2012 Speakers

2012 Speakers

Speakers EAS 2012

Burlington VT.


Al Avitabile Professor Emeritus, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University Of Connecticut, Waterbury Campus. Began his studies of honey bees when a swarm settled in a forsythia bush just outside of his campus office in 1965. Has collaborated with Roger Morse at the Dyce Laboratory for Honey Bee Studies at Cornell and with Rolf Boch at Canadian Central Farm, Ottawa, Canada. Research areas, winter study on honey bees, types of trees inhabited by bees,how bees are aware of their queen when moving from cluster site to home site, requeening without dequeening, and his co-author with Dr. Diana Sammataro of The Beekeepers Handbook now in its 4th edition(Cornell Press). Has written popular articles for The American Bee Journal and Bee Culture.


Tom Bivins
is a chef/partner at Crop Bistro & Brewery in Stowe, VT. Prior to opening Crop Bistro & Brewery, Bivins was the Executive Chef at New England Culinary Institute.  In November 2011, Vermont’s Chamber of Commerce named Bivins as its 2011 Vermont Chef of the Year.


Peter Loring Borst Mr. Peter Borst has worked in the beekeeping industry since 1974. His  experience is especially well fitted to the goals of the training program. In the 1970s he  helped run a beekeeping supply store in the San Diego area, where he served  beekeepers of all levels of expertise. In addition to selling equipment and supplies, he  was able to get an especially broad viewpoint of their problems and concerns.

Vinvent Reyah Carlson internationally known apitherapist has been keeping bees since age 12, and became interested in apitherapy in the late 1980s. She has conducted workshops for many beekeeping organizations throughout the US and Canada, which includes The American Beekeeping federation, American Honey Producers, Alberta/Canadian Honey Proudcers, and several state conferences along with many interviews for local television,newspapers,and radio stations throughout the country She has taught courses to Doctors, patients and caregivers in the US,Belgium, Holland and India and is heading to Saint Croix in March of 2012 where she will be conducting apitherapy workshops. Her talants have been featured on National Geographic, The Discovery Channel, and most recently her own battle with Chronic Lyme disease and utilizing bee venom to over come the disease on the television program called ""THE INCURABLES"" In her workshops she will talk about medicinal properties to all honeybee produced substances. Raw honey, pollen, royal jelly, propolis, beeswax, and the venom from the sting. She will also demonstrate sting application and technique. She currently sees apitherapy clients twice a week at the Orange East Senior Center in Bradford Vermont.

Dr Dewey M. Caron – Emeritus Professor of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, Univ of Delaware, & Affiliate Professor, Dept Horticulture Oregon state University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I am a Bennington Co, VT native and graduate of University of Vermont (1960-64). Following a PhD in Entomology at Cornell University with Dr Roger Morse, I was an instructor/administrative assistant in the Entomology Department at Cornell before moving to the University of Maryland (1970-1981) and then to University of Delaware (1981-2009).  I began International Development activities in 1982 when I helped  establish a MS program in Medical Entomology at Univ of Panama. I and have returned numerous times to Panama, Central America, and most recently Bolivia, with grant funding for Sustainable Development. Bill Mares and I have a joint project in Mexico & Central America with bee training for coffee growing cooperative members.

My first EAS was joint EAS/Apimondia meeting at U of MD (1967). I have been on or have organized the Annual Meeting numerous times since, served as board chair for 8 years (1991-99), as President (in 1986), and as EAS Foundation Chair (1999-2009). I am recipient of the EAS Roger A. Morse Award for Teaching/Extension/Regulatory excellence with honey bees. I have co-chaired program/workshop and Short Course programs this current EAS.

coffey Gary Coffey has been working in the confectionary industry for over 20 years and is committed to helping others develop a greater appreciation for the subtleties of fine chocolate. As Director of Retail Operations for Lake Champlain Chocolates, whose all-natural chocolates capture the essence of Vermont with local ingredients such as honey, maple syrup, and farm-fresh butter, his goal has been to educate the public about chocolate’s incredible flavor profiles.

Warning: Gary’s passion for chocolate is contagious!
comfort Sam Comfort won six beehives in a poker game in 2002, then spent several years working in large-scale migratory pollination, honey production, and queen rearing.  Exploring a different route, Anarchy Apiaries now provides surplus honey, queens, and bees from about 400 rustic, treatment-free hives, a mix of Kenyan top bar, Warre, and Langstroth mostly in New York, Vermont, North Carolina, and Florida.  Sam freely shares a lot of tips, songs, why's, how's, and plenty of opinions for and against this approach, the state of the bee industry, and how communities can work together towards self-sufficiency in beekeeping.

The mission of Anarchy Apiaries is to bring the means of production back to the beekeeper, to make beekeeping feasible, simple, and affordable for all, and to facilitate the beekeeping network with more hives than televisions, because bees are ultimately about awareness.

