Honey Dinner January 25, 2015

The Good Table Restaurant, in Cape Elizabeth, along with members of the Cumberland County Beekeepers Association would like to invite you to a Honey Dinner. This will be a 5 course menu celebrating Maine honey with each course highlighting a locally produced honey. Each course will be paired with either wine, beer or mead.

The Honey Dinner will be held Sunday January 25th, with snow date on Monday 26th. (Please call for possible cancellation.) Please arrive at 4:00 for a tasting of the featured honeys we have used in preparing each course. Dinner will begin at 4:30ish.

For reservations call The Good Table Restaurant, after December 1st, 799-4663, and ask to make a reservation for the Honey Dinner. We will call you after your reservation is made to receive payment via credit card. When making reservations please let us know of any vegetarians in your group.

The estimated price will be $65.00 including tax and tip. We can not calculate the costs until products are sourced out, but we promise it won’t go any higher.

2014-2015 Beekeeping Schools Open for Registration

Club meetings resume Tuesday, September 2

Our first club meeting of the “fall” is Tuesday, September 2, at the Mabel I. Wilson School 353 Tuttle Road, Cumberland.

The program will consist of a panel of experts, including Karen Thurlow-Kimball and Master Beekeepers Phil Gaven, Jacky Hildreth, Chris Rogers and Mark Cooper. Come prepared with questions and any “show and ask” items that help explain your issue. This is a great opportunity to ask those vexing questions.

We will also have Api-Life Var available for sale.

Open Hive Schedule, Summer 2014

July 19, Brian Kessler’s in Pownal

August 16, Jonathan Mitschele’s in New Gloucester

September 13, Club hives in Falmouth

All begin at 10:00 AM. Directions will be sent via Google Group email prior to the event.

(Note: August 3 open hive is cancelled)

Open Hive Saturday June 21, 2014

Our first open hive of the season will begin at 10:00 AM on Saturday June 21 at the Cooper’s farm in Windham, hosted by Buzz, Paula and Mark. Master Beekeepers will be there to do guided hive inspections. Rain date Sunday June 22. Directions will be send via the Google Group email. These are great, hands-on, learning opportunities.

Swarm Workshop, May 20, 2014

Presenter: Jacky Hildreth, Master Beekeeper

This will be a lecture style workshop discussing the causes of and reasons for honeybee swarms, how to manage and reduce the swarm impulse in your own colonies, how to make splits (artificial swarms) and how to capture swarms once they have left the colony.

Participants will learn the fundamentals of how to assess their colonies’ swarm preparations, how to make a split, what to have on hand to be ready to capture swarms, and how to make a “Swarm Trap.”

Each registered Participant will leave the workshop with one plant pot style swarm trap ready for use in his or her own apiary.

The purpose of this workshop is to begin educating our membership in methods of sustainable apiary management and prevention of nuisance bee issues.

6:30 to 8:30 PM, Mabel I. Wilson School, Cumberland, ME

$45.00 via PayPal

Directions to Club Hives

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Take Clearwater Drive from Route 1 in Falmouth. If you are coming from the south, it is a left, from the north it is a right. The turn is across the street from Bangor Savings Bank. After you take the turn you will drive past the side of Walmart.

Take the 2nd right onto Farmgate Rd (past Hat Trick Drive). Drive through the housing development until you get to a clear space with open fields on both sides of the road. At the end of the field on the left, take a left onto the dirt road that goes next to that field. Drive to the end of the road by the old barn and farmhouse. Park as best you can in the area to the left and by the barn. Walk up the hill, following the Portland Trails sign. The hive site is on the right, towards the water, after you crest the hill.

CCBA Swarm and Help Team Established

Please follow the link under the Membership menu for information about our new club swarm and help team.

Over-Wintering Nuc Workshop: June 21, 2013

How to Make Summer Nucs - Hands-on Workshop

How to Make Summer Nucs – Hands-on Workshop

How to Make Summer Nucs – Hands-on Workshop

Presenter: Master Beekeeper Erin MacGregor-Forbes

Date & Location: June 21, 2013 • 1-4 PM CCBA Hive Site, Tidewater Farm, Falmouth

This will be a hands-on workshop utilizing the Cumberland County Beekeepers Association’s club hives to make summer nucs for the purpose of wintering over for following year use.

Northern raised queens from Michael Palmer of French Hill Apiaries will be utilized to head the newly made colonies.

Participants will learn the fundamentals of making their own summer nucs as well as receive instruction on preparing the new colonies for wintering.

Each registered Participant will leave the workshop with two queens, two deep nucs or two medium nucs and an Overland over-wintering board, frames and foundation, so they can make up their own nucs in their home apiary. This requires at least one strong healthy queenright colony in the beekeeper’s own yard.

This workshop is not designed for first year beekeepers. 2+ years of beekeeping experience is recommended.

The purpose of this workshop is to begin educating our membership in methods of sustainable apiary management, as facilitated by wintering nucleus colonies.

The workshop price includes two queens.

Participation is limited to 12 people.

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Swarm Prevention Workshop, April 24, 2013 – Registration is now closed

Presenter: Erin MacGregor-Forbes, Master Beekeeper

This will be a lecture style workshop discussing the causes of and reasons for honeybee swarms, how to manage and reduce the swarm impulse in your own colonies, how to make splits (artificial swarms) and how to capture swarms once they have left the colony.

Participants will learn the fundamentals of how to assess their colonies’ swarm preparations, how to make a split, what to have on hand to be ready to capture swarms, and how to make a “Swarm Trap.”

Each registered Participant will leave the workshop with one plant pot style swarm trap ready for use in his or her own apiary.

The purpose of this workshop is to begin educating our membership in methods of sustainable apiary management and prevention of nuisance bee issues.