Mark your calendars for the NM Beekeepers Association Annual Conference, All About the Bees on February 5-6, 2016 at the South Broadway Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM. Keynote Speaker is Mark Winston, award-winning author of “Bee Time: Lessons from the hive”.

You’ll find out more about Bee City USA by the remarkable Kim Bailey, and be the first to learn about the NM Pollinator Plan. We’ll be joined by Dr. Stephen Rankin and Dr. Don Hyder, who are doing fascinating research about local Farmington honey as medicine. We’ll hear from Texas A&M pHD Research student, Liz Marsh, the American Beekeeping Federation Honey Queen and more.

That’s not all. There will be information on plants for pollinators, beginning beekeeping basics, vendors and honey tastings. New this year, hands on sessions including: salve making, soap making and pollinator balls and more.

Family membership to the NM Beekeepers Association is $30 a year, $60 for 2 years, and can be renewed at the event.

Check back closer to the event for the full list of speakers and a full schedule.

If you are interested in vending, contact We have 12 spots for vendors that are filling quickly, so reach out soon.

Mark Winston Bio:

Mark L. Winston is that rare individual, a scientist who can speak eloquently to the public. Recognized as the world’s leading expert on bees and pollination, Dr. Winston has had a distinguished career researching, teaching, writing and commenting on bees and agriculture, environmental issues and science policy. He was a founding faculty member of the Banff Centre’s Science Communication program, and consults widely on utilizing dialogue to develop leadership and communication skills, focus on strategic planning, inspire organizational change, and thoughtfully engage public audiences with controversial issues. He currently is a Professor and Senior Fellow in Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue, and a Professor of Biological Sciences.

Kim Bailey Bio: 

Kim Bailey holds a Bachelor’s degree in biology and secondary education and a Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. Working in the field of environmental education for over 20 years, she’s had the pleasure of teaching life science in a middle school classroom, leading wilderness adventure trips for adults and students, conducting outreach programs for an ecology lab, directing a residential learning program at a camp, and serving as lead naturalist at a nature center. While employed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Kim started “The Online Guide to Environmental Education in Georgia” website. Based on its success, grants were awarded to create partner websites in 9 other states. She is currently working for the Captain Planet Foundation presenting professional learning workshops for teachers and developing curriculum to engage students in learning science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through environmental stewardship projects.

Kim is also a beekeeper and loves sharing knowledge about creating pollinator habitats with others. Over the years, she has volunteered for the National Wildlife Federation Habitat Stewards, Georgia Master Gardeners, and Monarch Across Georgia. She currently serves on her city’s Environmental Sustainability Board and works with the Tree Board to coordinate the Hendersonville, NC Bee City USA program. She enjoys gardening for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other wildlife at her family’s farm. Generations ago, the property was a working dairy farm. Today, instead of producing milk, the farm is growing milkweed for a local seed company.

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