Bee School is a day-long event featuring keynote speaker Michael Palmer, followed by breakout sessions for beginners to intermediate through experienced beekeepers. An optional onsite lunch is available when you register on-line for $11 extra—bee sure to sign up for lunch on the ticket page if you would like that option. Otherwise, please pack a lunch or visit a nearby restaurant.
In lieu of our usual teacup auction, we’re instead selling raffle tickets throughout the day for a number of larger prize packages. Winners will be announced toward the end of the day, with grand prize winners after the last session. Vendors will be available throughout the day selling bees, bee-related equipment and other products.
Information about speakers, topics and scheduling will be posted on the Kalamazoo Bee School page as they become available.
Michael Palmer | “The Sustainable Apiary”
Mike Palmer escaped suburban New York City by going to university in Vermont, where he fell in love with the country, his wife, and eventually the little bugs that we all hold so dear. Over the following twenty-odd years, he built the farm into an apiary of nearly a thousand colonies. When hit with mites, Mike tried raising a few queens and wintering them in nucleus colonies to reduce the expense of replacement queens and packages. The results changed his beekeeping forever. Not only did his bees winter more successfully and store larger surplus honey crops, the fun rose to new heights, far above the clouds. Michael lives in St. Albans, Vermont with his wife Lesley, their Blue Tick hounds, and a new flock of Orpington chickens.
When not helping his crew manage the honey production colonies, or spending countless hours in the queen rearing apiaries, Mike travels the country teaching sustainable beekeeping to anyone who will listen.