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10th Annual Bee Forum

March 31, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


10th Annual Bee Forum: Reading the combs–experiencing the world through the perspective of the bees.

Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance hosts an annual Bee Forum to join local beekeepers and beekeeping experts to discuss relevant topics in the world of beekeeping, in addition to building community with Chicagoland beekeepers. GPCA is excited to have Randy Oliver present on the topic of hive inspections. Randy’s presentation “Reading the combs–experiencing the world through the perspective of the bees” will focus on interpreting what bees are telling us as we inspect the hives and help us determine how to transition from having bees to keeping bees to managing bees.
To help build community and keep the conversation going, we have a shared potluck lunch.
Presenter Bio:
Randy Oliver owns and operates a small commercial beekeeping enterprise in the foothills of Grass Valley in Northern California. He and his two sons manage about 1500 colonies for migratory pollination and produce queens, nucs, and honey. He has over 50 years of practical beekeeping experience, plus holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biological Sciences. Randy researches, analyzes, and digests beekeeping information from all over the world in order to not only broaden his own depth of understanding and knowledge, but to develop practical solutions to many of today’s beekeeping problems, which he then shares with other beekeepers through his various articles in bee magazines, his speaking engagements worldwide, and on his
Tentative Schedule:
10:00 am – 10:30 am: Registration and light breakfast
10:30 am – 10:35 am: Welcome & opening remarks
10:35 am – 12:00 pm: Morning presentation – ” Reading the combs”
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Community Potluck Lunch – bring a dish to share
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Afternoon presentation – “Reading the combs”
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Panel discussion and closing
We are offering a limited amount of scholarships to the Bee Forum. Please fill out this form by February 28, 2019 to be considered.

Cancellation policy: We issue refunds for cancellations up to two weeks before the event. Within two weeks and more than 24 hours before the event, we will gladly refund your money if we have an active waitlist. Cancellations within 24 hours of the event are at our discretion regardless if there is a waitlist. Any money not refunded may be used for a future class or program registration through June 30, 2019.


March 31, 2019
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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