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Educational Programs - Beekeeping Courses, York County

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Are you thinking of becoming a beekeeper, or do you need a refresher course?  Learn all the basics, from hive construction to honey bee behavior and honey production, with our expert instructor.  Our Winter 2018 Beginner Bee School has finished, but you may see details at this link: Beginner Beekeeping.  Let us know if you’d like to be notified when the next Beginner Beekeeping course is scheduled; contact extension.york@maine.edu.

Are you already keeping bees and want to delve into more depth on the fascinating creatures?  Intermediate beekeeping courses on the following topics will be rescheduled.  Let us know if you’d like to be notified of future courses.

Honey Bees: Queens & NucsCancelled, to be rescheduled in future.  Contact us for information.
A comprehensive lesson on queens, their purpose, their vulnerabilities, different methods of rearing your own queens and making nucleus hives.
Honey Bees: Swarm Management, Cancelled, to be rescheduled in future.  Contact us for information.
This class will cover: why honey bees swarm, how to prevent swarming, recognizing pre-swarm situations, and how to catch swarms.
Honey Bee Diet, Cancelled, to be rescheduled in future.  Contact us for information. There are many different types of supplemental feed for honey bees.  We need to know When to use it, Why we use it and and How to make it.  This class will fill that need.
Honey Bee Pests and DiseasesCancelled, to be rescheduled in future.  Contact us for information. We’ll discuss the major pest and disease threats to honey bee colonies, and their management; consider pesticides threats to honey bees; and demonstrate the detection of diseases and pests under the microscope.

Contact us at 207-324-2814 or email extension.york@maine.edu with any questions, or to be placed on our notification list for future Beekeeping courses.


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