Dr. Larry Connor – Kalamazoo, Michigan native Lawrence John Connor departed Michigan State University upon completion of his Ph.D. dissertation on strawberry pollination, and assumed the position of extension apicultural entomologist at The Ohio State University – Columbus. There his program attracted the attention of investors interested in moving the Dadant Starline and Midnite Hybrid queen program to Florida to establish the world’s first mass production facility for instrumentally inseminated queen honey bees. Afterwards he moved to Connecticut where he established the Beekeeping Educational Service, offering educational programs for beekeepers. Later he purchased Wicwas Press from Dr. Roger and Mary Lou Morse. He returned to Kalamazoo after an absence of 44 years. He has written four books, three on beekeeping: Increase Essentials, Bee Sex Essentials and Queen Rearing Essentials. He has also published over a dozen titles by other authors dealing with bees, beekeeping, queen rearing and pollination. He is a monthly contributor to both the American Bee Journal and Bee Culture Magazine. He is currently working on his fourth beekeeping book: Bee-sentials.

His non-beekeeping book is Haymakers, a fictional story of growing up gay in Michigan in the 1960s.

Every January he coordinates the annual Serious Sideliner Symposium at the meeting of the American Beekeeping Federation. With the ever-increasing need for more regional self-reliance for producing queens, Larry Connor has started raising queens at the Connor Farm in Galesburg with an eye toward mite resistance and local fitness (honey production, resistance and wintering). Check out www.wicwas.com.


Ross Conrad learned his craft from world-renowned beekeeper and apitherapist, Charles Mraz, and Charlie's son Bill. Conrad is a former president of the Vermont Beekeepers Association, a regular contributor to Bee Culture - The Magazine of American Beekeeping, and author of Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches To Modern Apiculture. Ross has given bee related presentations and led organic beekeeping workshops and classes throughout North America for many years. His human-scale beekeeping business Dancing Bee Gardens, sells honey and candles among other bee related products directly to friends, neighbors, and the local community.


Simon Croson currently serves as the Chairman of the Lincolnshire Beekeepers Association in the UK and is also on the Executive Committee member for the National Honey Show where he organizes the lecture portion of the convention. He currently has 80 colonies of bees, mainly of Buckfast stock . He has won awards in each of the 5 proceeding years at Local, County and National levels for beekeeping associated products.  At the recent Apimondia (2011),  he received the Gold Medal and a 4th place for bee keeping photography. He also won a coveted Bursary Award from BBC Good Food for his quality honey produce, allowing him the chance to demonstrate the product at the forthcoming BBC Good Food Show. In his spare time, Simon is a very competent wildlife enthusiast combines this passion with beekeeping, travel public speaking and photography.


Billy Davis is an EAS Master Beekeeper, recipient of Virginia’s Langstroth Award for Excellence, 2011 EAS Divelbiss award given to the EAS Beekeeper  of the year and currently is the EAS Director from Virginia. Association.  Sixteen years ago Billy developed "Practical Beekeeping for Beginners", a formal nine week beekeeping class.  He edits and produces the PowerPoint and some of the handout material used by The Northern Virginia Teaching Consortium which now starts over 600 new beekeepers a year in Northern Virginia. President of The Sustainable Honeybee Program, Inc. SHP is a Virginia non-profit corporation (IRS 501c3) that is a research, development and educational effort. SHP encompasses an acclimated Queen program, Nuc colony research, colony management and the educational outreach in support thereof. His educational and colony management presentations are in great demand throughout the central Atlantic and Southeastern US.


Nicole Dehne coordinates NOFA Vermont's USDA accredited organic certification program, Vermont Organic Farmers LLC (VOF).  She has worked for VOF since 2003.  In her role as Certification Administrator, Nicole regularly attends National Organic Standards Board Meetings (NOSB) and gives public comment regarding standards interpretations that affect our VT producers.  She has been involved with the Accredited Certifiers Association (ACA), a non-profit organization that strives for uniform criteria among certifiers, since their inception in 2004.  Nicole was a member of the ACA committee that worked to develop national organic apiculture standards.  Nicole also manages a small certified organic poultry operation in Burlington’s Intervale.


Dr. Deborah Delaney She got Her BS at Oregon State University in Natural Resources. At this same time she started a small honey bee business called “What’s the Buzz Apiaries”. She mainly sold honey and candles. She worked for the forest service when she graduated and also kept about 70 hives. She got tired of the forest service and went to work for some queen breeders in California for two seasons. She then started a Masters in Environmental Science with a focus on honey bees at Oregon State University. Her project looked at the effects of Coumaphos on drone honey bee sperm. After her MS she went to Washington State University and began a doctorate looking at the genetic diversity of honey bee populations with Dr. Steve Sheppard. At the same time she was also involved in some honey bee breeding projects. From Washington State she moved back east to do a postdoc at North Carolina State University with Dr. David Tarpy. This work focused on colony, and more specifically, queen mating health. While she was at North Carolina State University she received a grant to do work on a feral bee project. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware and is still working on feral honey bee populations, Africanization and honey bee gut health as well as temporal stability of native pollinators in fragmented ecosystems.


Richard Drutchas got bit by the bee, as they say, in 1973. He purchased his first hives from a Rutland, Vermont neighbor. Slowly, he worked his way up to a couple hundred hives, got some commercial experience working for Lewis Harbin, at Keyline Queens in Alabama, and followed this with an 11 year stint as the Vermont State Apiculturalist. In 1990 he went full-time commercial, running 700 hives at his peak, for pollination and honey production in the Vermont Champlain Valley. In 2011 Rick partially-retired to concentrate on raising queens and trying to perfect a good Vermont mead.


