Agriculture - Beekeeping Schools
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County holds beekeeping class annually at the beginning of the year. (Classes vary based on subject interest and instructor availability)
Courses Offered in 2017:
This 5 session course is a great opportunity for new beekeepers, prior to their first year of bees, or it can be a great refresher course for beekeepers just now going into their first winter.
Honeybee Pest and Disease Management
This two-night class focused on Honeybee Colony health management through IPM strategies. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a colony level health management strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests and diseases or their damage through a combination of techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, use of resistant varieties, and maximizing the natural strategies the bees themselves employ to improve colony health. Chemicals/antibiotic interventions are used only after monitoring indicates they are needed according to established guidelines and are made with the goal of minimizing use as much as possible.
This class will focus on understanding the organisms that pose threats to colony health, early identification of symptoms, and creating a whole system approach to colony health management that works with the bees natural habits. Students will learn how to identify symptoms within single colonies and whole apiaries, proactively develop apiary management strategies, and use “all of the tools in the toolbox” to keep productive , healthy, thriving honeybee colonies.
Beekeeping: Queens & Nucs
This class teaches beekeepers to be more sustainable through the production and use of nucleus colonies and backyard queen production. Students learn how to produce and manage nucs for increase and hedging against winter loss and how to rear queens from their own hives. Topics include equipment, management, overwintering and more.
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Partial scholarships may be available; please contact us at 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine only).