Introduction to Beekeeping Course to be offered in Machias beginning in February

Would you like to learn how to produce your own local honey, and help provide pollinators to your yard and neighborhood? Don’t miss this opportunity to take beekeeping classes in Machias from a member of the Maine State Beekeepers Association, through the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

Introduction to Beekeeping, a five-week introductory beekeeping course, starts February 25th and continues on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 pm through March 25th. The course will cover such topics as the honey bee colony, constructing hives, seasonal management, pests and diseases, and honey production. Students will also have the opportunity to visit a local hive for observation and hands-on experience during a field lab. Instructing this course will be Andrew Dewey of the Maine State Beekeepers Association. The course fee is $50 per person/couple to help cover the cost of materials. The course is limited to 25 people. Class participants will become members of the Washington County Beekeepers, a chapter of the Maine State Beekeepers Association.

Beekeeping classes will take place at the University of Maine at Machias. Registration deadline is February 10th. For more information about the course, please contact Andrew Dewey at 266-7294 or by email at For registration including online registration, please see the University of Maine Cooperative Extension website or contact the Washington County office of UMaine Extension at 1-800-287-1542 (in state) or 207-255-3345 or

Any person with a disability who needs accommodations for the program should contact Jen Lobley at 1-800-287-1542 to discuss their needs at least 7 days in advance. UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goals.