Please bring your lawn chair, veil and smoker to all hive openings

Cancelled meetings due to weather may be rescheduled. Please check email or call 207 563-7564.

January 2018
Saturday Morning January 20, 2018
January 27 (Snow Date)
Location Knox Lincoln County Extension Office
377 Manktown Road
Waldoboro, Maine
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Begins 10:00 a.m.
Master Gardener and Beekeeper Jean Vose discusses the basic “how to’s” for creating a pollinator friendly garden and the plants that attract and nourish pollinators.

Jean will give an overview of Maine pollinators and discuss the role of native bees and managed bees in crop pollination. Participants will learn about the principles of planting a pollinator garden. Handouts will be provided including plant lists of the nectar and pollen sources in midcoast Maine.

Many of us are trying to live our lives in a way that’s more respectful of our natural surroundings. We reduce, reuse, and recycle, as the old mantra goes, we’re increasingly aware of our energy usage, and we know that clean energy is how we’ll power ourselves into the future. So why should our approach to our gardens be any different? Learn how to create a strong environment for bees, other pollinators and other creatures. We can all make a difference and if you garden . . . you probably already have.

Coffee, tea and breakfast treats will be available
March 2018
Consecutive Tuesday Evenings
February 27 – April 10

American Legion Hall
524 Waldoboro Rd, Damariscotta
[Business Route One]

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Beginner Bee School

6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Discover the fascinating hobby of beekeeping! Join us for a 7 week course, presented by experienced beekeepers from (KLCB), the Maine State Beekeepers Association and Maine’s State Bee Inspector, who will provide you with basic information to get started as a beekeeper. This course is designed for first and second year beekeepers. Beekeeping basics, equipment needs, seasonal management, honey extraction, honey bee diseases and pest management are just a few of a wide variety of topics which will be covered during this course in lecture format, hands on experiences at station rotations and workshops. Not only will you learn about what is needed to care for these incredibly important insects, you will meet other community members who share your interest in beekeeping.
Course fee is $50.00 payable by check or cash, at the first class to cover the cost of a textbook and a pro-rated membership to KLCB.

To register for bee school or if you have further questions concerning the course, please call Jane Dunstan at 586-6800 or email at rmllamas1@gmail.com
Saturday March 10
Spicer Bees
373 Hunts Meadow Road,

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First Annual Spring Open House

9 am

Get your apiary ready for spring and join us for our first Annual Spring Open House! Raffles for a package, honey supers & more, giveaways to the first 50 visitors, local club information and refreshments will be provided. Maine’s first Master Beekeeper, Rick Cooper, will be our special guest to answer questions and discuss how to best prep your hives for spring after a brutal winter season. This event is a great opportunity not only for established beekeepers, but also for newcomers still wondering whether or not beekeeping is for them. See you then!
Friday, March 23
Knox-Lincoln Counties Extension Office
377 Manktown Rd, Waldoboro

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Comb Honey Workshop

Begins with Potluck Supper at 5:30 p.m. and program begins at 6:30 p.m.
A-I —Main Course J-R — Vegetable / Side S-Z — Dessert

Join us for our potluck supper! Bring a dish big enough to serve 8, based on the first letter of your last name (see above). Please remember to bring your own tableware. KLCB provides beverages.

SPEAKER: Neal Kober, Betterbee
Neal will lead us through a step-by-step demonstration of how to help our bees make comb honey. He was awarded a blue ribbon & silver plate win at EAS for his Hogg Halfcomb honey!
Neal was introduced to beekeeping as a teenager while living on the family dairy farm. He began beekeeping regularly in 2000 and manages about 50 hives as a sideline business selling comb and extracted honey both retail and wholesale. Currently Neal works full time for Betterbee. In this role, he helps manage the Betterbee Apiary, including the northern queen rearing program, the over wintered nuc program, and honey production. He is also part owner at Humble Abodes, a woodenware manufacturing company in Windsor.
Saturday March 24
Humble Abodes
363 Coopers Mills Rd, Windsor

Refreshments, Coffee, and Drinks!
Door Prizes and Raffle - Win a
Complete Hive or Nuc Box!

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Humble Abodes Spring Open House

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
This is their annual open house. Pete Lammert and Jean Vose will be there to “talk bees”, answer questions about woodenware. They will also demonstrate installation of nucs and packages ~ without the bees!
Humble Abodes was founded in 1998 to manufacture high quality Eastern Pine beehives and frames. They became a well-respected supplier of woodenware to large beekeepers, hobbyists, and dealers across New England and the East Coast. Maine’s vast supply of Eastern White Pine provided the wood needed to make easy to assemble, durable frames and high quality boxes.
In the summer of 2015, the assets of Humble Abodes were purchased by the Downeast Center for Beekeeping, LLC. The new owners, who also own and operate Betterbee in Greenwich NY, are dedicated to continuing the tradition of quality for which Humble is known.
Saturday March 31
Knox-Lincoln County Extension Association 377 Manktown Rd, Waldoboro click here for directions

Equipment Assembly Workshop

Begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends when everything is put together

Peter Lammert will lead this workshop. You will learn how to put together all the parts of the hive your bees will need. This includes bottom boards, top covers, frames and hive bodies. Jean Vose will be there to assist and guide you. Questions about bees, beekeeping will also be answered while we put the equipment together.

There will be frame jigs available for use.
Please bring your hive parts, hammer and nails.

KLCB provides beverages and snack donations are welcomed.
April 2018

Spicer Bees
373 Hunts Meadow Road,

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Pickup and Installation of Package Bees

Dave Spicer will be returning with the bee packages from Georgia. He will let us know when he is arriving.
At 11:00 am on Saturday, April 14th, Rick Cooper, Master Beekeeper, will be leading a package installation demonstration for all that wish to attend. Cost: Free Bring your veil/protective equipment and lawn chair.
Home of Jean Vose
147 Lower Cross Rd, Nobleboro

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Installation of Package Bees

12:30 p.m. begin topic presentation of Bee Installation followed by installation SPEAKER: Jean Vose, KLCB Program Director

Jean will demonstrate techniques of package bee installation along with a demonstration on lighting the bee smoker. Our packages are coming from Georgia courtesy of Dave Spicer. Handouts and demonstrations on package installation and lighting your bee smoker will be available.

We'll wrap up with a question & answer time so bring your questions. Bring your veil/protective equipment and lawn chair. Beverage provided.
(Rain date is Sunday, April 29)
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
132 Botanical Gardens Drive,

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Swarms – Managing for And Collecting of

10:00 a.m. begin topic presentation
SPEAKER: Erin McGregor Forbes, Master Beekeeper, Overland Apiaries, Portland

Let’s face it—bee swarms happen. Here’s how you can capture one successfully, help it survive and get more honey in the process. Swarming, though it has negative connotations, is a natural bee behavior—it’s how new beehives are started.

We are going on the road to the Gardens for this meeting where Gardens CEO and Master Beekeeper Erin McGregor-Forbes will talk to us about swarms; how and why they happen, when they happen, how to capture them and how to manage your hives for swarming. The Gardens has 9 hives on site and we will visit them as well.

The KLCB Meeting and presentation is free and open to the public. It does not include admission to the Gardens. Admission for adults is $16, for seniors is $14 and for children 3-17 is $8 (under 3 years old is free). Click here http://www.mainegardens.org/ for details about the Gardens. Bring your veil and protective equipment.

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