The Monadnock Beekeepers' Association

Dedicated to Promoting Beekeeping in the Greater Keene Area
Photo by Sean Driscoll. Creative Commons   

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.

Cheshire Fair

The Cheshire Fair runs from July 30th - August 3rd. We encourage all MBA members to submit honey for judging. The honey is displayed in the Maple Syrup and Honey house at the entrance to the fair. Here is a link to the .pdf that contains the entry form, but take note.

  • Honey has to be dropped off on Tuesday, July 29th between 4 and 7 PM in Bolton Hall
  • There can be no labels on the jars

If you need to extract honey but don't have an extractor, you can do it at Jodi Forcier's house with her equipment in exchange for two 1 lb. jars of honey. For more information visit Imagine That Honey

Bee Math Spreadsheet

MBA member Tom Buttrick has improved on a bee math spreadsheet given to him by Rick Church, and the result is wonderful. You can download the Excel spreadsheet here. To use it, all you have to do is enter the observation date in cell A2 and then all of the emergence dates are calculated for you. All of the calculations are based on Michael Bush's Bee Math page. If you have trouble downloading the spreadsheet, let me know at info@monadnockbeekeepers.com. I'm sure Tom would like to hear feedback from those who use it, so send it to info and I will pass it on.

Bee Classes

The MBA's 2014 bee class is full, but there are two other places to take bee classes this spring. Both are offered by Monadnock Beekeeper Members.

Begininng Beekeepers getting needed instruction in how to raise bees.

Jodi Forcier of Imagine that Honey offers a number of beginnner beekeeping classes on her site. Her classes meet in Greenfield, NH, Swanzey, NH, and Guilford, VT.

Two other club members, John Snowdon of Honey Meadow Farm, and Rick, will be offering a Beekeeping Class for 2nd and 3rd Year Beekeepers on June 7th and 21st. The class on the 7th will be held in Nelson, NH and the one on the 21st will be in Westmoreland. For more information, write to rickbetsey@gmail.com.

Bee Rules

Piera Siegert, State Entomologist with the Division of Plant Industry at the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food recently sent us the updated Bee Rules in .pdf format.