John Rockrohr

Our Biz is BEES


John Rockrohr is a second-generation apiarist managing honeybees primarily for honey production. He has managed as many as 100 colonies full time in the Midwest in Iowa and Kansas and currently has more than 30 hives. He has been a member and president of the Northeast Kansas Beekeepers Association in the past and currently serves as a member of Portland Metro Beekeeping Association, Oregon State Beekeepers Association, and the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program (as a mentor). He also has knowledge and experience in grafting queens (after taking classes from Dr. Marion Ellis at the University of Nebraska), as well as nuc and comb honey production. His current full-time business involves teaching a beginning beekeeping class at Clackamas Community College, as well as monthly workshops at his property to help beekeepers at all levels keep their bees healthy and help them survive the winter.

John will be speaking at the Oregon Fairs


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Why Did My Bees Die Over Winter?

We hear it all too often: "My bees died over the winter." Learn how to get yours to survive the winter. Did you know that, for bees, winter starts in August? How about what makes for a strong hive? John Rockrohr answers that question, and teaches how to check and treat for mites. He explains how to reduce moisture in the hive. Find out how much honey is required, and when and how to feed your bees.
Modern Homesteading

Available In:

Oregon, Sunday 11:30-12:30 p.m., The Livestock Conservancy Stage

Beginning Beekeeping

So, you're thinking of becoming a beekeeper? Learn what you'll need, what it will cost, and how much of your time it will take.
Modern Homesteading

Available In:

Oregon, Saturday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Heirloom Gardener Stage