Beginning Beekeeping with UMaine Extension

A five-session University of Maine Cooperative Extension beginning beekeeping course starts Thursday, Feb. 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at University of Maine at Machias Science Building, 116 O’Brien Ave., Room 102, Machias. Remaining classes are Feb. 23, March 2, March 9 and March 16. Snow date is March 23.

Taught by Master Beekeeper Andrew Dewey, class topics include the honeybee colony, hive construction, seasonal management, pests and diseases, and honey production. Participants will visit a local hive for observation and hands-on experience in late spring. Class graduates will become members of the Washington County chapter of the Maine State Beekeepers Association.

The course fee is $60 per person, or per couple if willing to share materials. Enrollment is limited to 30. Register online by Feb. 9 at Introduction to Beekeeping Course. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call 1.800.287.1542 (in Maine), 207.255.3345, or email