This summer there have been more people sitting in their back yards listening to the hum of the honeybees as they hurry to and from their decoratively painted bee hives. All around the new hives the vegetable gardens, apple trees and blueberry, raspberry and blackberry bushes have all yielded more than last year. And it’s almost time to harvest the 35 pounds of surplus honey the bees have made.
Earlier this winter and spring more than 200 students attended one of The Bee Whisperer’s (aka Peter Cowin’s) Beekeeping for Beginners courses at Adult Ed.s in Bangor, Hampden, Newport, Ellsworth and Bucksport. Most set up one or two hives this spring and have been enjoying being part of the great resurgence in beekeeping in the area.
Peter Cowin is President of Penobscot County Beekeeping Association and has been keeping bees, on and off, since the age of 11. “ Taking a short course in the basics of beekeeping is a great way to find out what’s involved, how much it costs and where you can get your bees and equipment,” Says Peter. “To follow-up there is an intermediate course which goes into more depth. Of course, it is a great idea to also join a local chapter of the Maine State Beekeepers Association where beginners and experienced beekeepers meet up to hear guest speakers and learn more tricks of the trade.”
Albert Einstein is reputed to have said, “If bees should disappear from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live.”
“With all the problems honeybees are facing across the world it’s in our own interest to do whatever we can to help them,” says Cowin. “One third of everything we eat depends upon the honeybee and other pollinators for its production.”
This fall Peter will be giving 6 adult Ed. Courses each is 3 classes of 2 hours. Students who take a beekeeping for beginners class are far better prepared for a successful start in beekeeping.
“The classes this spring were so popular that every class had to either be relocated to bigger rooms or we had to lay on extra ones.”
“Peter Cowin’s Beekeeping for Beginners class was one of the most popular and well attended classes that we offered,” said Matt Tardie, RSU 22-SAD 22 adult education director.”We are looking forward to working with Peter again.”
You can sign up for Peter’s Beginner and Intermediate classes at:
Bangor Beginners Mondays Sept 8 – Sept 22 6:30-8:30pm 207-992-5523 https://bangor.coursestorm.com/searchResults?search=beekeeping
Newport Beginners Tuesdays Sept 9 – Sept 23 6:30-8:30pm 207-368-3290 https://rsu19.coursestorm.com/searchResults?search=beekeeping
Bucksport Beginners Wednesdays Sept 10 – Sept 24 6:00-8:00pm 207-469-2129 https://rsu25.coursestorm.com/searchResults?search=beekeeping&x=34&y=17
Bangor Intermediate Mondays October 20 – Nov 3 6:30 – 8:30pm 207-992-5523 https://bangor.coursestorm.com/searchResults?search=beekeeping
Hampden Beginners Tuesdays Oct 21 – Nov 4 6:30 – 8:30pm(207) 866-4119 https://orono-hampden.coursestorm.com/searchResults?search=beekeeping
Mount Desert Island Beginners Wednesdays October 22 – November 5 6:30 – 8:30pm (207) 288-4703https://mdi.coursestorm.com/searchResults?search=beekeeping