Current and Previous Speaker Schedule

September 2022

Title: Florida’s native wild bees: Biology and conservation

Dr. Rachel Mallinger is a pollinator ecologist focusing primarily on native wild bees.  Dr. Mallinger is an assistant professor in the Dept. of Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida, 

where she conducts research on native wild bees and plant pollination, and teaches courses and conducts Extension on these topics. She received her B.A. in biology from Kalamazoo College in Michigan, a joint masters in Entomology and Agroecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a PhD in Entomology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Her research interests include community ecology of pollinators, pollination biology of crops and wild plants, and landscape ecology.  In her free time she enjoys spending time outside with her family, traveling, good food and good books.

June 2022

Topic: Going From Backyard Beekeeper to Commerial

BIO; Al Salopeck has started beekeeping in 2008.  His interest in saving the bees came from volunteering to help remove bees from a neighbor’s house. He has been a past president of PBCBA, and is currently a Board Manager District 6 of the Florida State Beekeepers Association and a founder of many non-profits such as Florida Backyard Beekeeper's Association. That has helped many locals start in beekeeping. He still speaks to educate children about bees through his Instagram account.

 May 2022

Linda Tillman is a retired clinical psychologist, beekeeper, bread baker, quilter, and grandmother to four great kids. She keeps bees in her backyard and in community gardens. Linda is a Master Beekeeper, past president of the Georgia Beekeepers Association and was named the 2020 Georgia Beekeeper of the Year. She has kept a blog about her beekeeping adventures since 2006 ( It is read by people all over the world. She loves the many new friends she has made through beekeeping.
I'd love to talk about Let your Bees Go Naked: Using Foundationless Frames
April 2022
Brendhan Horne  Topic: Bees and Land Development How can backyard Beekeepers Can Help"
Brendhan is a past President of PBCBA, Welsh Honey Judge and presenter at U of F College.  He has been a beekeeper since 2006. Contiunes to educate the public about importance of honeybees. 
March 2022
Angie Thul Topic: Basics of Beekeeping
Angie started beekeeping on October 2015. The interest became due to watching the pollinators forage on a newly planted area near the Living Room. Angie helps the association be teaching and assisting workshops, creating flyers and is a mentor. 



November (Virtual)

November: Kelly Kulhanek, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Researcher at Hopkins Lab, Washington State University  

Title: Data-Driven Best Beekeeping Practices for Backyard Beekeepers

Kelly completed her doctorate studying honey bee health and management practices in the vanEngelsdorp Bee lab at University of Maryland. Her doctoral work focused on identifying beekeeping management practices to improve colony health and survival. Now a postdoctoral researcher at Washington State University, she focuses on commercial beekeeping management practices including indoor storage of colonies, Varroa management, and more. Her talk will share the results of a 3-year field study testing survey-derived best beekeeping management practices for backyard beekeepers.

October (In person, Virtual)

October: For over 20 years, Jennifer Berry has been the Apicultural Research Professional and Lab Manager for the University of Georgia Honey Bee Program. Her research objectives have focused on queen breeding, improving honey bee health, IPM techniques for varroa and small hive beetle control, sub-lethal effects of pesticides on bees and beneficial insects, weeds for bees, and what best to plant in non-traditional horticultural landscapes to enhance pollinator populations and diversity. Jennifer’s extension duties include teaching beekeeping to folks all over the world, including those incarcerated in Georgia’s medium and maximum-security prisons. 

TOPIC: Jennifer will talk about her most recent research on Oxalic Acid and varroa control. She just wrapped up two projects that have some excellent results.

September (In person, Virtual)

September: Kevin started beekeeping in May of 2008 and maintains anywhere from four to a dozen hives along with hives of different form factors (Top Bar, Layens, Warre, etc.). Sometimes he has many types in service and other times it is scaled down – it changes over time.

Kevin actively participates with the Northwest New Jersey Beekeepers Association that serves Hunterdon and Warren Counties in NJ.  He is a past president of the organization and serves as their webmaster and YouTube administrator.

Kevin obtained his EAS Master Beekeeper certification in July 2019 and can be found training locally and regionally throughout the year on various topics and produces the Podcast The Beekeeper's Corner (since April 2010) throughout the year, putting out on average an episode every two weeks.

August (In person, Virtual)

Bee College Topic: Mood Food Brood

August: Bo Sterk has been promoting and teaching beekeeping in the Caribbean for 16 years. He was
named “Volunteer of the Year" by FAVACA in 2007 and "Advanced Beekeeper of the Year" in 2011 by
the UF Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab.
Sterk is a Master Craftsman Beekeeper, Past Board member of FSBA, President of the St. Johns County
Florida Beekeepers Association for 10 years as well Founder of Bees Beyond Borders.
His work with Haitian beekeepers has been published in Bee Culture, Bee Craft, Austalasian, Kelly
Newsletter and Bees for Development magazines.
In 2017 was a presenter on Rural Beekeeping Development at Apimondia, Istanbul, Turkey.
Past lectures include: American Beekeeping Federation, Florida State Beekeepers Annual Banquet and
many of the UF Bee Colleges.

July (In person, Virtual)

July:Master Beekeeper, Marlin Athearn has been in the beekeeping business for over 15 years in New Smyrna Beach. What started out as a fun hobby has turned into something much more. Their hive colonies are located at their home in Corbin Park and in several out yards at the north and west side of New Smyrna Beach. 

