Summer 2014 Workshop Presenters

2014 NCSBA SUMMER CONFERENCE
WILKES COMMUNITY COLLEGE, WILKSBORO, NC
JULY 10 – 12, 2014
Hosted by BEEKEEPERS OF WILKES COUNTY – NCSBA Local Chapter

Workshop Presenters:
DianeAlmondDiane Almond
Master Beekeeper, Master Gardener
Buncombe, Henderson, and Haywood County Beekeeper chapters

Retired from a career in the music industry in Milwaukee, Diane has been keeping bees (12-15 hives), selling award-winning honey, and developing gardens (way too many) on her and husband Doug’s 8-acre Honey Bees and Heather Farm in Fletcher NC since 2000. A Master Gardener and Master Beekeeper, she lectures on a variety of topics throughout North Carolina, teaches a Natural Approach to Beginning Beekeeping at the NC Arboretum, mentors the Bee Crew at Warren Wilson College and serves as Habitat Director for Bee City USA. Since attending Penn State’s First International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy in 2010 (and the second one in 2013), Diane continues to work toward realizing her dream of establishing BeeHab, a not-for-profit project to educate people about pollinators and to help them establish pollinator habitat. Diane is an active member of the Buncombe, Henderson and Haywood county chapters.

Diane’s presentation is, “Pollinator Habitat: How YOU Can Provide More Food for Bees.” While scientists, beekeepers and politicians disagree, sometimes violently, about what’s killing and compromising our bees, and what to do about it, all agree: nutrition is part of the problem and the bees need more, healthy forage. Whether you are a small farmer, residential or urban gardener or contribute to public landscapes come learn about planting for the bees. We’ll use plant guides, principles and practices derived in large part from the excellent work of the Xerces Society, NRCS, Pollinator Partnership and experts. Also discover a wealth of resources including organizations, bee-friendly communities, and models for developing pollinator projects where you live.


JohnAmbroseDr. John Ambrose
Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor of Entomology
Dean Emeritus, DUAP
North Carolina State University

Dr. Ambrose is a long time faculty member and administrator at NC State University. He earned his MS and PhD degrees from Cornell University in Apiculture (honey bees) and Social Insect Behavior. He is also a retired US Navy Captain. He started work at NC State in the Dept. of Entomology as an Assistant Professor and the Extension Apiculturist in 1975, as well as being appointed as the Executive Director of the NC State Beekeepers Association. His research areas were apiculture (including bee diseases and parasites) and pollination. He is the recipient of NC State’s Outstanding Teacher Award, Member of the Academy of Outstanding Teachers at NC State, recipient of the Entomological Society’s Outstanding Teacher Award, and recipient of NC State’s Alumni Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award. From 2000-2012 he worked in a number of administrative positions in the Division of Undergraduate Academic Programs ranging from Director of the First Year College to Dean of the Division. Since 2012 he has been in Phased Retirement with his emphasis on teaching. His interests are apiculture, pollination, social insect behavior and the association of man and insects over time and today.

In 1982, Dr. Ambrose designed and established the North Carolina Master Beekeeper Program (MBP). Its purpose is to provide an infrastructure whereby beekeepers can improve their beekeeping skills and knowledge on a continuous basis within a system that objectively and formally acknowledges those accomplishments. It also serves as a means of providing valuable information to beekeepers and the public through various outreach services. Prior to 2011, the Master Beekeeper Program was run through North Carolina State University. Due to financial cutbacks, the program was cut. Because of the importance of the program to beekeepers, NCSBA agreed to pick up this program. Today over 10,000 beekeepers have participated in the program. Dr. Ambrose is currently serving as the chairman of the MBP.


Rick CoorRick Coor
A North Carolina Micro-Breeder
Senior Regional Director, Coastal Region

Queen rearing is the primary activity of Spring Bank Bee Farm, Inc. which is owned and operated by Rick Coor and his son, Colin. Their beekeeping business is located in Wayne County near Goldsboro.

Rick kept bees as a young man in junior high school and began beekeeping again in 2004. He serves as the Vice-President of the Tar River Beekeepers and is the Senior Regional Director from the Coastal Region. Rick is also serving as chairman of the NCSBA Nominating Committee and he and Tim Huffman are the co-chairmen of the State Fair Honey Program. He is active as a speaker to bee clubs and enjoys working with other beekeepers at his bee farm.

Rick is knowledgeable in the building trades and has professional experience as a public school teacher and as a building contractor. He manages his apartment business when not working with his bees.

Rick will be speaking during the regular sessions along with Bill Clothier on the Honey for Disabled Veterans Program. Back by popular demand, Rick will also be presenting his 2-hour workshop on “Queen Rearing.” With ten years of queen rearing experience, Rick offers insightful information on how to successfully operate the complete queen rearing process, from hygienic testing to managing the mating colonies.


Bryan FisherBryan Fisher
ISA Certified Arborist
NCSBA Master Beekeeper Candidate

Bryan Fisher is an ISA certified Arborist by trade. He specializes in tree preservation, organic plant healthcare, and urban arboriculture. He is apart of the Charlotte Arborist Association and is a NC Association of Nurserymen Certified Plant Professional. He has been working in the plant healthcare field for over 15 years and still finds it easy to go to work everyday. The best advice he ever got as a child was to “go outside and play.” This advice has led to a love for nature and the outdoors.

