"Living Jewels of the Forest": Native Bees
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Coal Country Beeworks
The Coal Country Beeworks is committed to re-establishing bees and beekeeping in the region. view site

2014 Eastern Apiculture Society conference
EKU will be hosting the 2014 Eastern Apiculture Society conference. For more details about this conference, please see the following link:

Work I Knew I Must: Reminiscences of a Bee Factory Worker, Jane Cole, 1869-1911.
Forthcoming, summer 2013. A.I. Root publications.

Beeconomy: What Women and Bees Can Teach Us about Local Trade and the Global Market.  
University Press of KY.

Reclamation Honey Bee Project:  
Resulting from the 2006-2007 NEH Chair of Appalachian Studies Fellowship, the Reclamation Honey Bee Project is a collaborative project in which bee hives are placed at Big Elk Mine and Robinson Forest. Participation with beekeepers who live on surface-mined land are also included. We are using bees to gauge new forestry reclamation practices and honey production potential. This project will be expanded in 2007-2008 to include reclamation sites owned by ICG.


Please note these events are tentative and subject to cancellation due to weather.

  • Jan. 4-10, 2016: American Beekeeping Federation-Apiary Inspectors of America joint conference, Sawgrass, Florida.  
  • Jan. 22-23, 2016:  Eastern KY Winter Bee School, Hazard KY.  Pre-registration will be $20 for adults and $10 for High School or Grade School students.  Registration at the door will be $25 and $15.  Keynote speaker: Dr. Ricardo Bessin (University of Kentucky Entomology and Kentucky Integrated Pest Management Coordinator).   Please send checks to the following address:  Perry County Cooperative ExtensionOffice, 933 Perry Park Rd. Hazard, KY 41701-5322 Phone: (606) 436-2044 Questions can be addressed to Charles May,
  • Feb. 8, 2016: Bell County Beekeepers Association.  Pineville, KY
  • Feb. 20, 2016: McCreary Central High School, Stearns KY .  Registration: $15 pre registration, $20 at the door, and this includes refreshments and lunch.  For more information or send pre-registration checks, send to attention of Greg Whitis, McCreary County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources. PO Box 278, Whitley City, KY 42653. 606-376-2524.
  • Feb. 27, 2016: Northeastern KY Bee School, hosted by the Licking River Beekeeping Association. Registration opens at 7:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m. School begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 3:30 p.m.  Guest speaker: Dr. John Strang, University of Kentucky Horticulture Professor.  Pre-registration is $20.00 for adults, $25 at the door.  Children are $7.50 regardless.  Price includes lunch and refreshments.  For more information, please contact Bobby Fore, ATTN: Beekeeping School, 1338 Stevens Road, Owingsville, KY 40360.  Please make checks payable to LRBA.
  • Mar. 4-5, 2016: Organic Association of Kentucky, Paroquet Springs Convention Center, Shepherdsville, KY.
  • Mar. 12, 2016: Bluegrass Beekeepers School.  KY State University.  Frankfort, KY 40601.
  • Mar. 15, 2016: Vegetation Management Conference, Lexington, KY 
  • Mar. 22, 2016: Lake Cumberland Beekeepers Association, Somerset, KY
  • Mar. 29-Apr. 1: Green Forests Work events, Daniel Boone National Forest.
  • Apr. 2, 2016: Eastern KY Seed Swap, Pikeville, KY
  • Apr. 4, 2016: Pike County Beekeepers Association
  • Apr. 11, 2016: Grant County Beekeepers Association
  • Apr. 14, 2016: Big South Fork Beekeepers Association
  • Apr. 19, 2016: Woodford County Beekeepers Association
  • Apr. 21, 2016: Pine Mountain Beekeepers Workshop
  • Jul. 1, 2016: Deadline to enter honey, beeswax, honey culinary items in the Kentucky State Fair. 
  • Jul. 14-16, 2016: Heartland Apiculture Society.  Bowling Green, KY. 
  • Jul. 16, 2016: Kentucky State Beekeepers Association Summer Meet, Bowling Green (joint event with Heartland Apiculture Society)
  • Jul. 25-29, 2016: Eastern Apicultural Society conference, Galloway, New Jersey.

Please call (502) 229-2950 for more information about events.