Cumberland County Open House and Annual Meeting

Wednesday, September 6, 2023
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
UMaine Gardens at Tidewater Farm
200 Presumpscot Point Rd., Falmouth, ME

Annual meeting attendees listening to the speaker, Peter Richardson
2023 Annual Meeting

The 2023 Open Houser provided an opportunity to learn about UMaine Extension’s work in Cumberland County, explore the Gardens at Tidewater Farm, attend a short presentation, and participate in a King Arthur Baking Company Pie Bake-Off. Light refreshments and locally made ice cream were provided. No registration was required.

2023 Schedule of Events

5:00p.m. Open House begins
King Arthur Baking Company Pie Bake-Off entries accepted
5:30p.m. Opening Remarks
5:40p.m. “The Role of Honeybees in Our Food System” by Peter Richardson
Pie Bake-Off Judging
6:00p.m. Friend of Extension and Other Awards
6:30p.m. Open House continues
7:00p.m. Event concludes

For more information about our 2023 King Arthur Baking Company Pie Bake-Off, including rules and a prize list, please visit our pie contest page.

Presentation: The Role of Honeybees in our Food System

Local beekeeper, Peter Richardson, discussed the role of honeybees in our food system and how Mainers can support pollinators in their own backyard.

Peter Richardson was born and raised in Portland, Maine, and currently resides in South Portland with his wife Beth. They have two grown sons and two grandchildren. He retired from a career in financial services in December 2021.

Peter has been keeping bees since 2008. He is active in the local beekeeping community including:

  • Teaching many beekeeping classes including Beginner Beekeeping at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension office in Falmouth
  • Mentoring numerous beginning beekeepers
  • Former President, Cumberland County Beekeepers Association
  • Former Board member, Maine Beekeepers Association
  • Certified Master Beekeeper by the Eastern Apicultural Society in 2012
  • Guest speaker on honeybees at civic and community organizations
Beekeeper Peter Richardson with two of his hives
Local Beekeeper, Peter Richardson

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