Classes and Events

Beekeeping Through the Seasons

Saturday Mornings 10:30-12:30

These classes are intended for beginner or novice beekeepers and can be taken individually or as a series. Students will learn how to set up a new hive, manage it throughout the season, and get ready for winter. The class has a special focus on urban, suburban, and chemical-free beekeeping.  Classes are $30 apiece or $75 for the series of three.  Recommended reading comes from the "The Backyard Beekeeper" (3rd Edition, Flottum) [availab.  Course instructor:  Phil Gaven, Master Beekeeper.  Classes take place at The Honey Exchange; space is limited to 12 students.
  • April 11th - Spring Management
    • Equipment, Tools, and Supplies
    • Siting your hive
    • "Neighbor Management”
    • Colony installation
    • Spring feeding, why it’s important and when to stop
    • Looking for eggs and a healthy queen
  • May 9th - Summer Management
    • Hive inspection – what are we doing in there?
    • Swarm management
    • Watching for disease
    • Queen issues: good, bad, and possible solutions
    • Integrated Pest Management
  • August 22nd - Fall Management and Winter Prep
    • Treating for mites
    • Assessing the honey supply and Honey Harvest
    • Combining hives
    • Readying the hive for winter

Call the store to sign up, or for more information: 207-773-9333.

Swarm Workshop

Saturday May 2nd, 10:30am - 12:30pm  Instructor: Phil Gaven, Master Beekeeper

This two-hour lecture class will discuss the hive's life cycle during swarm season, methods for swarm prevention, equipment and procedures for swarm catching, and setting up bait hives to attract swarms.

Course fee is $25.
Call the store to sign up, or for more information: 207-773-9333.

Bee Friendly Landscapes Using Permaculture Principles and Design

Saturday May 16th, 10:00am - 12:00pm  Instructor: David Homa

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.

David Homa of Post Carbon Designs planned and implemented a permaculture demonstration garden in the back yard at The Honey Exchange. That design will be discussed and we will invite everyone back to watch the garden develop through the spring and summer of 2015.

Course fee is $20.
Call the store to sign up, or for more information: 207-773-9333.

Nucleus Colony Workshop

Saturday May 23rd, 10:30am - 12:30pm  Instructor: Phil Gaven, Master Beekeeper

This two-hour class will discuss the importance of nucleus colony development for northern beekeeping, different equipment available and how to produce nucleus colonies for swarm prevention, apiary increase, or as a backup against winter losses.  If weather permits we will work the Honey Exchange hive after class to produce a nucleus colony (or perform a hive inspection to assess its readiness.)
Course fee is $25.  For class plus a complete divided hive overwintering nuc setup the total is $100.


Call the store to sign up, or for more information: 207-773-9333.

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