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 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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. Visit our Facebook page for current information.

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 6, 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, as a partner, he 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 a partner 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.
May 2018
Beginning Saturday, May 12
2nd & 4th Saturdays Each Month

Spicer Bees
373 Hunts Meadow Road,

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Spicer Bees "Open Hive Saturdays”

For the sixth season, Spicer Bees will host their Open Hive Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. – noon (10:00 a.m. in summer once temperatures warm up), the demonstration bee yard will be open. This is a great chance to learn and connect with other beekeepers, newbees and wannabees alike. Cost: Free

This is a local, family run business; David & Susan Spicer, Owners; located in Whitefield, Maine; just east of Augusta. As a full-service beekeeping supplier, they have everything you need to keep bees (including bees) with the best prices on woodenware in Maine. They carry everything from spring bee packages and NUCS, to queens – including Spicer Queens (northern raised), medicines, protective equipment and the jars to place all your honey in.

Open Hive Saturdays are led by David Spicer and/or Rick Cooper, Maine’s First Master Beekeeper. Last year there were 12 demo hives, of which they would average 4 openings every Saturday. This year they expect about the same. The expected hive setups for the year include: overwintered 2 deep set up, package, nuc, split, and swarm.

Bring your questions, even if you think they are silly and all will be answered in a respectful manner. We all had to learn from somebody and asked some very interesting questions. These events are open to all (bring your veil or purchase one) and are held the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.

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, May 5th, 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.
Saturday, May 12
[Alternate Date May 19]

Home of Rona Spear
120 Summer Street, Rockland

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Making Splits

10:00 a.m. begin topic presentation

SPEAKER: Lincoln Sennett, Swan's Honey, Albion
This is our first outdoor meeting of the year. We'll also have our end-of-year business meeting. At this meeting, we talk about the proposed slate of officers for 2018 - 2019 and activities/events for the club. Please bring your ideas and suggestions.

There are several advantages and reasons why you will want to split your hives: To increase the number of your hives, to prevent swarming, to produce nucs, to control mites and to raise queens. It is important to realize that splits should only be made from overwintered hives, or what we refer to as second year hives. A first-year hive generally will not expand enough to split in their first year.

Making splits is really pretty easy! And think of the savings of not having to buy a package or a new queen.

Bring your veil/protective equipment, lawn chair, and bag lunch. As always, we'll wrap up with a question & answer time so bring your questions.
June 2018
Saturday, June 23
Home of Jane Dunstan
Ridge Mist Llamas, Newcastle

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KLCB Annual Meeting & Lobster Bake
Organic Varroa Mite Control in Beehives

10:00 a.m. begin with a short business meeting to elect officers followed by topic presentation, followed by hive opening

SPEAKER: Ross Conrad, Dancing Bee Gardens, Vermont
Ross Conrad learned his craft from the late Charles Mraz, world renowned beekeeper and promoter of apitherapy. Conrad is a former president of the Vermont Beekeepers Association, a regular contributor to Bee Culture - The Magazine of American Beekeeping, and author of Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture. Ross has given bee related presentations and led organic beekeeping workshops and classes throughout North America for many years. His beekeeping business, Dancing Bee Gardens, supplies friends, neighbors with honey and candles among other bee related products, has 5-frame nucleus bee colonies for sale each June, and provides bees for Vermont apple pollination in the spring.

Bring your appetites, as we will have a lobster bake complete with lobsters, corn & clams. Please bring a potluck dish to round out the meal.

Don’t forget to bring your questions, veil/protective equipment, lawn chair, family, and friends and a BIG pail for llama poop for your garden!
July 2018
Saturday, July 21
Spicer Bees
373 Hunts Meadow Road,

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Small Scale Backyard Queen Rearing

10 a.m. begin topic presentation

SPEAKER: Dave Spicer, Vice President Maine State Beekeepers Association, Past President KLCB

Program Description to follow.
Sunday, July 22
Brae Maple Farm, 233 North Union Road, Union

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Open Farm Day

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come visit and volunteer at the KLCB table at Brae Maple Farm where we feature an observation hive, beekeeping equipment and lots of information about honeybees, pollinators and beekeeping. There are special packets of information especially for children.

This is our 18th year at this event. Peter will have the smoker going so follow the smoke to find our tables in the apple orchard. Volunteers are encouraged and welcomed to help man the tables.

Visit this working farm and see the Highland cattle, donkeys and market gardens.
Visit the Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Demonstration gardens and the historic cobbler’s shed garden.
There are many mini workshops throughout the day with talks about gardens, bees, heirloom plants and beekeeping.
There are children's activities too.

