South Broadway Cultural Center
1025 Broadway SE, Albuquerque, NM 87104


9:30 – 11:30Workshop at the Bee Yard, and Monitoring for Varroa. Open Space Visitor Center with Dr. Jose Villa and Craig Noorlander.
Reserved for students of the NMBKA Certified Beekeeper Program.
Limit 20. Contact Mark Sommer to confirm your attendance.
11:30 – 12:30Lunch on your own.
12:00 – 1:00Registration, South Broadway Cultural Center
1:00 – 1:15Welcome and Introductions — Dr. Frank Gibbons, Moderator
1:15 – 2:00John Gagne, San Juan Apiaries, “Establishment and Management of Nucleus Colonies for the Sustainable Apiary”
2:00 – 2:30Jose Villa and John Gagne, “How Our Region Can Stop Being a Net Importer of Bees”
2:30 – 3:00BREAK
3:00 – 3:45“Varroa Mites and Treatment Options” Results and analysis of Bee Yard Mite Test, presented by Jose Villa, followed by the ABQ Beeks Mite Panel:

  • Craig Noorlander, Papa Bears Honey, Edgewood
  • Chris Ewer, Sandia Foothills Honey Farm, Albuquerque
  • John Feuerherd, A Bee Q Honey, Corrales
  • Anita Amstutz, Think Like a Bee, Albuquerque
  • Mark Sommer, SomBees, Placitas

3:45 – 4:30Open Dialogue: Audience Q and A with Jose Villa. Possible topics but bring your own questions:

  1. Genetics – promises, promises, promises
  2. The pitfalls of natural beekeeping after CCD and the increase in backyard beekeeping
  3. Local queen production – costs, benefits, stocks, mating control
  4. Where IPM fits and does not fit in beekeeping
  5. Varroa, varroa, varroa

4:30 – 5:00Adjourn, Wrap – up and Social Meet and Greet
6:30 – 9:00Dinner and presentation by Dr. Jose Villa at El Pinto: “How Genetics of Honey Bees Can Be a Valuable Resource towards Sustainability.” Limit 20 people. Contact Kathy Grassel
to reserve your space.


  1. Michael Ingersoll on July 30, 2018 at 4:22 PM

    Hi Mark,

    Is there a pre-registration or sign-up for the conference (1pm-5pm)?



  2. Mark Sommer on July 30, 2018 at 4:57 PM

    Hi Mike,

    There is no pre-registration or sign-up. You simply register at the conference.

    BTW, I did confirm your email for the apiary tour and you are now a registered user on that site.


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