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Beekeeping Lessons

Beekeeping Classes by Peter Cowin, The Bee Whisperer


Phone: 207 299 6948 Address: 236 Main Road South Hampden, ME 04444

Adult Ed classes: Most are 3 classes of 2 hours each, some are a bit shorter. Prices range from about $39 to $49. To book one of these classes contact the appropriate Adult Ed. office.

Beekeeping for beginners – This class is designed to stimulate the interest in and answer the questions of those interested in starting beekeeping as a hobby, to help pollinate their crops or generally learn more about honeybee husbandry. It covers what is needed where to locate bee hives, where to buy them, what it costs, harvesting your own honey and how to care for bees so they survive the winter.

Intermediate beekeeping – Is designed to look in more detail at key aspects of beekeeping particularly helpful to those who wish to run several hives and get the most out of them. The course is a good follow-on from the Beginners course. Building up hive strength, swarm prevention, splitting hives, making nucs, disease prevention, feral colony relocation and honey production are all covered

“Hands on” Classes at The Bee Whisperer’s premises: To book a place call 207 299 6948.

Build a beehive day, Is a one day class designed for those who plan to assemble their own hives from parts purchased at the Bee Whisperer’s store. Class will be at 236 Main Road South, Hampden ME 04444, starting at 8am, finish at about 12pm. We will go through some basics in hive parts, design and where to locate them. There will be a demonstration of hive assembly then students will build their own hives to take home ready to paint and add bees. Coffee break included. $40

One day Open Hive Beginners Class Is a one day class designed for those planning or considering starting to keep honeybees. Class will be at 236 Main Road South, Hampden ME 04444, starting at 8am and finish at about 2:30pm. The class will entail 4 hours in the class room learning basic equipment, husbandry, where to locate hives and how to care for the bees, Harvesting your own honey and to get them through their first winter. Lunch provided. Weather permitting, students will open hives in the afternoon and see everything alive and buzzing.  Protective equipment provided for the day, please come wearing long pants, sleeves and closed toes footwear. $75. A full range of equipment will be available for sale so you can be prepared to order bees and start beekeeping!

2019 Beekeeping Classes with The Bee Whisperer

Bangor  Beginners, Mondays, Jan 28, Feb. 4 & 11; 6-8pm, call 207 992-5522

Newport  Beginners, Mondays, Mar 4 & 11; 6-9pm, call 207-368-3290

Readfield  Beginners, One day, Saturday, March 9; 8:30- 1:30pm, call 207-685-4923  x1065

Sullivan  Beginners, Mondays, Mar 25 & April 1, 6:30-9pm, call 207 422-4794

Ellsworth  Beginners, Tuesdays, Mar 26, April 2 & 9, 6:30 -8:30pm, call 207.664.7110

Pittsfield  Beginners, Wednesdays, Mar 27 & April 3, 6-9pm, 207-487-5107

Hampden  Beginners One Day Hands-on; Saturday April 6, 8-2:30pm, Call 207 299 6948

Hampden  Beginners One Day Hands-on; Saturday April 13, 8-2:30pm, Call 207 299 6948

Bangor  Intermediate, Mondays May 6, 13 & 20, 6-8pm,  call 207 992-5522

Hampden  Beginners One Day Hands-on; Wednesday May 8, 8-2:30pm, Call 207 299 6948

Presque Isle  Beginners  One day, Saturday May 18,  9am to 2pm, call 207-764-4776

Hampden  Intermediate, One Day Hands-on; Saturday June 8, 8-2:30pm, Call 207 299 6948