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Thank you to Kim Flottum and Steve Sweet of Treasure Valley Beekeepers for this write-up about Kim Flottum’s visit to the Treasure Valley during the Western Idaho Fair.

So you want to keep bees, but don’t know where to start…well, pardner, start here with Kim Flottum, 30 year veteran and the most ambitious promoter of urban and beginning beekeeping you’ll ever meet. He’ll talk the basics, then you get to ask all the questions. Right now’s the time to start thinking about NEXT spring…and getting your own bees, honey and satisfaction.

Kim’s background in beekeeping began as a student at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, which was followed by a job at the USDA Honey Bee Research Lab in Madison. His research looked at crop pollination, and the interactions of pesticides and honey bees. After four years there he applied what he knew and farmed for a couple of years out east in Connecticut, running a 50-acre apple orchard and row crop vegetable operation, plus he got involved with the dairy and poultry part of the farm.

Since taking over the helm of the Bee Culture magazine, Kim has worked with a variety of beekeeping organizations. He was President of his local club, the Medina County Beekeepers for over a dozen years, served as Vice President and then President of The Ohio State Beekeepers for another dozen years, and has been Director, President and Chairman of the Board of the Eastern Apicultural Society, the largest regional beekeeping organization in the U.S.

While Editor of Be Culture, Kim has written three books on the science, craft, business and philosophy of keeping bees. He has just recently published the 3rd edition of the Backyard Beekeeper, an introductory book that specializes in using lighter and smaller equipment so more people can keep bees, and introduces all sorts of ways to help bees fight pests and predators without resorting to chemical treatment for mites and diseases. His Honey Handbook looks at managing, producing, harvesting, and processing artisan and varietal honeys, and his newest work, Better Beekeeping, looks at keeping bees away from pesticides, growing enough good food for bees, and reducing the rigors of winter and pests so that both bees, and beekeepers thrive.

If you’ve had a passing interest in honeybees, make sure you catch these two separate presentations by Kim. Seating is limited to the first 150 people at the door. This is a unique opportunity to learn the basics of beekeeping from an international expert.

Where: Western Idaho Fair, Western Town – Demonstration


  • Event #1: August 16 @ 1:00 pm, Getting Started in Beekeeping
  • Event #2: August 16 @ 7:00 pm, Beyond Beekeeping’s Beginner Days

Cost: Free with Western Idaho State Fair Admission

If you can not make these events, or would like to attend another event with Kim, click here for information on a free event at Boise State University in the Lookout Room on Sunday, August 17, 2014 from 1:00 pm.m to 2:30 p.m.

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