Marlin studied under the University of Florida Honeybee Extension Lab program and has earned the title of Master Beekeeper in that program. He is currently the Vice President of The Beekeepers of Volusia County. Their bees’ products have been judged in Welsh Honey Shows and earned the level of first place and best of show placement.  Not only for their honey products but also their wax products.  Marlin brings the story of the honeybees to the public for area schools, clubs, and organizations, to help people understand honeybee biology, how they make honey and what they need from us to survive on this continent. Some of the presentation selections include: 

Bees and Man and Their History Together" “Backyard Beekeeping Today”  “Commercial Beekeepers and Their Sweet Life” 

“Women & Bees and Their Hold On Society" “Bees & Medicine – How’s Curing How" And “A Taste Of Honey – How Do They Do It?” 

Marlin will be presenting, “How to Be A Hive Detective”, This is a series that discusses what the hive is telling you when you open it up. He explains the clues inside the colony that may appear faint but become obvious to the trained eye. 

May (Virtual)

May: Dr. James E. Tew is an Emeritus Faculty member at The Ohio State University.  Jim is also retired from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.  During his forty-eight years of bee work, Jim has taught classes, provided extension services, and conducted research on honey bees and honey bee behavior.  He contributes monthly articles to national beekeeping publications and has written: Beekeeping Principles, Wisdom for Beekeepers, The Beekeeper’s Problem Solver, and Backyard Beekeeping.  He has a chapter in The Hive and the Honey Bee and was a co-author of ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture.   He is a frequent speaker at state and national meetings and has traveled internationally to observe beekeeping techniques.  Jim produces a YouTube beekeeping channel, is a podcaster with Kim Flottum at Honey Bee Obscura, and has always kept bee colonies of his own.


Healthy Colonies – As measured by what standard?
All beekeepers strive for healthy wholesome colonies. Interestingly, this goal is a moving
target. A strong, healthy colony in early spring is not the same healthy colony that
would be desired during mid-winter. This presentation discusses some of the
characteristics that describe a healthy colony and how that colony should naturally
evolve to remain healthy throughout the entire season

April (Virtual)

April: Tucka's bio: 
"Bzz! I run about 300 colonies in Upstate NY and South Florida. My business, Tucka Bee LLC, sprung from 100 swarm traps in the south. My primary mentors are Mike Palmer in upstate Vermont and Sam Comfort, creator of the Comfort Hive. I raise about 500-1000 queens per year and also produce a bit of honey and wax. I enjoy standing in swarms, swimming in rivers, and long days queen-catching while my pup lounges in the sun. It's a pirate's life with bees! Zzb.

Topic: QUEEN TALK!! Cell builder instructions and all that good stuff! Yes!

March (Virtual)

March:Leigh-Kathryn Bonner
Founder & CEO, Bee Downtown

Fourth generation beekeeper Leigh-Kathryn Bonner is a dynamic leader who started her
entrepreneurial journey at just 22 years old. Leigh Kathryn inspires, motivates, and moves audiences
through her unique and captivating storytelling ability. She is a strong advocate for women and strives to use her platform to empower and transform leadership and environmental stewardship in an ever-changing global economy. She is part of the TED speaking community, a 2017 Southern Living Southerner of the Year, a 2018 INC Magazine-30 Under 30 Rising Star, and most recently named to the exclusive Forbes 30 Under 30 list.

Raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, she spent her younger years on her family farm where she fell in love with agriculture. As the Founder and CEO of the rapidly expanding company Bee Downtown, she has made a name for herself in the historically male dominated industries of both entrepreneurship and agriculture.

Her company, Bee Downtown, installs and maintains beehives on corporate campuses to help rebuild sustainable honeybee populations while simultaneously providing year-round employee engagement and leader development programming to many of the largest corporations in the world.
Leigh Kathryn’s enthusiasm and authenticity has earned Bee Downtown contracts with partners
including Delta, Chick-Fil-A, COX Enterprises, Invesco, AT&T, MetLife, Cisco, Burt’s Bees, Georgia Power and many more. Bee Downtown’s 300+ hives house more than 12 million honeybees creating hundreds of thousands of acres of healthy pollinator habitat. The company has been featured by
Forbes, BBC, Inc. Magazine, The Weather Channel, National Geographic, The New York Times, Southern Living Magazine, and more.
Notable 2019 Public Speaking Partnerships Include:

• Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit Panelist
• American Heart Association Keynote Address
• NC State University Homecoming Keynote Address
• HB Hospitality 6 session Keynote Address
• NC Works Partnerships Annual Conference Keynote Address
• Durham Chamber of Commerce International Women’s Day Keynote Address
• Lenovo Accelerate Panelist
• Raleigh, NC TEDx Speaker

    January 27, 2021 (Virtual)

Randy Oliver at Ohio Beekeepers 



December (Virtual)

Very excited about our December speaker - Dr. Marla Spivak!!

Topic: "The benefits of propolis and hygienic behavior to honey bee health"

Short bio: Marla Spivak is a MacArthur Fellow and McKnight Distinguished Professor in Entomology at the University of Minnesota. She has been beekeeping since 1974 and has always been interested in ways to enhance the health and diversity of bees. Her research efforts focus on protecting and enhancing the health of bees through social immunity.

November (Virtual)

Dear Members of Palm Beach County Beekeepers Association,

Please join us online Friday, November 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm, for an online zoom meeting.

The format will bee question and answers with experienced beekeepers.

We will bee posting more information and sending subsequent messages concerning the meeting.

