Bee Weekend || Oregon Honey Festival, August 18 - 19 2018

Connecting People with Bee Culture and Science!

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The 2018 Beekeeper Breakfast is an opportunity to learn from Honey expert, Amina Harris, the Director of the Robert Mondavi Honey and Pollination Center at U.C. Davis, Marla Bull Bear, Director of the Lakota Youth Development Project in South Dakota and Carolyn Breece, expert Beekeeper and Researcher at the OSU Honeybee Lab.



Amina Harrishas had a life-long love affair with honey and pollination.  She is known for her expertise as an Organizer, Business Administrator, Honey Sensory Analyst and Scholar. In addition, Amina is the owner of Z Specialty Food, LLC with her husband and 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 well-being 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. Projects of the Center include the development of a Honey Tasting and Aroma Wheel and creation of a Master Beekeeping Program.


Marla Bull Bear is the Executive Director of the Lakota Youth Development Project.  She is a member of the Milks Camp Community of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and is the founder and Executive Director of (NAAP), the first of two Native American Centers for Independent living in the Nation. Marla received her Masters in Counseling from Sinte Gleska University (SGU), a tribal university located on the Rosebud Reservation. She is a former chairwoman of the Board of Regents for Sinte Gleska University. In addition, Marla has served the state in various capacities including serving 12 years on the State Alcohol and Drug Advisory Council and Chairwoman of that council for 5 years ending her service in 2005 having last been appointed by Governor Janklow.


Carolyn Breece is well known for her role as an Oregon State University Researcher.  She is a multiskilled, expert Beekeeper.  A lesser known fact is that she is the great, great grand-niece of Amos Ives Root (yes, that is the same A.I. Root who started the Root Candle Company in Medina, Ohio).  Carolyn maintains a position at OSU which keeps her close to the pulse of what is going on in Beekeeping and will be talking about the skills for effective Beekeeping. 



Breakfast Menu from Chef Franco at Lark's:


Vegetable Swiss Scramble, Fresh Baked Breakfast Breads, Sliced Seasonal Fruit, Rosemary Roasted Potatoes, Brewed Noble Organic Coffee, Assorted Harney and Sons Teas, Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice and Cranberry Juice.


Advance registration is required and a limited number of tickets are also available for the General Public until August 12. Tickets will generally be unavailable at the door although it may be possible to acquire them on a cancellation basis.

Tickets for the Festival are sold separately. After the breakfast the Festival Begins at 11AM across the street from the Ashland Springs Hotel at the historic Ashland Elks Lodge.  Separate tickets are required for the Festival.