October 31, 2014

Backwoods Bee Farm Hosting Overwintering Nuc Workshop June 28, 2014

Chris Rogers

Backwoods Bee Farm will be hosting the Cumberland County Beekeepers Association overwintering nuc workshop at their home apiary this year. The purpose of this class is to teach beekeepers sustainable beekeeping practices through the use and management of nucleus colonies. Participants can take home a nuc kit and a northern raised Russian queen from Warm colors apiaries in Mass. The nuc … [Read more...]

June 2014 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Sarah Gould installs a freshly caught swarm of bees.

- Remove mite treatments and antibiotics (see labels). - Add supers to hives as needed. - Manage for swarm prevention via equalizing hives, making splits/ nucs or Demaree method. - This is the time of year to register your bee hives with our state apiarist by June 15th. - Register for EAS (Eastern Apiculture Society) Conference July 28 - August 1, 2014 Eastern Kentucky University, … [Read more...]

Queen Grafting Workshop June 14th

Queen Grafting - image from coloss.org

Bee Pride in Lebanon will have a queen grafting workshop on June 14th with Khara from Sorority House Queens and later a presentation of her experience with the Farmer to Farmer program with bees in Nicaragua. For more info on these two events please email directly: peggy@beepride.com or visit their website: beepride.com … [Read more...]

May 2014 – The Beekeepers Calendar

3 Pound "Package" of Honeybees - Getting Ready to Install

→ Inspect the brood pattern at the beginning of dandelion bloom. → Check the queen's performance, symptoms of brood disease and Varroa. → Reverse brood chambers if bees are in the upper box only. → Apply mite treatments and requeen failing queens if necessary. → Divide and requeen colonies at fruit bloom via multiple frame splits or colony divides to recoup winter … [Read more...]

Honey Bee Package Installation

honey-bee-package-installation

A video of a package of honey bees being installed in southern Maine by Master Beekeeper Erin MacGregor-Forbes and beekeeper Geoff MacLean in April 2010 Brushy Mountain Bee Farm Demonstrates installing a package of honeybees … [Read more...]

Wouldn’t Your Life Be Better with a Bee Buddy?

Louise Sullivan and Elinor Redmond

Part I by Louise Sullivan; Part II by Elinor Redmond Part I: Louise Confessions of a Slap-Dash Beekeeper I’ve had bees in my backyard since 2007. Motivated by the desire to be a friend to bees, I took Beginning Beekeeping from Rick Cooper, built a hive and installed a package of unsuspecting Italians from Georgia. It was a blissful first summer. The hive flourished and survived the winter in … [Read more...]

Agricultural Council of Maine (AGCOM)

MSBA booth at Maine’s 2014 Agricultural Trade Show. Nick Kelley (Western Maine Beekeepers Association) shows a sampling of Maine honey.

by Barbi Ives, Sacopee Valley Beekeepers’ Club president   For over a year, I have been representing the MSBA at AGCOM meetings. AGCOM meets on the last Tuesday of every month of the year except December. The MSBA is one of 19 regular, 13 associate, and 8 ex-officio members of this council. Members include commodity group representatives; investment organizations; universities and … [Read more...]

April 2014 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Spraying a Package of Bees with Sugar Water

  → Monitor food reserves. → Feed medicated (Fumagilin-B) light syrup (1:1) to hives low on stores. → Scrape bottom boards and check the brood pattern on a mild day. → Install package bees April 15th or later and feed light syrup.  Some people medicate with Fumagillin. → Apply mite treatments to wintered colonies if Varroa are detected … [Read more...]

March 2014 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Feeding Bees in Winter

• Have you renewed you Maine State Beekeepers Membership for the year? • Check colony conditions. If honey reserves are low, feed candy or dry sugar. • Colonies that consume feed should be monitored and fed as needed. • Feed protein supplements (pollen substitute) for brood production to hives colonies that you are planning to split. Make sure they have sufficient … [Read more...]

January 2014 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Winter in Maine - photo by Overland Apiaries

There are lots of great things for the Maine Beekeeper to do to keep cabin fever at bay during these snow months. For instance: Assemble and repair beekeeping equipment. Purchase new equipment if necessary. Read beekeeping texts and periodicals. Sign up for a beekeeping course offered by Extension, Adult Education or local beekeeping association. Renew your Maine … [Read more...]