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.

Winter Beekeeping Classes

A Great Way to Get Started Early

The MBA is offering a set of two bekeepeeing classes in February.These classes will provide you with an overview to give you with a better idea about what keeping bees is all about and how to get started.

  • Instructor is an experienced beekeeper, along with MBA member participation.
  • Know if beekeeping is for you before you dive in.
  • Learn what it takes to keep honeybees, the equipment needed, and options.
  • Review honeybee biology, behavior, management, and how to identify problems.
  • Save money before you invest in bees & equipment.

Classes start February 4th and continue on February 11th from 9am to 2pm. Both classes are held at Antioch Graduate School, Avon Street, Keene, NH We recommend that you pick up Beekeeping for Dummies 3rd edition for a good start on your journey.

The Cost is $75 total.

If you would like to participate, please email us at:

2017 Announcements

We have an exciting schedule planned for 2017. Our focus this year will be hands-on opportunities.

We will continue to offer monthly meetings including discussions, and speakers, as well as fun activities such as our Mead Tasting in July, and Honey Tasting in December. A shift towards sharing experiences in our hives will be this year’s focus. No matter how much time you have spent in the hives, there’s always more to learn. The membership will be offering instruction during our monthly Beginner Workshops. These will all take place in and around the Monadnock Region on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 10am to 1pm. Additional open hive workshops will be offered throughout the season. These are also offered by our membership. One of our goals is to offer lots of learning opportunities. We know it’s tough to find and the confidence you might be looking for, and here’s a great opportunity. We have several beekeepers who have already offered to host a visit. This is what beekeeping is all about!

We encourage you to become a member, participate in our activities, and enjoy this amazing hobby!

1st Year Beekeepers getting hands on/open hive instruction

2017 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: $10/workshop

A non-refundable prepayment of $50 is required at time of registration & with this you will also receive your 2017 membership to the Monadnock Beekeepers Association, along with additional educational opportunities, speakers, and hands-on activities.

March 18 Instructors: TBD Location: NH Honey Bee
  • Meet & Greet - Overview
  • Reading Suggestions – Beekeeping for Dummies
  • Field trip to NH Honeybee & Equipment Review
  • Building Frames & Smoker Suggestions
April 22 Instructors: TBD Location: TBD
  • Sharing Time – Review & Q and A
  • NUC & Package Installation
  • Feeding & Expectations
May 20 Instructors: TBD Location: TBD
  • Sharing Time & Spring Management
  • Hive Inspection Checklist
  • Swarms & Absconding
June 17 Instructors: TBD Location: TBD
  • Sharing Time & Summer Management
  • NUCs & Splits
  • Varroa Mites – Mite Checks
  • Dearth Preparation
July 15 A Instructors: TBD Location: TBD
  • Sharing Time – Dearth Activities
  • Splits – Wintering Over
  • Extracting & Medications
August 19 Instructors: TBD Location: TBD
  • Mouse Guards & Robbing Prevention
  • Preparing for Fall & Winter Management

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