saturday, 16 January 2010

ABF Convention; Urban Beekeeping Webinar

Dear Subscribers,

The mega beekeeping meeting in Orlando is drawing to a close.  The range of information presented was astounding and the American Beekeeping Federation  can be proud of producing a quality convention.  No doubt we will see publication of much of the information presented in the general session and the American Bee Research Conference  at other venues and in industry publications, but attendees will be able to say they heard it first in Orlando.

The next convention is scheduled to be held in Galveston, Texas January 4-8, 2011 and will be held in conjunction with the American Honey Producers Assocation

Urban Beekeeping Webinar:  As published in the January 2010 issue of Bee Culture, Brushy Mountain Bee Farm will sponsor a urban beekeeping webinar On January 24 at 4:00 p.m.  This will feature three beekeepers experienced in the challenges of urban beekeeping.

Here's the rundown on the program:

Urban Beekeeping: Ins and Outs - Dos and Don'ts
Sunday, January 24, 2010 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST
    Webinar Registration        

We will hear from 3 experienced Urban Beekeepers. Learn from these people and issues they confront and mistakes they have made.

Toni Burnham has been an urban beekeeper for 5 years, starting with 2 still-thriving hives on her Capitol Hill rooftop. She now manages 10 hives in the city and the suburbs, mentors about a dozen other urban beekeepers, participates in teaching at several local short courses, and is Vice President of the Maryland State Beekeepers Association. One of her great privileges in 2009 was an invitation to inspect the beehive managed by Charlie Brandts at the White House. She has blogged her beekeeping experiences at

Cameo Wood currently owns a beekeeping supply & honey shop in the Mission district of San Francisco, California called Her Majesty's Secret Beekeeper.    She keeps a few hives in the Mission and Castro districts of San Francisco, and is working on putting up new hives all the time! She has only been working with bees for the last year, but this has been her life and full time job since she started building her store in October of 2008.  She concludes: "I enjoy this a great deal, as I'm helping to create food, pollinate flowers and fruit trees in my city, and I am contributing to making the world a little better."

Cindy Bee (yes, it’s really her last name) is a beekeeper near Atlanta, Georgia.  She is a past President and currently on the Board of Directors for the Metro Atlanta Beekeepers’ Association.  They meet in the heart of downtown Atlanta where there are a good number of beekeepers who have their hives in small backyards there. As a club, they’ve had beehives at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Zoo Atlanta, and other inner city locations. Cindy has a fulltime business removing bees from within structures for the past 14 years, and most of her removals are in the Atlanta area neighborhoods.

Perhaps we will also hear from the folks in New York City concerning their bid to make beekeeping a legal activity again.

To register access:  A list of previous webinars is also available.


Malcolm T. Sanford

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