Bryan is a 4th generation beekeeper who started working bees 10 years ago. The first time he looked inside a hive he knew something very special was happening and was intrigued. At the time he was happy with a just few colonies but soon got “bit by the bug.” Now he manages around 100 colonies and 60 mating nucs through queen breeding season.

Past president of the Cabarrus County Beekeepers for 2 years, he is very active with the local beekeeping organizations. He helps teach the Cabarrus County beginner beekeeping class, and preforms the in hive demonstrations at their annual field day. He has given lectures to many local associations on a variety of subjects. Bryan is known for his gift and passion for talking with and educating anyone at anytime about bees. He has also been known to enjoy a glass his homemade mead on occasion.

A product of Dr Tarpy’s Born and Bred program, he is in the process of growing his beekeeping operation to be able to provide NC with more quality mated, locally bred queens.

Bryan has past work experience in the commercial nuc production and commercial honey extraction. He also has experience in the area of IPM for bees and plants, and uses less intrusive treatment practices in and out of the hive.

Bryan also has a passion for local food and community and serves on the Board of Directors for the Piedmont Farmers Market. He does small scale gourmet mushroom production, raises free range poultry, and grows seasonal produce on his urban farm. Bryan makes sustainability a priority in all aspects of farming including his beekeeping.

Bryan has the NCSBA Journeyman Level certification and will be receiving his NCSBA Master Beekeeper Level certification during the awards ceremony at the summer conference.

Bryan extends special thanks to everyone especially Gray and Bob for all the help and support along this great journey!

Bryan’s workshop program will include a little on honeybee nutrition, different types of feed and feeders, their pros and cons and the appropriate time to feed your bees.


Ellis Hardison, Master BeekeeperEllis Hardison
Master Beekeeper
President, Moore County Beekeepers

Ellis Hardison has been working with bees for more than fifty years. He believes there is always something more to learn about bees so they are his lifelong interest. He loves sharing his knowledge with others and has taught many beekeeping classes over the last 20 years as well as given many presentations. Ellis is a very active volunteer at the NC Zoo with the honeybee exhibit. He has also volunteered with the Farmer to Farmer Program and taught beekeeping classes and evaluated bee yards in Guyana, South America.

Ellis retired from R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company after working there over 38 years. He enjoys traveling, especially related to bees. He is married to wife Linda who is also a beekeeper. He enjoys spending time with his numerous family members and friends. He currently maintains 30 bee colonies.

Ellis received his Master Beekeeper Certification in 1997 and was a recipient of the Hass McIver Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. He served on the NCSBA board for six years as both regional and area directors. He is currently serving as President of Moore County Beekeepers.

Ellis will be overseeing testing for Certified, Journeyman, and Master levels of the Master Beekeeper Program on Friday and Saturday during the conference.


Anne Houck
Anne Houck
President, Stanly County Beekeepers
NCSBA Journeyman Beekeeper

Anne Houck has been keeping bees about 8 years and has reached the level of Journeyman Beekeeper. She is currently working on getting her Master Beekeeper level certification.  Anne currently is serving as President of the Stanly County Beekeepers and is very interested in promoting the NCSBA Master Beekeeping Program.

Anne keeps free-range chickens, practices natural beekeeping, organic gardening, and vermicomposting on her family’s small farm when not working at her job as a project manager.

Anne will be helping Ellis Hardison administer the written exams for the Master Beekeeper Program during the workshop times on Friday and in the afternoon on Saturday.


Danny JaynesDanny Jaynes
Immediate Past President, NCSBA
Master Beekeeper

Immediate Past President Danny Jaynes and his wife Mary became beekeepers in 2001 after their retirement from teaching and by the next year they became active members of the Wake County Beekeepers Association (WCBA). In 2008, under Danny’s leadership as President, Wake County Beekeepers won the NCSBA “Chapter of the Year Award” and in the same year, Danny and Mary were selected to receive the NCSBA “Persons of the Year Award”.

Starting in 2008, Danny served as NCSBA 2nd Vice President, 1st Vice-President, and President.

Danny and Mary initiated the Honey Sales Program at the NC State Fair in 2008 and took on the major responsibilities of operating the honey sales program for four years. Danny and Mary are a frequent volunteers at the Honey Bee Exhibit at the NC Zoo where they educate and inform the public about honey bees and the importance of beekeeping. For the past 3 years, they have also taught bee schools in Caldwell and Iredell Counties. Danny and Mary have provided honey bee colonies at the NC Governor’s Mansion and those bees have been spotlighted in a number of publications.

Danny is currently a Master Beekeeper and is working toward the Master Craftsman Beekeeper Level.

Danny will be presenting a workshop entitled “Advantages of Test and Treat“. As part of the requirements for the Master Craftsman Beekeeper level, Danny started a research project in May of 2013 that will end after the Sourwood flow this August. Danny will present his findings and suggestions on the advantages of test and treat from his research.


