Programs

Monthly Meetings

The Somerset Beekeepers will be meeting on the second Tuesday of the month, unless otherwise specified.  These meetings are free and open to anyone who is interested in learning more about bees and beekeeping.  We gather together at the Somerset Cooperative Extension office in Skowhegan on the Norridgewock Road, at 6pm.  These are pot-luck events, so snack donations to the buffet table are welcomed and encouraged.

Beekeeper Education

We offer educational opportunities to local beekeepers via our meetings and workshops.  See more about Bee-Schools below.

New-Beekeeper Mentoring

Some of Somerset’s most experienced beekeepers offer their knowledge and insight to club-members.  If you’re a new beekeeper, or if you’ve been tending hives for years and just want to check with a friend, its great to have someone to turn to.

Resources for Members

Though we’re a new group, our meager resources are available to club-members.  Just sign them out during the meeting, and sign them back in at the next for someone else to utilize.

Community Outreach and Education

Our beekeepers love to talk about bees and beekeeping, and the Somerset Beekeepers are available to come talk with your class, school, group or organization if you and yours are at all curious about this fascinating hobby.  If you have an up-coming event you’d love for us to participate in, we’d love to be there with our Gardening for Pollinators display, and our Beekeeping Demonstration pieces.  Help us spread the word about the importance of pollinators and the joys of beekeeping.

Bee-School

Sponsored by the Somerset County Cooperative Extension, our school for beginning beekeepers will begin on February 12th, 2013.  Consisting of 5 classes to prepare newbees for the big plunge into the world of beekeeping.  The course will give the student a basic understanding of bees and how to establish their first colonies.  It will cover protective gear and beekeeping tools needed to get started, as well as seasonal colony management and integrated pest management.

Classes will be led by group president, Samantha Burns.  Cost is $40 (includes course manual & 1 year membership with the Somerset Beekeepers).

For more information feel free to download the course information here.

Or call the Somerset Cooperative Extension for more info: 474-9622

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