Beekeepers hold mid-winter workshop at Morris Farm in Wiscasset
WISCASSET — Knox Lincoln County Beekeepers will hold its mid-winter workshop on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 9 a.m. to noon. It will be at The Morris Farm at 156 Gardiner Road (Route 27) in Wiscasset. Morning refreshments and coffee provided by KLCB. There is no cost but donations are accepted. Refreshment donations also accepted.
Many of us look at the winter months as a time to take off from beekeeping. The rest look at the winter as a time to complete all the things we did not do during those busy summer months. How many of you sharpened your hive tool or cleaned out that smelly old smoker? The even more important question: How many of you have an item that should be repaired before spring, but put it away thinking, "I'll get to it"? This workshop is directed to beekeepers that have overwintered bees and want to know how to manage their colonies as spring approaches.
Maine's first master beekeeper, Rick Cooper, from Bowdoinham, is the featured speaker at this workshop. Among others, he will answer the question, "My bees made it through the winter – now what do I do?” Rick has been an EAS Master beekeeper since 1994. He will pass on some of the tips he has learned over the years Some of the topics included in his talk are coming out of winter into spring - how not to lose the hive; starvation prevention; swarm prevention; requeening; queen loss; managing for pollination; managing a defensive hive; and equipment hints. This workshop is open to all beekeepers and other interested folks.
This meeting is free and open to the public and anyone interested in beekeeping. For more information, call Jean Vose at 563-7564 or visit klcbee.com for details and directions.
• Beginner's Bee School begins on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Thomaston American Legion Hall on Starr Street in Thomaston. To register, visit the website klcbee.com/school.shtml. For more information and to pre-register, email Jamie Doubleday at firstname.lastname@example.org. Attendance is limited to 50 participants.
Knox-Lincoln County Beekeepers is a chapter of the Maine State Beekeepers Association. The goal of the chapter is to encourage, support and promote education in matters related to bees and amateur/hobbyist beekeeping and to promote successful beekeeping in Knox and Lincoln counties.