October 24, 2014

Huffington Post: Erin MacGregor-Forbes: Master Beekeeper

Erin MacGregor-Forbes, Master Beekeeper and Past President of the Maine Beekeepers Association

Erin MacGregor-Forbes, Master Beekeeper and Past President of the Maine State Beekeepers Association has been featured on the Huffington Post. "It's no secret to novice hobby beekeepers in Maine that EAS Certified Master Beekeeper Erin MacGregor-Forbes knows her way around honey bees. From her base in Portland, Maine Forbes is most likely to be found amidst a whirlwind of activity between … [Read more...]

My First EAS

About 20 Mainers attended the annual Eastern Apiculture Society meeting in Warwick Rhode Island - July 25-29.

by Ian Munger Have you ever read a bee article and wished you could ask follow-up questions? Just how much brood do you need to make that nuc? What is the best way to package and sell your honey? Can you write-off that lost colony on your taxes? Have you ever wished your local monthly meeting was a little bit longer? Do you love to talk about bees with anyone who will listen? EAS provides … [Read more...]

The Serious Beekeeper: Time to Begin Master Beekeeper Preparations

Master Beekeeper Erin MacGregor-Forbes at the 2010 Eastern Apicultural Society Annual Meeting

The Eastern Apicultural Society annual meetings will be held in New England in both 2011 and 2012. Any Maine beekeeper who is serious about expanding their beekeeping knowledge and skill set should plan to attend one or both of these meetings. The 2011 EAS will be held the last week of July in Rhode Island and the 2012 EAS will be held the second week of August in Vermont. Both of these meetings … [Read more...]

Summary of the MSBA 2010 Spring Meeting

Top:Jennifer Berry proudly accepts a thank-you MSBA tee. Bottom:Cindy Bee shares bee removal techniques,peppered with colorful stories of her varied experiences over the years

By nearly any measure one can think of, the 2010 MSBA annual meeting held on March 27th was a great success. Good food, lots of beekeepers and “wanna bees,” and impressive speakers made for a day that any beekeeper could thoroughly enjoy. As always, the crew at the Calumet Club provided great food and friendly service. This was no easy task, given the near- capacity crowd of 272 people at the … [Read more...]

Alternative Beekeeping: Learning beekeeping in person, through clubs and classes and through a strong mentoring network

Plastic foundation

“Alternative Beekeeping” is increasingly of interest, particularly among new beekeepers. Many are coming to the craft, heeding a call for new caretakers for the bees, understanding that there are forces at work that are causing our honey bee colony numbers to diminish— rapidly. Many of these new beekeepers are understandably looking for a different way to keep their bees—and many are learning … [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...]