You do not have to be a member to attend. Meetings are the 4th Monday of the month (sometimes we skip May or December). Come early because beekeepers like to buzz around in front of the hive.
January 28th - Jay Hesselschwerdt - Jay is the East Tennessee representative of Tennessee State Apiarist Mike Studer and does an exceptional job discovering and managing bee diseases. He will share with us the latest on the Winter of 2018 versus the Winter of 2017 (which was very bad for Tennessee bees).
February 25th - Kent Williams - Kent comes to us from western Kentucky where his parents were probably born. (That was a reference to a John Prine song, who is from that area, and who Kent sounds like, and makes you laugh like.) Kent is a legendary beekeeper in our area who has vast experience, manages well over 100 hives, is Eastern Apicultural Society certified as a Master Beekeeper, and is paid for his beekeeping wisdom by some very large commercial beekeepers in and around Kentucky.
March - TBAApril 22nd - Dr. Clarence Collison - While almost a "local" to us, Dr. Collison is also a nationally recognized academic authority on honeybees. Now retired, he was Professor of Entomology and Head of the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Mississippi State University. Prior to his move there, in 1989, he was an Extension Entomologist at Pennsylvania State University, where he served as Beekeeping/Pollination Specialist and Livestock Entomologist. He now travels the country lecturing about bees and writes for Bee Culture magazine.
May - TBA - but often CANCELLED, due to Memorial Day Holiday.June - TBA
July - TBA
August - TBASeptember - TBA - but usually CANCELLED, due to our annual picnicOctober - TBA November - TBA
December - CANCELLED = We do not meet this month due to the holidays.
This is a special presentation to the Beekeeper Mentorship group at our third floor UTK Ag Ctr presentation room. Jay Hesselschwerdt is the east Tennessee assistant to TN State Apiarist Mike Studer, and has been recently deeply involved in the discovery and treatment of some small and limited American Foulbrood outbreaks in the area. He will talk about that experience and the inspection methods he uses to uncover bee disease issues.
This meeeting is open only to mentorship class registrants and current TVBA club members. Others should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for permission. Location is: https://extension.tennessee.edu/Hamilton/Pages/pages5.aspx