Kevin Inglin - Keynote Speaker
Kevin and Sharon Inglin have been keeping bees for over a decade in the rolling hills of Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Hunterdon County is on the Central-Western side of the state, and has a deep farming heritage as the landscape is dotted throughout with produce, livestock and horse farms. Kevin is an EAS Master beekeeper and past president of the Northwest New Jersey Beekeepers Association. Professionally, he oversees global enterprise IT solutions as an Information Technology Manager and Solution Architect for the Bristol Myers Squibb company in Princeton NJ.
“As a beekeeper I am constantly on the quest to know why and how things work. My passion, some might say my obsession, has led me down the path of concentrated study and learning through beekeeping practices and teaching.
Beyond keeping bees locally, two of my areas of focus are on helping new beekeepers succeed and learning the ways of alternative hives. Over the course of the conference I will be touching on some of my recent work in these areas. Teaching others, and learning alternative ways requires an active engagement with beekeeping at large. As such, I keep actively involved in the New Jersey Beekeeper scene, teaching and training at the local and state association levels - as well as doing outreach and traveling around the eastern seaboard giving talks and presentations on beekeeping. I have also gone abroad to seek out beekeeping experiences in Malawi Africa, Kenya, South Africa, and Italy, among other places. I share a lot of those experiences in my training and through videos on our associations YouTube channel.
At home we customarily keep a half-dozen or more conventional hives along with a mix of alternatives on the side. Currently in the yard we have a Layens hive, a Warre Hive, and a home-built Kenyan-Langstroth hybrid top bar. I am also experimenting with Polystyrene hives that are more conventionally utilized in the Nordics. We have several 6-Frame, 8-Frame, and 10-Frame polystyrene hives in service this season. Hives numbers vary through the years and at last count there are about 20 or so hives on the property and a handful in some external locations.
I keep bees mostly to enjoy the experience, and learn. I am a tinkerer and you should ask me about the Northwest gadget garage. Personally we are slowly looking to move to start a small-scale honey production side to our beekeeping - mostly because everyone we know asks us if we have honey to sell! As such, 2021 has been a year focused on expansion and moving production colonies to out-yards for honey production.
After doing the podcast for so many years, I have covered a lot of ground and have interacted with beekeepers around the world. Please feel free to take a moment to say hello during the course of the conference.”