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Beekeeping Education

Phil Craft hosts a  conversation with beekeepers where he discusses beekeeping, honey bees and answers questions from beekeepers. In addition, Phil created online beginning and advanced beekeeping courses for KSBA and CKHP members. We invite you to join to take advantage of these learning opportunities.

Beekeeping discussion and Courses

Phil's Observations and Advice

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.

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