August 29, 2015

Beginner Teacher Teaching Beginning Beekeepers

Peter Richardson, Phil Gaven, and Ian Munger representing Maine at EAS

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

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 ( 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, 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    … [Read more...]

On Becoming an Intermediate Beekeeper

Jodi Moger and daughter transfer a nucleus colony to their new home, May 2010.

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

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

A Bears and bees, illustration by Walter Crane from Baby's Aesop," published in 1887

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

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: and … [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...]

“BEES” an Online Resource for Beekeepers of all Levels

The Beekeeper Education and Engagement System (BEES) is a new online resource for beekeepers at all levels.

by Tish Dutson During the winter and spring months, Maine has offered a number of beekeep- ing classes at various locations, but if you did not happen to live within a com- mutable distance of those classes, you had no other option...until now. At long last, rural Maine beekeepers have a resource for furthering their knowledge of beekeeping through online beekeeping courses for both … [Read more...]