To volunteer or FMI, please contact Peter Lammert at 691-2900 or 354-8000.
August 2018
Saturday, August 18
through Saturday, August 25

Union Fair & State of Maine
Wild Blueberry Festival www.unionfair.org/

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Union Fair is a great week of family fun and entertainment! Join us at this classic event celebrating agriculture in the state of Maine. The fairgrounds are nestled among the rolling hills and beautiful farmlands in Union, Maine. There are activities and entertainment for all age groups, so bring the entire family.

KLCB has been invited to set up a beekeeping educational table for the entire fair. This is a great opportunity for us to promote and explain beekeeping to many people. There are many opportunities to help – from setting up the display to breaking it down to manning the table to talk bees.

To volunteer or FMI, please contact Peter Lammert at 691-2900 or 354-8000.
Saturday, August 4
Home of Andy Abello
372 Middle Road, Edgecomb
207-882-6634 or 207-798-1276

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Fall Management with Maine State Apiarist

10:00 a.m. begin with topic presentation – Fall Management - followed by hive opening

SPEAKER: Jennifer Lund, Maine State Apiarist & Bee Inspector

Jen will speak about Fall Management including Varroa treatments and preparing your bees for winter. She'll be opening hives and describing what he sees with recommendations.

As always, we’ll share our lunches and talk bees so be sure to bring your lawn chair, veil/protective equipment and a bag lunch.
September 2018
Saturday, Septemebr 8
Dragonfly Cove Farm
5 McCobb Road, Dresden Mills

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Honey Extraction Workshop

Begins at 9:00 a.m.

Are you ready to reap your reward for the summer's efforts of you and your bees? You bring your supers of honey along with pails and covers and we'll help you do it.
There will be 2 extractors available with help and direction.


Don’t have any honey to extract? Come anyway to see how it’s done. The kids will love to turn the crank and watch the honey flow! Be sure to bring your lunch and lawn chair to enjoy the day.

Dragonfly Cove Farm is a small, diverse homestead farm located at the confluence of the Eastern and Kennebec rivers in mid-coast Maine. Joe Murray and Marge Kilkelly raise and sell goat meat, tanned goat hides, broilers, pork cuts, turkeys and German hard neck garlic.
The Kitchen at Dragonfly Cove is a commercial kitchen producing great pancake mix, hot cereal mix and a variety of treats. Their herd consists of meat and dairy cross goats so there is plenty for the kids to see and explore.

To volunteer or FMI, please contact Jean Vose at 563-7564 [cell 207-691-0342]
Thursday, Septemebr 23
Union Fairgrounds
Fairgrounds Lane, Union

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Knox-Lincoln District Conservation Fair

9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Each fall Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District brings together exhibitors and presenters with students from Knox and Lincoln county schools for a day of exploring conservation topics, environmental issues, live animals and farming, music, and fun. The Conservation Fair, now in its 18th year, is held annually on the last Thursday in September at the Union Fairgrounds, with even-numbered years reserved for early elementary students and odd-numbered years for middle school students.

KLCB has been a part of this fair since its beginning. This is an opportunity to teach our children about bees, beekeeping and other pollinators. We bring an observation hive with live bees along with a smoker and hive equipment. Volunteers are encouraged and welcomed to help man the tables. Lunch and beverages provided by KLSWCD.

To volunteer or FMI, please contact Peter Lammert at 691-2900 or 354-8000.
September 2018
Saturday, October 13
SKY-HY Conference & Renewal Center
32 Sky-Hy Drive, Topsham

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Maine State Beekeepers Annual Meeting

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sagadahoc County Beekeepers Association hosts the meeting this year.

The Maine State Beekeepers Association, Inc. was founded in 1976. The purpose of this organization is to promote education in matters related to bees and beekeeping, to assist its affiliate Associations and Chapters in promoting successful beekeeping in the State of Maine, to foster congeniality among the State’s Beekeepers, and to perform all other acts appropriate to a non-profit organization in serving its members.

The five hundred-plus members include everyone from single-colony hobbyists to professional beekeepers and commercial pollinators, representing all levels of beekeeping experience and expertise. MSBA sponsors an Annual Meeting every fall, maintains a library of print, video, and beekeeping resource materials, and publishes a bi-monthly newsletter, The Bee Line. The Maine State Beekeepers Association has local chapter affiliates throughout the state.

Last year more than 250 beekeepers from all over the state attended this meeting. An ever-popular event is the blind honey-tasting competition. Beekeepers from all over the state can enter a sample of their honey and earn braggin' rights. There are many beekeeping vendors selling beekeeping equipment and bee-themed gifts (clothing, etc.).

This is also the meeting when the Maine State Junior Beekeeper and Beekeeper of the Year are awarded. In the past 4 years, two KLCB members were honored. MSBA presents the Lifetime Achievement Award recognizing a beekeeper or a beekeeping couple who have over a period of years promoted the value of beekeeping in Maine.

And then there's the raffle of over 100 items – mostly bee related. If you pre-register, there is a free raffle ticket waiting for you at check in.

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