Vermont's Permaculture Institute

Natural Beekeeping June 21-22


Sam and Keith inspect a top bar frame with brood for the group

This year’s natural beekeeping workshop will be Saturday, June 21- Sunday, June 22- and promises exciting information for both new and experienced beekeepers alike!  Stay tuned for more details regarding the two day format- take one day or both!


The honeybee is an insect that has long been in partnership with humankind.  Now, more than ever, the bees are in need of our attention and appreciation.  We will discuss the current plight of the bees, and present solution-oriented information about renewing and reshaping this ancient relationship.  We discuss bees within larger pollinator complexes, the natural ecology of bees and their roles in their native habitats, non-traditional products and medicines of the hive, planting for pollinator support, top-bar hive beekeeping, and other techniques- new and old from near and far- inspiring renewed health of honeybees and pollinators in general.

Most importantly, we’ll spend time in the hives (weather permitting- looks nice!), looking at Langstroth, Top Bar, and Warre hives HANDS ON and comparing their advantages for different goals in beekeeping.  We keep exceptionally tame bees and support an extremely safe environment, but working in the hive is completely optional.

Apis Mellifera

Sam Comfort contemplates the swarm

SAM COMFORT has been keeping bees all over the United States, breeding queens from Russian stock (originally smuggled into the country in our friend’s bra), and is is the founder of Anarchy Apiaries.  Since apprenticing at Honey Gardens Apiaries  in Vermont 10 years ago, he has gone on to become one of the nation’s leading examples and pioneers in treatment free, bee-centered apiculture.

Top Bar

Keith Morris shows the heart shape of brand new, drawn comb

KEITH MORRIS once managed over 1200 hives for a commercial beekeeping operation, and now experiments with alternative hives and native pollinator support on his farm in Johnson.  In 2006, he was recruited by USAID Farmer to Farmer to help develop products from the hive with beekeepers in Nigeria and Ghana.  He is Professor of Permaculture and Ecological Design at the University of Vermont and Sterling College.

Saturday June 21- Sunday June 21

Pre-Registration is required, space is limited!

$250 suggested donation, sliding scale includes honey and mead tasting, and farm sourced lunch.  No one will be refused for lack of funds, but you must still pre-register.

Please send a check to ensure your space:

Prospect Rock Permaculture

PO Box 426

Jeffersonville, VT 05464

Other upcoming events:
Masonry for Farm and Garden with Dan Bermingham and Anthony McCarthy  Workshop TBA- Stonework on-going- ask about volunteering
Earth Oven Baking Bread and Pizza with Simha Bode and Mark Krawczyk  Workshop TBA
7th Annual Permaculture Design Certification Course  July 20 – August 1.
For details and more information, email or call (802) 734-1129
Keith and Family
Willow Crossing Farm
Johnson, VT

2 responses to “Natural Beekeeping June 21-22

  1. Mabel mike May 23, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Pls what are the nesting site in ur location


    • Keith May 25, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      Hi Mabel,

      We keep bees in Langstroth Hives, Top Bar Hives, and Warre hives. Typically, we try to have souther/ southeastern exposure and protection from cold winter winds. I hope this answers your question. Feel free to email.



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