Young Harris College - University of Georgia Beekeeping Institute
SET YOUR CALENDARS: The 24th Annual Beekeeping Institute has been scheduled for May 14-16th, 2015
Welcome to the YHC-UGA Beekeeping Institute webpage!
Well, the 2014 conference is now behind us. But, the preliminary feedback has been that it was THE BEST BEEKEEPING INSTITUTE yet!!! With special guest instructors like Dr. Mark Winston, Dr. Dennis VanEnglesdorp, and Dr. Giles Budge, as well as our own Dr. Paul Arnold, Dr. Keith Delaplane and Jennifer Berry, MS, how could the program have been anything less than historic?!?
Pictures from the conference and awards dinner will be uploaded soon.
We have new Georgia Master Craftsman Beekeeper, and she's from... Louisiana?!?! Yes, that's right. Ms. Amy Weeks has become the second Master Craftsman in the history of the Georgia Master Beekeeper Program, and the first female. CONGRATULATIONS, AMY!
Read more about the Master Craftsman Beekeeper certification.
On this page:
- A synopsis of the Beekeeping Institute
- A listing of attending anchor vendors
- A summary of scheduled events (see official Program for 2014 details)
- An introduction to the certification programs
- An introduction to the honey show
The UGA Honey Bee Program offers an annual Georgia beekeeping event in cooperation with Young Harris College. It is an amalgam of information dissemination (lectures, workshops & demonstrations) from esteemed local, regional, national and international beekeeping practitioners, authors, & researchers, hands-on training classes, beekeeping and honey judging certification programs, exam preparation classes, practical and written certification exam administrations, a distinguished regional honey show, multiple awards programs, and a renowned dinner party.
Since 1992, the Young Harris Beekeeping Institute (YHBI) has been the single most comprehensive opportunity in the Southeast for concentrated training in all aspects of practical beekeeping. Held on the beautiful campus of Young Harris College (Young Harris, GA) in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the YHBI is a three-day event (see Schedule of Events, below) with separate curricula for beginners and more experienced beekeepers, as well as a plethora fun, optional activities.
Guest lecturers for the 2013 program were Dr. Thomas D. Seeley, Dr. Dave Tarpy and Michael Young MBE.
In addition, the program is proud to host respected, regional purveyors of queen honey bees, honey bee nucleus hives & packages, beekeeping equipment & supplies, arts, crafts and books. Their attendance offers the convenience to YHBI participants of browsing among a wide variety of wonderful resources and gifts without concern over shipping charges. Among the vendors scheduled for the 2014 YHBI are the following - contact them now to put in your orders to be picked up (free of shipping!) at the program on May 15-16, 2015:
Thursday is dedicated to training and certification examinations for the GA-MBP Journeyman, Master, and Master Craftsman levels, as well as the Welsh Honey Judge qualifications; these lectures are not open to the public.
The Institute proper, Friday and Saturday, features a 2-track system: one set of programs is highlighted as pertaining specifically to less-experienced beekeepers, and another for more-experienced beekeepers. However, the format is open and all Institute participants can pick and choose among all of the lectures, workshops and demonstrations offered.
The Awards Dinner takes place on Friday night. It's a fish fry (catfish fillets) in addition to a shrimp boil. There are also sausage, corn on the cob, potatoes, specialty beers & soft drinks. In 2014, the banquet will take place in the Paris Pavillion of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds (7 miles east of Young Harris College - MAP). There will be a live bluegrass band. And, the certificates for Journeyman, Master, and Master Craftsman Beekeepers, as well as the Welch Honey Judges, are announced in an enjoyable, informal ceremony of presentations, handshaking, pictures and applause. It runs roughly from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, with the music enthusiasts & dancers of the bunch lingering until as late as 11 PM.
Besides offering classes for beekeepers at all levels of experience, the Institute sponsors the Georgia Master Beekeeper Program (GA-MBP) and partners with the Welsh (U.K.) National Bee Keepers Association to provide one of North America’s only two licensing programs for Welsh Honey Judges.
One of the most rewarding opportunities of the Institute is the annual Honey Show. Besides categories in honey, the Honey Show includes classes in photography, art, candles, section comb honey, mead, and beekeeping gadgets. We urge students to participate in the Institute Honey Show, even if you’ve never competed before.