Jonathan Duffy is the Estate Manager and Beekeeper at Kinloch Farm, a 3,000 acre grass-based cattle farm 50 miles west of Washington DC. He manages 30 colonies in two bee yards. He also runs a native tree planting program, has an aggressive program to manage invasive species and improve pollinator forage and wildlife habitat at the farm. The farm's apiaries are certified by Certified Naturally Grown.


Les Eccles, B.Sc., Technology Transfer Lead. He is the new Tech-Transfer Program Lead. Les started his agricultural career on a dairy and beef operation, managing a 125 head dairy and beef herd, which included crop management, nutrition, and a genetic program. Les's educational background includes both a Diploma in Agriculture from the Ontario Agricultural College and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Guelph.

Les developed his interest in beekeeping and research at the University of Guelph Apiculture Research Centre with Paul Kelly and Ernesto Guzman, and has been instrumental in various research projects and presentations.

Les has returned to Ontario after spending two years in Mexico; working with beekeepers and development organizations to transfer beekeeping technology into the field, and certify beekeeping operations for honey exportation to European markets.  During the last year Les has spearheaded new TTP projects to support Ontario bee breeding, pollination services, Small Hive Beetle research, and new knowledge transfer projects.

eisen Karla Eisen is a honeybee enthusiast and backyard beekeeper affiliated with the Prince William Regional Beekeepers Assoc. (PWRBA) in Northern Virginia.  Early in her beekeeping experiences she was inspired by some very wise beekeepers and embraced their ideas of a sustainable apiary.  She brought the concept to her local bee club envisioning a sustainable bee club that could have enough quality nucs made by its members to supply bees to newbees and club members and get off the package treadmill. Using a Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grant she directed as a catalyst, she led efforts to transition her bee club to adopt more sustainable beekeeping practices and start a nuc program. She teaches beginning beekeepers as part of the Northern Virginia Teaching Consortium; presents intermediate beekeeping workshops, and was a leader in the team whose work resulted in more beekeeper friendly zoning laws in her county.
flottum Kim Flottum is the Editor of Bee Culture magazine, author of the best selling books The Backyard Beekeeper, The Honey Handbook, and a new work entitled Better Beekeeping. He is a regular contributor to the Beekeeper’s Quarterly, Mother Earth News Beekeeping Blog, Bee Culture’s Blog, Brushy Mountain’s Webinar series, The Kelley Newsletter, and several regional and national farm magazines and web pages. He is Chairman Emeritus of EAS.

Pierre Giovenazzo teaches biology/physiology classes at Université Laval (Québec City) since 1987 and is a research scientist in apiculture at the Centre de Recherche en Sciences Animales de Deschambault since 1997. He has an M. Sc. In animal physiology (Université Laval) and has recently submitted a Ph.D. on varroa and its control using IPM strategies (Sciences vétérinaires, Université de Montréal).  He is now working on the recent invasion of the small hive beetle in southern Québec and has started a provincial queen breeding and selection program with Buckfast lines imported from Denmark and Canadian local hybrid lines.


Kim Greenwood has kept bees in Vermont for about 15 years.  She is Vice President of the Vermont Beekeepers Association and works behind the scenes administering several of their grants.  Among other places, Kim keeps bees on the roof of her office in downtown Montpelier and at her home on Camel's Hump.


Ann Harman Although she spent part of her life as a research chemist, honey bees have created a second career as an International Consultant, teaching beekeeping skills and modern management techniques in Third-World countries. To date she has worked in 29 countries on five continents for a total of 51 assignments. She has been awarded four President’s Volunteer Service Awards. She has worked with the African bee in 9 countries. Here in the United States she is an Eastern Apicultural Society Certified Master Beekeeper. She puts that to use teaching in short courses and lecturing at beekeeping association meetings. She is a judge of honey and hive products: local, state and national, also a Certified Honey Judge, Wales, UK, Beekeeping Institute. Participation in industry activities included being an Alternate of the National Honey Board. In addition she writes a monthly article for Bee Culture, regular articles for Beekeepers Quarterly, and frequently for Bee Craft, UK. She has edited a number of books including ABC&XYZ of Beekeeping. Her hives now serve as teaching hives, not only for beekeepers, but also for teaching youth so that our pollination needs continue to be met in the years to come.


Jim & Pat Haskell operate Massanutten Mountain Apiaries located in Page and Fairfax counties in Virginia. The apiaries produce nucs for beginning beekeepers; and occasionally some honey and other hive products sold at local Farmers’ Markets. Several years ago, Pat organized the “Northern Virginia Beekeeping Teaching Consortium,” now a non profit organization that provides textbooks and other educational materials to nearly a dozen local beekeeping clubs throughout the state. The Consortium is currently involved in developing and/or sponsoring club-based nuc production and queen rearing programs to integrate into the educational curriculum. Pat & Jim recently launched an “Intermediate” beekeeping course for the Beekeepers Association of Northern Virginia (BANV) and surrounding clubs.  They also teaches the 8-week beginning beekeeping courses at BANV, which in 2012 consisted of 100 student units and family members.

