October 21, 2014

Past-President Extraordinaire – Jacky Hildreth

Cumberland County Chapter Past President Jacky Hildreth

Last night the Cumberland County Chapter of MSBA honored Jacky Hildreth as he completed his 7th year as president of the chapter.  During his tenure, the chapter grew from 35 members to over 230 today.  Jacky has been a generous and tireless leader.  He  teaches beekeeping courses and is a mentor to many beekeepers.  He became a Master Beekeeper last year.  The chapter recognized his rich … [Read more...]

My Ticket to EAS and the Master Beekeeper’s Certification Test

Support up until the end from my mentor, Erin. Thank you! [Erin, left; Jackie, right]

by Jacky Hildreth, President Cumberland County Beekeepers Association, (and 3/4 Jedi Master!) WOWZA!!! Is my head spinning! I am so jazzed up from the whole event. I can’t believe what a powerful week this was for me. From all the great people I met, the excellent talks, demonstrations and social gatherings all wrapped into five quick days. It was like a full year of information in an apiary, … [Read more...]

How to Make Summer Nucs: A Hands-on Workshop

Each participant receives: two queens, one divided hive body, and two homasote inner covers.

The Cumberland County Beekeepers Association presents: How to Make Summer Nucs: A Hands-on Workshop Saturday, July 16, 2011 1pm –4pm Presenter: Master Beekeeper Erin MacGregor-Forbes This will be a hands-on workshop utilizing the Cumberland County Beekeepers Association’s club hives to make 4 summer nucs for the purpose of wintering over for following year use. (Two nucs per each full … [Read more...]

How to Mark a Queen Bee

how to mark a queen bee

Erin MacGregor-Forbes of Overland Apiaries Demonstrates Marking a Queen Bee at a Nuc Making Workshop of the Cumberland County Beekeepers Association. It is common practice to mark the queen with a small spot of paint on her back (thorax). A color code exists within the beekeeping industry to indicate the year the queen was introduced. International Queen Marking Color … [Read more...]

Thanks for the Memories: Stan Brown celebrates 90 years of life, 78 years with bees

Stan Brown -  Maine's Most Experienced Beekeeper

Heartfelt thanks go out from Stan to all the fellow beekeepers who helped him celebrate his 90th birthday (just a tad early) during October’s Cumberland County Beekeepers Association meeting. For those of you who don’t know, Stan Brown began beekeeping at the young age of 12 years when, as the fates would have it, he caught and began caring for a swarm. Of course, a lot has happened between … [Read more...]