Talk on history of beekeeping set for March 28

GREENFIELD — Massachusetts has produced many significant beekeepers whose inventions and discoveries resulted in the modern beekeeping industry.

That story will be told March 28 by Dan Conlon of Warm Colors Apiary in South Deerfield, who will talk about American beekeeping from the 1600s forward at an upcoming Greenfield Historical Society meeting.

He will look at the role of honeybees and honey in our country’s agriculture, landscape, and cultural development. There will be samples of varieties of local honey representing different floral sources.

The talk, free and open to the public, will be followed by time for informal questions and comments from the audience.

Conlon is a full-time beekeeper. He and co-owner Bonita Conlon produce varieties of local and regional honeys and beeswax products, and provide pollination to Pioneer Valley farms and orchards. He has served as president of the Massachusetts Beekeeper’s Association and the Franklin County Bee Association and on the Board of Directors of the Eastern Apicultural Society. He was recognized as 2004 Beekeeper of the Year by the Eastern Apicultural Society and Massachusetts Beekeeper of the Year in 2005. He and Bonita support sustainable land use and the preservation of farmland and open space.

He is working to establish a Russian honeybee breeding program on his way to becoming a certified Queen breeder in the Russian Queen Breeder’s Association.

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