It’s All About the Bees!

All are welcome to the NM Beekeepers Association 2016 Conference, February 5-6. Keynote speaker is Mark Winston, winner of the 2015 Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction. Jury statement read: “…his exquisite Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive, Mark L. Winston distills a life’s devotion to the study of bees into a powerful and lyrical meditation on humanity. This compelling book inspires us to reevaluate our own relationships both with each other and the natural world. Vital reading for our time.”

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 the American Honey Queen and learn more about Bee City USA. You will also be the first to find out information about the NM Pollinator Plan. That’s not all. We’ll be raffling off a one of kind bee quilt. There will be a hands on area, educational materials, vendors and giveaways. Bring a sample jar of honey from your own area and add it to our New Mexico State Honey Map.

Location is the bee-utiful South Broadway Cultural Center, 1025 Broadway Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102. Admission is recommended $30 Family Membership to the NMBKA for 2016. Schedule is February 5th, from noon-4 pm and February 6th, from 9 am-4 pm.

NMBKA 2016 Conference Schedule

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.

Kim Kester Bio:

Kim is the 23-year-old daughter of Jim and Barb Kester of Nekoosa, Wisconsin. She is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin, where she double-majored in dairy science and poultry science. Kim began beekeeping in 2014 and now owns six hives. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Agricultural Education at Iowa State University.
As the 2016 American Honey Queen, Kim serves as a national spokesperson on behalf of the American Beekeeping Federation, a trade organization representing beekeepers and honey producers throughout the United States. The Honey Queen and Princess speak and promote in venues nationwide, and, as such Queen Kim will travel throughout the United States in 2016. Prior to being selected as the American Honey Queen, Kim served as the 2015 Wisconsin Honey Queen. In this role, she promoted the honey industry at fairs, festivals, and farmers’ markets, via media interviews, and in schools.

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  1. Bella Donna on February 8, 2016 at 11:35 PM

    Exceptional speakers and programs!

    Bella Donna

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