Melanie Kirby began keeping bees by assignment, as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer 20 years ago. She then worked for several large-scale queen producers in Hawaii and Florida. In 2005, she established Zia Queenbees Farm & Field Institute in the Rocky Mountains which specializes in selection for longevity and naturally resilient honey bees through collaborative efforts with beekeepers around the nation. More recently, she has embarked on a graduate degree at the WSU Bee Lab. She is also a writer and a field-based researcher who promotes biodiversity and regenerative land and pollinator stewardship.
She will be giving a talk titled, “How the pollinator midwives of agriculture nurture biological, ecological and emotional health and wellness.”