09. February 2019 - 8:00 till 17:00
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Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild 9th Annual Natural Beekeeping Symposium | The Franklin Institute | Saturday, 09. February 2019

The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild’s 9th Annual Natural Beekeeping Symposium will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia PA.
We have five speakers this year for a symposium that is focused on:
            Management Methods for Small-Scale Beekeepers.

Mel Disselkoen developed the OTS (On The Spot) method of queen rearing that works with bees natural reproductive cycle to achieve increase and strategic brood breaks for mite control. Mel will explain how his evolutionary/revolutionary approach to queen rearing builds on the work of early beekeeping innovators like Dolittle and why it’s so appropriate for today’s beekeeping challenges.

Landi Simone is a master beekeeper who’s Gooserock Farm in Montville, NJ produces raw honey and hive products from 150 colonies across 10 apiaries. Landi will talk about how she uses Nucs to support her beekeeping goals, and how she sets them up and manages them.

Vince Aloyo is also a master beekeeper and a long time leader of the Montgomery County Beekeeper’s Association. Vince has been deeply involved in Montco’s program to raise and distribute locally adapted mite resistant queen stock. He will talk about swarming, what triggers it, and how to manage it.

George Datto has developed the Nat Hive a new system for maintaining a two queen colony that reduces lifting and increases honey production. He will demonstrate this new system and have them available for sale.

Brian Walsh - Spotted Lanternfly, IPM approaches - The Spotted Lanternfly is a very dangerous invasive insect that has landed in Eastern PA. It is of immediate concern to beekeepers for several reasons which Brian will discuss.
Schedule of Events:
8:00 - 9:00 am - Registration,  Vendors, and Coffee
9:00 - 9:15 am - Opening remarks
9:15 - 11:00 am - Mel Disselkoen
11:00 - 12:00 pm - George Datto
12:00 - 1:30 pm - Lunch and Vendors
1:30 - 2:15 pm - Brian Walsh
2:15 - 3:30 pm - Vince Aloyo
3:30 - 4:45 pm - Landi Simone
4:45 - 5:00 pm - Closing Remarks and Raffle
More details about the topics will be provided as the date gets closer.
Tickets will be available at the door!
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