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Ross Conrad

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. He 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.

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February 18th, 2016 - 6:30 pm

Ross Conrad at Addison County Beekeeper's Association

Location: 55 Collins Drive, Middlebury, VT, 05753 | Authors: Ross Conrad

Ross Conrad will speak at the Addison County Beekeeper's Association meeting on February 18th about beekeeping equipment basics. This meeting will take place at the Middlebury Ambulance from 6:30-8:00 PM.


March 12th, 2016 - 9:00 am

Ross Conrad at Nature Museum

Location: 186 Townshend Rd., Grafton, VT, 05146 | Authors: Ross Conrad

ORGANIC BEEKEEPING WORKSHOP WITH ROSS CONRAD Celebrated Vermont beekeeper Ross Conrad of Dancing Bee Gardens will host an Organic Beekeeping Workshop on Saturday, March 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the NewsBank Conference Center, 352 Main Street, Chester, Vermont. The event is presented by The Nature Museum at Grafton. This workshop includes three topics often requested by local beekeepers: Working with Honey Bee Queens: The queen bee, the only fertile female bee in the hive, can lay 1,500 or more eggs a day during the peak of summer. Ross Conrad will provide beekeepers with information to work productively with queens. Workshop participants will learn how to differentiate between healthy and unhealthy queens, and get tips on introducing queens into a hive and how to address queen problems. Note: This workshop is NOT about breeding queens and grafting. Working with Swarms: The swarm is an expression of the hive’s vitality. Ross will talk about the intricate details of how the hive decides on a new location to build its home and its process of coordinating the movements of 10,000 bees so that they all arrive at the new location at the same time. Ross will share tips, based on research conducted at Cornell University, on understanding the swarm, how to work with the swarming impulse, and how to capture swarms. Organic Controls for Pests and Disease (Other than Varroa): This topic will cover everything from bears and skunks, to wax moths, small hive beetles, foulbrood, nosema, viruses, and more.

Category: Farm & Garden | Transition, Homesteading & Community Resilience

Book: Natural Beekeeping - Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture, 2nd Edition 

May 7th, 2016 - 9:00 am

Ross Conrad at Metta Earth Institute

Location: 334 Geary Rd S, Lincoln, VT, 05443 | Authors: Ross Conrad

On May 7th and 8th, Ross Conrad will teach a two-day intensive Organic Beekeeping for Beginners class at Metta Earth Institute. Cost to register is $110 per person and includes a second edition copy of "Natural Beekeeping."

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Format: Workshop 

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