Bluegrass Beekeepers Association

Beekeepers in the Bluegrass

Association Meeting Information

The Bluegrass Beekeepers meet monthly throughout the year excluding January and August. The meetings are the second Monday of each month and include an always fabulous potluck starting at 7:00 p.m. The meetings are held at the Fayette County Extension Office in Lexington, Kentucky.

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March 9, 2019 at Kentucky State University in Frankfort, KY


Details are coming together for this year’s Bluegrass Beekeeping School. Check back for more information on all of our classes that will be offered. We are excited to announce that Larry Connor will be the keynote speaker for the opening session and also will do a break out session on General Queen Management.


Lawrence Connor was born in Kalamazoo Michigan and earned his masters and doctorate degrees in honey-bee pollination of crops at Michigan State University. He worked as Extension Bee Specialist at The Ohio State University and as President of Genetic Systems, Inc. (which produced tens of thousands of instrumentally inseminated queens honey bees as well as the Starline and Midnite breeding stock). He is the founding member of, and operates,  Wicwas Press LLC, specializing in publication of quality bee books. He served as the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the American Honey Producers Association during the 1990s. He relocated (from Connecticut) back to Michigan in April 2007 to continue growth of his publishing and writing activities. He has edited and published over two dozen books and recently written: Increase Essentials (2006), Bee Sex Essentials (2008), Queen Rearing Essentials, Bee-sentials: A Field Guide, Swarm Essentials (with Steve Repasky), Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping (with Dewey Caron), Increase Essentials Second Edition, Queen Rearing Essentials, Second Edition, and Mating Biology of honey bees (with G. and N. Koeniger and J. Ellis). His most recent publication is BeeCabulary Essentials, an introductory beekeeping book written with his son, Andrew Connor. Connor was a monthly contributor to The American Bee Journal and to Bee Culture Magazine. He travels extensively and lectures on a wide range of subjects concerning honey bees, bee breeding, pollination and colony management.


To pre-register for the 2019 Bluegrass Beekeeping School, click the link below, print and mail the form and payment by March 1st, 2019.


2019 Pre-registration form

Here is the preliminary class schedule:



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Randy Rosbrook passed away Sunday, August 26th.  He was a long time member of the Bluegrass Beekeepers Association, mentor, educator and past president of the Madison County Beekeepers. He also participated in organizing Bluegrass Bee School and the EAS conference in Richmond.  If you only knew him through beekeeping, be sure to follow the link below to learn more about him and the services that are scheduled.


Looking for a beekeeper who has an observation hive who would be willing to make a short presentation to children about honeybees. Becca Self with FoodChain in Lexington, KY works to connect the community to fresh food. This summer, as part of their Farm to School efforts, they’re hosting a 10 week program in partnership with the Lexington Farmers Market, called Power of Produce Club (POP). From 10 -12 every Saturday they have a booth at the market with educational and fun activities for youth ages 4 -12, with a special focus on food systems and seasonal Kentucky foods. If anyone is available to help with this educational opportunity about the importance of honeybees, please contact Becca Self at 859.536.7157. It would only be a few hours on the Saturday of your choice before August 4th.

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Tonight I shared a swarm trap at the “show and tell” of our meeting and I had a few members ask where to find it. Click here to see where I got mine. I’m sure they’re available elsewhere but this is where I got mine and they seem to be of good quality. I will surely be ordering more from this seller for next year.  Mine took about a month to arrive because I’m sure it came from China but there are surely people in the States who have them but I doubt they’ll have the same price.  I will report back as to how I like them but so far the weight and size alone really sell me on them. 



The Madison County Beekeepers Association is sponsoring a presentation by Mel Disselkoen on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 9:00 am at the Madison County Extension Office, 230 Duncannon Lane, Richmond KY 40475.
Mel Disselkoen will be speaking regarding his 40+ year experience with beekeeping with his On The Spot system of queen rearing and mite control.
Hopefully, weather permitting, there will be an opportunity for a hands-on experience with several hives Saturday afternoon (arrangements are being made) with Mel regarding his OTS system. (If so, we will have a break for folks to go get lunch on their own.)
We are asking for a $5-$10 donation at the door to help with expenses, but won’t turn anyone away. We want to invite everyone to come and hear this important talk.

See the attached PDF for more information.

Mel Disselkoen Invite PDF

The Bluegrass Beekeepers will have a display table set up at the Headley-Whitney Museum Garden Affair this Saturday, May 12 to educate folks about the importance of bees as pollinators. We would like to have some more members be available during the 10am to 5pm event to share about beekeeping. It allows you free admittance to the event. Be sure to check out their website and let us know if you are available.

Below you should see a link to all the lecture notes, etc. from Bee School 2018. You will have to have a password for opening most of these files and if you don’t have the password then you need to talk to one of the organizers of the event who can verify you were at Bee School 2018.

The webmaster does not have the ability to verify your presence and as such will NOT give you the password. All inquiries of the sort will be deleted.


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