FALMOUTH — University of Maine Cooperative Extension announces two beginner beekeeping schools and one intermediate beekeeping school to be held at the UMaine Extension Cumberland County office, 75 Clearwater Drive.
Master beekeepers Jack Hildreth, Peter Richardson and Chris Rogers will be instructors for both beginner schools. One will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. on five consecutive Thursdays from Oct. 16 through Nov. 13.
The second will be held at the same time on five consecutive Thursdays from Feb. 5 through March 5. The $100 fee for each beginner school includes a textbook and reference notebook. The beginner school is suitable for beekeepers with one to two years of experience.
Hildreth and Richardson will be instructors for the intermediate beekeeping school, offered 6:30-8:30 p.m. on six consecutive Tuesdays, from Jan. 6 to Feb. 10. The $140 fee includes a textbook and reference notebook. The intermediate school is designed for beekeepers with two or more years of experience. Topics include how to keep bee colonies healthy and thriving in Maine, as well as swarm prevention, honey production and colony maximization.
For more information or to request disability accommodations, call 207-781-6099 or 1-800-287-1471 (in Maine). To register, visit umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/agriculture/beekeeping.