So put it on your calendar and think up some "stump the beekeeper question"

Bee Well, the Management

October (Virtual)

Hilary Kearney is the author of QueenSpotting and the creator of
Girl Next Door Honey, a beekeeping business that oers educational
opportunities to hundreds of new beekeepers each year. She maintains
the blog “Beekeeping Like A Girl” and her writing on bees has appeared in
Modern Farmer and Gritmagazines. Her work has been the subject of
features in Hungton Post, Vogue, Mother Earth News, and other
outlets. She rescues wild bee colonies and manages around 90 hives in
her hometown of San Diego, California.

Follow her bee adventures on social media:

Instagram: @girlnextdoorhoney



TOPIC: SAFETY: - Suiting up properly - How to keep bees calm - Hot Bees / Africanized Bees - How to deal with emergency situations - Requeening

September (Virtual)

Dr. Kirsten S. Traynor investigates honey bee health and how pesticides impact social behavior. She currently has a dual appointment as a research associate at Arizona State University and at the Free University in Berlin. She recently launched a new quarterly magazine 2 Million Blossoms: protecting our pollinators.

In 2006-2007, Kirsten received a German Chancellor Fellowship. During that time she drove over 50,000 miles throughout Western Europe to study the differences between European & American beekeeping. Fascinated with the social complexity of a honey bee hive, she earned her PhD in biology with Dr. Robert Page. While a grad student, she spent almost a year in Avignon, France in the lab of Dr. Yves Le Conte as a Fulbright Fellow. She edited American Bee Journal from November 2017 – December 2018. She is the author of Two Million Blossoms: Discovering the Medicinal Benefits of Honey and Simple, Smart Beekeeping. She previously managed a small apiary producing top quality nucs and Maryland reared queens, but has taken a break from running her own bees to focus on her new magazine.

August (Virtual)

Toni became an urban beekeeper on April 9, 2005, when two packages of Italian bees from Georgia were placed in her hands in a park outside Baltimore, Maryland. Over the past decade-plus, those bees have led to revelations, friendships, adventures, anxieties, community organizing, teaching, learning, the legalization of beekeeping in DC, and a deeply humbling daily joy for the chance to work with and for these creatures. Burnham now runs about 40 hives in a half dozen apiaries, is former president of the Maryland State Beekeepers Association, founder of the DC Beekeepers Alliance, and mentor to local beekeepers.

July (Virtual)

Come zoom with us. We are having our first fun zoom meeting Friday July 3, 2020.

Vetaley Stashenko will be our speaker his presentation is tilted  "Before you Start Beekeeping"

Dr. Vetaley Stashenko, Ph.D.; ND; MS.

Currently, professor at Palm Beach State College (Anatomy & Microbiology) and a treasurer for PBCB association.

Started beekeeping (first two hives) in summer 1963. He is the author of patents for method of comb less overwintering of bee colonies; device for comb less overwintering honey  bees; and, device for collecting bee venom: provisional patents for bee venom drops and beehive design and device for internal beehive heater; author of 48 publications related to different aspects of beekeeping. Have an extensive working experience at several commercial migratory beekeeping farms (production of honey, bee queens, packages, nucleuses, propolis, pollination). This Friday will talk about the range of issues related to the queen breeding, honey quality, sources and quality of honey flow, diseases, management of bee colonies in S. Florida etc.

Fun Meeting Take 2 July 10,2020 with Vetaley Stashenko as our speaker presentation will be "Beekeeping From Beginning To Amazement" 

May: Cancelled

Topic: Gardening for Pollinators


Roger Hammer is a professional naturalist and survivalist instructor for the Discovery Channel's reality television show Naked and Afraid. He was the manager of the 120-acre Castellow Hammock Nature Center for the Miami-Dade County Parks Department for 30 years. He received the first Marjory Stoneman Douglas Award presented by the Florida Native Plant Society in 1982, Tropical Audubon Society honored him with the Charles Brookfield Medal in 1996, in 2003 he received the Green Palmetto Award in Education from the Florida Native Plant Society, and they also honored him in 2019 with the prestigious Mentor Award. He has given keynote speeches at Florida Native Plant Society state conferences and the 2008 World Orchid Conference in Miami. In 2012 he received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Florida International University. He is the author of Everglades Wildflowers, Florida Keys Wildflowers, Central Florida Wildflowers, Complete Guide to Florida Wildflowers, Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies in Tropical Florida, Exploring Everglades National Park, and Paddling Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. He lives in Homestead with his wife, Michelle.

April: Cancelled


Newbees fun meeting + workshop

Erin MacGregor-Forbes

Topic: What to expect when going into beekeeping

First steps to take: getting registered, essential gear, hives/boxes, caught swarm vs. packaged bees vs. nuc, 
All that excites the newbees and seasoned beeks.

Erin MacGregor-Forbes is an EAS certified Master Beekeeper, past Chairman of the Eastern Apicultural Society and the Chief Financial and Operating Officer at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.  She manages about 150 colonies near her home in  Portland Maine as Overland Apiaires.

 Erin speaks nationally on a variety of beekeeping topics particularly focused on small and mid-scale sustainable beekeeping practices.

 Erin’s teaches practical and sustainable colony management, IPM strategies, and overwintering nucleus colonies.   Erin’s passion is working with the bees own instincts and behaviors to create thriving colonies, and communicating those concepts to beekeepers who want to help their colonies maximize their potential.  

 She has received three grants from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) to compare honey bee colony strength and survivability between nucleus and package started colonies.

Saturday workshop:

 "first"/basic hive set up explaining sizes - deep vs medium, 8 or 10 frame vs nuc, bee space, how to use hive tool correctly, how to light your smoker... maybe even includes a demonstration of installing new bees into a nuc or transferring a mature nuc/swarm into a full size hive (tbd)


This is the month of our famous Bee Panel

Two of our Favorites are back for this year's panel!

