Our speaker will be Chris Hiatt of Hiatt Honey Company.
A study by Cornell University found that every third bite of food we consume is a result of honeybee pollination. Over the last three years more than one in three honey bee colonies has died nationwide, posing a serious risk to our natural food supply.
One cause of these losses is a phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder, or “CCD.” When a hive experiences CCD, the honey bees mysteriously desert their hive and die. I will discuss this along with how to maintain a hive in your backyard and how to follow local laws. In addition, I will talk about and show pictures of a normal year in beekeeping, including many of the different crops our bees pollinate.
I am co-owner of Hiatt Honey Company which is one of the largest beekeeping outfits in the country. It was started by my father 43 years ago. I received a Bachelor's in Horticulture from Brigham Young University, and have started to farm almonds on the side. I am married and have three girls and a baby boy. In my "spare" time (ie. whenever my wife agrees to it), I like to go birding and ride my dirtbike.
Please Join Us on Tuesday, January 11 at 7:30 p.m.
All programs are held at the University of California Center, located at 550 E. Shaw Avenue in Fresno (see map).