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Virtual Beekeeping Lecture with Dr. Tammy Horn Potter

March 3, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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Join us for a virtual presentation and conversation with Dr. Tammy Horn Potter. She will be talking about her book Beeconomy: What Women and Bees Can Teach Us about Local Trade and the Global Market.

Beeconomy examines the fascinating evolution of the relationship between women and bees around the world. From Africa to Australia to Asia, women have participated in the pragmatic aspects of honey hunting and in the more advanced skills associated with beekeeping as hive technology has advanced through the centuries. Beeconomy not only explores globalization, food history, gender studies, and politics; it is a collective call to action.

Synthesizing the various aspects of hive-related products, such as beeswax and cosmetics, as well as the more specialized skills of queen production and knowledge-based economies of research and science, noted bee expert Dr. Tammy Horn Potter documents how and why women should consider being beekeepers. The women profiled in the book suggest ways of managing careers, gender discrimination, motherhood, marriage, and single-parenting―all while enjoying the community created by women who work with honey bees. Dr. Horn Potter finds in beekeeping an opportunity for a new sustainable economy that takes into consideration environment, children, and family needs.

Dr. Tammy Horn Potter has served as the Kentucky State Apiarist since 2014, sampling hives for the USDA, inspecting migratory hives, working on grants with Kentucky State Beekeepers Association and the Kentucky Queen Bee Breeders Association, and educational-related activities. She has written Bees in America (2005), Beeconomy (2012), and Flower Power: Establishing Pollinator Habitat (2019). She worked for Big Island Queens from 2006-2010, worked with Coal Country Beeworks from 2010-2014, and serves as a board member of Project Apis M, Honey Bee Health Coalition, Eastern Apiculture Society, Green Forests Work, Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, and Kentucky State Beekeepers Association.

Pre-registration is required so we can send you a link to join, and space is limited. This lecture is free, but we welcome donations to help offset programming costs. Automated live captioning is available.

Registration closes March 3rd at 5:30pm CST.


March 3, 2021
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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