Dave and Sam - a wealth of knowledge that will make us all buzzy! 

Come with all your questions for this Q & A panel, and learn and laugh a lot at this February fun meeting!!

Here is more info about Sam Comfort:

And the latest on Dave:

David Westervelt
Dave has worked for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services ever since first as a Bee Inspector and then as an Environmental Specialist I and Researcher, Chief Apiarist for FDACS, and Retired after 28 years with FDACS. He's graduated from Florida State University as a Certified Public Manager. He has worked on numerous research projects with United States Department Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, State Universities, and other Countries; Germany, England, Canada, Africa, and Australia on Varroa mites, Tracheal mites, American Foulbrood disease, Small Hive beetles, Nosema, and more recently, Colony Collapse Disorder . He has received several awards for research work on honey bees from the United State Department Agriculture, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Apiary Inspectors of America, Florida State Beekeepers Association, National Honey Producers, American Beekeeper Association, and more recently the Davis Productivity award.
His love for nature goes further than just bees. He believes that it is very important for us to learn as much about the bee's needs and not just what we want them to do for us. Most of the knowledge he shares on nature comes from his parents teaching him about the importance of maintaining a balance with Nature and that change is inevitable. It is not the strong that survive but the ones that are willing to expect change and move with it that will endure. This is true in today’s beekeeping.
Now that he has retired he has taken on some new roles; VP of Bees Beyond Borders, Chair of American Beekeepers Federation Research Committee, he sits on the board for The Foundation For The Preservation Of Honey Bees, and he's the Chair of Education and Outreach for the Florida State Beekeepers Association(CEO). And he's enjoying traveling teaching and learning about bees!
After 50+ years of beekeeping he still looks forward to going in to each bee hive with an open mind, eager to learn something new about bees, and hoping to continue for 40 additional years.


Fair + educational program for our Outreach Projects



January 4th - David Hackenberg 

February 1st- Panel Discussion (Nancy, Gabriela, Kevin)

                               March: Tucka Saville 

topic: "What to expect as a Newbee/Intro to Beekeeping"; beekeeping basics 

"Varroa and Wax Moths and Beetles, OH MY! ...So you think you want to be a beekeeper?"

For our March fun meeting, Tucka bee will speak on equipment, safety, FL registration, beeyard locations, options for acquiring bees, common pests + diseases, and good management practices in beginning beekeeping.
She will also bee live at the club apiary on Saturday for a hive dive and inspection demo. Bring your protective gear and an open mind. 
Tucka is a treatment free beekeeper with about 150 colonies in NY and FL. She also works part time for commercial queen raisers, honey producers and nuc sellers Mike Palmer in VT and Joseph Redensky in FL. She caught the bug 6 years ago in England and has been buzzing along ever since.  
                                        AprilDr. Keith S. Delaplane, MBE   and Workshop 

                                Professor, Walter B. Hill Fellow & Honey Bee Program Director


  • Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE), 2014


  • B.S., 1983, Purdue University,
  • Animal Science
  • M.S., 1986, Louisiana State
    University, Entomology
  • Ph.D., 1989, Louisiana State University, Entomology

                      topic: "Mutiny and other things that can go wrong besides mites"

About/Background: Keith: "My grandfather, W. Harvey Delaplane, was a beekeeper in Indiana during the early decades of the twentieth century, as were many folks in those times when it was normal for a rural family to have a cow, chickens, garden, and one or two bee hives. Our family beekeeping enterprise skipped a generation with my father, but Dad was resolved to get me involved so for my 13th birthday he bought me a beginner's beekeeping kit, complete with a hive, veil, gloves, and a certificate for a mail-order package of bees. I accepted the challenge with immediate, and perhaps excessive, enthusiasm.

Excessive, my father came to believe, because, from that point on, I was a lackluster helper around the farm. While Dad would be plowing, planting, cultivating, and harvesting, his teenage son would be busy in the bees, planning for the day when he would be operating a beekeeping empire. One hive grew to two, then to four, then to eight, and ultimately 51 which proved to be almost too much for a kid to handle. It would have been too much indeed were it not for the solid guidance I received from my mentor, Mr. Paul Champ.

Mr. Champ was a beekeeper in our neighborhood who operated about 300 hives. He patiently let me "help" him during my earliest years as a beekeeper. It was he who first showed me a queen bee, and it was he who introduced me to the peculiar pleasures of working sleepy bee yards tucked away in remote country places. It was my indomitable interest in beekeeping that led me to pursue graduate study in entomology.

I learned that bee science is only partly similar to bee keeping, but my path led me nevertheless to a post at the University of Georgia that melds duties in apicultural extension, research, and teaching. Now I find myself conveniently straddling the world of the academician and the world of the practicing beekeeper."

                                                   May: Melissa McGuaghey-Moyroud

Melissa McGuaghey-Moyroud and her husband Richard Moyroud.
Melissa Mcgaughey-Moyroud is proprietor of Lorax Designs - a landscape design firm specializing in Florida natives, edibles, butterfly gardens, composting, pesticide & fungicide-free landscapes and minimal irrigation.
                                                   June:   Humberto Boncristiani, PhD

Topic: Understanding honey bee viruses

Dr. Humberto Boncristiani is the honey bee husbandry applied researcher at the University of Florida Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab. Boncristiani has a diverse background in honey bee research, having worked in a government institution (USDA), academia (UNCG, UMD), private industry, with the National Research Council, and having come from a beekeeping family. At the Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab, Boncristiani conducts honey bee husbandry research that is directly applicable to commercial beekeeper operations in the state of Florida and across the country.

