North Escambia Bee Association To Hold Annual Meeting

January 13, 2018


The North Escambia Beekeepers Association will hold its annual seminar on February 24 at the Molino Community Center from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m..

There will be both a beginner’s course and an advanced course. The advanced course will feature lectures from Dr. Dennis vanEnglesdorp from the University of Maryland, Jeff Willard from Milton, Johnny Thompson from Mississippi and Andrew Finch, the area’s state apiary inspector.

To continue to increase the number of beekeepers in the area the association will also offer a beginner’s course. It will be a very condensed and thorough course on how to start in the hobby/career. Participants will learn basic bee biology, the tools and equipment necessary to begin, best practices, pest management, bee installation, honey processing, and state laws regarding bees and honey. Weather permitting there will also be open hive demonstrations.

In the advanced course, vanEnglesdorph will provide informaton on the Varroa mite. In addition, he will also teach a course on Best Beekeeping Practices. Thompson will explain what Varroa Sensitive Hygienic bees are and how they are changing the beekeeping industry.

Finch will offer information about the blooming cycle of plants in the area. YouTube sensation Willard will present his independent research and demonstrate how to build hive beetle barriers. There will also be lectures on catching swarms, splitting hives, and, in the advanced course only, and “ask the experts” for audience members. Weather permitting there will also be open hive demonstrations in the course.

“The only way to save our bees is through education. By educating both the public and beekeepers we have seen an increase in the amount of hives located in our area. More hives means more bees to pollinate crops, small gardens, trees, and flowers. A win for the bees and a win for the residents of both Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Each year we try to bring in top research scientists in the field to keep our local beekeepers up to date on the very best beekeeping practices. By doing this we hope to keep more hives alive and more people and families interested and excited in the hobby,” said Danielle Ochsenreiter of the North Escambia Beekeepers Association.

Tickets are $25 per person with lunch included before February 14 and can be purchased through Paypal at At the door and after January 14, tickets will be $35. Tickets for children under 18 are $8. For more information, contat Danielle Ochsenreiter at (850) 777-0087 or Tim Ashby at (850) 380-2268.


One Response to “North Escambia Bee Association To Hold Annual Meeting”

  1. Tim Ashby on January 13th, 2018 11:03 am

    Online ticket sales are $25 until February 14th. After February 14th the price will be $35.

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