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Young Harris College Hosts Annual Beekeeping Institute

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Media Contact: LeAnn Waldroup
(706) 379-5310,

Young Harris College Hosts Annual Beekeeping Institute 

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College and the University of Georgia recently co-hosted the 22nd annual Beekeeping Institute, May 9-11. Held on the YHC campus, the Institute is a three-day event featuring lectures and workshops by leading authorities on honey bees.

Since 1992, the Beekeeping Institute has represented the single most comprehensive opportunity in the Southeast for concentrated training in all aspects of practical beekeeping. This Institute provides separate curricula for beginners and more experienced beekeepers, as well as fun optional activities such as a competitive honey show, gadgets display and practical examinations.

In addition to offering classes for beekeepers at all experience levels, the Institute sponsors the Georgia Master Beekeeper Program (GMBP) and partners with the Welsh (U.K.) National Beekeepers Association to provide North America’s only licensing program for honey judges.

Several YHC students became Certified Beekeepers during this year’s Institute, including Stephen Bruce, a senior English major from Marietta, Ga., Lisset Olavarria, a sophomore biology major from Blue Ridge, Ga., Collin Rodgers, a senior biology major from McDonough, Ga., and Jason Wheeler, a freshman religious studies and business and public policy major from Douglasville, Ga. The students earned the certification through the GMBP and in conjunction with YHC’s “Introduction to Beekeeping” course.

Thursday’s sessions were dedicated to training and certification examinations for the GMBP Journeyman, Master and Master Craftsman levels, as well as the Welsh honey judge qualifications. The Institute proper, held on Friday and Saturday, featured a two-track system, one for experienced beekeepers and another for beginners, as well as an open demonstration room that displayed various aspects of bee biology.

One of the most rewarding opportunities of the Institute was the annual Honey Show held on Friday afternoon. In addition to categories in honey, the Honey Show also included show classes in bee-related photography, art, candles, beeswax cake, mead and beekeeping gadgets.

Paul Arnold, Ph.D., YHC professor of biology and chair of the Department of Biology, is a co-founder of this event, along with Robert Brewer, Towns County extension director, and Keith Delaplane, Ph.D., professor of entomology at UGA.

For more information about the Beekeeping Institute, contact (706) 379-5131 or visit

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit

Beekeeping Institute Instructor Philip Quinn (center) holds a hive installation workshop during the 2013 Beekeeping Institute at Young Harris College. Quinn is a Georgia Master Beekeeper candidate, active member of the Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association, Georgia Beekeepers Association, and Eastern Apiculture Society, and serves as president of the Tara Beekeepers Association.