                                                       July: Jennifer Holmes

                                                         Jennifer Holmes, her husband Chris, and the Holmes family, enjoy their growing Apiary and Business, Hani Honey Company, in Stuart Florida.  Jennifer is a UFIFAS Master Beekeeper, UFIFAS Senior Welsh Honey Judge, current President of Florida State Beekeepers Association, and Co-Chair of Slow Food Treasure Coast.  Jennifer is active as a Speaker on many Beekeeping topics, and travels world-wide to continue to learn and contribute positively to the Beekeeping Industry.

   Jennifer will be teaching us how to make mead.  Additionally, she will schedule a follow up 2nd lecture where each participant will make a batch of  mead. 


                                                        AugustEmily Noordyke

                                 topic: "Tracing the fate of pollen substitutes in honey bee colonies." 

Emily Noordyke joined the University of Florida Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab as a Master’s student in 2018. Her research focuses on issues surrounding honey bee nutrition. She is interested in developing research-driven solutions that can help beekeepers and bee health. Previously, Noordyke worked on honey bee health and extension projects with Bee Informed Partnership, the United States Geological Survey, and Michigan State University.

                                                       September: John Coldwell

Topic: John will talk about the Micro Apiary Program and setting up Honeybee Apiaries on public land and possibly differences in land tax codes in urban areas.

                            October: Dr. Tammy Horn Potter, Kentucky Dept. of Agriculture

Dr. Tammy Horn Potter
Kentucky Dept. of Agriculture
Kentucky State Apiarist, Tammy Horn Potter at the 2014 Eastern Apicultural Society of North America conference. Photo credit: Ray Tucker, Jr.
Tammy Horn Potter grew up on a farm, but was determined never to do science, agriculture or math when she went to college. An English professor by training, Potter decided to help her grandfather with his bees in 1997 and immediately became smitten with them. Balancing her career as an English professor and hobbyist, Potter wrote Bees in America: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation, which was published by University Press of KY in 2005. Potter followed Bees in America with a second book, Beeconomy: What Women and Bees teach us about Local Trade and Global Markets in 2012. In order to write it, she went to Hawai’i during off-seasons from 2006-2010 to work in the queen bee production industry.
As the 2006 National Endowment of Humanities Chair of Appalachian Studies at Berea College, Potter focused on large scale surface mining reclamation and specifically how it affected pollinators. From 2007-2014, with a generous grant from Ed and Elaine Holcombe, she started Coal Country Beeworks (based at Eastern Kentucky University), which worked with community partners to offer workshops, education, and practical beekeeping skills in Eastern KY. In addition to working with coal companies to get more pollinator habitat included in reclamation, the KY State legislature approved legislation that would let coal companies modify their reclamation with pollinator
habitat: Another law was also passed in 2010 that allowed Dept of Transportation to include more habitat on highway rights-of-way:
In 2014, Potter became the KY State Apiarist. Her primary goals as apiarist are to document hive health, promote economic development, and provide education and outreach. To date, she has partnered on a USDA grant to promote pollinator and cerulean habitat in Eastern KY, a USDA-APHIS Honey Bee Health Survey grant, and implemented a Hive Count/Honey Report system for the state. Horn has served as president for KY State Beekeepers Association, president of Eastern Apiculture Society, a director on Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, and been awarded the 2010 North American Pollinator Protection Advocate Award as well as the Kentucky State Beekeeping Association Lifetime Achievement Award and KSBA Beekeeper of the Year.

More info about the latest on Tammy ->

Topic:What is American foulbrood, symptoms/what to look out for + Vet Directive. Plus phages that Broodsafe is distributing for the control of AFB


David Wick, CEO BVS, Inc. 

topic: "Bee Viruses and Diseases"

BVS, Inc provides biological virus screening for customers that need to know if a virus is present and if the virus is a problem that needs to be fixed.  Discovery of solutions to difficult problems is the fuel for research, much of our work is routine and repetitive but in the analysis of the data it is exhilarating to be on the cusp of discovery.  BVS is a C-corporation wholly owned and operated by David Wick and located in Stevensville Montana. We are a Testing company providing viral analysis services to beekeepers with our expansion over the past few years adding nosema spore testing, measuring bee weight, mite counts, bee gut microbe detections, pH, protein measurements, and currently coming online is chemical testing – pesticides, herbicides and fungicides.

 BVS has provided service to beekeepers around the country trying to solve Colony Collapse Disorder better known as CCD.  CCD has been devastating to beekeepers and to the industries that depend on pollinators for their crops.  The introduction of our services to the beekeepers came from the suspicion that the culprit was an unknown virus killing the bees; the current set of researchers had no means to find a new virus or unknown virus in a short period of time.  The technology we use was developed by the Army’s Edgewood Chemical and Biological Command for force protection from a viral attack.  BVS successfully applied this technology to CCD and discovered four unknown viruses from imported bees. BVS has sampled thousands of bee colonies providing an invaluable virus screening service for the national bee keeping industry.  BVS time sequential monitoring of viruses is instrumental in mitigating bee losses from viral diseases in honey bees. Mr. Wick has teamed up with honey producers and packers to bring additional technology from the Army Lab that utilizes Mass Spec Proteomics to further the investigation into bee diseases



