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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Thursday's Almost Here!

I am beyond excited.  All of you know how much I admire (and often refer to or quote) Michael Bush. Well on Thursday, Julia, Noah and I are going to Leominster, Massachusetts (home of the the manufacturer of all those food grade plastic buckets we all use at honey harvest) to the NE Treatment Free Beekeepers Conference!

And guess who will be there:  Michael Bush!!!  I've wanted to meet Michael Bush for seven years!

Not only will Michael Bush be there, but also Sam Comfort, whom I love and love to hear speak (I first met Sam when he and I were both speakers at the SE Organic Beekeepers Conference a couple of years ago and then I saw him again that year at  EAS - he's always a trip); Dee Lusby, the queen of treatment free beekeepers; and the host of the conference:  Dean Stiglitz who wrote the Complete Idiot's Guide to Beekeeping.  (see below)

I plan to listen well, take lots of notes, and bask in the presence of these masters - people for whom I hold intense hero worship.

I will be completely happy if Julia takes a photo of me with Michael Bush, or better yet if someone else takes all three of us with him.  Actually I am realizing there are no photos of Michael anywhere - not even on the book he wrote.  He's from Nebraska - maybe he's part of an Indian tribe that believes you lose part of your soul if someone snaps your picture.  So whatever it is, I'll be glad to meet him, but not press for a picture, unless it seems like the appropriate thing to do.

The conference includes a lot of hands on stuff this week, but I couldn't leave work so we are going for the main conference which starts on Friday.


  1. Linda,

    I hope you have a fabulous time, and I'm jealous that you'll get to meet Michael Bush. I'm a new beekeeper as of this year but I've read all of his writings and frequently refer back to his site when I run into questions or something I may have forgotten. Between his site and your blog I've tried to take in as much information and apply it to my apiary wherever I can.

    I hope you gal's and Noah have a great trip and I look forward to your post when you get back.

  2. Anonymous10:44 AM

    Hello Linda,
    you are beginning to have a following of bee keeps here in New Mexico. Michael Bush spoke at the NM Bee Keeps meeting a few weeks back.Very informative guy.
    Love your tips, especially the solar wax video.

    A devoted follower, Camille

  3. Anonymous7:05 PM

    Michael Bush is going to be speaking near Asheville NC on Aug 11th if you need to see him a little closer to home. http://centerforhoneybeeresearch.org/Happenings/WhatIsNaturalBeekeeping.aspx


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