Back Yard Beekeepers Speaker Event

Back Yard Beekeepers Association Announces Speaker Event with Kirk Webster

20 Years of Commercial Beekeeping Without Treatment of Any Kind

Tuesday March 26, 2024 in Weston

The Back Yard Beekeepers Association in Connecticut is proud to present a FREE live presentation with Kirk Webster on Tuesday, March 26. Kirk will speak about beekeeping without treatment of any kind. His presentation begins promptly at 7:30pm. We suggest arriving at 7:00 to allow time to socialize with other like-minded individuals. The location is Norfield Congregational Church located at 64 Norfield Rd in Weston, CT. Even though the event is free, please register at

Kirk Webster is the owner and operator of Champlain Valley Bees & Queens in Middlebury, Vermont. He is well known for producing strong Russian Queens and nucs, as well as honey. His apiary is Kirk’s only source of income.

Kirk uses the natural processes active in nature to maintain his hives without treatment for mites and other pests or pathogens – his apiary has been treatment free since 2002. Each year Kirk maintains about 300 colonies that he uses for honey production, around 400 baby nucs, and he tries to provide for sale of an additional 400-500 treatment-free nucs of Russian heritage that have been tested by over- wintering them in Vermont. The bees and queens he produces are highly sought after and prized for their enhanced ability to survive both varroa and the weather extremes we have here in the Northeast.

Kirk is also a writer and has written many articles and essays, many of which can be viewed on a website at Kirk uses this website to share his beekeeping knowledge and experiences, explore the issues he thinks are most important – “without interference, editing or censorship” – and to allow him to pull together into one place all the things he has written since 2005.

Questions? Contact BYBA’s Paula Wolf at

The Back Yard Beekeepers Association (BYBA) is one of the Nation’s largest regional clubs for beekeeping hobbyists with over 400 members. Some of their members are just getting started as beekeepers, and some have enjoyed this hobby for years. All share an interest in the wonderful and remarkable world of the honey bee. The mission of BYBA is to provide their membership with a forum for sharing knowledge and mutual interests in beekeeping, and to educate and promote the benefits of beekeeping to the public. For more information, please visit

📸 Photographs provided by Kirk Webster