Classes and Events


Beekeeping Through the Seasons

Saturdays, 10:30-12:30

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 $35 per session (or $90 for the series of 3) Recommended reading is from "The Backyard Beekeeper" (Flottum), available for $24.94.  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
  • April 15th 10:30-12:30- Spring Management
  • May 27th 10:30-12:30- Summer Management & IPM
  • August 26th 10:30-12:30- Fall is Approaching

Swarm Workshop:

  •  Saturday May 13th, 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 $25.  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 20th, 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 $25 (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