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.

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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)

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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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Directions to Club Hives



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:


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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


September 4: Tony Jadczyk, Fall Management

October 2, Matt Scott, On Bears

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