August blooms are brimming with buzzing bees and humming pollinators busily preparing for the hard Vermont winter ahead. On August 20, 10:00AM – 11:30AM, Hall Apiaries founder Troy Hall returns to Billings Farm & Museum for a Beekeeping & Pollinator Care Workshop. In this practical, inspirational, and fun workshop, participants will learn how to support an autumn honey harvest, how to winterize the hive, and preserve late-season food sources.
For the curious backyard beekeepers and enthusiasts, beekeeper Troy Hall will provide an overview of beekeeping fundamentals, winter hive management, and preserving and establishing spaces for bees and pollinators. This will include promoting plant awareness to help colonies better survive the winter. The session will be followed by a 30-minute Q & A. This workshop is part of the Billings Backyard Series, designed to teach sustainable living skills for adults.
Troy Hall Bio
On a mission to support bees and improve their environment, what started as a hobby turned into a full-time occupation and passion for Troy Hall. After visiting apiaries in the Champlain Valley region and working alongside two commercial beekeepers, he founded Hall Apiaries in Plainfield, NH. Hall found he could make a peaceful living working alongside the honeybee and has become an advocate for finding long term solutions for bee population health. Currently, Hall manages 100 hives for honey production and 100 hives for queen propagation, all without using treatment for mites and other ailments. Hall is humbled to be working alongside the tenacious and resilient honeybee and is continually grateful for the opportunity to learn from such a complex and amazing creature.
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. All sessions are $15/person, $10/member. To register, visit billingsfarm.org/billings-backyard/
Past Billings Backyard Workshops are available for purchase including topics in gardening, pickling, canning & preserving, fermenting and more. billingsfarm.org/billings-backyard/