Young Harris College - University of GA Beekeeping Institute
23rd Annual Beekeeping Institute - REGISTRATION FULL
Dates: May 15-17th, 2014
Welcome to the YHC-UGA Beekeeping Institute webpage!
The 2014 Official Program will answer particular questions about this year's class titles, descriptions, instructor assignments & time slots.
The number of registrations that we have received through 24-Mar-2014 has reached the maximum capacity for the program. Click here to read more about the registration process.
Synopsis of the Institute
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.
The Institute proper, Friday and Saturday, features a 2-track system: one set of programs is highlighted as pertaining specifically to less-experienced beekeepers, and another for more-experienced beekeepers. However, the format is open and all Institute participants can pick and choose among all of the lectures, workshops and demonstrations offered.
The Awards Dinner takes place on Friday night. It's a fish fry (catfish fillets) in addition to a shrimp boil. There are also sausage, corn on the cob, potatoes, specialty beers & soft drinks. In 2014, the banquet will take place in the Paris Pavillion of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds (7 miles east of Young Harris College - MAP). There will be a live bluegrass band. And, the certificates for Journeyman, Master, and Master Craftsman Beekeepers, as well as the Welch Honey Judges, are announced in an enjoyable, informal ceremony of presentations, handshaking, pictures and applause. It runs roughly from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, with the music enthusiasts & dancers of the bunch lingering until as late as 11 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.