Eastern Apiculture Society 2017

EAS 2017 by Timothy McMahon

Have you ever considered taking a “Beekeeping Vacation”?  Well now is the time to make your plans as EAS 2017 will be taking place at the University of Delaware in Newark, DE.  EAS (Eastern Apiculture Society) is one of the largest noncommercial beekeeping organizations in the United States and one of the largest in the world.  Every summer EAS conducts its week long Annual Conference of lectures and workshops in one the 26 member states or Canadian provinces.  This year’s EAS conference will be held at the University of Delaware in Newark, DE, from July 31 to August 4.  The conference usually brings in about 600 to 800 beekeepers from around the world to attend.

The conference is made up of the Short Course, running from Monday to Wednesday, and the conference proper, running from Wednesday to Friday, with Wednesday the overlap day.  Normally about half of the attendees stay the whole week with the other half coming just for the conference.  The Short Course will contain classes for beekeepers of all levels and special events such as an open apiary with Langstroth, Warre’ and Top Bar Hives, a microscope workshop on bee anatomy, a Honey Show for you to enter your bee products, and classes on all aspects of beekeeping.  The conference proper will consist of over 100 different talks about all aspects of beekeeping including classes on Queen rearing, Mead and Beer brewing and on IPM (Integrated Pest Management).

I first attended EAS several years ago in Boone NC, and the experience was so great that I became a life time member.  I’ve not missed an EAS conference since.  Every year I go with a set of questions in mind that I then try to find the answers to from the best minds in Beekeeping.  You can’t get much better than that.   Maybe the best thing about the week-long EAS was that I get to talk “bees” all week long and no one says that they had heard enough (normally my family asks me to shut-up after the first 2 minutes or so).  You can find out all about the specific topic covered and how to sign up at the EAS webpage here http://www.easternapiculture.org/.

I hope to see you there.  EAS 2018 is scheduled for Virginia.  Come and join the fun!