Jim helps in Pat’s educational and extension endeavors whenever possible; and does a lot of the heavy lifting and frame scraping. In his former life as an agricultural economist for USDA, Jim helped build agricultural cooperatives in the US and abroad. He thought then that the most difficult groups to assist in initiating self-help programs were independent Texas cow/calf producers. That was before he confronted independent beekeepers.


Allen Hayes became an instant beekeeper in 1971 when a family friend gave him a hive. They soon swarmed and freaked out not only his parents but also a not to friendly neighbor. Marriage and kids interrupted his beekeeping for a number of years but when he got back to it he quickly became Certifiably Bee Crazy. Always one to make or fix things, beekeeping fit in well with his mechanical ability.  Known to many as “The Gadget Guy” he has created numerous unique items relating to beekeeping and he enjoys sharing those creations with others. Allen is probably best known in the Northeast for his talk   ”Gadgets You Could Keep Bees Without, But Won’t Want To”.

He is an EAS certified Master Beekeeper who has taught beekeeping classes for over ten years. A lifelong resident of Central Maryland, he is an active member of two local bee clubs and is a county Vice President for the Maryland State Beekeepers Association. He has also served on the EAS Board of Directors as the Director from Maryland.


Don Hopkins started with bees in NJ as a youngster before moving to NC as apiary inspector. He has been active with Partners of Americas in beekeeping development in Haiti and Bolivia as well as Kazcistan. He is active with Short courses and workshops and helped train new NC beekeepers with the Golden Leaf Project (funds from tobacco settlement used to establish new beekeepers).


Leslie Huston has been a beekeeper since before the turn of the century.  She is an EAS Master Beekeeper and owner of Bee-Commerce (bee-commerce.com), a beekeeping supply business.  For several years, she has placed hives at farms, orchards, and private homes for pollination as well as honey.  A past president of The Back Yard Beekeepers (backyardbeekeepers.com), Leslie teaches the BYBA's class on getting started in beekeeping, and is a co-coordinator for the club's queen-rearing project, which is geared to developing locally raised queen bees that are better-suited to the climate in the Northeast, and teaching BYBA members to do the same.


Rowan Jacobsen writes about place and how it shapes ecosystems, cultures, cuisines, and us. His quest to capture the spirit of place and people has led him from the volcanic mountains of Mexico to the misty marshes of Alaska’s Yukon Delta, from the bayous of Louisiana to the rivers of Amazonia. He has been featured on All Things Considered, The Splendid Table, MSNBC, Bon Appétit, Saveur, Elle, NBC’s Today in New York, and elsewhere, and has written for the New York Times, Harper’s, Newsweek, Outside, Sierra, and others. He is the author of A Geography of Oysters, which won a James Beard Award; Fruitless Fall, which received the 2009 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature; The Living Shore; American Terroir, which was named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by Library Journal; and Shadows on the Gulf: A Journey Through Our Last Great Wetland. His 2010 Eating Well feature on Colony Collapse Disorder received awards for best environmental story of the year from both the James Beard Foundation and the International Association of Culinary Professionals.


Tony Jadczak attended his first EAS Conference in 1979 at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada and was at  EAS 1980 when Vermont last hosted  EAS. Tony was a member of the EAS Board of Directors 1987-1999 and served on several committees during that period.   In 1993 he was EAS president when the conference was hosted by the Maine State Beekeepers Association at the University of Maine, Orono.  Tony is employed by the Maine Department of Agriculture as the State Apiarist


Jennifer Keller is the Apiculture Technician at NC State University. Her multiple responsibilities include coordinating all of the field research in the Apiculture program (including queen rearing and instrumental inseminations), maintaining the Lake Wheeler Honey Bee Research Facility south of NC State’s main campus, and conducting numerous extension activities all across the state.


Dr. Frank Linton “Buckaroo Beekeeper” is an EAS certified Master Beekeeper and a Principal Scientist at The MITRE Corporation. For the past seven years the ‘guests’ in his guest bedroom have occupied an observation hive. He has frequently weighed, photographed, and measured these guests in an attempt to correlate colony health with attributes that might be monitored remotely for early signs of trouble and to reduce the need for inspections that may unnecessarily disturb a colony. Recently he has begun to monitor outdoor hives using wireless sensor technology and hopes soon to bring honey bees into the Internet era. Frank facilitates reflective practice sessions for experienced beekeepers and is learning to line bees.

macgregor-forbes Erin MacGregor-Forbes is an EAS certified Master Beekeeper and is the current President of the Maine State Beekeepers Association.  Erin is co-owner of Overland Apiaries, a non-migratory beekeeping operation of approximately 100 hives, based in Portland, Maine. (overlandhoney.com)  Erin teaches beekeeping at all levels, with a particular passion for intermediate level instruction, teaching beekeepers how to grow their hobbies into satisfying and sustainable small farming endeavors.  Erin teaches workshops on small scale queen rearing and overwintering nucleus colonies, promoting sustainable northern beekeeping practices.   Erin is a two-time recipient of a SARE farmer grant comparing package and northern raised nucleus colony strength and survival.  She is a passionate educator dedicated to exploring and promoting non-traditional sustainable beekeeping practices.    (more info about Erin’s SARE work can be found at:   http://umaine.edu/sustainable-ag/sare-farmer-grants/profile-establishing-new-honeybee-hives/)

