Hobby beekeepers to speak at OLLI ‘Brown Bag Lunch and Learn’ June 18


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Opelika Observer

Greg and Samantha Shaw of the Saugahatchee Beekeepers Association will speak on “Honey Bees and Beekeeping” at OLLI’s June 18 Brown Bag Lunch & Learn. Their presentation will cover discussion of honey bees in the hive, the importance of pollination, and how honey bees and beekeepers are struggling to overcome common pests and pathogens.
Samantha is the president of the Saugahatchee Beekeepers Association, a position she has held for the past three years.
Greg is the vice-president and program chair. The Shaws became interested in beekeeping in 2013, hoping to increase the bee population on their small farm and aid in pollination of white clover. Starting with only two hives, they currently have 15 hives. They have maintained as many as 25 hives in the past. Their apiary is located in Daviston in Tallapoosa County.
Both Shaws hold journeyman level beekeeper status in Alabama and Greg is also currently participating in the Georgia Master Beekeepers Program. As part of their beekeeping hobby, the Shaws enjoy teaching beginner beekeeping classes, presenting honey bee programs to children and adults, and staffing the Saugahatchee Beekeepers Association Education tent on “Honey Bees and Beekeeping” at the annual Garden in the Park.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn University (OLLI at Auburn) hosts its Brown Bag Lunch & Learn from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities (Pebble Hill), located at 101 S. Debardeleben St. in Auburn.
There is no charge for OLLI members and guests.
OLLI at Auburn is a program of the Office of the Vice President for University Outreach at Auburn University.
OLLI administrative offices and select classes are located at the historic Sunny Slope property which is located at 1031 S. College St.  
For more information regarding this event or to learn how to become a volunteer faculty member, volunteer service assistant or sponsor, contact Shawnee McKee, OLLI administrative support, at 334-844-3146, olli@auburn.edu or visit www.olliatauburn.org.


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