Featured Beekeeper of the Month
Trevor Turner is our featured beekeeper of the month. He is another one of the Iowa Honey Producers Association’s 2009 Youth Scholarship winners. His parents are Tom and Tara Turner and they live in Winterset, Iowa. Trevor tells me he is 15 years old and has 3 brothers and 1 sister. His oldest brother is 20 and is on a mission for their church to New Caledonia. His 11-year-old brother is a boy scout, and his 2 youngest siblings are adopted from China.
Trevor is home schooled and plays sports at Winterset High. He plays baseball and runs cross-country and track. He says he loves hunting, woodworking, running in the woods and scouting. His future plans are getting a job and going to college at D-Mac. When he is 19 he is also planning to go on a mission for his church.
Trevor Turner with a perfect frame of honey. Trevor plans to start a second hive to produce even more honey.
Dan Dixion was Trevor’s mentor. “He was great!” is how Trevor explained it. “I learned that as a beekeeper you have to always be prepared. I learned how to extract honey and to take care of a hive. I wanted to be a beekeeper because I like to try new things and I thought it would be a lot of fun. I took a course to learn about bees at the Winterset Public Library and I learned a lot from my mentor, Dan Dixon.” This year his hive produced 35 pounds of honey. Trevor’s interesting story is about extracting. He said, “I had just gotten my honey extracted and I set my frames in front of my garage. Unfortunately I wasn’t home, so my dad had to carry the frames to my hives so the bees wouldn’t go in the house.” Next year Trevor plans to start a second hive and sell some of his honey.
Good luck with your project Trevor, and thanks for your story.
Submitted by Ron Wehr
Iowa Honey Producer's Association Committees
Please feel free to contact the committee chairman to help with the important tasks of running the IHPA. We sincerely want to accept your offers of help and feel that the organization will only improve with the additional workers. The current committees and the chair of each committee are listed below.
Awards Louise Johnson/ Matt Stewart
Annual Meeting/ Pat Randol/ Larry Boernsen
Field Day Phil Ebert/Tim Laughlin
Beekeeper Bio's Ron Wehr
Education Andy Joseph/ John Johnson
Historian Peggy Ennis
Legislative Donna Brahms
Membership Melanie Bower
Newsletter Alex Ebert/ Andy Joseph
Promotions Pat Randol
Queen Program Regina Hoy and Louise Johnson
State Fair Sales Donna Brahms
State Fair Entries Melanie Bower
Bee Emergency Vernie Ramsey
Youth Program Mike Brahms
Investments & Curt Bronnenberg/ Pat Ennis
Nominating John Johnson/ Jack Trowbridge
Finance Matt Stewart/Pat Randol