Travis Marcotte –  Executive Director Intervale Center. Travis brings a breadth of experience and passion for his work strengthening integrated food systems and running a diverse organization like the Intervale Center. He also enjoys more simple pleasures like cooking and home gardening with his family. Prior to joining the Intervale Center, Travis worked in agriculture and community economic development in Vermont, Central America and the Caribbean. Travis graduated from the University of Vermont Community Development and Applied Economics program and received his Master’s degree in International Agricultural Development from the University of California, Davis. He grew up on his grandparents' dairy farm in Charlotte, Vermont and now lives in a farmhouse in Fletcher where he raises chickens, vegetables and pigs with his partner Sue and their son.


Bill Mares is a former journalist, legislator and teacher, and author of 12 books including BEES BESIEGED.   He has kept bees in Vermont for almost forty years.  He has been president of the Vermont Beekeepers Association and  is currently president of EAS.  In the last seven years, over 500 people have taken his basic beekeeping class.    Under the auspices of the non-profit Food 4 Farmers,  Mares and  Dewey Caron are building a web-based project to teach beekeeping to coffee farmers in Latin America.     In April, Mares and Caron will present their findings to the 6,000-member Specialty Coffee Association of America annual Conference in Portland Oregon.


Martin Marklin was first introduced to beeswax candles when, at the age of eight while serving at the altar of his local parish in St. Louis, he noticed the unique inlaid-wax decorations on the 5 foot Easter Candle.  A local parishioner of Polish descent carved grooves in the candle and filled them with colored, molten wax.  At her passing, Martin perfected his craft in his parents’ basement and, in 1985, began Marklin Candle Design, one of only seven liturgical candle manufacturers in the country.  Although born of humble roots, Marklin Candle transforms tens of thousands of pounds of beeswax annually for countless churches in all fifty states and half of the US Catholic Cathedrals.  Additionally, Marklin has fashioned one-of-a-kind candles for two Popes and the Prime-Minister of Ireland.  In his 50,000 square foot facility, Marklin pioneers innovative techniques in beeswax candle production that are not commercially used and dips some of the largest candles known (over 72” long and weighing 50 lbs each).   www.MarklinCandleDesign.com


Dave Meldrum - There are 6-8 hives in Andover Ma. that keep and maintain Dave.  Past President of Essex County Beekeepers, Bee School Principal and current Vice Pres of Massachusetts Beekeepers Assn.  A retired engineer who loves looking into hives, bee biology, bee pathology and teaching new beekeepers.


Warren Miller is a small scale beekeeper and manages around 100 hives in the mountain and valley region of north central Pennsylvania.  A beekeeper since 1987, Warren has been passionate about the study of honey bees since his early days of studying the equipment in the Sears and Roebuck catalog.  Looking for a more reliable and chemical free method of keeping healthy colonies for honey production and over-wintering, Warren has been raising about 150 queens per season for local sale and his own use.  Warren also makes splits of nucleus colonies for sale and use to build his operation by overwinter some 50-75 nucs per year.  Warren has developed several chemical free methods that have helped him to maintain a 100 lb per colony average and keep his winter losses below 20%..  Warren is also currently the President of the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association and has recently initiated the PA Queen Project, an initiative which works in cooperation with the research team from Penn State University to develop a northern acclimated genetic line of honey bees that will be distributed around the State to help build the gene pool.


Charles E. Mraz is a third generation beekeeper and president of the Vermont Beekeepers Association. His grandfather, Charles Mraz, established Champlain Valley Apiaries in 1931. Chas took over the business from his father, William Mraz, in 2004 after leaving New York City where he had been a senior project supervisor with Sciame Construction Company.  Champlain Valley Apiaries maintains 1,200 colonies at 30 locations within the Champlain Valley of Vermont. With a focus on organic Varroa mite control and raising winter-hardy, disease-resistant bees, Champlain Valley Apiaries remains one of the largest beekeeping operations in Vermont. The apiary is noted for its delicious raw, unheated, and unfiltered naturally crystallized honey. Chas is presently working to improve bee forage and available nectar sources by organizing a collaborative effort with local Vermont farmers.


Andrew Munkres started with one nuc in 2008 and, with some encouragement from Kirk Webster, has grown his operation by making and overwintering nucleus colonies. Currently running an expanding sideline operation of around a hundred colonies, Andrew raises and sells nucs, queens, raw honey and section comb in Cornwall, Vermont. The operation has been chemical-free from the start.


Schirin Rachel Oeding is a senior at Sterling College in Craftsbury Common, Vermont. She will graduate with a B.A. in Environmental Humanities in May 2012. Her experiences working on organic and biodynamic farms in Canada and the United States led her to beekeeping, which has become a focal point in her explorations of landscape, agriculture, community, and oral history. Her thesis focused on collecting oral histories and surveying Vermont beekeepers in order to build a map of stories and statistics. With these data, she aims to preserve a moment in the beekeeping history of Vermont at a time when many changes are affecting bees and beekeepers, and hopes to inspire beekeepers to continue learning from each other through the sharing of knowledge, hands-on advice, and experimentation.


