Randy Oliver Started beekeeping in 1966, and then went on to get university degrees in biological sciences, specializing in entomology.  In 1980, he began to build a migratory beekeeping operation in California and currently runs around 1000-1500 hives with his two sons, Eric and Ian.  Randy is known world-wide for dynamic presentations, straightforward information and the practice of good bee husbandry with a focus on environmental and community responsibility. ScientificBeekeeping.com

Cameron Jack, Apiculture Lecturer for the Entomology and Nematology Department at the University of Florida. is from Overton, NV where he grew up watching his Grandpa manage about 200 hives and sell honey. He completed his master’s degree at Oregon State University where he conducted research on Nosema ceranae. Soon, he will complete his Ph.D. at the University of Florida where he investigates integrated pest management of Varroa destructor.

Amina Harris is the founding director of the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute of Wine and Food Science, UC Davis. In addition, Amina is the owner of Z Specialty Food, LLC with her son. Moon Shine Trading Company, a division of Z Specialty, has been offering unique American varietal honeys for over thirty years winning national awards from the Specialty Food Association and the National Honey Board. The Honey and Pollination Center showcases the importance of both honey and pollination to the wellbeing of consumers through education and research through its vision: to help make UC Davis the world’s leading authority on honey bee health, pollination and honey quality.

Frank Mortimer is adjunct instructor at the Cornell University Master Beekeeping Program, President of the Northeast NJ Beekeepers Association, Vice President of the New Jersey State Beekeepers Association, a Certified Master Beekeeper and author of Bee People and the Bugs They Love and has written multiple articles featured in the widely circulated Bee Culture Magazine.  He successfully campaigned for his hometown of Ridgewood to become New Jersey's first “Bee City USA.”  FrankTheBeeman.com

Tamara Wolfson has taught for San Francisco State University’s department of continuing education at the Embarcadero Farmer’s Market and for University of San Francisco General Hospital’s Cancer Awareness, Resources and Education Program. She is presently a faculty member at John F. Kennedy University where she teaches introduction to Asian Healing Modalities, Food Politics and Seasonal Healing Food classes. www.healthhive.com

Ron Fessenden, MD MPH says his books will not promise you mortality, but they will instruct you on how to live healthier. The latest book - - Of Gnats and Camels - and Other Things I Never Learned in Medical School (2016) - - deals with the penchant of medicine to treat, intervene, and otherwise focus on minutia while ignoring simple aspects of prevention. The New Honey Revolution (2014) and Feed Your Brain First (2013) are practical books giving you simple suggestions on how to prevent disease, sleep better, and live healthier. Stay well and be happy!

Dan Bailey and Kaki Brown are highly experienced beekeepers and own 50 colonies in northern Nevada. They provide swarm catches, trap outs and cut out removals of “swarms”. Local stores sell their own honey, Dharma Bees Honey. Dan and Kaki will teach us about the history and wonders of mead and how you can make your own mead using your own honey! People who love honeybees know a lot about honeybees. Enjoy the company of two outstanding beekeepers over a taste of mead!