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.

Oder Bees

If you have not yet ordered bees for the spring, you may be in trouble. Packages sell out fast. Some local places where you MAY be able to order packages or nucs include: Imagine That Honey, New Hampshire Honey Bee, Lindon Apiaries, New England Beekeeping Supplies (Tyngsboro, MA), and Betterbee (Greenwich, NY).

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 prepayment 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 21 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 16 Instructors: Suzanne Brouillette & Deb Abbott Location: Harrisville, NH
  • 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.