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Non-Chemical Varroa Management Tools that Work

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Event date/time: 
Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Event location: 
UMass Agricultural Learning Center (911 N Pleasant St., Amherst MA)

Are you interested in using non-chemical management tools to reduce Varroa levels in your hives? Have you heard about "brood breaks" and "splits" but don't understand how and when to use them? Join Sam Comfort and Angela Roell - beekeepers, queen rearers and educators - as well as UMass extension educator Hannah Whitehead for a hands-on day at the apiary, where we will discuss non-chemical management strategies that have been shown to reduce mites, including genetics, brood breaks, splits, nucs, and drone brood removal. We will also talk about sampling for mites, and how to incorporate these strategies into an integrated pest management plan.

Cost: $40 (bring cash or check to pay at the door)

Coffee and snacks provided - bring your own lunch


Come ready to work with bees outside (whatever sting and sun protection you prefer), and bring plenty of water and a lunch.



Angela Roell owns and operates Yard Birds Farm and Apiary, a collective land project and honeybee apiary.  Angela rears queens, produces nucs for sale and sells cut comb honey to regional restaurants and wholesale distributors.  Angela teaches Practical Beekeeping at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Bee School in collaboration with the Northeast Organic Farming Association, MA.  Angela holds a Masters of Science in Curriculum Design & Evaluation Strategies from Boston University, and speaks regionally and nationally about beekeeping strategies.


Sam Comfort owns and operates the queen breeding operation Anarchy Apiaries based in Hudson Valley, NY and Palm Beach County, FL.  Sam has 15 years of queen breeding experience across the country, and provides technical expertise for researchers developing innovative queen breeding systems for diverse bioregions.  


Queen Cage

Contact's name: 
Hannah Whitehead, Extension Educator
Contact's email: 
911 N Pleasant St.
Amherst, MA 01003
911 N Pleasant St. Amherst MA