Beekeeping classes begin

Posted:  Sunday, February 4, 2018 - 8:30am

Just in case you have been thinking about what it would be like to begin a new adventure as a beekeeper, the opportunity to do so is just around the corner.

The Knox Lincoln County Beekeepers Association (KLCB) is offering its annual Bee School to individuals interested in learning more about keeping bees.

Instructors of the classes are members of KLCB in addition to the Maine State Apiarist who will speak one evening on honey bee pests and pest management. While attending Bee School one night per week for seven consecutive weeks, students will learn about honey bees, how to select an apiary site, equipment requirements and use, four season management of honey bees, honey extraction and uses of honey and wax, along with honey bee pests and pest management options. 

Perhaps the most vital part of the KLCB class is the opportunity to meet other Midcoast beekeepers who keep bees and who are interested in mentoring new beekeepers. Knox-Lincoln County Beekeepers plan monthly programs throughout the year, with numerous hive openings and speakers during the spring, summer and fall months to encourage hands-on experiences for all levels of beekeepers.

Classes will be held on consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8:30 at the American Legion Hall in Damariscotta beginning on Feb. 27 and ending April 10. One Saturday workshop in March is also planned (optional) to assemble hives and frames for spring use.

Course fee is $50 payable by check or cash, at the first class and includes a textbook and a pro-rated annual membership to KLCB.

Visit us at  to find out more about the 2018 Bee School and the 2018 KLCB program of events.

To register for Bee School or if you have further questions concerning the course, please call Jane Dunstan at 586-6800 or email her at . Please include your name, address and phone number(s) in your email message for registration information.