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Lifestyles & Community

July 8, 2014

EKU, Berea to co-host apiculture society

BEREA — From July 28 through Aug. 1, the Eastern Apiculture Society will be buzzing around Madison County as Berea College and EKU co-host this international event (

This year’s theme, “Esprit de Bee,” pays tribute to the Kentucky National Guard’s Agriculture Development Teams, specifically their leadership in apiculture.

The event features an impressive line-up of high-caliber apiculture researchers, an apiary, a lab, a series of evening social events, and a vendor show with Kentucky bee supply companies such as Dadant’s (Frankfort) and Walter T. Kelley’s (Clarkson).

More than 25 speakers are scheduled to present at the conference, including Berea College’s Dr. Sean Clark. If you have any interest in bees and beekeeping, you’ll definitely want to take part in this signature event.

In addition to the conference and short courses being offered, there also will besocial events each day. On Monday, July 28, Dr. Subba Reddy Pallu and Jerry Hayes will lead a conversation about reducing pesticides in beehives. This discussion is free and open to the public.

Tuesday evening will feature beekeeper and author Abigail Keam reading from her first book in conjunction with a mead tasting and book signing.

A Wednesday night contra dance showcasing the Reel World String Band will be catered by the Athenian Grill.

A honey-themed lunch will be on the Thursday menu at Berea College’s Boone Tavern Hotel & Restaurant (reservations required). Thursday evening is a catfish buffet and auction.

Friday’s highlight is especially for kids. The Berea College Farm will host a one-day beekeeping camp for kids in fourth through sixth grade led by Sarah Red-Laird.

Information and registration for the Beekeeping Academy can be found at

The annual banquet will also take place Friday evening.

Closing out the event is the Kentucky State Beekeepers Association meeting on Saturday, Aug. 2, at Berea College.

This meeting is free to members, so join today at

There also will be several guided and self-guided tours before and during the event as well as an exhibit at the Berea College Farm Store from extension agent and beekeeper Robert Spence’s travel journals.

Pre-registration for the event ends this Friday, July 11. There are several registration options for the conference, short courses, tours and social events. Lodging and food options are also available.

For complete details, visit:

Until next time, eat well!

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