The 2018 West Virginia Beekeepers Association’s Spring Conference will be hosted by the Raleigh County Beekeepers Cooperative Association and the Appalachian Beekeeping Collective. This event will be held at Tamarack Conference Center in Beckley, WV on March 23 & 24, 2018. Featured speakers will include Dr. Debbie Delaney, Associate Professor of Entomology for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Delaware, Dr. Parry Kietzman, Head Beekeeper/Researcher for the Appalachian Beekeeping Collective and Dr. James Wilson an Extension Apiculturist at Virginia Tech.
Highlights will also include sessions on honeybee removal from structures, West Virginia native plants, products of the hive (i.e. lotions, soaps, lip balms), wax renderings comb to candle as well as a hands-on wax demonstration. Conference registrations will include breakfast as well as a voucher for lunch at Tamarack Conference Center. In addition, a tour of the Beckley Exhibition Mine and Coal Camp as well as a Q & A session with the presenters will occur on Friday evening, March 23rd. Master Beekeeping Requirements Testing will also be available on March 23rd. Please reference the conference schedule for more information. Pre-registration is available until March 15. Registration at the door will also be available, but will be more expensive.
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Tamarack’s striking, peaked red roof and attractively landscaped grounds draw half a million visitors annually into a welcome respite of visual beauty, Appalachian sounds, and distinctive aromas. Tamarack with its unique retail artisan products and extraordinary food fare started out as a simple vision to promote the Mountain State’s wonderful image.
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