Scholars & Scones: Beekeeping: On the ground and in the cloud
Beekeeping has a rich tradition all around the world and the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina have their own unique place in that tradition, with a population of dedicated beekeepers and a longstanding reputation for outstanding honey, especially sourwood. Over the past 30 years, new challenges have emerged in the world of honey bees, which have disrupted tradition, and which require a new diligence and creativity from beekeepers in order to keep bees healthy and productive. A growing aspect of beekeeping is the use of technology to assist in making good hive management decisions. An overview of beekeeping and the use of technology in beekeeping will be presented.
The talk will be accompanied by fresh coffee and locally-baked goods!
James Wilkes is a beekeeper, farmer, college professor, and entrepreneur. He owns and operates Faith Mountain Farm, a family farm (wife and eight children) that includes about 100 honey bee colonies, a baking operation, cut sunflowers, pastured poultry, eggs, and produce. His paying job is Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. In this role he is also the Information Technology Lead for the Bee Informed Partnership. Lastly, James is co-founder of Hive Tracks, a record keeping software system for beekeepers. www.faithmtnfarm.com