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.

Share the Fun!

Come share the thrill of beekeeping with visitors to the Cheshire County Fair. No experience required – just your enthusiasm! Even the novice beekeeper knows more than the average fair goer. Your answering basic questions about bees and the Monadnock Beekeepers’ Association can stir excitement in the uninformed.

We will have a table and displays at the sugar house July 29th through August 2nd and need you to spend time (a little or a lot) representing Manadnock beekeepers. See the fair schedule. Then, to volunteer some of your time at the fair, contact me, Dick Aiken.

Imagine That Honey Hive Tour, Saturday, August 1, 10 to noon

We'll be visiting two yards, and will be here to answer your questions. This is for beginners or established beekeepers.

Photo by: Jodi Turner

The more chances you have to see how other people keep their bees, and how they are doing, the better off you'll be when a decision needs to be made in your own yard.

We’re here if you have questions. Tour starts at Imagine That Honey, 283 Matthews Road, Swanzey, NH. For more information: To RSVP please call (603) 381-1717.

Cost: $35/couple. For all present and past students of the beginner bee classes, there is no charge. RSVP is required.

Beekeeping Tour to SLOVENIA: The Land of the Carnolia Bee

MBA Member Suzanne Brouillette, of, is organizing two trips to Slovenia, one this fall and one next spring.

Fall 2015 Trip Information.

Spring 2016 Trip Information

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 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 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.