3nd Annual Caribbean Bee College
21-23 May 2015
St. George's University
True Blue Campus
Grenada, West Indies
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
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 is expected to open by November 1st 2014. When it is open, a registraion link will appear here.
Registraion costs have not yet been determined.
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.
An open letter to the Embassy will be posted here to help facilitate visa aquisition when necessary.
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 EMAIL: email@example.com 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 Jeanette Klopchin at (352) 273-3932.
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?
Please call Jeanette Klopchin at (352) 273-3932.
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)
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.
For questions regarding the honey show please email:
- Jeanette Klopchin
- (352) 273-3932
Guidelines for Importing Honey to Grenada