Billings Backyard Workshop: Late-Season Pollinator Care and Beekeeping
August 20, 10:00-11:30 Price: $15 person/$10 member Presenter: Troy Hall Location: On site at Billings Farm & Museum This class, led by Troy Hall, founder of Hall Apiaries in Plainfield, NH will focus on preserving and establishing spaces for bees and pollinators. Troy will provide an overview of the fundamentals of beekeeping including basic equipment & hive management. A Q&A period with the presenter may continue for up to 30 minutes past the scheduled end time. Cancellation Policy: There are often waitlists for our workshops, so please let us know in advance if you are unable to attend. Refunds are available up to 14 days before the class is held. There are no refunds within 14 days. Safety Policy: For the continued safety of our staff and guests, wearing a face mask is encouraged and very much appreciated in our indoor spaces. If you have symptoms of a respiratory illness please wear a mask or consider visiting another time. Billings Backyard is a series of workshops designed to teach sustainable living skills to adult participants and is underwritten by a generous grant from the SpringRiver Private Foundation Trust. Each workshop includes hands-on demonstrations and concrete steps for incorporating these skills into everyday life. Find more Billings Backyard Series workshops This workshop will be held at Billings Farm & Museum. About Troy Hall What started as a hobby with no aspirations or desire to be anything more than that has turned into a full-time occupation and passion of mine. Growing up as a native to the Upper Valley Region of New Hampshire and Vermont, I had no idea that one could make a peaceful living from working with bees. In time, becoming more knowledgeable in the craft I befriended two commercial beekeepers from the Champlain Valley region of Vermont. Visiting their apiaries and working alongside them gave me insight into a world that I quickly fell in love with, living and working alongside the honey bee. Gleaning from what I had learned and experienced, in 2010 I was driven and motivated to start down the path of growing my avocation with beekeeping into my vocation. It has been anything but easy. Lots of hard work with no pay, often seeing and experiencing failure and setbacks for the first few years. Especially when I decided to wean the apiary off of ALL and ANY treatments for mites and other ailments. Being that from the beginning, with the paradigm that I had chosen to run the apiary off of I was able to experience large colony mortality rates every winter, and still be sustaining growth and profitability in the next season, all from within the apiary itself. Looking back I am continually humbled by working alongside the honey bee. I often underestimate her vigor, hard work and resilience to the environment that surrounds her. Looking forward I am hopeful and extremely blessed to have the opportunity to work alongside such a complex and amazing creature.