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.
Backwoods Bee Farm
106 Page Road
Windham, Me 04062
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.
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