3nd Annual Caribbean Bee College

      Thursday-Saturday

      21-23 May 2015

      St. George's University
      True Blue Campus
      Grenada, West Indies

About

This event is run through a partnership between the Association of Caribbean Beekeepers’ Organizations (ACBO), East Caribbean Bee Research and Extension Center (ECBREC) at the St. Georges University (SGU), the University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service (UVI/CES), the Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab (HBREL) at the University of Florida (UF),  beekeepers and other groups in the Caribbean in an effort to share a platform in which we can effectively deliver research, current events and issues, information, tools, and resources that we hope will improve the sustainability of beekeeping among the islands

Assistance for travel to Grenada

An open letter to the Embassy is now available HERE to help facilitate visa aquisition when necessary, as well as a formal invitation HERE you may use in addition. We hope this may make your travel plans easier.

 

In 2014 the Caribbean Beekeeping Congress joined forces with the Caribbean Bee College and hosted one full week of honey bee research, education, and current events with some of the leaders in Apiculture from around the world. The 7th Caribbean Beekeeping Congress and 2nd Annual Caribbean Bee College was held Monday- Friday, May 26-30, 2014 at the University of the Virgin Islands, Albert A. Sheen Campus, Kingshill, St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands.

In 2013, HBREL partnered with the East Caribbean Bee Research and Extension Center at St. Georges University in Grenada, the Association of Caribbean Beekeepers’ Organizations, and the Grenada Association of Beekeepers to offer the College in the Caribbean for the first time. This 3-day honey bee extension event served as a learning experience for beekeepers, farmers, those in various bee-related industries and others interacting with honey bees and beekeeping at any level. We had nearly 100 participants from 12 countries.

Registration

Registration is expected to open soon. When it is open, a registraion link will appear here. To reserve a space early or put your name on the contact list please email Dwayne Mitchell dmitchell@sgu.edu .

Registration costs have not yet been determined, but are likely to be between 100-200 USD.

Event Schedule

The 3-day event will consist of two-days of lectures and workshops and one-day of meetings, technical tours, and a cultural evening. Local refreshments, vendors, and thethird Annual Caribbean Honey Show will be featured during this exciting event.

The Combo session will provide technical tours where participants will have the chance to visit the island of Grenada and its local apiaries (transportation will be provided). There will be focus group meetings where delegates will discuss the state of honey bee research, extension, and instruction efforts in the Caribbean and use the information gathered at the discussion to develop additional honey bee-related programs for the Caribbean islands.

College highlights include morning lectures and afternoon workshops on a variety of beginner and advanced honey bee and beekeeping topics. Live honey bee colonies will be on-site to facilitate a hand’s on learning experience. Courses include everything from honey bee biology to hive product marketing, Caribbean honey plants, pests & diseases and much more.

We truly hope that all parties interested in attending the The 3rd Annual Caribbean Bee College will be able to identify funding sources for their participation. We encourage bee clubs or governments on every island to consider sending a representative from their respective island to this event. We hope to register attendees from every island to make this a truly international event and facilitate our discussion on developing sustainable honey bee programs in the Caribbean.

Vendors

The CBC is accepting vendor regsitration. Beekeeping suppliers, companies with bee - related items, and other companies that are interested in vending are welcome to apply. We highly encourage local companies to apply.

Please contact Dwayne Mitchell dmitchell@sgu.edu . if you are interested in becoming a vendor.

Additionally, if you are a honey bee related company and would like to exchange ad space in our program for a small donation we would be happy to work with you.

Support & Donations

Are you interested in assisting the Caribbean Bee Congress and College financially? This event is being primarily funded through donations and registration fees. If you are interested in providing funding for equipment costs, logistical costs, please contact Dwayne Mitchell dmitchell@sgu.edu .

We are currently seeking sponsorships in the amount of $250 USD each to ensure that at least one person from every island nation can be present.. Would you consider sponsoring someone today? Contact Dwayne Mitchell dmitchell@sgu.edu .

Travel

Travel to Grenada
 Please fly to St. George's, Grenada airport code GND
 St. Croix is served by American Airlines and US Airways with daily direct flights from Miami.
 LIAT and Jet Blue provide connecting service through Port-Of-Spain (POS)

Accommodations

On-campus dormitories will be available for reservationat a low cost. This will require a separate reservation and fee.

more information TBA

2015 Caribbean Honey Show

Entry is free! Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to showcase all of your (and your bees’!) hard work. The show will be judged using the Welsh Honey Judge methods by certified Welsh Honey Judges and Stewards, and winners will be announced during the awards ceremony. Despite the name, the Honey Show isn’t just for honey! You can submit honey products, art/photography and observation hives too. A “Best in Show” will be chosen from all of the 1st place winners. It is important that you read all of the following rules regarding the Caribbean Honey Show Rules below. Entries can be disqualified for failure to adhere to any of the requirements. Please be aware of importation guidelines.

 

Guidelines for Importing Honey to Grenada

PLEASE NOTE: importation of honey and/or (hive products) into Grenada requires proper approval from both your home country and from Grenada.
Prior to your arrival you must obtain an official health certificate (permit) for the honey (hive products) from your home country.
To do this, contact the Ministry of Agriculture official, typically the Chief Veterinary Officer. Once the permit is obtained, send it to SGU at the address below for certification with a valid return address. The certified permit will then be mailed back to you.
Displaying the certified permit will give you clearance for your honey (hive products) to enter the country at customs when you arrive.
Otherwise, your honey (hive products) may be subject to customs quarantine.

SEND DOCUMENTATION TO:
East Caribbean Bee Research &
Extension Centre
Pathobiology Academic Programs
School of Veterinary Program
St. George’s University
P.O. Box 7
Grenada, West Indies
Phone: (473) 444-4175 Ext.3737
Fax: (473) 439-5068
Email: agriculture@gov.gd

Additional assitance or questions regarding hive product importations:


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