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Educational Programs - Introduction to Beekeeping – Calais

Introduction to Beekeeping Course- Calais

Date(s):  Tuesdays, January 23, 30, February 6, 13, and 20, 2018 (snow date of February 27)

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

Class location: 115 Multi Media Room, Washington County Community College, 1 College Drive, Calais

Cost: $60 per person/couple includes Bee-Sentials: A Field Guide by Lawrence J. Conner and Robert Muir

Presented by: University of Maine Cooperative Extension Washington County Office and Washington County Beekeepers Association

Instructor: Andrew Dewey, Master Beekeeper

Coordinators: Andrew Dewey, 266-7294 and Marjorie Peronto, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Online registration has ended.  There may still be space available.  Please call 255.3345 to inquire.

The course is limited to 25 participants.


Session Topics and Dates:

Session #1 –

  • Beekeeping equipment
  • Getting your first bees
  • First year expectations

Session # 2 –

  • The beekeeping year
  • Colony inspections

Session # 3 –

  • Honey Plants
  • Products of the hive
  • Honey processing

Session #4 –

  • Bee Food
  • Intro to colony health

Session #5 –

  • Identification and Control of Diseases, Parasites and Predators of Honey Bees

Session #6 – Beekeepers’ Field Day
Look inside a hive and see the difference between workers and drones, learn to recognize brood, pollen and honey.  The date and site for this event will be announced and will take place on a Saturday in May or June.  Participants will gather for a hands-on experience of viewing and handling honeybees at a location in Washington County.

Questions about the course may be addressed to Andrew Dewey:

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