Phil Craft hosts a conversation with Kentucky beekeepers on best practices acquired as the Kentucky State Apiarist and a lifelong beekeeper.
Beginner Beekeeping Courses with Phil Craft - 2021/2022
First year beekeepers will acquire basic knowledge to purchase equipment and honey bees. There are 6 courses, each about 1 hour long. By the end of the course, the student should be well prepared to keep their colony healthy and strong through winter.
Intermediate Beekeeping Courses with Phil Craft - 2022
Courses are designed around intermediate and advanced topics. There are 9 courses, each about 1 hour long. The courses cover a variety of topics such as varroa mite integrated pest management, swarming, wax moths, small hive beetles and more.
Meet your Instructor: Phil Craft
Phil Craft served as the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s State Apiarist from 1999 through 2011. He is a graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio (BA in biology), and the University of Kentucky (BS in civil engineering). He is a past president and past chairman of the Heartland Apicultural Society, past program chairman of Eastern Apicultural Society, and past president of the Apiary Inspectors of America. A native of the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, he now lives out in the sticks in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky near Lexington with his family, a very old dog, and some bee hives.