Beekeeping in the USA
In this talk mark draws on his many experiences of visiting amateur beekeepers in the USA and his involvement in developing a schools education program in collaboration with US beekeeping associations and environmental educators.
Mark discusses the differences in US husbandry techniques compared to our own here in the UK.
This talk also covers differences in amateur beekeepers representation, their community structure/organisation and lack of a nationwide membership organisation. Mark discusses beekeeper education programs in the US and the perils of migratory beekeeping.
Mark also draws conclusions on the threat of Small Hive Beetle to the UK based upon his experiences of the pest in the US and demonstrates examples of techniques used to successfully manage the pests.
We have examples of beetle jail traps used by American Beekeepers to trap and remove beetles from their hives.
The talk concludes with a comparison of some major US cities, their beekeeping communities and access to green space and forage.
We can bring along samples of American honeys from beekeepers mark met on his travels.