April 18, 2014

Reflections on 2010

A honeybee found with deformed wing virus and Varroa mites.

The past year presented several valuable lessons to beekeepers. For example: bees should be managed according to weather conditions and plant phenology, not calendar date; monitoring Varroa is crucial since mite populations can explode under certain circumstances; and the timing and choice of Varroa treatment can have variable outcomes. Also, reading pesticide labels is imperative!   In … [Read more...]

The Serious Beekeeper: Time to Begin Master Beekeeper Preparations

Master Beekeeper Erin MacGregor-Forbes at the 2010 Eastern Apicultural Society Annual Meeting

The Eastern Apicultural Society annual meetings will be held in New England in both 2011 and 2012. Any Maine beekeeper who is serious about expanding their beekeeping knowledge and skill set should plan to attend one or both of these meetings. The 2011 EAS will be held the last week of July in Rhode Island and the 2012 EAS will be held the second week of August in Vermont. Both of these meetings … [Read more...]

Stan Brown’s Soft Molasses Cookies

Stan Brown’s Soft Molasses Cookies

Preparation time: 20 minutes 1 c unsalted butter 1/2 c sugar, plus additional for dusting 1/2 c honey 1/2 c molasses 2 1/4 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 11/4 tsp cinnamon 1 1/4 tsp ground cloves 3/4 tsp ground ginger 2 large eggs 3 1/2 c unbleached white flour In large bowl cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add molasses while mixing at slow speed. Add … [Read more...]

Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping by Dewey M. Caron

Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping by Dewey M. Caron

About the Author | For any of us Beekeepers who have been practicing the art and science of beekeeping for a while, Dewey Caron’s name is a very familiar one. Dewey has spoken at meetings for most of the beekeeping clubs to which I belong, and has always been able to provide a new tidbit of knowledge every time I hear him speak. That’s the beauty of doing something for as many years as Dewey has … [Read more...]

Lisa Schluttenhofer, 2010 American Honey Queen, Lands in Maine

Lisa Schluttenhofer, 2010 American Honey Queen

The American Honey Queen was buzzing with facts while on her visit to Maine September 23 - 27. Lisa Schluttenhofer, from Thorntown, Indiana, is serving as the American Honey Queen. In this role, she travels around the United States promoting the honey and beekeeping industry. While many people connect honeybees with the honey they use for their biscuits, honeybees mean so much more. … [Read more...]

Pumpkin/Squash Pie

From the Sunburst Farm Family Cookbook

contributed by Karen Thurlow-Kimball   2 c steamed or canned squash or pumpkin 1 c milk 4 eggs ½ c honey ¼ c molasses ½ c powdered cow or soy milk ½ tsp sea salt ½ tsp ginger ½ tsp cinnamon ¼ tsp nutmeg 1 tsp vanilla Makes two 9-inch pies. Prepare and pre-bake two 9-inch crusts at 425°F for 10 minutes. Combine all filling ingredients and mix until smooth. Pour into the … [Read more...]

One Beek’s View of the 2010 Maine State Beekeepers Annual Meeting

Maine beekeepers enjoy socializing, snacking, perusing raffle items and sampling honey contest entries in USM’s Abromson Center lobby.

by Geoff MacLean The University of Southern Maine campus was all a buzz on Saturday October 16th as beekeepers from across Maine swarmed Hannaford Hall the Abromson Center for the second Maine State Beekeepers Association Annual Meeting of 2010 hosted by the York County Beekeepers Association. Last spring, the MSBA Board decided to move the annual meeting from late spring to mid-fall in the … [Read more...]

Behind the Veil: Ian Munger

Ian Munger Portrait

North Berwick [York County] Beekeeper Since: 2009 Hives: Currently 3 hives split between 2 rural apiaries; these from several hives combined in late fall. Day Job: Detective Beginnings: I have always been interested in bees. I used to go to the fairs to look at the observation hives. Beth, my wife, was at first hesitant, but now supports my bee habit. Lesson(s) Learned: I tend to always … [Read more...]

Upcoming Regional Meetings for 2011

Vermont Beekeepers Association - http://vermontbeekeepers.org/

American Beekeeping Federation Conference Theme: Together for a Sweet Future The joint effort of the American Beekeeping Federation, the American Honey Producers Association and the Canadian Honey Council to produce the largest and most innovative beekeeping conference in North America. An exciting opportunity to bring together beekeepers of all levels and from all over the country and beyond to … [Read more...]