January 5th, 2018- South Florida Fair Time

February 2nd, 2018 - Basics of Beekeeping Q/A

March 2nd, 2018 - Sam Comfort

April 6th,2018 Brendhan Horne

May 4th,2018  Keith Councell

June 1st, 2018 - Kim Flottum

July 6th, 2018- David Westervelt

August 3rd, 2018 - Jeff Harris

September 7th, 2018 - Solomon Parker

October 5th, 2018 - Michael Bush

November 2nd, 2018 - David Mendes 

December 7th, 2018- Holiday Pot Luck   Location Eric and Jackie Baxter's Residence



January 6, 2017

February 3, 2017


You are invited to participate in a panel discussion on Friday, February 3rd, at our next Beekeeper’s meeting. The Fair typically generates a lot of interest in PBCBA, so once again we should have quite a number of new beekeepers in the audience. They will come, as they have in the past, to learn, to be inspired, to ask a thousand and one questions––and panelists––new and seasoned––will be there to tell first how they came into the beekeeping world. They’ll offer support while inspiring; they’ll assure that gentle patience with their new insects will bring much reward; and, theyll help to calmly answer 1,001 questions.

  Panel Members: Eric Baxter, Peter Chontos, Sam Comfort, Sierra Malnove, Al Salopek, Holly Shaw

  Panel Moderator: Rudy Fernandez


March 3, 2017               Dr. Clarence Collison              Topic: Examining Comb: What Does It Tell You

Dr. Clarence Collison is an Emeritus Professor of Entomology, and Emeritus Head of the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Mississippi State University.

His interest in beekeeping began when he took an apiculture course as a junior at Michigan State University. Both his M. S. and Ph. D. degrees at Michigan specialized in apiculture. Dr. Collison’s continued research concerned the effects of insecticidal sprays on honey bee foraging, factors regulating drone production, and the distribution of varroa mites within the colony. He has taught apiculture at Michigan State University and The Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Collison writes the monthly column “A Closer Look” for Bee Culture magazine, conducts workshops around the country, and judges honey shows. His book, What Do You Know?, published in 2003. He and his wife, Sally, live in Estill Springs, TN, and have three sons and nine grandchildren.

April 7, 2017                 Dr. James E. Tew

Dr. James Tew has been keeping bees for over 40 years.  He has a Ph.D. in entomology and is currently a consulting professor at Auburn University, where he conducts beekeeping educational programs and maintains social media systems that support the Alabama beekeeping industry.

As an emeritus faculty member at The Ohio State University where he worked for 33 years focusing on pollination ecology and the use of honey bees and native bees as pollination agents, Jim still lectures and participates in workshops for beekeepers in the US and UK and manages the website One Tew Bee (

In addition to monthly articles for Bee Culture magazine, Jim has authored: Beekeeping Principles, Backyard Beekeeping, Wisdom for Beekeepers, and Beekeeper’s Problem Solver. Currently, Dr. Tew and Kim Flottum host the "Kim and Jim Show: What's New for 2017" live broadcasts sponsored by Bee Culture magazine.


May 5, 2017                   Dr. Frank Litton                            TOPIC: OBSERVATION HIVES

Dr. Frank Linton is an EAS-certified Master Beekeeper. He is the author of The Observation Hive Handbook: Studying Honey Bees at Home, published in 2015. Frank has kept an observation hive in his home since 2005. He enjoys seeing, and noting, what the bees do––all day, every day, year-round. He has learned a lot from observing bees at home, and is still learning. Recently retired, Frank now maintains two websites: 

  •, a website devoted to monitoring honey bee colony health and productivity remotely; that is, without opening the hive, and 
  •, a site devoted to observation hives. 

Frank’s book will be for sale after the meeting for $20, which is $5 off the price.

June 2, 2017                    Susan Lerner                              TOPIC: Bee-Friendly Native Plants

Susan Lerner is a Florida Master Gardener, President of the Palm Beach Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council International, and President of the Florida Native Plant Society. She is a backyard beekeeper, and her yard is planted with Florida native plants, fruit trees and other edibles––enough to keep her, and the bees, birds, and butterflies fed year round. In addition to tending to her garden, Susan is a professional photographer and Interfaith Minister performing sacred ceremonies and organizing events focused on Healthy People, Health Planet. Please note this "Fun Meeting" will be at the Mounts Botanical Garden 531 N. Military Trail West Palm Beach Florida 33415

June 3, 2017      WORKSHOP:  TOUR OF SUSAN LERNER'S GARDEN      TIME: 9:30 T0 11:30 A.M.                        
 Free to PBCBA Members       Plants for sale on premises       Details to follow

July 7, 2017  Michelle Finneran      Topic : To what extent are neonicotinoids responsible for colony collapse disorder within the Apis Mellifera population in the 21 Century?

Title: Effects of Pesticides on the Honey Bee Population

My name is Michelle Finneran and I an 18 years old. I just graduated from Suncost High School with my International Baccalaureate  diploma. My interests in bees began in my junior year when I had to select a topic for my Extended Essay. I stumbled on this topic and immediately felt the need to further understand the issue. I plan to continue my studies in college and further spread understanding about the importance of bees.                                                              

                               August 4, 2017 Jennifer Holmes Topic: Candle Making Demonstration

BIO: Jennifer Holmes is a UFIFAS Master Beekeeper, Welsh Honey Judge, and Vice President for the Florida State Beekeepers Association.

Jennifer is passionate about honey bees and all pollinators. Providing native forage and an edible landscape in her apiaries, maintaining honey bee colonies in community gardens for the benefit of pollination, and educating others about keeping honey bees––are foremost in her activities.

She continues this path with her husband and children through their family business, Hani Honey Company in Stuart, Florida. Through their business, they supply local retailers, markets, farms, and shows with honey and other products from the hive. Hani Honey also provides pollination services and honey bee education.


