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.

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Backwoods Bee Farm Hosting Overwintering Nuc Workshop June 28, 2014

How to Make Summer Nucs - Hands-on Workshop

Overwintering Nuc Workshop

Backwoods Bee Farm will be hosting the CCBA overwintering nuc workshop at their home apiary this year.

The purpose of this class is to teach beekeepers sustainable beekeeping practices through the use and management of nucleus colonies.

Participants can take home a nuc kit and a northern raised Russian queen from Warm colors apiaries in Mass.

The nuc kit consists of 2 deep nuc bodies or 3 medium nuc bodies, a migratory bottom board, inner cover and telescoping outer cover. (They have frames available if you will need them).

The cost of the class with the overwintering nuc kit is $95 for deep kit and $105 for the medium kit.

Class will be held Saturday 6/28 starting at 10 am. With a rain date of Sunday 6/29 same time. (Class should run about 2 hours)

Because of the short notice please just call or email to register so they have an anticipated head count.

Please let them know what size equipment you prefer.

Limit of 20 students or couples.

You can pay for the class when you get there.

Chris Rogers Backwoods Bee Farm

Chris Rogers Backwoods Bee Farm

Chris Rogers
Backwoods Bee Farm
106 Page Road
Windham, Me 04062
backwoodsbeefarm.com
207-893-2847

 

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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.

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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

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Bus to Bangor 2014

The CCBA is looking to charter a bus to Bangor for the Maine State Beekeeper Association’s Annual Conference, October 18th, 2014. The cost is $20 per person, not limited to CCBA members.

To register, please

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Pick-ups:

6:00 AM: Maine Mall Park and Ride (turnpike Exit 45)

6:15 AM: Yarmouth Park and Ride, 295 Exit 15 (note this is the new lot, not the one near Delorme)

7:00 AM Gardiner Park and Ride, Exit 52, Rt. 126

Departure from Hampden Academy at 4:00 PM

 

$20.00 per person, limit 50.

 
 

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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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How to Make Summer Nucs – Hands-on Workshop – Saturday, June 16, 2012

1pm –4pm
Location: Cumberland County Beekeepers Club Hives
Windham ME

Presenter: Master Beekeeper Erin MacGregor-Forbes

How to Make Summer Nucs -  Hands-on Workshop

How to Make Summer Nucs - Hands-on Workshop

This will be a hands-on workshop utilizing the Cumberland County Beekeepers Association’s club hives to make 4 summer nucs for the purpose of wintering over for following year use. (Two nucs per each full sized colony.)

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.

Divided nuc box and homasote inner covers

Divided nuc box and homasote inner covers

Each registered Participant will leave the workshop with two queens and one divided hive body 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.  (Divided nuc box and homasote inner covers only will be provided.  Beekeeper will also need a bottom board (preferably solid) and a telescoping cover.)

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 and one divided hive body to contain the nucs.

Participation is limited to 20 people.

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CCBA Member and Herbalist Gives Presentation

Deb Gideon gave a presentation on “5 Easy Herbs for Everyday Health”  at The Honey Exchange on Saturday March 3, 2012

Deb explains everyday herbs.

Deb explains everyday herbs.

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