The theme of the EAS 2023 conference is “Past, Present, and Beeyond”. Massachusetts is rich in its beekeeping history. Reverend Lorenzo Langstroth lived a short distance (30-minute drive) from the UMASS Amherst campus in Greenfield MA. Langstroth was pastor of the Second Congregational Church from 1840 to -1858 and is known worldwide as the “Father of Modern Beekeeping”. Come walk the same Greenfield city center streets where Langstroth preached, wrote, and invented the moveable frame hive. Reverend Langstroth is scheduled to be joining us at the conference.
In addition to the outstanding classroom sessions and the conference keynote speakers, there will be four exciting workshops including bee photography, queen-rearing program, baking with honey, and honeybee microscopy.
The rooming accommodations are numerous. The Campus Center Hotel is located on the upper floors of the EAS conference headquarters which makes it incredibly accessible, book early to get the special EAS conference rate. Conference rates for nearby hotels and motels are being negotiated. Selected UMASS dormitories are set up in an apartment style-suite containing four separate single dorm rooms that share a kitchen setup, a living room, and two bathrooms. There are several campgrounds in the area as well.
Beekeepers like to eat and you won’t be disappointed. The UMASS Dining Services has been rated #1 in the Princeton Review for the last nine years. The many on-campus Food Courts are available to all conference attendees.
Please get your honey ready for the prestigious EAS Honey Show competition. The Honey Show committee will be offering a Tuesday afternoon workshop “How to Judge Honey”. Learn what the judges are looking for and give it a try in this hands-on workshop.
Western Massachusetts has quite a bit to offer. Amherst is home to one of the most scenic areas in the state – the Connecticut River Valley. Bring your hiking boots and tackle a portion of the North Woods New England Trail. Visit the various museums, tourist attractions, and artisan shops in the surrounding communities.