September 1, 2017              Emily Brown  

Bio: Emily Brown is a passionate beekeeper, honey bee educator, and former owner of "AZ Queen Bee LLC," a bee removal and honey retail business in Scottsdale, AZ. 
She is a former American Honey Queen, is on the Board of Directors for the American Beekeeping Federation, and is a Winner of the 2015 Good Food Awards for Honeycomb. 
She maintained hives throughout the Phoenix/Scottsdale area and in 2017 relocated to Annapolis, MD where she is starting a new beekeeping business.  

October 6, 2017                    Dr. Juliana Rangel-Posada

Born in Colombia, South America, Dr. Rangel-Posada moved with her family to the United States in 1998. She graduated in 2004 from the program of Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution at the University of California, San Diego. That same year she began her doctoral studies under Dr. Thomas Seeley at Cornell University.

In January 2013, Dr. Rangel-Posada became Assistant Professor of Apiculture in the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University at College Station, Texas. Her research focuses on the biological, health, and population genetics of feral honey bees, and the quality and diversity of floral sources collected by honey bees in developed areas across the country.

In her spare time, she plays the guitar, sings folk Latin American songs, and cooks for friends and family.

November 3, 2017 


Sierra Malnove  Her topic will be: Preparing Your Bees for S. Florida’s Winter

Sierra Malnove is a mother of three children and a  passionate beekeeper who took the fast track on the beekeeping express, growing from 1 to 400 hives in under four years. She believes in treatment-free beekeeping and helping people to discover their beekeeping potential.  

Sierra was the Speaker Coordinator and the elected Vice President in 2015 for the Palm Beach County Beekeepers Association and in 2014, coordinated the most successful Florida State Beekeepers Association Conference in recent history.

In 2014, Sierra co-founded the Florida Backyard Beekeepers Association (FBBA), a non-profit organization, and enjoys teaching backyard beekeeping courses and connecting beekeepers through the FBBA.

Sierra is a certified queen breeder, does live bee removals and relocations, offers private hive management and gives guided beekeeping lessons.

Sierra's goal is for everyone to have a positive experience with bees.

 December 1, 2017            CHRISTMAS POT LUCK DINNER  

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January 8, 2016  Royal York  

A long-standing member of our Bee group, Royal will talk about his broad experiences in beekeeping.

February 5, 2016   Larry Connor, Ph. D.   Topic: The Sustainable Apiary

Lawrence J. Connor earned three degrees in entomology from Michigan State University, and currently lives in Kalamazoo. He has published over a dozen titles dealing with bees, beekeeping, queen rearing and pollination. Dr.Connor owns Wicwas Press, continues to write books, and publish monthly columns for Bee Culture Magazine and the American Bee Journal.

March 4, 2016  Maryann Frazier             Topic: Integrated Pest Management

Maryann Frazier held the position of Senior Extension Associate in the Department of Entomology at Penn State for 25 years and was responsible for honey bee extension throughout the state and across the Mid-Atlantic region.  She worked collaboratively with other members of PSU Department of Entomology to understand how pesticides impacted honey bees and other pollinators. Also, she worked with a team of U.S. and Kenyan researchers to understand the impacts of newly introduced Varroa mites on East African honey bee subspecies and helped Kenyan beekeepers become more productive. Maryann retired in 2016.

April 1, 2016   Michael Palmer         Topic: Brood Factories and Bee Bombs

Mike Palmer keeps bees at French Hill Apiaries in St. Albans,Vermont, and has worked with honey bees for more than 40 years. Considered an expert in the field, Palmer keeps several hundred production and mating hives. He mates and sells his own queens, tours internationally to give presentations on beekeeping, and has no shortage of YouTube videos on various aspects of honey bees.

April 2, 2016  WORKSHOP             at home of Kevin Easton

May 6, 2016   Jennifer Holmes         Topic: "Making Mead"

Jennifer Holmes is a UFIFAS Master Beekeeper, a Welsh Honey Judge (TCBA South Chapter), and Vice President for the Treasure Coast Beekeepers Association and the Florida State Beekeepers Association. 

She and her husband own Hani Honey Company ( They supply retailers and various markets with products from their hives, as well as pollination services. Jennifer is passionate about educating others about keeping honey bees, and welcomes giving presentations to community organizations.

June 3, 2016   Brendhan Horne         Topic: Becoming a Beekeeper: Transitioning From Backyard to Bigger

Our very own, Brendhan Horne, will tell us his adventures as a beginning beekeeper, and then creating "Bee Barf Apiaries" in 2008. Currently, Bee Barf has three apiaries with approximately 150 hive boxes.

He delights in educating the individual and community, and you, too, will delight in his engaging and unique personality. Brendhan served two years as Vice President of the PBCBA followed by another two years as President. There's hardly a beekeeper in S FL that doesn't know of Brendhan Horne.

July 1, 2016    Dr. John Zahina-Ramos     Topic: Combining Urban Agriculture with Beekeeping 

Dr. John Zahina-Ramos is a noted scientist who is researching the benefits of urban agriculture. His book, Just One Backyard: One Man's Search for Food Sustainability, has been awarded First Place in Self-published Nonfiction e-books by Writer's Digest Magazine. Dr. Z has appeared on the Victory Garden’s Edible Feast series on PBS and has been featured in articles that appeared in the Palm Beach Post and the National Endowment for Financial Education's newsletter.     


