1400 East College Drive
Cheyenne, WY 82007
The University of Wyoming Laramie County Extension office is hosting the Wyoming Bee College Conference at Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, Wyoming, over the weekend of March 22-23. This is two days of hands on workshops and lectures, offering two educational concurrent sessions. This conference is open to everyone and anyone wanting to learn more about bee health, beekeeping, native bees, bumble bees and value added bee products.
The conference cost of $35/day/person or $50 for both days/person includes two lunches, snacks and a banquet dinner on Saturday night.
The first day session one is for beginner’s or current beekeepers wanting to improve their skills with an all-day hands-on hive workshop (bring your bee suit if you have one) taught by local beekeeper Michael Jordan (A Bee Friendly Company). The second session on Saturday will cover advanced beekeeping topics and issues. Several of the advanced classes will be taught by our keynote speaker, Dr. James Strange.
The second day, Sunday, March 23, will cover marketing finding a place for your product hands on workshop for value added products on bees wax and a class on making mead. Native Bees and building an Orchard Masson hive. There will be a class on dealing with drought and still have flowers for bees taught by Nancy Loomis.
A sampling of our speaker line up:
Keynote speaker and instructor Entomologist Dr. James Strange, from the USDA Agriculture Research Station at the Utah Bee Lab. Dr. Strange will give a keynote talk on “Getting Your Bees off of the Pesticide Treadmill in 2014″ and a second lecture on “Bumble Bee Diversity and Declines”
Michael Jordan, Beekeeper, entrepreneur, world traveler, owner operator of A Bee Friendly Company, Cheyenne Wyoming. Michael will teach a full day hands on bee to bee hive class, bring you suit if you have one.
Brenna Marsicek, University of Wyoming, Berry Bio-Diversity Center. Brenna will talk about native bees and their habitat with a second session on Orchard Mason bees and building a small hive for them.
Cole Ehmke, Agriculture Economics and Extension Specialist, UW. Cole will discuse ways to market your product.
Polly Cross, Wyoming Department of Agriculture, protecting your bees why registration of your hives is important.
Jeff Edwards, Pesticide Specialist at Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station, Lingle, Wyoming. Owner operator of Wind Harvest Farms a raspberry ranch east of Torrington, Wyoming. Jeff will talk about the current EPA regulations and labeling along with IPM techniques and stratgies for dealing with garden pest.
Nancy Loomis owner operator of Antique Central in Cheyenne, Wyoming where she developed an amazing permaculture rain garden during the severe drought of 2012, flourished and supports a wide range of good insects.
Gayle Wilson owner of Thin Air Studios in Laramie Wyoming will give a class on value-added bee related products such as: lotion, chap stick, furniture wax and encaustic art wax as well as making a product to take home.
For more information contact Catherine Wissner at 307-633-4383.
Please bring your eventbrite ticket.
for a map of Laramie County Community College go to http://www.lccc.cc.wy.us/about/maps