Randy Oliver started keeping bees as a hobbyist around 1966, and then went on to get university degrees in biological sciences, specializing in entomology.
Randy Oliver owns and operates a small commercial beekeeping enterprise in the foothills of Grass Valley in Northern California. He manages about 500+ colonies for migratory pollination, and produces queens, nucs, and honey. He has 40 years of practical beekeeping experience, plus holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biological Sciences. Randy researches, analyzes, and digests beekeeping information from all over the world in order to not only broaden his own depth of understanding and knowledge, but to develop practical solutions to many of today’s beekeeping problems, which he then shares with other beekeepers through his various articles in bee magazines, his speaking engagements worldwide, and on his website: Scientific Beekeeping
Randy Oliver & Morris Ostrofsky
Presentations including “In Hive” Demonstrations
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
4565 Riordan Hill Driver, Hood River, OR 97031
In 1993, the Varroa Destructor Mite arrived in California, and after it wiped out his operation for the second time in 1999, Randy decided to “hit the books” and use his scientific background to learn to fight back. Randy Oliver started writing for the American Bee Journal in 2006, and has submitted articles nearly every month since then (see “Articles by Publication Date”–scroll to the bottom for the most recent).
Morris Ostrofsky, in his 48th year as a beekeeper, a retired biology instructor, says he learns something new everyday about bees and beekeeping.
Since 2010 Morris has participated in the development and implementation of the Oregon Master Beekeeper program. He is both a mentor and an instructor for the program. Morris is also an active member and past President of the Lane County Beekeepers Association.
In October 2013 Morris was awarded the Washington state Master Beekeeper certification. He is the first Oregonian to receive this certification and is among only a few who currently hold this title.
Morris is an occasional contributor to Bee Culture magazine. His most recent articles, Overcoming Barriers to Beekeeping: How to Continue Doing What You Love, appeared in the May and June 2015 issues while Get your Bait Boxes ready for Spring is scheduled for the February 2017 release.
Morris’ passion for teaching and beekeeping becomes apparent when he shares his knowledge with others. His presentation technique is to both educate and entertain. An interest in genetics and queen rearing has led to a quest to breed locally adapted, queens using the Miller Method.
Randy has had the opportunity to visit beekeepers around the nation and world! Here is an excerpt from one of his speaking engagements on the east coast:
Randy’s writings bring a new breadth to beekeeping with research he and his son’s conduct in their apiary based on scientific methods.
He uses his Scientific background to investigate current issues facing bees and beekeepers. Randy also writes for the American Bee Journal since 2006.