Young Harris - UGA Beekeeping Institute
23rd Annual Beekeeping Institute
Dates: May 15-17th, 2014
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the publication of the official 2014 YH-UGA Beekeeping Institute Program has been postponed until Saturday, March 8, 2014.
However, the 2014 Institute registration form is currently available (via the Quick Links menu on right) so that you can download, read over, complete, sign & mail it in with your check/money order when you are ready.
We apologize for the delay of the official program, but it will be similar to the 2013 Program, which is available for your reference above (Quick Links menu). Of course, the new program will answer particular questions about this year's class titles, descriptions, instructor assignments & time slots. If you are uncomfortable registering until you have the entire printed program, please wait. It is highly unlikely that the Institute will fill up in the first few days of open registration.
For questions related to the registration form, email Philip at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 706-675-5315. Thank you for your patience. I will be posting answers to any common questions here, going forward, as well as updating you on the percentage of remaining event capacity (diagram to the right).
Feel free to refer to the 2013 Program (via the Quick Links menu, above) for general idea of what to expect.
And, check our upcoming guest lecturers for the 2014 program.
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.
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.
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.
Schedule of Events
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.
FYI: Training and certification for the GA-MBP Certified (beginner’s) level are incorporated into the normal activities for the Beginners’ Track on Friday and Saturday.
The Institute proper, Friday and Saturday, features a 2-track system: one set of programs is highlighted as pertaining specifically to beginner beekeepers, and another for experienced beekeepers. Participants can pick and choose among all of the lectures, workshops and demonstrations offered.
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.