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Ross Conrad

Ross Conrad learned his craft from the late Charles Mraz, world-renowned beekeeper and founder of Champlain Valley Apiaries in Vermont. Former president of the Vermont Beekeepers Association, Conrad is a regular contributor to Bee Culture - The Magazine of American Beekeeping. Ross has led bee related presentations and taught organic beekeeping workshops and classes throughout North America for many years. His small beekeeping business, Dancing Bee Gardens, supplies friends, neighbors, and local stores with honey and candles among other bee related products, and provides bees for Vermont apple pollination in spring.

    Ross's Upcoming Events

    • Ross Conrad at the Metta Earth Institute
      334 Geary Rd., Lincoln VT
      May 10, 2014, 8:00 am

      Ross will offer a two-day intensive "Organic Beekeeping for Beginners" workshop at the Metta Earth Institute, May 10-11. Cost: $110 (includes a copy of Natural Beekeeping, Revised) To register, call: 802-349-4279 This workshop covers topics suitable for Beginners. Workshop sessions cover hive construction and layout, the basics of bee biology, and handling bees. This course also presents a balanced view of natural and organic beekeeping topics and practices not ordinarily covered in lectures and articles, including: presence and mindfulness in the beeyard; swarming as an expression of the bees vitality; working with swarms and making nucleus colonies; non-toxic mite and foul brood control; and an appreciation for the role that pollinators play within the Earth's ecosystem. Weather permitting, the class will be punctuated with visits to the hives, where techniques for handling bees are demonstrated with opportunities for hands-on experience by workshop participants. Bring a veil, if you have one.

    • Ross Conrad at the Metta Earth Institute
      334 Geary Rd., Lincoln VT
      May 17, 2014, 8:00 am

      Ross will offer a two-day intensive "Organic Beekeeping for Beginners" workshop at the Metta Earth Institute, May 17-18. Cost: $110 (includes a copy of Natural Beekeeping, Revised) To register, call: 802-349-4279 This workshop covers topics suitable for Beginners. Workshop sessions cover hive construction and layout, the basics of bee biology, and handling bees. This course also presents a balanced view of natural and organic beekeeping topics and practices not ordinarily covered in lectures and articles, including: presence and mindfulness in the beeyard; swarming as an expression of the bees vitality; working with swarms and making nucleus colonies; non-toxic mite and foul brood control; and an appreciation for the role that pollinators play within the Earth's ecosystem. Weather permitting, the class will be punctuated with visits to the hives, where techniques for handling bees are demonstrated with opportunities for hands-on experience by workshop participants. Bring a veil, if you have one.

    • Ross Conrad at the Metta Earth Institute
      334 Geary Rd., Lincoln VT
      May 24, 2014, 8:00 am

      Ross will offer an advanced organic beekeeping workshop at the Metta Earth Institute on May 24th from 9am-5pm. Cost: $50. To register, call: 802-349-4279 This course will cover the ins and outs of swarms and working with swarms, Apitherapy: Health and healing with products from the hive (Honey, Pollen, Propolis, Bees Wax, Royal Jelly, and Bee Venom), and Developing a personal/spiritual connection with the honey bee.

    • Ross Conrad at the Middlebury Garden Club
      Venue TBD, Middlebury VT
      November 11, 2014, 1:00 pm

      Ross will speak about "Bee Hive Collapse And How You Can Help" at the Middlebury Garden Club on November 11th @ 1pm. The honeybee faces many affronts to its immune system in these days of Varroa mites and pesticide overload. The so-called “Colony Collapse Disorder” now facing beekeepers makes it all the more imperative that local beekeepers, farmers, and gardeners learn healthy ways to assist the honeybee. Ross will share the "how to" of numerous techniques to keep bees alive despite the numerous stresses on their health. Topics covered include: Organic Beekeeping, Managing Farms and Yards to Provide Bee Forage and Habitat, Home Owner Activities to Help Our Pollinators.

    Ross's Books

    Natural Beekeeping, Revised and Expanded Edition

    Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture

    Best practices for keeping honeybees healthy and productive with strategies for controlling mites, selective breeding for resistant bees, and more -- now in full color with updated information.

    Natural Beekeeping Book & DVD Set

    In this set, which includes the new, full-color, Natural Beekeping, Revised and Expanded Edition, and a DVD workshop, Ross Conrad brings together the best "do no harm" strategies for keeping honeybees healthy and productive, all of which are covered in a thoughtful, matter-of-fact way.

    Natural Beekeeping with Ross Conrad (DVD)

    This filmed workshop follows Ross Conrad through the dos and don'ts of natural beekeeping, and offers practical information -- including details on apitherapy, the use of bee products in medicinal healing -- every aspiring beekeeper needs to know.

    Natural Beekeeping

    Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture

    Long-term organic solutions for healthy beehives.

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