Our First Beekeeper Symposium
Anna and I attended the Alabama’s 19th Annual Beekeeper Symposium which was hosted by Auburn University. Shelby County was well represented with two club members (George Baldwin and Jimmy Carmack) as presenters. Also, the Shelby County club had a significant number of members as attendees. We are blessed to have so much talent in our local club.
Our objective was to learn more about queen rearing and pure honey production. We were able to attend presentations on The Small Hive Beetle, Colony Management, Methods to Insure High Quality Honey, Queen Management for the New Beekeeper and Developing & Using Nucleus Colonies.
One of the best aspects of the Symposium was how accessible the presenters, masters and other beekeepers were.
Anna and I were able to attend presentations on Responsibilities of the Alabama Beekeeper, Making Increases and Swarm Management, Methods to Insure High Quality Honey For Your Customers, Queen Management & Selection and Developing & Using Nucleus Colonies.
The Beemaster’s Prayer
Will there be bees in heavenly places
will there be bees?
Winging their way through the golden spaces
To fruitify the eternal trees
That yield their sweet life-giving store
Monty by month for ever more.
Will soft bee music haunt the stream
Whose waters shine with crystal glow
And will they come where lilies gleam
To skip the eternal nectar flow?
Lord though didst love our earthly places
Birds and flowers and shady trees-
Let there be Bees in heavenly places
Let there be Bees
(c)2014 Brandon Blankenship Alabama Birmingham Hoover Pelham