The Oregon Honey Festival by Cascade Bee Girl will have its 2nd annual Conference on October 17 at the Ashland Springs Hotel in Ashland, Oregon. Ashland is the 5th certified Bee City USA and hosts the 1st Bee Campus USA–Southern Oregon University! This year, in addition to bringing local beekeepers and honey to the public, Conference presenters will talk about Honey Tasting, Judging, Cooking with Honey, Pesticide Effects and Pesticide Alternatives, Queen Rearing, Naturalistic and Spiritual Approaches to Beekeeping, Scientific Approaches to Beekeeping and MORE! Attendees will enjoy Honey Tasting, Live Music, Educational Presentations, Silent Auctions and Drawings. The missions of the Festival are to teach people about bee culture and science through taste, to support small and medium size beekeeping operations and to support farm and school initiatives. Conference Presenters will include Dr. Susan Kegley of the Pesticide Research Institute; Marie Simmons, winner of a James Beard and Julia Childs awards and former Food Editor for Cuisine Magazine; Trevor J. Riches, Certified Honey Judge; Dr. Lynn Royce, Director of Tree Hive Bees, Laura Ferguson, Director of College of the Melissae, John Jacob of OldSol Bees, Katharina Davitt, Master Beekeeper and co-owner of Davitt Apiaries and Joy and Eric McEwen of Diggin’Livin’ Apiary.