The University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County holds beekeeping classes annually at the beginning of the year. (Classes offered each year will vary based on subject interest and instructor availability.)
2021 Beekeeping Classes:
Beginner Beekeeping: This is a great opportunity for new beekeepers, prior to their first year of bees, to learn the basics of honey bee biology and beekeeping. It can also serve as a refresher course for beekeepers just now going into their first winter, and even those with a couple of years of experience who want to enhance their skills and knowledge. The Beginner Beekeeping course consists of 5 sessions and will be taught by EAS Certified Master Beekeeper, Erin MacGregor-Forbes. The 2021 course will be held on Thursday evenings from January 14, 2021, through February 11, 2021 Register Here for Beginner Beekeeping
Intermediate Beekeeping: Apiary Management is geared towards beekeepers with a minimum of two years of experience. The focus of this class is on how to effectively manage a sideline/hobby 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 health maximization. This intermediate-level class is focused on IPM strategies for keeping healthy colonies utilizing the honey bees’ own natural cycles as a guide. The Apiary Management course consists of 4 sessions and will be taught by EAS Certified Master Beekeeper, Erin MacGregor-Forbes. Intermediate Beekeeping will be held on Thursday evenings from February 25, 2021, through March 18, 2021 Register Here for Intermediate Beekeeping
Financial assistance may be available; please contact us at 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine only).