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Agricultural Programs - Beekeeping


Would you like to learn how to produce your own local honey, and help provide pollinators to your yard, farm or neighborhood? Don’t miss the opportunity to take beekeeping classes from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine State Beekeepers Association.

Introduction to Beekeeping, a five-week introductory beekeeping course, covers such topics as the honey bee colony; constructing hives; spring, summer and fall management; honey production; wintering hives; identification and control of brood diseases; and parasites and predators. Students have the opportunity to visit a local hive for observation and hands-on experience during a field lab.

Additional intermediate and advanced courses are available at various locations throughout the state at different times of the year.

For more information about beekeeping classes near you or to register for a class, visit UMaine Extension Bee Schools.

UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goals.


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University of Maine Cooperative Extension

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Cooperative Extension: Agriculture
5741 Libby Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5741
Phone: 207.581.3188, 800.287.0274 (in Maine) or 800.287.8957 (TDD)E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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