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.
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CCBA Swarm and Help Team Established

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

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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.

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Cooperative Extension Beekeeping Classes Scheduled

Beekeeping Courses Planned for 2012 and 2013

Cumberland County Cooperative Extension is pleased to offer the most comprehensive Beekeeping Education program in Maine. With three levels of beekeeping instruction provided by Certified Master Beekeepers, we have programs for beekeepers of all levels.

This year, we are offering four Beginning Bee Schools, two in the fall and two in the spring. This is great for new beekeepers, prior to their first year of bees, or is a great refresher course for beekeepers just now going into their first winter, and even those with a couple of years of experience who want to refresh their skills and knowledge.

Intermediate School (Apiary Management) is geared towards beekeepers with 2+ years of experience. The focus of this class is how to effectively manage an apiary under Maine conditions. It will include how to keep your colonies healthy and thriving, and how to meet the goals you have with your bees such as swarm prevention, honey production, colony maximization. This intermediate level class is focused on IPM strategies for keeping healthy colonies utilizing the honey bees own natural cycles as a guide.

Advanced Intermediate School (new this year) is designed for accomplished beekeepers with 5+ years of experience or those who have already taken Intermediate Bee School. Completion of an Intermediate Bee School or instructor permission is a prerequisite for this course. This class will discuss advanced topics such as backyard queen rearing, mating nuc management, advanced nuc management, advanced swarm management. live colony removal, managing multiple yards, and more.

For more information and registration:

http://umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/beekeeping-course-schedule-in-cumberland-county/

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Maine has 5 new Master Beekeepers

At the EAS conference on August 17, 5 Mainers earned their Master Beekeeper certification:

CCBA President Jack Hildreth
CCBA Treasurer Peter Richardson
Mark Cooper
Larry Pfeiffer
Phil Gaven

Congratulations to all!

 

 

 

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Club meetings resume September 4, 2012

Speakers:

September 4: Tony Jadczyk, Fall Management

October 2, Matt Scott, On Bears

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Swarm Workshop Wednesday April 25th, 2012

Cumberland County Beekeepers Association Presents:

Swarm Prevention, Management, and Capture

Hands-on Workshop

Wednesday April 25th, 2013
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Mabel I. Wilson School, North Yarmouth Maine

Presenter: Erin MacGregor-Forbes, Master Beekeeper

Swarm Trap

Swarm Trap

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.

Cost this year is $35 for Cumberland County Beekeepers Association paid members (a savings of $10 from last years cost) and $45 for non CCBA members and it includes the “swarm trap”.   Participation is limited to 30 registrations. Please use the form below to register or click the link on the MSBA website and use the pay pal function. April 20th will be the cutoff date for mail in registrations.

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2012 Open Hive Hosts

Summer Open Hives
Addresses can be found on the members-only Google Group

May 12th
Mike and Lori Hewitt
North Yarmouth 11 am

Saturday, June 16th
Buzz and Holly Cooper
Windham, ME – 10am
16-18 hives
June 17th will be the rain date – bring a potluck dish

Sunday, July 22nd
Lori Daniels
Falmouth ME – 11 am

Saturday, August 4th
Deb Gideon
Raymond, ME – 11 am

Sunday, September 9th
Peter Richardson hosting
Turkey Hill Farm
Cape Elizabeth – 11:00 am

**If there is a rain cancellation an email will be sent to out via the Google Group by 9am that morning**

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Awesome Cupcakes @ October Meeting

Created by the amazing Laurie Hewitt.

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Cumberland Chapter Members Elected President & VP of Maine State Beekeepers Association

Our own Erin & Larry were elected President & VP of Maine State Beekeepers Association at the annual meeting
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Horrah and Congrats!

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