Beginning beekeeping with UMaine Extension in Calais, Machias

Calais and Machias, Maine — University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering beginning beekeeping courses in Machias, beginning March 13, and in Calais on March 14. The Machias session will be held Wednesday evenings at University of Maine at Machias, 6-8 p.m., through April 17. The Calais session will be held Thursday evenings at Washington County Community College, 1 College Drive, 6-8 p.m., through April 18.

Class topics include the honeybee colony, hive construction, seasonal management, pests and diseases, and honey production. Participants will visit a local hive for observations and hands-on experience. Master beekeeper Andrew Dewey, and Sue Rowley will teach the course. Class graduates will become members of the Washington County chapter of the Maine State Beekeepers Association.

The $75 per person fee, per couple if willing to share materials, includes “Storey’s Guide To Keeping Honey Bees, 2nd Edition”, by Malcolm T. Stanford and Richard E. Bonney. Enrollment is limited to 25. Register online. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact 800.287.1542 (in Maine), 207.255.3345;

About University of Maine Cooperative Extension: As a trusted resource for over 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine’s land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county. UMaineExtension helps support, sustain and grow the food-based economy. It is the only entity in our state that touches every aspect of the Maine Food System, where policy, research, production, processing, commerce, nutrition, and food security and safety are integral and interrelated. UMaine Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth educational program in Maine through 4-H.