1 pm Tusten Theater
210 Bridge Street

A panel of bee experts discuss beekeeping, gardening and the current problems facing bees and other pollinators. We'll be announcing additional speakers for 2018 and the moderator for this event very soon!


 Master Beekeeper Frank Mortimer

Certified Master Beekeeper and President of the Northeast New Jersey Beekeepers Association.

Frank Mortimer has been keeping bees for over a decade. As president of the Northeast New Jersey Beekeepers Association—a position he has held since 2011—Frank has: grown his branch’s membership from 37 to over 220; aligned the Northeast NJ Beekeepers with Ramapo College, making it their new home and meeting place; founded the “Honey Cup," an annual honey tasting competition that drew over 500 attendees in 2017; and promoted beekeeping throughout Northeast NJ by delivering over 100 lectures to everyone from school children to gardening clubs and civic organizations. In February 2018, Frank was elected as a Vice President to the New Jersey State Beekeepers Association.   Additionally, he successfully campaigned for his hometown of Ridgewood to become New Jersey's first “Bee City USA.” Frank is currently enrolled in Cornell's Master Beekeeping Program, which he is scheduled to complete in the summer of 2018. His beekeeping articles have appeared in the November 2017 issue of Bee Culture Magazine, and the spring 2018 issue of Bee Culture’s BEEkeeping Magazine. Frank is married, and has three children. He works at Oxford University Press USA, where he is the Director of Marketing for Higher Education, North America; he has worked in college publishing for the past 27 years. 

Master Beekeeper Pat Bono

Director of Outreach, New York Bee Wellness Workshops.
Bio soon!

additional speakers to be announced soon!