Next Generation Beekeeper Breakout Session // CSBA
The Brickhouse Art Gallery
2837 36th St
Calling all beekeepers in their 20's and 30's! There's a Next Gen Beekeepers Breakout session at the California State Beekeepers Association Conference, and we want you there! Join us for free beer, some desert, live music, and an opportunity to connect with other young beekeepers. A January 23rd article in the Wall Street Journal titled, “More Beekeepers Sour on Profession as Winter Die-Offs Continue,” is an all-too familiar sentiment moving through the beekeeping industry. To keep a colony thriving, recruitment must outnumber loss. With the average age of beekeepers nearing 70, and only 8% under the age of 40 (Bee Culture, 2007, Flottum), we are not headed for success. The Next Generation Beekeepers Initiative is aiming to amend this trend, by not just simply listing problems in the beekeeping industry, but identifying real solutions and pairing them with action. The night will kick-off with beer, desert, and live music by beekeeper Ben Sallmann's jazz/funk band - then we'll get down to the nitty gritty. I'll share what the group came up with in Missoula and Boulder, then we'll spend time putting our present thoughts and experiences down, and come up with the building blocks of a "strategic" plan and a few action items for the coming year. Your co-facilitators for the evening are next gen beekeepers, Sarah Red-Laird, Katie Lee, Elizabeth Frost, and Steve Marquette. See below for bios, and we hope to hoist a pint for bees and beekeepers with you in November at CSBA! Join and share our Facebook event here.About your facilitators: Sarah Red-Laird is the founder and Executive Director of the Bee Girl organization, a nonprofit with a mission to inspire and empower communities to conserve bees and their habitat. She is a graduate of the University of Montana's College of Forestry and Conservation with a degree in Resource Conservation, focused on community collaboration and environmental policy.Aside from running the Bee Girl organization’s programs, Sarah is the US Ambassador of the International Bee Research Association's (IBRA) BEEWORLD project, the Kids and Bees Director for the American Beekeeping Federation, a New York Bee Sanctuary Advisory Board member, is an active member of the Northwest Farmers Union, and is a mentor in the Oregon State Master Beekeepers Program, and the Regional Representative for the Southern Oregon Beekeepers Association.When she is not tirelessly working with bees, beekeepers, kids, farmers, land managers, and policy makers, Sarah heads for the hills with a camera, large backpack, fishing rod, bike or snowboard, and her best friend, Sophie the Yellow Lab.Katie Lee is a PhD student advised by Dr. Marla Spivak at the University of Minnesota and the Midwest Tech-Transfer Team lead for the Bee Informed Partnership. She works with commercial migratory beekeepers by taking colony health measures, sampling for pests and diseases, testing breeding stock for hygienic behavior, developing best management practices, and longitudinally monitoring colonies. In 2010, Katie started the first US Tech-Transfer Team in Northern California to work with queen breeders. In 2009, she received her MS degree at the University of Minnesota with Dr. Spivak by developing a Varroa mite sampling plan that is now used around the world. Her interests are all thing honey bees, especially bee breeding, Varroa, disease ecology, and extension work.Elizabeth Frost, a native of Milpitas, California and has worked closely with queen breeders, honey bee researchers and migratory beekeepers in the United States for the past seven years. Her main apicultural interests are queen rearing, bee breeding, artificial insemination and native flora. She got her start working for Susan Cobey at the University of California, Davis in 2008 after completing a minor degree in entomology and double major degrees in Italian and English with an emphasis in creative writing. During the next four years she maintained breeder and research colonies, acted as a teacher’s aid for queen rearing and instrumental insemination courses, raised queens, facilitated research projects with Dr. Eric Mussen and Dr. Brian Johnson and collected bee semen for annual collaborative breeding efforts between California queen breeder domestic stocks and imported stock from Europe collected by Susan Cobey (WSU). She then worked as a migratory field technician for the Bee Informed Partnership, the brainchild of Dr. Marla Spivak of the University of Minnesota and Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp of the University of Maryland. In the recent past she’s worked in agricultural extension for the New South Wales Government in Australia, and in spring 2015 inseminated 200 queens for California queen breeders. She’s currently contracting with US Agency for International Development (USAID) to complete a report on her 21-day bee breeding center feasibility study in Lebanon. She continue to provide bee breeding and artificial insemination consulting services through her own business, E. Frost Apicultural Services.Steve Marquette is a 4th generation beekeeper who grew up in Northeast Nebraska, learning the ropes of working bees from his father Raymond Marquette. In 1999 he moved to Southern California and took an early interest in trying alternative treatments to control Varroa mites, while adjusting to the different style of managing hives in a much drier, more condensed environment.Steve's keeps his hive count between 2000-3000 hives, and still has the pleasure of working with both his brother Chad and his father Raymond. Some of his most recent work of Varroa mite control is through the use of different types of essential oils. The ultimate goal is to come up with a treatment protocol that is devastating to mites, healthy for bees, chemical free, easy to use, and cost effective.
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