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Educational Programs - Intermediate Beekeeping Course

Wednesdays, March 7, 14, 28 & April 4, 11 and 18, 2018 (snow date April 25)

University of Maine Cooperative Extension, 28 Center Street, Machias

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Cost: $50.00  

Online Registration- click here

Photo by Scott Bauer

Photo by Scott Bauer

The six week Intermediate Beekeeping course is intended for the beekeeper with at least a season or two of keeping bees. This course covers fewer topics more deeply than the Beginner’s class and concentrates on keeping bees successfully in this area.  There will be a private Facebook group for the class to expand on discussions started in class, and for the instructor to post additional articles and video links, etc.

Course Schedule


  • Where do bees come from?
  • Complete hives
  • Packages
  • Nucs
  • Swarms
  • Queens


  • Hive organization
  • Hive decision making
  • Resources for learning about bees


  • Swarms
  • Swarm catching
  • Swarm prevention


  • Making nucs
  • Hive types
  • Queen issues


  • Healthy bees
  • IPM
  • Identifying pests and diseases
  • Treating pests and diseases
  • “Treatment free” options — genetics
  • Consequences of pesticide exposure


  • Apiary siting
  • Bee forage
  • Good neighbor policies
  • Selling products

There will be a Facebook group for the class; videos and other links will be posted there and discussed in class.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Tara Wood at 207.255.3345 or 1.800.287.1542 (in Maine) to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.


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