Mike Palmer  has been keeping bees in the northern Champlain valley for nearly forty years, producing quality extracted and cut comb honey. In an attempt to create a sustainable apiary, he raises queens and nucleus colonies that thrive in his northern climate. He believes that by producing local stocks of bees from colonies that are productive, healthy, and have the ability to withstand the long Vermont winters will we be able to lead our bees out of the dead end they have fallen into. He shares his knowledge, expertise, and management plan with many beekeepers around the country, both online and at state and local beekeeper's meetings.


Steve Parise has been keeping bees for 45 years.  Steve has been employed by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets as the apiary inspector and agricultural products specialist since 1991.  Prior to that, Steve has worked bees commercially in HI, MI, ID & CA.  Steve has also worked as an apiary research technician for the late Dr. Elbert Jaycox at the University of Illinois in the ’70’s.  In his spare time, Steve enjoys working in his small apiary, gardening, woodworking and hunting.  Steve received his B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from Michigan State University in 1975.


Dr. Timothy Perkins is a Research Professor of Plant Biology at the University of Vermont where he has served as Director of the Proctor Maple Research Center (PMRC) since 1996.  The PMRC, a field station of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM, conducts a wide variety of research on maple tree growth and health, sap flow and methods of increasing sap yields, and how various methods of processing sap affects the chemistry and flavor of maple syrup.  Dr. Perkins has written numerous papers on maple topics, is co-editor of the North American Maple Producers Manual, and has invented several devices and methods to improve sap production  He is a frequent speaker at maple-related gatherings, and has received several maple industry awards.


Dr. Diana Sammataro, co-author of the Beekeeper’s Handbook (4th ed. 2011), began keeping bees in 1972 in Litchfield, CT, setting up a colony in her maternal grandfather’s old bee hive equipment.  From then on, she decided that her B.S. in Landscape Architecture (Un. of Michigan, Ann Arbor), would not be a career, but that honey bees would.  After a year of independent studies on floral pollination (Michigan State Un. Bee Lab, East Lansing), she earned an M.S. in Urban Forestry (Un. Michigan, Ann Arbor).  In 1978 she joined Peace Corps and taught beekeeping in the Philippines for 3 years. On returning, she worked at the USDA Bee Lab in Madison, WI under Dr. Eric Erickson, studying the effects of plant breeding and flower attraction of bees in sunflower lines.  When the lab closed, she eventually went to work at the A.I. Root Company as Bee Supply Sales Manager in Medina OH.  In 1991 she was accepted at the Rothenbuhler Honey Bee Lab at The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH) to study for a Ph.D. under Drs. Brian Smith and Glen Needham; dissertation title: Studies on the control, behavior, and molecular markers of the tracheal mite (Acarapis woodi (Rennie)) of honey bees.  In 1995, she worked as a post-doctoral assistant at the Ohio State University Ag. Research Center in Wooster OH, with Dr. James Tew and in 1998 at the Penn State University Bee lab, (State College, PA) with Maryann Frazier and Dr. Nancy Ostiguy.  Early in 2002, she was invited to join the USDA-ARS Carl Hayden Honey Bee Research Center in Tucson AZ.  Her current position is a Research Entomologist with Dr. G. DeGrandi-Hoffman and staff.  Her work at the lab includes research on bee nutrition problems, Varroa, proteomics of bees and mites, and current pollination problems. She is co-editor of a collection of bee research articles: Honey Bee Colony Health: Challenges and Sustainable Solutions that was published in 2011; she is currently working on a honey plants flip book. She has published over 40 scientific articles, and contributed to 4 other books as well as instructional videos.


Dr. Thomas D. Seeley is a Professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University, where he teaches courses in animal behavior and does research on the functional organization of honey bee colonies.  He grew up in Ithaca, New York and began keeping and studying bees while a high school student, when he brought home a swarm of bees in a wooden box.  He went away to college at Dartmouth in 1970, but returned to Ithaca each summer to work at the Dyce Laboratory for Honey Bee Studies at Cornell University, where he learned the craft of beekeeping and began probing the inner workings of the honey bee colony.  Thoroughly intrigued by the smooth functioning of bee colonies, he went on to graduate school at Harvard University where he studied under two ant men (Drs. Bert Hölldobler and Edward O. Wilson), began his research on bees in earnest, and earned his Ph.D. in 1978.  After teaching at Yale for six years, he worked his way home to Ithaca/Cornell in 1986, where he has been ever since.  In recognition of his scientific work, he has received the Senior Scientist Prize of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, and been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  His research focuses on the internal organization of honey bee colonies and has been summarized in three books:  Honeybee Ecology (1985, Princeton University Press), The Wisdom of the Hive (1995, Harvard University Press), and Honeybee Democracy (2010, Princeton University Press).


