Young Harris College - University of Georgia Beekeeping Institute
Look for information about the 2016 Beekeeping Institute this winter! For more information about the 2015 Institute and other past events, see below.
The 2015 beekeeping institute is over, but you can still find updates on our Facebook page! Visit www.facebook.com/UGAHoneyBeeLab and click "like" to get updates. We enjoyed getting the opportunity to meet all of you at this year's institute, and are looking forward to next year's event already! For those of you looking for information about this year's beekeeping institute, feel free to download the web version of the 2015 Institute Program. There, you can see an example of what to expect at future institutes.
Please note the return policy for the Beekeeping Institute: Full and partial cancellation will be effective when received in writing by Tabitha Weaver at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at P.O. Box 678, Murrayville, GA 30564. A 90% refund will be issued during the first 20 days after registration opens. A 50% refund will be remitted if cancellation notice is received 31 days, up to one and a half weeks before the institute begins. e will not issue a refund for cancellation (including partial cancellation) notices received after this point.
On this page
- A synopsis of the Beekeeping Institute
- A listing of attending anchor vendors
- A summary of scheduled events
- 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 provides a vast amount of information in the form of lectures, workshops & demonstrations from esteemed local, regional, national and international beekeeping practitioners, authors, & researchers. The event also features hands-on training classes, beekeeping and honey judging certification programs, a distinguished regional honey show, multiple awards programs, and a renowned dinner party, and many other educational opportunities. 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 campus of Young Harris College, situated in the heart of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, the YHBI is a three-day event with separate curricula for beginners and more experienced beekeepers.
Recent guest lecturers have included:
- Dr. Marla Spivak
- Dr. Tom Webster
- Elizabeth "Izzy" Hill
- Dr. Mark Winston
- Dr. Dennis Van Englesdorp
- Dr. Giles Budge
- Dr. Thomas D. Seeley
- Dr. Dave Tarpy
- Michael Young MBE
In addition to the curricula, the program is enhanced by respected, regional purveyors of beekeeping supplies, and other related paraphernalia. Their attendance offers the convenience of browsing among a wide variety of beekeeping-related resources and gifts without concern over shipping charges.
Thursday is dedicated to training and certification examinations for enrolled Journeyman, Master, and Master Craftsman candidates, 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; the other for those beekeepers with more experience. However, the format is open and all Institute participants can pick and choose among all of the lectures, workshops and demonstrations offered.
An awards dinner typically takes place on Friday night. There is live music and the certificates for the Welch Honey Judges and senior beekeeper certifications are awarded in an informal, enjoyable ceremony. It kicks off around 6:30 pm and wraps up around 9:30 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.
Upon entry, honey show participants will be asked to certify by signed affidavit that their entry was produced directly by the show entrant. Please make sure to allow for a few extra moments when submitting your honey show entries.