Classes and Events

Beekeeping Through the Seasons

These classes are appropriate for absolute beginners or beekeepers with a year or two of experience; they can be taken individually for $25 or as a series of all three for $60.

Recommended accompanying reading:  The Backyard Beekeeper, by Kim Flottum, and the Handbook on Honeybee Diseases and Pests from the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists.  Instructor - Phil Gaven, Master Beekeeper. 

  • April 12th - Spring Management
     - This class will cover the essentials of early season management, including:  necessary equipment and tools for starting a hive; installation of packages and nucleus colonies; feeding for comb building; and assessment of queen viability.
  • May 17th - Summer Management and Integrated Pest Management
     - This class covers essentials of summer hive inspections:  watching for queen problems; symptoms of possible diseases and treatment; and proactive management for Varroa mite control
  • August 23rd - Autumn is Approaching - This class addresses the end of season concerns and getting a hive ready for winter:  pulling honey supers; combining hives; soft treatments for Varroa mite; and assessing a hive's readiness with winter food supplies.

Class times are Saturdays 10:30am - 12:30pm.  If weather permits, we will follow class with an inspection of the store hive that usually takes between 30 minutes and an hour.

All classes take place at The Honey Exchange.  Class size is limited to 12 students per session.  Please call the store - 207-773-9333 to sign up.

 

 

Swarm Wrangling Workshop:  Saturday, May 10th  10:30am - 12:00pm


This ninety minute class will cover swarm prevention, swarm collection, and setting up swarm traps.  This in-depth class will cover why bees swarm, swarm preparation management (what to watch for), what to have ready in your swarm kit, and how to handle a swarm after you've caught it.

Workshop:  $25

Instructor - Phil Gaven, Master Beekeeper. 

All classes take place at The Honey Exchange.  Class size is limited to 12 students per session.  Please call the store - 207-773-9333 to sign up.


Nucleus Colony Workshop:  Saturday, May 24th  10:30am - 12:30pm

This two hour workshop is intended for beekeepers wishing to split hives for swarm prevention and/or increase their apiaries.  The class will address when, why, and how to divide hives to make nucs.  Students who purchase a complete two-sided nucleus set-up with their workshop fees will receive a $15 discount on tuition. 

All students will receive a $5 coupon to be applied toward the purchase price of a queen.  Russian queens will be available at The Honey Exchange through the spring.

Workshop: $25

Workshop plus Complete two-sided nucleus set-up: $100

(Nucleus set-up includes: Divided, double-screen bottom board, divided hive body, homasote inner covers, telescoping outer cover.  $90 value)

Instructor - Phil Gaven, Master Beekeeper.  All classes take place at The Honey Exchange.  Class size is limited to 12 students per session. 

Please call the store - 207-773-9333 to sign up.