Mark Simakaski is co-owner and meadmaker at Artesano Meadery of Groton, VT. He produces several varieties of mead along with his wife, Nichole. Mark and Nichole left the corporate world and joined the Peace Corps and served in Paraguay teaching beekeeping in a rural community. It was during this time that they make their first bottle of mead in a gallon jug. Upon their return, they moved to central Vermont to start a small boutique winery that uses local honey and fruit to transform nature's sweetest gift into fine honey wine. Visit www.artesanomead.com for more information.


Landi Simone is a small-scale commercial beekeeper in northern New Jersey, owner of Gooserock Farm in Montville, Morris County.  She manages about 100 colonies of bees, producing prize-winning premium varietal honeys, artisan
honey spreads, beeswax cosmetics and handmade beeswax soaps.  Landi developed the ""Jersey Girl"" line of locally adapted hygienic queens and raises and sells spring nucleus colonies for NJ beekeepers.

A familiar figure at EAS, Landi is a certified Master Beekeeper who helps administer the Master Beekeeper exam, regularly chairing the oral exam committee. She has given numerous talks and workshops at EAS over the years
and teaches an annual short course in beekeeping in New Jersey.  Landi is an active member of the NJBA, and has held several offices in the organization.

A retired consulting engineer with degrees from Columbia and Rutgers, Landi finds her second career in apiculture every bit as challenging as engineering and a lot more fun.  As her photo shows, she loves getting chummy with her bees but just can't get them to stop tickling!


Dr. Marla Spivak is a MacArthur Fellow and McKnight Distinguished Professor in Entomology at the University of Minnesota.  Her interest in bees and beekeeping was kindled while working for a commercial beekeeper when she was 18. Her research efforts focus on protecting the health of all bees, breeding bees for their natural defenses against diseases and parasites, promoting sustainable beekeeping practices, and propagating floral rich and pesticide-free landscapes to support the health and diversity of bee pollinators.


Dr. James E. Tew is currently the Beekeeping Specialist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service, Auburn University.  Before retiring in 2011, Dr. Tew had served as the State Extension Beekeeping Specialist at The Ohio State University for 34 years.  Since 1975, Jim has taught classes, provided extension services, and conducted applied research on honey bees and honey bee behavior - specifically pollination behavior. Additionally, he continues to contribute monthly articles for national beekeeping publications and has written: Beekeeping Principles and Backyard Beekeeping.  He is a frequent speaker at state and national meetings and has traveled extensively to observe beekeeping techniques.  Jim has five grandkids who keep him spry and active.  For enjoyment, he woodworks, photographs, and feeds ungrateful birds.  He can be reached at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., http://twitter.com/onetewbee, and http://www.facebook.com/tewbee2


Barry Thompson began keeping bees in Tennessee in 1954 and kept bees in Indiana, Mississippi, Texas, and Germany. Coming to Maryland more than a decade ago, he established a company providing pollination services to orchards and pick-your-own farms in Montgomery County. Certified as an EAS Master Beekeeper in 1996, he has served as EAS Director for Maryland and is the immediate Past-Director, Master Beekeepers. Having failed retirement, his volunteer activities as a scientist at the Bee Research Lab at Beltsville have been curtailed by his acceptance in 2008 of the position of Medical Director, American College of Medical Genetics, Bethesda. Barry has made presentations at EAS and other national beekeeping and participates in the educational activities of his local and state associations. He is committed to the education of the public and is busy with presentations in public and private schools and gardening, farming and scouting organizations.


Maryann Tomasko Frazier received her B. S. in Agriculture Education from Penn State University in 1980. In 1983 she completed a Masters of Agriculture in Entomology, specializing in apiculture. She has worked as the assistant state apiary inspector in Maryland and for two years as a beekeeping specialist in Africa and Central America. For the past 22 years she has held the position of Senior Extension Associate in the Department of Entomology at Penn State and is responsible for honey bee extension throughout the state and cooperatively across the Mid-Atlantic region.  She is working collaboratively with other members of PSU Department of Entomology to understand how pesticides are impacting honey bees and other pollinators. In addition she is working with a team of U.S. and Kenyan researchers to understand the impacts of newly introduced Varroa mites on East African honey bee subspecies and help Kenyan beekeepers become more productive. She teaches courses in beekeeping, general entomology and teacher education and is involved in the Entomology Department’s innovative public outreach program.


Alice Varon is Executive Director of Certified Naturally Grown, a grassroots alternative to certified organic for direct-market farmers and beekeepers. Alice developed CNG's apiary certification program in collaboration with Dr. Buddy Marterre and other experienced beekeepers. She is an active member of IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements) serving as the North American representative on its PGS committee which supports the development of quality-assurance programs built on trust, social networks and knowledge exchange. Alice grew up in Waterbury, Vermont and now lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Claire Waring has kept bees since 1980 in Northamptonshire, England. She has been involved with local and national beekeeping associations ever since, serving as the first female General Secretary of the British Beekeepers' Association in 2004–2005.

She is Editor of Bee Craft, the leading UK beekeeping journal which was awarded the Gold Medal for Beekeeping Journals at the international Apimondia Congress in 2007 and the Silver Medal at the Apimondia Congress in 2011.

