April 20, 2014

Book Review: The Practical Beekeeper: Beekeeping Naturally [Volumes I, II & III] by Michael Bush

The Practical Beekeeper by Michael Bush

Review by Andrew Dewey  Michael Bush is a queen bee producer living in Nebraska who has for many years answered countless postings on internet forums BeeSource and BeeMaster, as well as the Organic Beekeepers mailing list. His web site (bushfarms.com) contains a cornucopia of information about bees and how to work them. And as Bush makes very clear, most of the book’s content can actually be … [Read more...]

EAS 2013 to be held in West Chester, Pennsylvania August 5-9

EAS 2013 to be held in West Chester, Pennsylvania August 5-9

Easter Apiculture Society presents the 2013 EAS Conference and Short Course, hosted by Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association, at West Chester University West Chester, Pennsylvania on August 5-9, 2013. Located 25 miles west of Philadelphia International airport, EAS 2013 will feature Local, Regional and National Experts giving lectures and workshops, plus a long list of other beekeeping … [Read more...]

Warren D. Small, 34 [1978 - 2012]

Warren D. Small, 34 [1978 - 2012]

Warren D. Small, resident of Livermore, died unexpectedly Tuesday, July 31st at his home. In addition to the MSBA, Warren was a member of the Androscoggin County Beekeepers. He and his daughter Riley loved to go tend to the bees, and Rachel was always the first to greet him when he walked through the door. Messages of condolence may be sent via finleyfuneralhome.com    … [Read more...]

January 2013 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Bee Hives in Snow - Maine

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...]

Huffington Post: Erin MacGregor-Forbes: Master Beekeeper

Erin MacGregor-Forbes, Master Beekeeper and Past President of the Maine Beekeepers Association

Erin MacGregor-Forbes, Master Beekeeper and Past President of the Maine State Beekeepers Association has been featured on the Huffington Post. "It's no secret to novice hobby beekeepers in Maine that EAS Certified Master Beekeeper Erin MacGregor-Forbes knows her way around honey bees. From her base in Portland, Maine Forbes is most likely to be found amidst a whirlwind of activity between … [Read more...]

November 2012 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Proper Homasote Placement above the Inner Cover

→ Provide upper ventilation. → Remove mite treatments prior to wintering or wrapping the colony. → Wrap colonies with tar paper or commercial wrap and provide with an insulating board or moisture absorbing material (Homasote) by Thanksgiving. → Sell honey at craft fairs, etc. → Register for a Bee School course that is one level up from you current … [Read more...]

Reading Rainbow – The Life Cycle of the Honeybee

tony-jadczak-reading-rainbow

In 1987 Tony Jadczak, Maine’s State Apiarist and David Smith of Sparky's Apiaries, were featured on the Reading Rainbow television show The Life Cycle of the Honeybee.  It is a a terrific educational piece.  Kudos gentlemen. The segment where Tony appears begins at 5:55. The Life Cycle of the Honeybee from WVPT on Vimeo. Where does honey come from? And how is it made? LeVar’s … [Read more...]

October 2012 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Vendors Area at the 2011 MSBA Meeting in Lewiston

→ Only 3 days left to Register for the Maine State Beekeepers Annual Meeting taking place on Saturday, October 13, 2012 in Portland → Confirmed Speakers include: Jerry Hayes, leading the efforts to control Honey Bee parasites and pathogens using non-chemical controls at Monsanto Tony Jadczak, Maine State Apiarist Lincoln Sennett of Swan’s Honey Michael Bush, author of … [Read more...]

Register Now for the Maine Beekeepers Annual Meeting and Conference

The Practical Beekeeper by Michael Bush

Registration Deadline: October 3, 2012 Registration is now open for the Maine State Beekeepers Association Annual Meeting and Conference taking place on Saturday, October 13, 2012. You can register online or via regular mail.  Details here » Location: The Italian Heritage Center 40 Westland Avenue Portland, ME 04102 2012 Theme: Wizards of Beekeeping Confirmed Speakers: Jerry … [Read more...]

September 2012 – Beekeepers Calendar

Open Hive Summer 2012

→ Register for the Maine Beekeepers Annual Meeting and Conference taking place on Saturday, October 13, 2012 → Harvest fall honey crop and remove supers around September 10-20. → Extract ripe honey. → Partially filled supers should be fed back to the bees above the inner cover. → Reduce entrances, apply brood medications and apply mite treatments after the … [Read more...]