2014 Spring Mass Bee Meeting
March 22, 2014
Will Be held at Topsfield Fair
9AM-4PM Checkin 8:30AM
Speakers: Link to Application Form
Program Director for Pollinator Stewadship Council, Inc.
Pollinator Stewardship's mission is: to defend managed and native pollinators vital to a sustainable and affordable food supply from the adverse impact of pesticides.
Stephen Repasky, of Pittsburgh, PA, is an EAS Certified Master Beekeeper and currently serves as the President of Burgh Bees, Second Vice-President of the PA State Beekeepers Association and sits on the Board of Directors for the American Beekeeping Federation. He keeps busy with mentoring new beekeepers, teaching classes, raising local mite resistant queens, collecting swarms and extracting feral honeybee colonies from structures as well as working with local communities developing regulatory code to allow the keeping of bees in urban areas. Stephen received a B.Sc. degree in Wildlife Management from Penn State and has recently written a book entitled “Swarm Essentials: Ecology, Management and Sustainability”.
8:30 – 9:15 AM - Registration & Lunch Tickets
9:15 – 9:30 AM - Welcome - Rick Reault, President MBA
9:30 – 10:30 AM - “Swarm Ecology and Management” Stephen Repasky
10:30 – 10:50 AM - Morning Break – Visit the vendors, purchase raffle ticket
10:50 – 11:30 AM – “Pollinator Stewardship Council: Our work to protect pollinators and beekeepers.” Michele Colopy
11:30 – 12:00 – Vote to Adopt “Best Beekeeping Practices” Policy. - Rick Reault
12:00 – 1:00 PM - LUNCH
1:00 – 1:15 PM - New Testing Lab, Boston Beekeepers Club – Lena King, Best Bee
1:15 – 2:00 PM - “Two and Half Hives: Increasing Your Colonies and Controlling Swarming” Stephen Repasky
2:00 – 2:15 PM - Afternoon Break – Silent Auction closes at 2:15 PM.
2:15 – 3:00 PM – “Migratory Beekeeping: Why keeping them alive is so difficult.” Michele Colopy
3:00 - 3:15 – Door Prize Drawings & Auction Winners – Dave Thayer
3:15 PM - Clean up & meeting of Directors (front of room).