July 26, 2017

Bee Schools

Annual Bee Schools are sponsored by Local Chapters, Adult Education Programs,  and sometimes in cooperation with the County Extension Service.

These practical courses are a must for beginners and a great chance for intermediate-level beekeepers to update and refresh their skills.

It is important to be sure to sign up with the instructor who is right for you (find out by asking at local bee clubs).

Winter/Spring Maine Beekeeping Schools, Classes, Workshops and Seminars

Chris Rogers

Chris Rogers

Beekeeping Courses At Swan’s Honey

Spring 2017 Beginner Beekeeping Course

5 Classes – 4 “Classroom” Wednesday from 6:30 – 9:00 P.M.; March 15, 22, April 5 and 12, plus a Field Day (hands on) May 6th

Classes will be held at Swan’s Honey, located at 332 Bessey Ridge Road, Albion, ME, 04910. Call 437-2251 to pre-register for the class.

Classes open to ages 12 and up. Beginners as well as more experienced beekeepers are welcome.  Past classes have included students of varying experience levels, thereby generating a lot of informative discussion among students.

Instructors:  Lincoln Sennett

Cost of classes will be $65.00 and will include handouts and the textbook The Backyard Beekeeper.

 

Spring 2017 Advanced Topics Beekeeping Course

5 Classes – 4 Thursday Evenings from 6:30 – 9:00 PM; March 16, 23, April 6, and April 13 plus a Field Day May 6th.   Topics to be discussed will include making nucs; queen biology and requeening with established nucs, queen cells, and mated queens;  population dynamics and producing honey; wintering hives and nucs; and comb honey production in Maine.  Other topics will be based on participant requests.

Classes will be held at Swan’s Honey, located at 332 Bessey Ridge Road, Albion, ME, 04910. Call 437-2251 to pre-register for the class.

Cost: $65.00 includes handouts & a textbook TBA

York County Beginning Beekeeping School

Registration now open for UMaine Extension’s York County Winter 2017 beekeeping course!

Participants in this 5-week introductory beekeeping course will learn about:

  • The honey bee colony;
  • Constructing hives;
  • Spring, summer and fall management;
  • Honey production;
  • Wintering hives;
  • Identification and control of brood diseases; and
  • Parasites and predators.

Through the York County Beekeepers Association, students will also have the opportunity to visit local hives for observation and hands-on experience. Beginner Bee School instructor is Larry Peiffer, Master Beekeeper and former Vice President of the Maine State Beekeepers Association.

Where: Nasson Heritage room, basement level in the Anderson Learning Center, 21 Bradeen Street, Springvale, ME

When:  Thursdays, 6:00 to 8:30 pm, February 9 – March 9, 2017

Course Fee: $95 – includes beginning beekeeping textbooks, other materials, and a 1-year membership in the York County Beekeepers Association. A reduced fee of $45 applies to one of a pair of students who choose to share the text and materials ($140/pair).

Register online

Sponsored by the York County Beekeepers Association and University of Maine Cooperative Extension York County.

For more information, contact UMaine Extension in York County at 1.800.287.1535 (in Maine), 207.324.2814 or (TDD) 1.800.287.8957 or e-mail rebecca.gowdy@maine.edu. If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Frank Wertheim at 800.287.1535 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 7 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request; however, all requests will be considered.

Larry Peiffer

Larry Peiffer

York County Intermediate Beekeeping School

The 5-week intermediate beekeeping course is sponsored by the Maine State Beekeepers Association and University of Maine Cooperative Extension in York County.

Instructor is Larry Peiffer, Master Beekeeper, current York County Beekeepers Association President, and past Vice President of the Maine State Beekeepers Association.

A pre-requisite of one full year of beekeeping experience is required.

Contents of the course include:

  • Honey Bee Anatomy
  • The Bee Nest
  • Honey Bee Communication
  • Foraging and Botany
  • Mating and Rearing Queens
  • Problems of the Hive and Solutions
  • Making Splits, Divides & Nuclei
  • Hive Manipulations

The course also includes a Field Lab where hive manipulations will be demonstrated and divides and nuclei will be made.

Where: Nasson Room – downstairs in the Anderson Learning Center, 21 Bradeen Street, Springvale, ME 04083

When: Wednesdays, 6:00 to 8:30 pm, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; field lab later in spring.

