The Organic Beekeeping Conference, information here, will be held in Oracle AZ from March 4-6th. I will be leaving on February 26th and driving down with a close friend, eager to couch surf at fellow beekeeper, permaculturalists, and community activists on our way down! Speakers so far confirmed: Don Downs (Apitherapy), Sam Comfort (TBHs), Dean Stiglitz(queen rearing/overwintering nucs), Ramona Herboldsheimer (In Hive microbial Balance), James Fearnley (UK, propolis), Bruce Brown (CC Pollen, Ind update), and Dee Lusby(regression, breeding, frame wiring), James Hensel (silkscreen signs/making woodenware), Arthur Harvey (NOSD update, etc). The widely acclaimed film Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us? will be shown Friday night.
I plan to bring AV equipment to interview and record some aspects of the conference so I can share the experience with the beekeeping community here in Canada. Organic beekeeping practices are happening here in Canada, but not so strongly here in Alberta. I hope to gather as much information as humanly possible we can try some new ideas and make some proactive changes to how bees are treated in our communities!
I am also going to try to get my hands on the Queen of the Sun film and show it September of this year! Keep your eyes peeled for more information coming!