MDAR State Apiaries

The MDAR Apiary Program has collaborated with the University of Massachusetts Stockbridge School of Agriculture and the Essex Technical High School to create two (2) state apiaries in the Commonwealth with the goal of promoting honey bee health.

The State Apiaries are maintained through a collaborative effort of the MDAR Apiary Program inspectors and interns along with the students, farm managers and faculty members on each campus. Each apiary consists of 5+ honey bee colonies setup on wooden stands in an enclosed area located adjacent to food and pollinator gardens. The apiaries are surrounded by solar powered electric fences (to deter animals and safety barrier for visitors).

The purpose of the apiaries are to serve as vessels for education, outreach demonstrations and research related to agricultural sustainability, pollination, honey bee health and hive management. These apiaries are also considered to be critical components of each campus by providing valuable pollination services to the farms cultivated acreage of crops, gardens, trees and wildflowers. Given the ability to do live, in-hive demonstrations onsite, these apiaries are also important tools for providing outreach education to beekeepers, students, farmers, land managers, and the public on topics related to honey bees and agriculture.

2018 Honey Bee Education Days at State Apiaries

Are you interested in learning more about honey bees, their health and hive management techniques?

Join State Apiary Inspectors from the Department of Agricultural Resources Apiary Program to get a tour of live working honey bee colonies and an educational demonstration. These events are open to the public, but will focus on the topics listed below which are of interest to beekeepers. Participants must bring protective clothing (i.e. bee suit and/or bee veil with long pants and closed toed shoes) as it will not be provided and is required to enter the apiary. The dates, time, topics and location for the events are as listed below. Note that the same program will be offered on each date and time at both apiary locations. Alternate dates will be provided in the event of inclement weather.   

Dates - Topics:

  • Saturday, April 14th – Winter Evaluation and Spring Management Part 1
  • Saturday, May 12th – Spring Management Part 2
  • Saturday, June 9th – Summer Management
  • Saturday, July 14th – Pests, Parasites and Pathogen Detection
  • Saturday, August 11th – Fall Management Part 1
  • Saturday, September 8th – Fall Management Part 2
  • Saturday, October 13th – Winter Prep

Time: 10 am-noon

Locations:

1. UMass Agricultural Learning Center (ALC) Farm

911 North Pleasant St

Amherst, MA  01002

 

2. Essex Technical High School

565 Maples St

Danvers, MA  01923

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