Classes and Events


Beekeeping Through the Seasons:

This is a condensed version of our Beginner Beekeeping course for beginners to learn about setting up a new hive, managing it throughout the season and getting ready for winter. Weather permitting, the class will be followed by a hive inspection outside.

Class fee is $40 (or $100 for the series of 3) Recommended reading is from "The Backyard Beekeeper" (Flottum), available for $24.95.  Class size is limited to 13 students

Course instructor:  Phil Gaven, EAS Master Beekeeper

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

  • Session 1 - Saturday April 13th, 10:30-12:30 - Spring Management
  • Session 2 - Saturday May 25th, 10:30-12:30 - Summer Management and Integrated Pest Management
  • Session 3 - Saturday August 24th, 10:30-12:30 - Fall Management

Swarm Workshop:

  •  Saturday May 4th, 10:30-12:30

Swarm management is an important part of good beekeeping, especially in urban and suburban environments.  This class will provide an understanding of the triggers for swarming, managing for swarm prevention, and catching and trapping swarms when they do occur.  Weather permitting, the class will be followed by a hive inspection outside.

Class fee is $35.  Recommended accompanying text "Swarm Essentials" (Repasky), available for $20.  Class size is limited to 13 students

Course instructor:  Phil Gaven, EAS Master Beekeeper

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

Nucleus Colony Workshop:

  •  Saturday May 18th, 10:30-12:30

Nucleus colonies are the key to sustainable beekeeping.  This class will discuss the why, how, and when to make different types of nucleus colonies for increase, sale, or backup against winter losses.  Weather permitting, the class will be followed by a hive inspection outside.

Class fee is $35 (or $110 with a double nuc box to take home).  Recommended accompanying text "Increase Essentials" (Connor), available for $25.  Class size is limited to 13 students

Course instructor:  Phil Gaven, EAS Master Beekeeper

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

Winter Preparations Workshop:

  •  Saturday September 7th, 10:30-12:30

Winter survival can be the biggest challenge for beekeepers in the northern latitudes.  Now is the time to start getting your hive ready for a long, cold season.  Learn about varroa mite control, fall and winter feeding, and insulation for temperature and moisture protection.

Class fee is $35.  Class size is limited to 13 students

Course instructor:  Phil Gaven, EAS Master Beekeeper

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