Beginner Beekeeping Course, Calais

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Classroom: Thursdays, March 14-April 18, 2019 (snow date- April 25)
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Washington County Community College, 1 College Drive, Calais

Field Days:  Saturdays, May 4, 18 and June 1, 2019
Home of Sue Rowley, Pembroke


Online Registration is now closed.

Learn all the basics, from hive construction to honey bee behavior and honey production, with our expert instructor.

Resource (included in course fee):  Storey’s Guide To Keeping Honey Bees, 2nd Edition, by Malcolm T. Stanford & Richard E. Bonney

The course is limited to 25 participants.

Questions about the course may be addressed to Andrew Dewey at email or call 207.266.7294

Tentative Schedule

Class 1 – Overview or summary of the entire course

Class 2 – Chapters 1-4, Beginning Beekeeping, Origin and History of Beekeeping, A Bee’s Life & Choosing Hive Location

Apiary Session # 1- Lighting Smokers, Demeanor around the Apiary

Class 3 – Quiz # 1

Chapters 5 & 6, Getting Equipped, Enter the Bees

Class 4 – Chapter 7, Managing Honey Bee Colonies

Apiary Session # 2 Opening & inspecting colonies, identifying open & capped brood, identifying stored honey & pollen, identifying workers & drones, semi serious look for the queen

Class 5 – Quiz # 2

Chapters 8 & 9, Taking the Crop, Pollination also prep for State Apiarist Presentation – Varroa life cycle

Class 6 – Chapter 10, Diseases & Pests of the Honey Bee taught by the State Apiarist

Apiary Session #3, Different Hive types, determining when boxes get added, mite sampling, winter prep