The Monadnock Beekeepers' Association

Dedicated to Promoting Beekeeping in the Greater Keene Area
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About the MBA

The Monadnock Beekeepers Association is a beekeeping club for both beginning and experienced beekeepers in the Monadnock and Connecticut River Valley regions. We usually meet on the first Thursday of each month either at Stonewall Farm in Keene, NH or at the Dublin Public Library in Dublin, NH. Please feel free to come to a meeting or contact us if you have an interest in beekeeping.

New Hampshire Beekeeper's Association Fall Meeting

Randy Oliver will be the speaker at the NHBA's Fall Meeting on October 20th. The meeting this year is being held at Camp Carpenter, 300 Blondin Rd., Manchester, NH 03109. Registration is due by September 30th. They cut registration off at 300 people, so don't delay. The registration form can be found here.

Honey Bee Mural Project Fund-Raiser

New Hampshire’s first honey bee mural project fund-raiser is just shy of 80% of the initial goal (of $15K). Our first campaign through The Local Crowd Monadnock ( runs for just four more days. Be sure to visit the site to track progress.

It would be wonderful to have YOU join in support of this endeavor and help us reach the goal prior to the artist’s arrival in August. Feel free to share the buzz! And thank you for your consideration!

SPRING/SUMMER 2018 1st Year Beekeeper Workshops

These workshops take place in and around the Monadnock Region.

1st Year Beekeeper Workshops are offered by MBA Members – Hands-On/ Open Hive/ Instruction.

These workshops take place on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 10am – 1pm+/-

Beekeepers may attend one, several, or all workshops. Cost: $20/workshop

A non-refundable deposit of $60 is required at time of registration & with this you will also receive your 2018 membership to the Monadnock Beekeepers Association, along with additional educational opportunities, speakers, and hands-on activities.

March 17 Instructors: Larry Cummings, Sean Driscoll & Tammy Adams Location: NH Honey Bee, Gilsum, NH
  • Meet & Greet - Overview
  • Reading Suggestions – Beekeeping for Dummies, 4th Edition
  • Field trip to NH Honeybee & Equipment Review
  • Building Frames & Smoker, and Suggestions
April 28 (Date Changed) Instructors: Rick Church & Peter Hills Location: TBD
  • Sharing Time – Review & Q and A
  • NUC & Package Installation
  • Feeding & Expectations
May 19 Instructors: John Snowdon & Peter Hills Location: Westmorland, NH
  • Sharing Time & Spring Management
  • Hive Inspection Checklist
  • Swarms & Absconding
June 17 Instructors: Suzanne Brouillette & Deb Abbott Location: Harrisville, NH
  [Due to scheduling conflict, this workshop will take place on Sunday.]
  • Sharing Time & Summer Management
  • Varroa Mites -- Mite Checks -- Dearth Preparation
  • Special Visit in Slovenian Hives
July 21 Instructors: Greg Kittredge & LT Poland Location: Alstead, NH
  • Sharing Time -- Dearth Activities
  • Reading Frames
  • Nucs & Splits -- Wintering over in Nucs
August 18 Instructors: Nancy Frye & Melissa Stephenson Location: Peterborough, NH
  • Mouse Guards & Robbing Prevention
  • Extracting & Medications
  • Preparing for Fall and Winter Management

The Monadnock Beekeepers Association meets the first Thursday of the month February-December; No meeting in December or January. Most meetings take place at Stonewall Farm, Keene, NH. Join us for interesting speakers, workshops, sharing, and beekeeper comradery.