Course Fee: $95 – includes comprehensive beekeeping textbook and other related materials, and a field trip to visit local hives. A reduced fee of $50 may apply to one of a pair of students who choose to share the text and materials ($145/pair).

Pre-Registration: is required by February 22.

Register online

You may also register by phone at 207-324- 2814 or use the attached registration.

WMBA Beginning Beekeeping School 2017

Starts January 25, 2017 with registration from 6:00-6:30 PM
Region 9 Adult Education Learning Center
377 River Rd, in Mexico, Maine.
10 weekly classes on Wednesday 6:30 – 8:45 pm
$40 includes textbook and 1 year membership in WMBA

Cumberland County Cooperative Extension

Beginner Beekeeping

This 5-session course is a great opportunity for new beekeepers, prior to their first year of bees, or it can be a great refresher course for beekeepers just now going into their first winter.

Beginner Beekeeping (Starting in March)
Dates: Thursdays, March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th
Time:6:30pm-8:30pm
Location: UMaine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth, Maine
Instructors: Master Beekeepers Peter Richardson and Jack Hildreth
Fee: $100 per person, includes The Beekeeper’s Handbook, third edition, and the reference notebook.

Honeybee Pest and Disease ManagementThis two-night class will focus on Honeybee Colony health management through IPM strategies. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a colony level health management strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests and diseases or their damage through a combination of techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, use of resistant varieties, and maximizing the natural strategies the bees themselves employ to improve colony health.  Chemicals/antibiotic interventions are used only after monitoring indicates they are needed according to established guidelines and are made with the goal of minimizing use as much as possible.

This class will focus on understanding the organisms that pose threats to colony health, early identification of symptoms,  and creating a whole system approach to colony health management that works with the bees natural habits.   Students will learn how to identify symptoms within single colonies and whole apiaries, proactively develop apiary management strategies, and use “all of the tools in the toolbox” to keep productive, healthy, thriving honeybee colonies.

Dates: Mondays, February 13th & 20th
Time:6:30pm-8:30pm
Location: UMaine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth, Maine
Instructor: Master Beekeeper Erin Forbes
Fee: $40 per person, includes the Honey Bee Disease & Pest Textbook

Beekeeping: Queens & Nucs

This class is intended to teach beekeepers to be more sustainable through the production and use of nucleus colonies and backyard queen production. Students will learn how to produce and manage nucs for increase and hedging against winter loss and how to rear queens from their own hives. Topics will include equipment, management, overwintering and more.

Dates: Tuesdays, March 21March 28 and April 4
Time:6:30pm-8:30pm
Location: UMaine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth, Maine
Instructor: Master Beekeepers Chris Rogers and Peter Richardson
Fee: $40 per person

Email lynne.b.hazelton@maine.edu to be put on the Beekeeping Interest List. Partial scholarships may be available; please contact us at 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471(in Maine only).

extension.umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/agriculture/beekeeping/

University of Maine Machias

5-Week Beginner Bee School

$60.00

Thursdays, February 16, 23 and March 2, 9, and 16 (Snow Date: March 23, 2017)

This 5-week beginner beekeeping course will introduce you to the honey bee colony, hive management and honey production, and is taught by a Master Beekeeper with experience teaching beginner and advanced courses in downeast Maine. Registration fee includes The Bee-Sentials Field Guide by Lawrence J. Conner with Robert Muir

Beginner Bee School instructor is Andrew Dewy,Washington County Beekeepers Association.

For more information, visit the UMaine Extension Washington County Beekeeping School Classes Website.

For scholarship information and availability, contact Tara Wood at 207.255.3345.

Beginner Bee School instructor is Andrew Dewey, Washington County Beekeepers Association.

For more information, visit the UMaine Extension Washington County Beekeeping School Classes Website.

For scholarship information and availability, contact Tara Wood at 207.255.3345.

