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.

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