Beekeeping for beginners
Waldoboro — Many beekeepers in Maine are backyard beekeepers or hobbyists. Beekeeping is generally considered a minor industry. However, because of its interrelationship with agriculture and dependency of growers of several commodities on honeybee pollination, beekeeping is much more important than merely the value of the beeswax and honey produced annually.
Keeping bees, when properly done, can be a unique and highly rewarding pastime. Not only can beekeeping be entertaining and educational, but also when done on the correct scale it can be a profitable hobby. Not only will your bees create honey and other products for you to harvest, but if you garden, your fruit and vegetable harvest will also flourish.
This is not a complete how to keep bees course but an introduction to help decide if beekeeping is for you. The classes summarize essential information learned over the years. There is information about honeybees, challenges and successes, where to get them, what you need, how much time and investment is involved. There will be PowerPoint presentations and demonstrations with opportunities to have hands-on with equipment (hives, clothing, tools).
These classes are on two consecutive Thursdays on Nov. 7 and 14, at Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro. Jean Vose from Knox Lincoln County Beekeepers is the featured speaker. They begin at 6:30 p.m. and end 8:30 p.m.
Jean and Dick Vose of Nobleboro started beekeeping in 1986. They relocated to Maine in 1998 from Massachusetts. When finding no local bee school or beekeeping association in their area, they started a school in 2001. From this school, the Knox-Lincoln County Beekeepers began in 2003. They are active members of KLCB teaching and mentoring beekeepers and exhibiting at local fairs. They are also involved in local conservation/preservation efforts. In 2012, the Knox-Lincoln County Soil & Water Conservation District presented them with their Excellence in Education award.
To register, please visit the SAD 40 Adult Education website at msad40.maineadulted.org/courses/course/backyard_beekeeping where there are directions on how to register. Or call Adult Ed directly at 832-5205.