March 21, 2020
The Greater New York Bee Conference

Each year the Ontario Finger Lakes Beekeepers Association puts on a very special 1 day conference in March held at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua NY. With over 350 guests and world renown speakers, this 1 day conference is the largest beekeeping conference in New York State. Register early as the space does fill up and we sometimes have to close walk-in registration as we fill to our room limits.

Phil Craft

Phil Craft

This year our primary speaker is Phil Craft. We also have several other speakers lined for for this year, like Frank Licata, NY Farm Net, Aaron Fisher, Jim Regelsberger, Kimberley Ess and Kimberly & Ben Carpenter.

The morning schedule will start at 8:45 am and there will be three 45 minute talks with 20 minute breaks between each talk.

Lunch will be from 12 to 1:15.

The afternoon schedule will have 3 breakout session times, each will have 4 talks running at the same time. 20 minute breaks between each breakout session time slot. Guest will get to choose 1 talk to go to during each of the 3 breakout sessions. A total of 12 talks will be going on in the afternoon, and guests can go to 3 different talks. The will be a few themes running during this time, so for example you are interested in the business side of things, there will be a different business talk in each session. After the sessions are over, we will have a group of speaks in the auditorium who will take questions for 45 minutes. Afterwards, raffle drawings and conference ends at 5:30. Evening Social starts at 6 pm and goes to 8 pm, pre-registration for the evening social is required.


Schedule

This years 2019 schedule, subject to change.

GNYBC-2019-Schedule.JPG



Evening Social

29313825_1771194106236739_6478972094594940928_o.jpg

Each year we offer guests a chance to hang out with other beekeepers and our speakers after the conference is over. The social includes some lite food and drinks and a casual place for relaxing after a long day of talks where you can mingle and network. This activity requires pre-registration and does cost per person over and above the cost of the conference registration. 6pm to 8pm is the normal time of the social. We hope you will join us for a very special time at our social.

The 2019 social will be held right where the conference is, at FLCC.


Raffles

29570421_1778144048875078_3858215434730243065_n.jpg

We run several items in a raffle, these include a very special painted hive, 5 frame nuc and a few other items. Put a few dollars in for chances to win some of the great prizes we put into the raffles. This helps pay for some of the conference costs and helps keep the entry fee down, as many of these items are donated.

If you have items you think would be a good fit and want to donate, please contact us.


Silent Auction

28947162_1779017088787774_1190579400270249478_o.jpg

We have a silent auction that runs thru the day until it closes after the last break in the afternoon. This is a great way to get some unique items and some bee gear, many times below market price. This helps pay for some of the conference costs and helps keep the entry fee down, as many of these items are donated.

If you have items you think would be a good fit and want to donate, please contact us.


Honey Swap!

Bring your honey, leave with someone elses

There is NO cost to the honey swap, just follow the instructions below.

 How it works:

1. Label a jar of honey to bring with you. Include the season/type of honey.

2. When you arrive, trade your jar of honey for a ticket.

3. Before you leave for the day, trade your ticket for a different jar of honey! See the swap time in the conference program.

Everyones honey is different, this is a great way to get honeys from around the state that taste, smell and look different.