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MDAR State Apiaries

The MDAR Apiary Program has collaborated with the UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture and the Essex Agricultural and Technical High School to create two 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).

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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.

2021 New England Honey Bee Update, Lunch and Learn Series - Virtual Only

Join the New England states Apiary Inspectors to “Lunch and Learn” by getting the latest updates on honey bee health and seasonal management recommendations for ensuring healthy colonies. Bee sure to come prepared with questions to ask the inspectors! Note that these events are not recorded so BEE THERE or BEE SQUARE! Sponsored by the Apiary Inspectors of America. 

2021 Honey Bee Education Days at State Apiaries - Virtual Only

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

Join the Bee Team from the Department of Agricultural Resources Apiary Program to get a tour of live working honey bee colonies, hands-on demonstrations of hive management techniques, and exposure to the latest knowledge on how to best sustain healthy honey bee colonies in Massachusetts. These events are virtual this year, free and open to the public, but will focus on topics of interest to beekeepers. Registration is not necessary to attend. The events will be held on Saturdays from 10am-12pm unless listed below. The Zoom link is listed below and is the same for each of the events.

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These virtual presentations will provide a "bees eye view" along with demonstrations and recommendations for beekeepers to ensure healthy colonies.

All events are free and open to the public.

Zoom meeting links for all dates included in flier (.pdf)

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