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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Speaking at Young Harris Beekeeping Institute

At Young Harris, I gave a talk on "Simple Beekeeping: A Low-Tech Approach" to the students there. I had to give the same talk four different times, so by the fourth time, I felt a little babbly. But many people told me they enjoyed it and I didn't hear any negative feedback, so that felt great.

I talked for 45 minutes, hitting the highlights of the simple approach to box size (using all mediums), foundation (using foundationless frames), pest management (a homemade SHB trap), melting wax (solar wax melter from a styrofoam beer cooler), and honey harvest (crush and strain).

I demonstrated cutting a wax strip with a rotary cutter.

I showed them how a foundationless frame looks going into the hives.

And, of course, I introduced them to the wax tube fastener and told them my story of learning to use it.

After all, it came with no directions, and I'd like to save others the agony I went through!

The first day the room was crowded and overflowing for each of my two talks and the second day, the room was full for each of the talks, so I felt pleased. I also spent a good amount of time evaluating the practical abilities of the certified beekeeper candidates.

I entered a wall quilt and my creamed honey in the honey show.

My creamed honey came in second place (my friend Julia won the blue ribbon!) and my quilt came in third place.

Julia (who is a great beekeeper and has kept bees longer than I but didn't start the certification process until last year) earned her Journeywoman certification and Noah, her son, and my friend and fellow beekeeper, earned his certified level in the Georgia program.
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  1. Bill Behrend8:06 AM

    Thanks, Linda, for a great presentation at YHC. I have Top Bar hives, and your management style is very similar to that used with TBH. Its good to have a kindred spirit.

    Bill Behrend

  2. Congrats on your certification, Bill. I also have a top bar hive with which I am struggling. There are a number of posts on my troubles with it on the blog.

  3. Well darn, I was almost in one of the pictures but was blocked by someone's head. (Pic #3 on the left) Great class and very lively!


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