Cleveland Beekeepers Buzz About Apiculture

Author of "Organic Approaches to Modern Beekeeping" to keynote annual conference.

Published on: Mar 25, 2013

The Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association will hold their Third Annual Conference on May 11 at the Case Western Reserve University Farm. The conference topic will be "Natural Beekeeping."

One of the keynote speakers for the event will be Ross Conrad who will discuss "Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture": Mr. Conrad learned his craft from the late Charles Mraz, world renowned beekeeper. Conrad is a former president of the Vermont Beekeepers Association, a regular contributor to "Bee Culture" – The Magazine of American Beekeeping, and author of "Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture." Ross has given bee related presentations and led organic beekeeping workshops and classes throughout North America for many years. His beekeeping business, Dancing Bee Gardens, supplies friends, neighbors, and local stores with honey and candles among other bee related products, and provides bees for Vermont apple pollination in the spring.

Cleveland Beekeepers Buzz About Apiculture
Cleveland Beekeepers Buzz About Apiculture

Janet Clayton will also discuss "Honeybee Health." Clayton is a Master Beekeeper and served as editor of the WVBA Newsletter. Her recent work on a new honey processing facility has fueled her interest in this topic. She will give some valuable insights for beekeepers wishing to improve their honeybee health.

Beekeeping and honey production activities started at the CWRU farm in the spring of 2011. The university's activities are expanding and enhancing the Farm Food Program while providing new educational opportunities for faculty and students.

In 2012, beekeeping and honey production activities at the farm expanded the research and teaching opportunities in the areas of entomology, animal behavior and food production techniques. A special thanks to Stan Hockey from Cleveland Heights, who provided guidance to the farm staff for this project during its beginning phases. Richard Manley, Cuyahoga County Beehives Inspector and Farm beekeeper consultant, offered a beekeeping class over three Saturdays in September, February, and April as part of the continuing education program. The classes make use of the Farm Apiary and the Honey House.

For more information about the conference contact Richard Manley,, 216.712.4553 or visit the Website: