January 27, 2020

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...]

Beekeepers Calendar: January

Honey bees in Maine spend most of January in a tight cluster. When the temperature climbs above 40?F the cluster moves upward within the hive to keep in contact with honey reserves. Most Maine beekeepers provision their wintering hives with 60-80 lbs. of food resources; most of that is still in the hive at this time of the year. Beekeepers visiting their apiary gauge remaining store strength by … [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 … [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...]