Hudson Valley

Bee Improvement



MAY 22 – 31, 2017


We are pleased to announce our spring programs with Roger Patterson this year. The workshops will include some unique opportunities for the alumni of last year’s seminars, a queen rearing workshop, and this year we are adding a special one day workshop called “Improving Your Bees and Your Beekeeping” For hobbyists and side liners.

It is very rare to be able to spend time in the hives with a veteran beekeeper with over 50 years experience. Roger is infectious with his insight and love of bees and will fundamentally change your understanding of beekeeping. He is one of the earliest  members of the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association Organization founded in 1964. Roger is currently a Trustee, Conference and Workshop Secretary, and the Vice-Chairman. Roger is the main force behind the educational arm of BIBBA organizing the teaching of hundreds of  people a year at workshops and classes

BIBBA is dedicated to the improvement of honeybees through selective breeding. The BIBBA program’s focus is the genetic regression through breeding back to the original native black bees where possible, otherwise bees displaying native characteristics . Localized genetic characteristics of the dark  European honeybees over a millennium of natural selection had evolved to create the perfect honeybee for the British Isles. Mongrelization of the native strain, as a result of over 150 years of importation of stock not well suited for the Isles’ climate, has led to a serious decline in health and genetic stock lines that formerly had a successful predisposition for management of the environmental challenges. There are other issues that importation is responsible for, e.g. pests/diseases and aggression.

In the Hudson Valley, while not having a true native or original stock to regress to, we certainly recognize that creating locally adaptive stock will yield a healthier colony. The currently available bees are not as strong and long lived as they used to be. This is nothing new as Roger has been observing this for over 20 yrs. It is through management and breeding we can promote quality characteristics  in our stock, necessary for our unique environment. This is the heart of the program, and the skill set for this is what these workshops are designed for.  Sign up for workshops HERE.

Roger will be wrapping up his visit at the SEBC club picnic, details below.

Southeastern Bee Club Picnic

MAY 29, 2017

The Southeastern Bee Club presents a day with Roger Patterson and Paul Cappy. We will discuss the future of beekeeping, what it means to improve our bee groups, going forward through breeding and management, being a self sufficient club, a look over the horizon of new research, a brief evaluation of the host apiary and suggestions for small hobbyists and side liners to improve their yards. Hosted by the Southeastern Beekeepers Club of Middletown, NY.

10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

For questions about the program, date availability and locations, please call Tom Sotiridy at 914 213 2303.