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Knox - Lincoln County Beekeepers
Community Outreach Events
The mission of KLCB is to promote education in matters related to bees and backyard beekeeping and to promote successful beekeeping in the Maine counties of Knox and Lincoln. Throughout the year, KLCB is involved in community events promoting beekeeping.

Informational and educational tables are set up and manned by experienced beekeepers. Often there is an observation hive featuring live honey bees. Most people find the tables by following the smoke coming from the bee smoker. The hive acts like a magnet drawing both children and adults leading to many questions about the bees. This is a great way to fulfill the KLCB mission.

If you are a new beekeeper, don't feel that you can't help. You will have an experienced person at the table, the presentation or in the classroom with you. And there are always opportunities to help set up and break down.
To volunteer or FMI, please contact
Peter Lammert, Outreach Coordinator, at 691-2900 or
Jean Vose at 563-7564/691-0342
March 2019
Saturday, March 9
(Snow day following day)
9am to 2pm
Spicer Bees
373 Hunts Meadow Road, Whitefield

www.spicerbees.com
Second Annual Spring Open House
Hosted by Dave Spicer, past President KLCB and current President of MSBA and his wife Susan.
Get your apiary ready for spring!
Raffles for a 3 lb. package of bees, honey supers and more, giveaways to the first 50 visitors, local club information and refreshments will be provided. Maine’s first Master Beekeeper, Rick Cooper, will be the 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 the Facebook page for current information.
Saturday, March 23
9am to 2pm
Humble Abodes
636 Cooper's Mills Rd, Windsor

www.humbleabodesmaine.com
Annual Open House 2019
This is a great opportunity to learn about Maine’s only beekeeping wooden ware manufacturers and see the products in person. This group is part of Betterbee, a beekeeping supply house from Greenwich, NY.
Save money and get ready for spring!
Discounts on scratch and dent items available.
Door Prizes and Raffle
Win a Complete Hive or Nuc Box!
Check out the store stocked with beekeeping supplies.

Meet other local beekeepers. Visit with and get your questions answered by local experienced KLCB beekeepers Peter Lammert and Jean Vose.
April 2019
Saturday, April 6
10 am to 4 pm
Damariscotta Hardware
423 Main St
Damariscotta


Visit on Facebook
Annual Ladies Day
KLCB members host a Honey Tasting Table with honeys from here in our community and from away – like tupelo and orange blossom.
This year an adjacent table will feature an observation hive with live honey bees, beekeeping equipment, and lots of info on bees, beekeeping, and how to become a beekeeper.
Fun-Tivities & Tasty Treats
Presentations by Local Hardware Experts
15% to 50% Discounts
Giveaways All Day
Hourly Door Prizes
May 2019
Saturday, May 4
9 am to 2 pm
Union Fairgrounds, Union

Visit on Facebook
www.knox-lincoln.org
Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District Spring Plant Sale
The goal of this sale is to provide the community with high quality, bareroot plants at a reasonable price - from fruit trees and berries, to mostly native and always non-invasive trees, shrubs, and organic, field-grown perennials and herbs. The selections are excellent for conservation and ornamental plantings, AND great choices for pollinators, beneficial insects, and wildlife.
The plants offered come from a variety of nurseries and growers, some local and some far away. FMI about this sale, visit the KLSWD website at http://www.knox-lincoln.org/spring-plant-sale/
KLCB members man a Beekeeping Educational Table with an observation hive and lots of info on bees, beekeeping, and how to become a beekeeper.
Thursday, May 23
2 pm to 3 pm
Rockland Public Library
Visit on Facebook or
https://rocklandmaine.gov/municipal/departments/library/
Beekeeping in Your Maine Backyard
The program, presented by Jean Vose, provides information about keeping honeybees including a history of honeybees in North America. It includes basic information on bee biology, kinds of bees in the hive and their role, a look inside the hive and how to get started.