Mark Cooper

Beginner 1st-3rd year starts Jan 23 Monday for 6 weeks 6:30-8:30pm $75 pp or $125 per couple. Text book provided
Intermediate 2nd and up starts Jan 19 and runs 5 weeks 6:30-9:00 $75 pp or $125 per couple.
Classes held at our shop in Windham and class size is limited. We do lots of hands on during classes.
New class/seminar “I’ve got bees Coming, what do I do?” This is a 3 hour refresher class on getting your packages or nucs off to a good start. $20 pp April 15th 9-12 am Again this will be a lot of hands on and demonstrations.
For more information or to register, please contact Mark Cooper at (207) 232-5842

2017 Beekeeping Classes at Backwoods Bee Farm

Beginner Bee School – Tuesday Session 5 weeks
Dates: January 24th, 31st, February 7th, 14th, 21st
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Backwoods Bee Farm 106 Page Road, Windham, Maine
Instructor: Master Beekeeper Chris Rogers
Course Fee: $ 75.00 per person includes textbook – or – $125.00 per couple sharing 1 textbook
Registration: Register online www.backwoodsbeefarm.com or call Backwoods Bee Farm (207) 893-2847

Class limit 15 people

Beginner Bee School – Saturday Session 3 weeks
Dates: February 4th, 11th and 18th
Time: 9:00 Am – 1:00 PM
Location: Backwoods Bee Farm 106 Page Road, Windham, Maine
Instructor: Master Beekeeper Chris Rogers
Course Fee: $ 75.00 per person includes textbook – or – $125.00 per couple sharing 1 textbook
Registration: Register online www.backwoodsbeefarm.com or call Backwoods Bee Farm (207) 893-2847

Class limit 15 people

Sustainable Beekeeping – Saturday Session 2 weeks
Dates: March 11th & 18th
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Backwoods Bee Farm 106 Page Road, Windham, Maine
Instructor: Master Beekeeper Chris Rogers
Course Fee: $50.00 per person includes textbook
Registration: Register online www.backwoodsbeefarm.com or call Backwoods Bee Farm (207) 893-2847

Class limit 15 people


Beekeeping Classes by Peter Cowin

Beekeeping for beginners – This class is designed to stimulate the interest in and answer the questions of those interested in starting beekeeping as a hobby, to help pollinate their crops or generally learn more about honeybee husbandry. It covers what is needed where to locate bees hives, where to buy them, what it costs and how to care for bees so they survive the winter.

Intermediate beekeeping – Is designed to look in more detail at key aspects of beekeeping particularly helpful to those who wish to run several hives and get the most out of them. The course is a good follow-on from the beginners course. Building up hive strength, swarm prevention, splitting hives, making nucs, disease prevention, feral colony relocation and honey production are all covered.

One day beginners class – Learn about honeybees, what equipment you need, where to locate hives, how to care for them, how to harvest your own honey and prepare the bees for winter. A full range of equipment will be available for sale so you can be prepared to start beekeeping that day! Class fee of $75 per person includes 4hrs of lessons, morning coffee, lunch and weather permitting, opening some bee hives in the afternoon. Protective equipment provided, but you must wear long pants and sleeves.

Peter Cowin , aka The Bee Whisperer, has kept honeybees on and off since the age of 11. In the last 10 years has grown his beekeeping hobby, and now runs 30 hives. He sells honey and other beeswax derived products such as lip balms and hand creams. Peter is President of Penobscot County Beekeepers Association, and is on the MSBA Swarm Team getting called all over the state to remove honeybee swarms. He specializes in the removal and safe relocation of honeybee colonies which have become established in the walls of people’s homes and out buildings. Peter writes a monthly column for the Bangor Daily News called The Bee Whisperer’s Diary.

Peter can be found on facebook “The Bee Whisperer” and website www.beewhisperer.us

And can be contacted at petercowin@tds.net

Phone 207 299 6948

 


J. Hildreth - President of the Cumberland County Beekeepers Association with a spectacular frame of honey

Jack Hildreth – Instructor

EAS Master Beekeepers Certification Program

The purpose of the Master Beekeeper certification program is to identify and certify people who have a detailed knowledge of honey bee biology, expertise in the proper practices of beekeeping, and can present this information to the beekeeping and non-beekeeping public in a detailed, accurate, clear and authoritative manner. The goal of this program is to certify that those who are awarded the Master Beekeepers Certificate are competent at a college level in the four areas where they are tested.

The certification program will be conducted in conjunction with the annual EAS Conference. Certification will be coordinated by personnel who are designated by the Master Beekeeper Organization. More information »


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