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Lecture: “Starting in Beekeeping” with Chris Kelly at Custer Institute

January 5, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm



“Starting in Beekeeping” presented by Master Bee Keeper Chris Kelly.

Local Master Beekeeper Chris Kelly will present a one hour lecture on some of the basics of beekeeping. Topics covered will include: the cost of getting started, equipment selection, site or hive placement considerations, and a brief overview of the beekeeping calendar year. Chris will also provide information on purchasing bees & equipment. Q & A follows.

Chris Kelly is a Cornell Master Beekeeper and a Cornell-trained entomologist with 48 years of experience keeping bees. As a former professional beekeeper, he helped develop connections with the leading researchers in Apiculture and maintains a perspective on the pressures of keeping bees today. He was one of the founding members of the Long Island Native Plant Initiative dedicated to the propagation of native plants and is currently the Director of Agricultural Operations for an environmental service responsible for re-vegetation of the eroded dunes on the shoreline and reviving waterfront areas throughout Brooklyn & Queens.

Chris is the owner of North Fork Promise Land Apiaries based in Mattituck, a sustainably managed operation of about 100 hives. In addition, Chris manages about 100 other hives for clients across Long Island. “Teaching people how to start and be successful in beekeeping has been a passion of mine for over thirty years.”

Stargazing will follow the presentation (weather permitting).
Suggested Donation $5 adults, $3 Children under 12. Reservations are not required but can be made in advance at CusterObservatory.org.


January 5, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Custer Institute
1115 Main Bayview Road
Southold, NY 11971 United States
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