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EAS 2003 Short Course

The Short Course for 2003 will consist of two levels, with a very similar format as was utilized for Short Course 2001:

Level 1: Designed for "5 hives, under 5 years"
Basic management techniques through the year, open hive demonstrations, diseases (including American Foul Brood (AFB), Nosema), mites, small hive beetle (nobody is immune to this invasion), swarming, workshops (preferably hands-on) as introduction to hive products, equipment. Wednesday morning will bring both Level 1 and Level 2 together for presentations pertinent to all levels of beekeeping.

Level 2: Designed to advance those already producing a honey crop
The pattern will be three choices for topics for Monday, three choices of topics for Tuesday. Topics will include: Receiving value for product, advances in Integrated Pest Management (IPM), diseases and mites, pollination, going commercial, problems of beekeeping, swarming, open hive work, workshops (preferably hands-on) for increasing revenue as well as enjoyment.

Level 1
MondayTuesdayWednesday AM
Beekeeping Basics Levels 1 & 2

  Combined Session  


Topics of interest to all beekeepers
Level 2
Monday
Pick 1 of 3 sessions
Tuesday
Pick 1 of 3 sessions
  Management    Marketing 
  IPM for You    Management 
  Biology & Behavior     Queens 

Overview (both levels)
This year, as in past years, there will be new attractions as well as a thorough study of "the basics" that every beekeeper needs. It certainly is a tribute to the enthusiasm and participation of the Short Course students that professors from previous years again welcome their roles in conducting the course.

This year we will have a visitor from Ireland, Michael Young, an extremely talented man. He is a chef at one of the finest Hilton Hotels. He will be consulting with the dining staff of Bowdoin on cooking with honey. His honey cooking articles and recipes appear in international beekeeping journals. But wait - that's not all. He will be showing you how to do encaustic painting - using colored beeswax and two simple tools (an iron and a small soldering iron) to create beautiful pictures. And he is a great mead maker. And he will be making a nice surprise for us at the Wednesday evening social - another "first" at EAS.

Another newcomer is Jennifer Berry from the University of Georgia. She is an enthusiastic teacher, as well as an excellent researcher. You won't want to miss her classes.

Shim, Dr. Hachiro Shimanuki, has been a loyal supporter of EAS for many years. Now retired, he will be coming to bring us information on his specialty - honey bee diseases.

If you have been keeping track of articles in the bee magazines you are probably aware of the move toward an IPM approach to our problems - the newly arriving Small Hive Beetle and the old, troublesome Varroa mite. Come and find out what you can do to control pests and what the future holds for beekeepers.

Marketing - selling honey and hive products - is always important, especially when a beekeeper has a record crop. The Tuesday Marketing session will be visiting a farmer's market in the morning. It's only a short walk from the campus. Marlene Thomas will lead the group.

Queens - an always popular subject. Find out how to raise them, what to do with them, and - very important - how to evaluate their performance.

What about time with the bees themselves? Yes - all groups will have Open Hive Time. The apiary is nice and big with lots of shade for your comfort as well as the bees'. Bring your veil (absolutely necessary) along with your questions for our international group of experts. You won't be disappointed, and there's nothing like it anywhere in the world.

Other instructors that will be part of this intensive Short Course include some of our regulars; Clarence Collison, from Mississippi State, Dewey Caron from Delaware, Bob Cole from North Carolina, Keith Delaplane from Georgia, Tony Jadczyk from Maine, John Skinner from Tennessee, Marlene Thomas from Tennessee, Medhat Nasr from Canada, Gordon Wardall from Arizona and of course Ann Harman from Virginia.

Look closely at the registration form. For the Advanced topics you'll see that you have to make choices of topics, and you won't be able to do everything offered. Management is offered once each day, so you probably can take that topic, but IPM, Biology/behavior, Marketing and queens are only offered once. Choose wisely because class sizes are limited, and once you choose a topic, we won't have room for you to switch.

For the Beekeeping Fundamentals level, there is plenty of room, with the same group of instructors as the Advanced level. You'll have world class people in the class room, and in the beeyard. And both levels use our core of Master Beekeepers to help in both the classroom and in the field, so there's always someone who can answer even the most basic question, or the most advanced query. EAS covers it all, all the time in our Short Course. Our Short Course gives you more beekeeping in two and a half days than you'll get in a whole season on your own.