Joanna RadfordJoanna Radford
Surry County Extension Agent
Agriculture and Natural Resources

Joanna Radford has been an extension agent for 19 years. Joanna began supporting the Surry County Beekeepers in 2012. She was instrumental in helping with the bee school in 2012 and 2013 providing space for the class, copies of handouts, and even teaching one of the sections. She championed a project where a live bee hive was placed near the entrance of the extension center in 2012. This hive has attracted press and community interest in beekeeping. Bees and honey from this hive have been used in the 4H Bee Buddy program started in the summer of 2013 by Joanna. This 4H program currently meets monthly at the same time the Surry County Beekeepers meet. Joanna brought her Bee Buddy program to the NCSBA Spring Meeting in Wilmington and over 400 kids participated. She’ll be leading the program again at the Summer Meeting in Wilkesboro.


Kim UnderhillKim Underhill
Co-chair, NCSBA Certified Honey Program
Vice-President, Johnston County Beekeepers
Program Director, Wake County Beekeepers

Kim Underhill and her husband, Tom reside in Raleigh, NC on their farm, John 15:5 the home of Big Oak Bee Farm, where they raise, sell and provide honey bees and queens of various lines to beekeepers in need.

At Big Oak Bee Farm, Kim is employed by 1.2 million ++ employers that demand her undivided attention when interacting together. She and her husband also serve 43 other “children”, some of which have 4 legs, fur and purr and others that have 2 legs with feathers that cluck and crow, all which are loved and play an important part in their lives. On their humble farm they raise most of their own vegetables, free range eggs, a variety of fruits and of course Honey – North Carolina Certified Local Wildflower Honey. They are active and strong supporters of the North Carolina Certified Honey Program and are proud to display the NC Certified Label on their honey.

Kim was recently appointed as co-chair of the NCSBA Certified Honey Program and also serves as Program Director for the Wake County Beekeepers Association, Vice-President of the Johnston County Beekeepers Association, and is an active member of the 5 County Beekeepers Association. She have achieved the levels of Certified Beekeeper, Journeyman and has just completed all requirements for the Master level this year (and hopes to get her Master level award at the banquet at the summer meeting). She is currently working towards earning her Master Craftsman level with her research project focusing on honey bee queens.

In addition, Kim is in the grassroots stages of establishing a non-profit organization called, “Quest for thee Queen”. This organization’s purpose and focus will be to serve as a primary source for queen producers across North Carolina, provide locally born and bred queens and giving our state beekeepers independence from outside sources for queens.

Kim and her husband believe and live by paying it forward, donating their time, experience and knowledge, mentoring new beekeepers, and helping people get started or rekindle the beekeeping hobby. They covet and enjoy educating beekeepers and the public about our State Insect – the Wonderful Honey Bee. Kim believes this is of vital importance for the future of Honey Bees and Certified Honey Program.

Kim will be providing information and answering questions about how to become a Certified Honey Producer in NC.


Doug VinsonDr. James D. “Doug” Vinson
Regional Director, Mountain Region, NCSBA
Vice-President, Catawba County Beekeepers

Dr. James D. (Doug) Vinson is a semi-retired dentist living in Catawba County. His dad was a beekeeper and he instilled the love of the honey bee in Doug. Education, career, etc. kept him away from the bees for a number of years. About eighteen years ago he bought two packages and the rest is history. Today he tries to maintain about twenty-five colonies for honey production at several locations in Catawba and Avery counties.

Doug is currently serving as an NCSBA Regional Director for the Mountain Region and VP of the Catawba County Beekeepers club. He is in the NCSBA Master Beekeeper Program and is currently at the Journeyman level. Membership in other organizations includes the ABF and EAS.

Doug’s workshop “Summer Splits: Timing and Technique for Mite Load Reduction” will explore some colony manipulations that interrupt the reproductive cycle of the Varroa mite at a critical time in the beekeeping year.


Jim WrightJim Wright
NCSBA Webmaster
Webmaster, Wake County Beekeepers

Jim Wright is the NCSBA webmaster and a member of the AMS/Website committee. He is also the webmaster for Wake County Beekeepers.

Jim owns and runs Wright Business Solutions, a technology consulting company that provides real world technical solutions for small and medium size businesses.

Amy MoyleAmy Moyle
NCSBA Yellow Book Editor

Amy Moyle is relatively new to beekeeping even though she’s been interested in honeybees for many years. She first started to learn about bees in Austin, Texas before moving to North Carolina in 2010. She currently keeps bees in 2 locations in Pilot Mountain.

Amy is editor of the NCSBA Yellow Book, serves on the AMS/Website committee, and is active at the local level in both Forsyth and Surry Counties. She has served as Newsletter Editor, Treasurer, and Education Secretary for Surry County Beekeepers. Amy has completed the Certified Level of the Master Beekeeper Program.

Amy has an engineering degree in computer aided systems and has spent the last 20 years helping small and medium sized business use technology to streamline and grow their businesses.

Jim and Amy will be giving an overview of some free or inexpensive technology solutions that chapters can use as their chapters grow and change. This workshop will also include a discussion of ways a chapter can attract and retain younger members — both with the use of technology and without.