August 5, 2016      Amber Rose, Ph.D.     Topic: Bee In Balance

Amber Rose, PhD., L.Ac., LMSW, and Interfaith Minister is an expert, pioneer, and maverick in a new field of medicine: Bee-Acupuncture. Her revolutionary approach to healing is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Her bee venom research goes back 23+ years. Her acupuncture career goes back 30 years. Dr. Rose has treated over 60,000 patients with Lyme, MS, HIV/AIDS, CFS, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, ALS, Parkinson’s, Arthritis, and chronic pain. She had a free clinic in Bethesda, MD.

Dr. Rose is author of the following books:

Bee in Balance, (1994;2013) has has been a Bible of BVT for many years.

Pioneers: Healing Lyme with Bee Venom Therapy is already a classic. 

Pioneers Companion Workbook focuses on Acupuncture Treatment Plans and Pathways. 

Penetrating Heaven, focuses on Treating by the Spirit of the Acupuncture Points.

August 6, 2016   Amber Rose, Ph.D.      "Sacred Medicine/Healing Bees" WORKSHOP

Dr. Rose will provide an overview of all the products of the honey bee with an emphasis on bee venom. Through the story of her own her own miraculous breakthrough into BVT and Bee-Acupuncture, Dr. Rose will carry you forward into her revolutionary world of healing the body, mind, and spirit with honey bees and Chinese medicine. She will share her vision (“A Soul’s Answer to Suffering”) with you and how to use alchemy and “The Pearl of Great Price” to heal those who come to you for help. Dr. Rose will share her secrets of making a medicine out of the illness itself.

Dr. Rose will start with the basics of safe stinging and her goal to wake up the Inner Physician (the immune system) so that the body can heal itself. She will explain the need to make chronic ailments acute in order for people to get well. Dr. Rose will do some demonstrations on volunteers from the audience. She will perform beginner, intermediate, and advanced treatments with live honeybees, God’s little doctors. She will also discuss slightly different approaches for a variety of ailments. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers.

September 2, 2016           Bo Sterk          Topic: Bees Beyond Borders: Beekeeping in Haiti

Bo Sterk has been promoting and teaching beekeeping in the Caribbean for 12 years. He was named “Volunteer of the Year" by Florida International Volunteer Corps (FAVACA) in 2007 and "Advanced Beekeeper of the Year" in 2011 by the UF Bee College. His work with Haitian beekeepers has been published in Bee Culture, Bee Craft, Austalasian, Kelly Newsletter and Bees for Development magazines. Bo is a Master Beekeeper, President of the St. Johns County Florida Beekeepers Association as well as a past board member of the Florida State Beekeepers Association and founder of Bees Beyond Borders.

He will be at the 2016 South Florida  & Caribbean Bee College in Davie selling T-shirts for the project.

Email:  Phone: (904) 377-5167

October 7, 2016     Sierra Monk Malnove            Topic: Getting Through Brazilian Pepper and Prepping for Winter

Sierra Malnove is a mother of three children and a  passionate beekeeper who took the fast track on the beekeeping express, growing from 1 to 400 hives in under four years. She believes in treatment-free beekeeping and helping people to discover their beekeeping potential.  Sierra was the Speaker Coordinator and the elected Vice President in 2015 for the Palm Beach County Beekeepers Association and in 2014, coordinated the most successful Florida State Beekeepers Association Conference in recent history. In 2014, Sierra co-founded the Florida Backyard Beekeepers Association (FBBA), a non-profit organization, and enjoys teaching backyard beekeeping courses and connecting beekeepers through the FBBA. Sierra is a certified queen breeder, does live bee removals and relocations, offers private hive management and gives guided beekeeping lessons. Sierra's goal is for everyone to have a positive experience with bees.

October 8, 2016     Sierra Monk Malnove            Workshop: Hands-On 201

                                                  Non-members: $10.00        Children over 12: $5.00

Sierra will provide an informative workshop in the Pine Jog apiary, which will take beginning beekeepers to the next level in beek learning. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers.  Please bring your protective bee gear with you.

Workshop Rescheduled from 'Cane Matthew Weekend


October 29, 2016      10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

home of Sierra Monk Malnove      14720 128th Avenue N      Palm Beach Gardens     33418

Non-members: $10.00        Children over 12: $5.00

Sierra will provide an informative and lively workshop at her apiary in Palm Beach Gardens. This event will take beginning beekeepers to the next level in beek learning, and will cover harvesting at this time of the year, preparing for SFL winter, and "fixing" things as hives are opened and problems seen.This workshop is intended to be hands-on learning. Some extra equipment is available from a "loaner bin," but you are asked to please bring protective gear, smokers, and hive tools––beez will be flying bzzzzzz.

Whatever you can bring to share as food and drink will be appreciated.

Please bring your protective bee gear and tools with you.

November 4, 2016    McCartney Taylor     Topic:    Swarm Traps: Getting Bees for Free

McCartney Taylor is a beekeeper out of Austin, Texas. He caught the beekeeping bug on an expedition in east Africa in 2006. He now focuses on swarm trapping, and top bar hive beekeeping. From his research he wrote the book "Swarm Traps and Bait Hives" in 2011.  On Youtube, he maintains the largest channel on beekeeping with millions of views. Created "Out of a Blue Sky" videos; has a dedicated web site at; and, is currently breeding feral survivor bees to find an acclimated bee good for central Texas that can survive untreated for mites and disease.

December 2, 2016               Christmas Pot-Luck Dinner, Honey Tasting, and Raffle

                          Home of Carol Courtney & Kevin Easton       8342 Sunset Drive    Palm Beach Gardens    

                                                                                      6 P.M. 

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