Classes and Events

Beginner Beekeeping**

** the schedule for winter classes will be posted in November.  The five-week beginner and Sophomore/Sustainable courses begin in January and run through the end of March.  If you would like to be notified when we are accepting sign-ups, please click "Subscribe" at the bottom of this page and we will send you an e-mail.  [Don't worry, we won't clutter your in-box with spam.]


Healing with Honey

Wednesday, October 12th, 6:00-7:30 pm

Did you know honey can be one of the most effective tools in your first aid kit? Our ancestors knew the healing powers of this "liquid gold" as far back as Ancient Egypt and now you can learn simple and effective recipes to have on hand for the cold and flu season. Using honey's anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties as a guide, we will make cough syrup, healing skin salve, a gentle sleep aid and a sweet breakfast treat that acts as a year-round immunity booster. You will bring home samples of everything we make in class. 
Healing with Honey is led by Maggie Knowles, a local writer, organic gardener and bee hugger. 
$25 per person.  Space is limited.  Please call the store to register - 207-773-9333.

Bee-friendly Landscapes using Permaculture Principles and Design

Wednesday, October 26th, 6:00-7:30 pm

Learn approaches for creating bee-friendly habitats that are supportive, while also creating abundance for people. Topics to be discussed: Pollinator gardens, Native/wild habitat preservation, planning for spring to fall bloom cycles, watering holes for bees, low impact yardscaping, plant polycultures, and bee medicine plantings.

Instructor:  David Homa, from Post Carbon Design
$25 per person.  Space is limited.  Please call the store to register - 207-773-9333.

An Evening with Cindy Bee*

Friday November 11th, 6:00-7:30 pm

An evening of personal-experience-stories on the stage at the Honey Exchange!

Cindy Bee will tell of beekeeping foibles, lessons, insights, and “I can’t believe I just did that” moments. Come for an evening of true stories, snacks, affirmation, and reconnection with beekeeping friends.

$25 per person (a portion of the ticket price will be donated to The Telling Room.)  Space is limited.  Please call the store to register - 207-773-9333.



Cindy Bee grew up helping her father keep bees. Her father learned the craft of beekeeping from his Uncle in a time when last names defined the profession one undertook. Although the bees tried continuously to claim its keeper, Cindy tried to follow other pathways. She has a degree in secondary education, earned an MFA in creative writing, has been published in small literary presses, and is currently putting the final touches on a memoir while farming and beekeeping in Jefferson, Maine. She was featured on NPR’s “This I Believe,” won the 2016 Story slam at the League of Advancement of New England Storytellers, and was recently a featured teller at SoundBites, a local production hosted by the Salt Institute, The Corner, and The Frontier Restaurant.

But despite literary interests the bees always lured her back into their realm. She had a full time honey bee removal and rescue business for over fifteen years, wrote a book, Honey Bee Removal, a Step by Step Guide, worked at the University of Georgia Honey Bee Lab, kept hundreds of hives at a time, and is currently a partner in Overland Apiaries. Telling the stories the bees have so graciously provided is the culmination of many years’ worth of blunders as well insights.

If you’re a beekeeper, you have a story. Come hear some of Cindy Bee’s on November 11th.