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.

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 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.

Franklin County (Mass) Beekeeper's Association Langstroth Day - June 7

The Fraklin County Beekeeper's Association (FCBA) will hold their Annual Lorenzo Langstroth Day on June 7th, 10AM - 12 noon at the Second Congregational Church in Greenfield, MA. This year UMass Professors and students will be reporting on their honeybee and pollinator research. Anne Averill PhD, John Burand PhD and their students will present the latest findings on bee viruses, and declining pollinator populations. This will be informative to all beekeepers and those concerned about the future of bees and pollinators. FCBA members will be on hand to answer bee questions, display an observation hive and other beekeeping equipment. Tom Sullivan will demonstrate how to make nesting boxes for native bees. Children's programs include Bee show, and craft activities.

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.