Learn tricks of the trade to have your honey show entries bee the best. Information will include how to prepare for the show and what the judges are looking for in the entries.
Presenter: Virginia Stephens Webb, Mtn Honey
Virginia Stephens Webb is a third generation beekeeper. She began beekeeping in 1964 when her father, Joe Stephens, gave her a beehive as a birthday gift. Keeping bees in North Carolina and Tennessee, Virginia and her father shared a hobbyist beekeeping business for many years.
Virginia and her husband Carl are charter members of the Russian Queen Breeders Assoc. This honeybee was brought into the US in the 1990’s by USDA-ARS in Louisiana. It is proven to be genetically resistant to the Varroa Mite. Their entire bee yards are non-chemical and organic. Carl and Virginia manage more than 300 colonies of bees plus their queen yard.
She is the only individual in the U.S. to achieve 3 Master Beekeeping certifications. Univ. of Georgia, Univ. of Florida and Eastern Apiculture Society.
Virginia is a highly sought after speaker for the beekeeping industry and agriculture. She has worked with beekeepers in almost every state and has traveled to Europe and the Caribbean teaching beekeeping for the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. Teaching others about honeybees and their roll in agriculture is an important service that Virginia has provided for over 30 years. Each year she speaks to thousands of school children, church groups, civic organizations and retirement centers nationwide.
In 2013 Virginia Webb was award the North American Pollinator Advocate Award, presented by the North American Pollinator Campaign and was the 2014 recipient of the Eastern Apiculture Beekeeper of the Year Award.
The Webb’s have won more top national and international honey show awards than anyone in the world, including, 3 Good Food Awards, Best Tasting Honey in the World (Black Jar) the Taste Award and Gold medals for BEST HONEY IN THE WORLD at 4 different World Honey Shows for their Sourwood Honey.