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

It's time to start thinking about 2015 classes. The MBA is offering a class that will start on February 21, 2015. 9-1 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 39 Washington Street, Keene, NH. THERE IS STILL SPACE IN THIS CLASS. Other details have not yet been finalized. If you are interested, write to

Jodi Forcier-Turner of Imagine that Honey, Swanzey, NH has 2015 information on her beekeeping classes on her site. Her classes meet in Greenfield, NH, Swanzey, NH, and Guilford, VT.

Begininng Beekeepers getting needed instruction in how to raise bees.

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.