Claire is a very keen photographer, specialising in wildlife and macro photography, particularly bees and other insects. She finds the detail revealed in the macro world absolutely fascinating and is always looking for ways to improve her photographs. She won the Gold Medal for Beekeeping Photography at Apimondia in 2005 and the Silver Medal at Apimondia in 2009.

She is a founding trustee of the UK charity, Bees Abroad, which aims to relieve poverty through beekeeping. All projects are carefully monitored by UK project leaders and each one has the aim of becoming self-sufficient and self-supporting after a specific time. The first two projects, in Cameroon and Nepal, are now operating independently.

Together with her husband, Adrian, she has written the Haynes Bee Manual and Teach Yourself Beekeeping, with a second edition published as Starting Out in Beekeeping. She also made a major contribution to Collins Beekeeper's Bible. She writes the monthly beekeeping column for the UK smallholder magazine, Home Farmer.

Claire will be looking at ways to improve the composition and presentation of your photographs to take that winning shot!


Bob Wellemeyer, Castleton , VA. Married, wife, Beth, 4 children all grown, either in college or married with their own families. Grandparent 6 times over. I get lots of help in the bee yards and honey house.

Summers 1972-76 at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. Managed college apiaries for experiment stations, assisted with NJ beekeeping short courses and honey shows. Graduated with a B.S. in Entomology from Louisiana State University,1976. While at LSU, I worked at the USDA Bee Breeding and Stock Center under Dr. John Harbo.

Life member of EAS, President EAS 1996, VA director and delegate several times during my time in VA. Instructor and judge in past EAS conferences, short courses and workshops  various beekeeping topics, including judging honey shows, field and lecture presentations on bee diseases, best management practices, floral sources and working with beeswax.
Currently: Apiary Inspector Virginia Department of Agriculture with 35+ years, served as Virginia State Apiarist,1990-95.
Owner: Windsong Apiaries since 1985, providing pollination in Mid-Atlantic states, apples, blueberries, vine crops.
Honey producer, small scale queen and nuc producer. Produce beeswax candles and Christmas ornaments for the holidays.

white Joshua White - For over a decade, Joshua White has managed 100 certified organic colonies located in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Northwoods Apiaries has an emphasis on the production of certified organic bees and bee hive products under Vermont Organic Farmers (VOF) organic standards.
wieske Rich Wieske has been playing with bees for over 10 years. As beekeeper, bee advocate and mentor, he is a firm believer in natural sustainable methods as part of the local food movement.

Rich is frequently seen at one of his 100 Detroit beehives, on television or tending to the Bee Sanctuary at the Catherine Ferguson Academy in Detroit, Michigan. A High School for young and expectant mothers. The Sanctuary includes a growing array of living hives: top bar, hexagonal, Warre, garden, skep, hollow log and a tree hive. A firm believer in the health and therapeutic value of honey, pollen, propolis and bee venom, he is also developing a local queen rearing program with mating yards spread through out the  city.

Rich is co-owner of Green Toe Gardens apiary and is on the boards of the Michigan Beekeepers Association (MBA), Southeast Michigan Beekeepers Association (SEMBA) and Citybees Detroit.

In his spare time he continues he’s long-time work in commercial and documentary video production.

Michael Young Chairman of the Institute of Northern Ireland beekeepers (INIB) Michael Young MBE is a master chef,  teaching Culinary Arts at the Belfast Institute in Northern Ireland. He is an accomplished beekeeper in Hillsborough, a royal village that supports the Hillsborough castle for visiting heads of state/ royalty. Michael is the only person to have  been awarded Irish, Welsh, British and Scottish Honey Judge certification and has been an EAS, Georgia and Florida Honey Judge. For his dedication towards promoting apiculture in Northern Ireland, he received the MBE from his Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales in March 2009. Michael’s desert, featuring his own honey and  honey wine, was served at HM Royal Highness’s Private Banquet

Michael has held many officer positions in Beekeeping organisations including  being Founder and Chairman of the Institute of the Northern Ireland Beekeepers (INIB) Association,  a major player in promoting beekeeping for Northern Ireland Beekeepers. Michael has promoted Honey Judging by establishing an INIB Honey Judge Certificate,  that includes training workshops. He was a founding member of the Honey Judge Certification of the Young Harris beekeeping Institute, Georgia. Michael is also a founding member of the International Federation of Mead and Honey Wine Judges and an accomplished mead maker. He is skilled in beeswax encaustic art, cooking with honey and candle making. He will team with UVM kitchen staff to create a special event for EAS 2012.

zawislak Jon Zawislak is the apiculture specialist for the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.  He has enjoyed working with honey bees since 1998, and is equally at home in the bee yard, the laboratory or the classroom.  Each year he facilitates numerous workshops and short courses for new and experienced beekeepers, around Arkansas and beyond, with an emphasis on understanding their biology and behaviors.   He also works to spread the word about the importance of pollinators to the non-beekeeping public.  Jon has a Masters degree in Entomology, and was the first EAS Master Beekeeper certified from Arkansas.  He and his family operate Bee Natural Honey Farm in Little Rock, producing flavorful local honey without pesticides.

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