Learn about beekeeping at Hill-Stead!
Hear about the intricate life of bees, particularly honey bees from Master Beekeeper, Bill Hesbach from Wing Dance Apiary in Cheshire, Connecticut. Bill will discuss life cycle, habits and behaviors (like communication), the benefits of native plants, pollen and nectar, and what you as gardeners can do to help bees continue to thrive in our neighborhoods.
Adults | $15
Bill Hesbach is a Connecticut native with a background in engineering. His interest in beekeeping began in the 1980s and after a career hiatus, he began a sideline bee business called Wing Dance Apiary in Cheshire, CT. Wing Dance Apiary produces a crop of artisanal raw honey. Bill teaches bee biology and various methods of beekeeping at meetings hosted by the Backyard Beekeeping Association and the Connecticut Beekeepers Association in addition to the Eastern Apicultural Society (EAS) where he is part of the Master Beekeeper Certification program. Bill is a regular guest speaker at local beekeeping seminars in surrounding states and was presented the Distinguished Speaker Award at the 2019 EAS conference. His interests in beekeeping include queen production and the connection between local flora and bee behavior. He’s an Eastern Apicultural Society Certified Master Beekeeper and a graduate of the University of Montana’s master beekeeping program. Bill is also president of the Connecticut Queen Breeders Cooperative. He’s a published author and his articles on beekeeping can be found in Bee Culture, Bee Craft and The American Bee Journal.