Classes and Events

Beginner Beekeeping Classes

The Beginner Beekeeping course is for absolute beginners.  We will go over equipment, installing a package or nuc, siting a hive, hive inspections, bee diseases, feeding, and getting ready for winter. We will take you through the beekeeper's year and the requirements as the seasons progress to ensure a healthy colony. 

Class fee is $125, which includes a binder of information plus your textbook:   The Backyard Beekeeper (Flottum).  Class size is limited to 12 students

Course instructor:  Phil Gaven, EAS Master Beekeeper

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

Six sessions to choose from:

Tuesday Session (1A) – 6:00-8:00 pm

  • January 8th
  • January 15th
  • January 22nd
  • January 29th 
  • February 5th (Snow Day make up 2/12)

Thursday Session (1B) – 6:00-8:00 pm

  • January 10th
  • January 17th
  • January 24th
  • January 31st
  • February 7th (Snow Day make-up 2/14)

Saturday Session (1C) – 10:30am-12:30pm

  • January 12th
  • January 19th
  • January 26th
  • February 2nd
  • February 9th (Snow Day make-up 2/16)


Tuesday Session (2A) – 6:00-8:00 pm

  • February 19th
  • February 26th
  • March 5th
  • March 12th
  • March 19th (Snow Day make-up 3/26)

Thursday Session (2B) – 6:00-8:00 pm

  • February 21st
  • February 28th
  • March 7th
  • March 14th
  • March 21st (Snow Day make-up 3/28)

Saturday Session (2C) – 10:30am-12:30pm

  • February 23rd
  • March 2nd
  • March 9th
  • March 16th
  • March 23rd (Snow Day make-up 3/30)


    Sophomore Beekeeping Classes

    This beekeeping course is for students who have kept a hive for at least a year, and are interested in learning more about sustainable beekeeping. The class is fast-paced and covers many topics: swarm management, making splits, requeening, supercedure, queenlessness, diseases and pests, as well as topics introduced by the class.

    Class fee is $125, and includes the text Bee-essentials (Conner).  Class size is limited to 13 students

    Course instructor:  Geoff MacLean, Owner of Redbrook Honey

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

    Two sessions to choose from:

    Wednesday Session (1S) 6pm – 8pm

    • January 9th
    • January 16th
    • January 23rd
    • January 30th
    • February 6th
    • (Snow Day make-up February 13th)

    Wednesday Session (2S) 6pm – 8pm

    • February 20th
    • February 27th
    • March 6th
    • March 13th
    • March 20th
    • (Snow Day make-up March 27th)