Curious about keeping bees? Passionate about pollinators? Join beekeeper Troy Hall, of Hall Apiaries in Plainfield, NH, for an exploration of all things bees. Troy will discuss the basic concepts of beekeeping and caring for hives as well as the joys that one can discover keeping bees. He will also share conservation methods, and how you can plant and manage your land for the benefit of pollinators.
A Q&A period with the presenter may continue for up to 30 minutes past the scheduled end 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 simultaneously on Zoom and on site 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.