Education Presentations

Bees 101 - (To view this presentation click here.)

Fayetteville Public Library was live.

June 9 at 3:58 PM ·

This program will give an overview of the importance of bees, how bees work, some background into beekeeping, the problems that are decimating the bee populations and what citizens can do to help.

Honey bees, in their work to survive, make possible more than 1/3 of the food we eat. They are social insects that live as colonies and the individual bees work at many different tasks during different stages of their lives. To do this they need resources and very good organizational skills within their colonies.

About Ed Levi

Ed began his beekeeping career in France where he graduated from a college beekeeping program and kept bees for five years in the 1970s. He continued his beekeeping business in Arkansas and became the Apiary Specialist and Inspector for the Arkansas State Plant Board. He is also an Eastern Apiculture Society Master Beekeeper. While he is still beekeeping, Ed retired from the Plant Board after 25 years. During his time there he helped build associations, conducted lectures and taught around the country and world. His teaching covers all levels of beekeeping and often involves Integrated Pest Management in bees.

During much of the last 20 years, Ed has volunteered as a consultant for USAID, teaching beekeeping in many developing countries in Asia, Africa, South America and Eastern Europe. Last year Ed sold his commercial business which included queen breeding, pollination and honey production. In the Spring of 2019 and with the assistance of NCAT and Slow Food, Ed organized and ran a queen breeding cooperative in NW Arkansas with the goal of developing queens with high levels of hygienic behavior. Ed continues to maintain a few colonies in the Fayetteville area. He is excited to be part of setting up an educational apiary and bee display at the Fayetteville Public Library.