A hands-on demonstration of beekeeping equipment and what happens inside the hive is led by Peter Lammert. An observation hive with live bees will be on display. This program is for all ages. Children are encouraged to come and bring their parents.
June 2019
Tuesday, June 25
11 am to 12 noon
Thomaston Library

http://www.thomaston.lib.me.us/children-s-programming.html
40 Days of Summer ~ 6th Year
40 Days of Summer is an activities-and-lunch program for school-aged children from Thomaston and surrounding communities. Conceived by a group of volunteers in 2014, the program was begun to address the lack of a summer food program for the school children of Thomaston and surrounding communities.

In an effort to make this more than a "bag lunch" pick-up, an activities program was added. The program is open to all children in the community who have completed at least kindergarten.

KLCB has been an active participant in this program almost since its beginning. We provide an interactive time for the children to touch and try on equipment. We also bring an observation hive and activity sheet handouts.
July 2019
Saturday, July 28
10 am to 4 pm
Brae Maple Farm
233 North Union Rd, Union


Visit on Facebook
Open Farm Day
Open Farm Day is an annual family adventure in which farms throughout all 16 counties open their gates to offer the public an opportunity to learn about the business of agriculture. Open Farm Day gives families the chance to visit local farms throughout the state.
Brae Maple Farm provides land and support for more than 20 Master Gardeners and their volunteer projects. Their largest focus is using multiple organic methods for growing vegetables, all of which are donated to local food pantries and soup kitchens.
Family activities on Open Farm Day include a kids’ table for making fairies, elves and hats, demonstrations on wool-spinning, needle-felting, dyeing, and twiggy fence making.
KLCB provides information on honey bees and pollinators. Homemade refreshments will be served, featuring herbs, fruits, and vegetables from the gardens.
KLCB has been at this event since 2001 and it is one of the largest outreaches to talk about beekeeping and how to get started in beekeeping.
August 2019
Wednesday, August 7th
1:45 to 2:45 pm
Morris Farm, Wiscasset

Visit on Facebook or
http://www.morrisfarm.org/programming/2019-summer-vacation-farm-camp
Morris Farm Summer Vacation Farm Camp
The Morris Farm is both a working farm and an educational resource for the communities of mid-coast Maine.

This camp is in session every year July through August. Their goal is to teach children ages 4-12 to learn and care for animals, explore the fields and forest of their 50-acre campus and gain skills/information in other farming areas.

KLCB provides education and hands-on learning for the summer and vacation camps each year. The program brings beekeeping equipment and an observation hive. Campers have the opportunity to view the bees and examine hive parts and equipment.
Saturday, August 17th
through Saturday, August 24th
10 am to 5 pm
Union Fairgrounds, Union

Union Fair
The Union Fair bills itself as "A Real Maine Agricultural Fair." The fair, which takes place for one week every year in August, offers educational and fun activities and entertainment for all age groups. Admire the animals, feast on wild blueberries, explore the midway, and enjoy the live entertainment.

The Union Fair is also home to the State of Maine Wild Blueberry Festival. At the Wild Blueberry Building Kitchen, you can treat yourself to a variety of blueberry treats: muffins, pasties, and of course, the Maine staple: Wild Blueberry Pie.

Join KLCB at the booth featuring bee equipment, live observation hive, information on honey bees, live bee video, and beekeepers to answer questions. As a volunteer, you receive a free pass to the fair. After or before you work your shift, you can tour the fair and be sure to sample the "fair food".
September 2019
Thursday, September 26 9:30 am to 2 pm Union Fairgrounds, Union


Visit on Facebook
www.knox-lincoln.org
Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District Conservation Fair
Every fall the 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 in September. This year grades 5-8 will be in attendance.
The fair is offered free to public, private, and home school students and is a perfect way to further the KLCB mission.
KLCB has been a participant at this fair since its beginning. KLCB members man a Beekeeping Educational Table with an observation hive and lots of info on bees, and beekeeping.

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