The Monadnock Beekeepers' Association

Dedicated to Promoting Beekeeping in the Monadnock Region

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 meet on the first Thursday of each month at Stonewall Farm in Keene, NH. Please feel free to come to a meeting or contact us if you have an interest in beekeeping.

MBA BeeSchool

The MBA 2021 Bee School will be held via Zoom on Saturday February 20 and 27.

The Class will run from 9AM to Noon. The text book for the class is BEEKEEPING FOR DUMMIES and is available at bookstores. The club also has a few copies. The cost of the course is $65 if you have your own book or $80 if you would like a book from the club. Payment will be requested after the first lesson and should be sent to MBA, 63 Emerald St, PMB396, Keene NH 03431.

Should you have questions about the school, please contact John Therriault at 508-717-9997 via voice or text.

Monadnock Beekeeper's Sustaniable Apiary Project

The Monadnock Beekeepers' association is working toward sustainable beekeeping. By "sustainable" we mean eliminating our dependency on the importation of southern nuc’s, packages, and queens by promoting the local survivor genetics through nuc distribution. To be sustainable we need to use local resource management techniques to raise spring and summer nucs from our survivor colonies and our own queen production. A nucleus hive is a miniature colony with all the components of a full-size colony, including a laying queen, workers, brood at all stages of development, pollen, and honey. The benefits of a nuc are that the bees are working together to establish their colony. The queen is mated, accepted, and laying. The nucleus colony gives you about a four week head start toward getting your hive prepared for winter.

New Citizen Science Project: "What Is Blooming?"

NH Is Blooming

In order to better understand the honeybee nutrition and food availablity in New Hampshire, this project is seeking citizen-based data collection and ground truth to improve understanding of the forage available to bees at different points in the season. The "NH Is Blooming" site allows beekeepers to report on the plants and trees flowering in their area and see what others have reported. They can also report the color pollen they observe coming into there hives.

SARES Grant – Nosema Ceranea Research

A collection of 30 bees, from just outside the brood area, should be in alcohol or frozen for each hive you would like tested. Mail to: Jodi Turner, 283 Matthews Road, Swanzey, NH 03446 or drop off labeled with name and contact information.