March 30, 2020

What You Should  Be Doing Now:  Spring Edition

MSBA Webinar Series March 26, 2020 7:00 pm Jennifer Lund, Maine State Apiarist and Bee Inspector Join Jen on the MSBA webinar for the 2020 spring edition of colony management! Find out what to do with dead-out hives, how to start new colonies, and what to look for during your first overwintered hive inspections. online Zoom webinar: https://zoom.us/j/589435901 dial in: +1 646 876 … [Read more...]

Varroa Mite IPM: Four-Part Series for a Healthy Hive in 2020

They’re back by popular demand! Kim and Jen dive deeper into managing the most detrimental pest affecting honey bees, varroa mites (Varroa destructor). Join them in this multiple part webinar series where they will discuss the varroa mite biology and life history, available and effective mite management tools, how to create a dynamic varroa mite IPM plan, and a demonstration on the steps involved … [Read more...]

Beekeeper’s Calendar: March

Most queens will be laying eggs by the end of this month. It’s not uncommon for a colony to make it through the hardest part of winter only to starve in March. Beekeepers must be vigilant about monitoring food stores during this month. If honey reserves are low, add candy, fondant, honey frames or dry sugar. By mid-March, those who use pollen substitutes are adding them to strong colonies that … [Read more...]

Eastern Apicultural Society’s 65th Annual Short Course & Conference

August 3-7, 2020 at University of Maine, Orono   Excitement is building as word spreads about the Eastern Apicultural Society’s annual conference that will be held at UMO this August. Over 600 beekeepers from the US and beyond attended last year’s event, and the lure of summertime in Maine is expected to draw a similar number. Short Course and Main Conference The five-day event is … [Read more...]

2020 Bee School listings

Annual bee schools are conducted by local chapters, adult education programs, beekeeping supply businesses and in cooperation with county extension offices. These practical courses are a must for beginners and a great chance for intermediate level beekeepers to update and refresh their skills. Curriculums and teaching styles may differ so it may be helpful to contact individual programs for … [Read more...]

Stan Brown’s Soft Molasses Honey Cookies

 A classic cookie recipe for your holiday baking!     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 … [Read more...]

Beekeepers Calendar: November

Make sure mouse guards are securely in place and remove mite treatments. Provide upper ventilation with an insulating board or moisture absorbing material by Thanksgiving. Hives may be wrapped with tar paper or commercial wrap.  … [Read more...]