October 13, 2015

From a Book to Honey Bees: A Teenager’s Journey into Beekeeping

by Sarah A. Gould My journey with bees is one that is different from many of the stories of my fellow beekeepers. For one thing, I began beekeeping at 15 years old. This fact alone differentiates me from many other beekeepers who perhaps have turned this hobby into a side career or retirement hobby. This is not say that there isn’t a strong population of younger beekeepers, but compared to the … [Read more...]

Beginner Teacher Teaching Beginning Beekeepers

Last fall, Megan Gaven casually mentioned that she would like to see Phil and I teach beekeeping. Why? Who knows, but I agreed. It has been said by wiser people than I that to teach a subject, you must truly master it. If that is the criteria, I have no business teaching. But Phil assured me that I didn’t need to know everything about beekeeping to teach beginners, just more than they know. He … [Read more...]

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

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...]

On Becoming an Intermediate Beekeeper

by Jodi Moger There wasn’t any one thing that led me to honey bees. In spring 2002, I bought the book Beeing: Life, Motherhood and 180,000 Bees by Rosanne Daryl Thomas. I had neither bees nor children, but I must have read the book a half-dozen or more times over the next few years, I found it so compelling. My kiddo arrived in 2004. Our family’s desire to be self-reliant began to intensify. It … [Read more...]

Book Review: The Beekeeper’s Lament by Hannah Nordhaus

Nordhaus introduces us to John Miller, a third-generation commercial beekeeper based in North Dakota who makes his living hauling his hives all over the western United States. He also happens to be a funny, meticulous and conscientious beekeeper who works his trade out of a love and fascination for bees. He certainly doesn’t do it for the money. Hannah Nordhaus, a journalist with no beekeeping … [Read more...]

Guidance: How to Deal with Bears and Bees

from information provided by Judy Camuso, Wildlife Biologist, MDIFW Bears are often hungry in the spring (there is less food available and the females are feeding their young), and spring is when we typically get the most “nuisance” bear complaints. Our primary recommendation to people is pretty basic: remove the food source, so… take down bird feeders, feed pets indoors, keep all trash … [Read more...]

Jeffrey Armstrong, 67

Jeff Armstrong, Cumberland County Beekeepers Association member and Cape Elizabeth beekeeper, passed away June 5, 2012 after a four-year struggle with cancer. Jeff was a true outdoorsman and lover of all things natural. He will be missed. More complete online obituaries can be found at: athutchins.com/ and obituaries.pressherald.com … [Read more...]

Care and Feeding of a Beekeeping Mentor

A mentor is a person who can show you their hives, look in your hives, and/or answer questions via email and phone. If you’ve only ever read books, listened to presentations, viewed slides, mucked about on your own, or watched — God forbid — YouTube, you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can learn after getting a mentor. The key ingredient needed for learning about bees? Work with bees. That makes … [Read more...]

The Snowbird Beekeeper: Reflections from Florida for 2012

Report from Belgrade, Florida, back in April:  Well, three monthly meetings of the Ridge Chapter of the Florida State Beekeepers Association (FSBA) were all attended with great interest. First was the Holiday potluck meeting where I met everyone with a gift exchange and lots of conversation. These Florida beekeepers are just like Maine beekeepers — friendly, sociable and full of ideas and … [Read more...]