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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).

Photos from state apiary

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.

2022 Honey Bee Education Days at State Apiaries

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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 colony management techniques, and exposure to the latest knowledge on how to best sustain honey bee health in the Commonwealth. Events will be held in person and are free and open to the public, no (pre)registration required. Educational components will focus on topics of interest to beekeepers and regional management techniques. Events will be held regardless of weather so join us rain or shine! Note that the same event will be held at each location on each date unless indicated otherwise below*:

  1. University of Massachusetts – Agricultural Learning Center (ALC) farm
    911 North Pleasant St
    Amherst, MA  01002

    Drive directly into field to park adjacent to apiary/sheds.
  1. Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School (Essex Aggie)
    565 Maple St (use 562 Maple Street address for navigation)
    Danvers, MA  01923

    Park along paved road behind old administration building located on other side of road across from main campus buildings, then walk down hill to apiary location.

The events will be held on Saturdays from 10am-12pm unless listed below*.

Dates - Topics:

  • Saturday, April 9th– Winter Evaluation & Spring Prep
  • Saturday, May 7th– Spring Management
  • *Saturday, Saturday, June 11th– Summer Management – held at Massachusetts Beekeepers Association Annual Field Day, Amherst location only
  • Saturday, July 9th– Pests, Parasites, Pathogens
  • Saturday, August 13th– Fall Management
  • *Saturday, August 27th10am-2pm, Honey Extraction, Danvers location only
  • Saturday, Sept 10th– Fall Management & Winter Prep
  • Saturday, Oct 8th– Winter Management

2022-2023 State of the State: Update on Honey Bee Health in the Commonwealth

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Join the Crop and Pest Services (CPS) Division – Apiary and Forest Pest Education and Outreach Teams from the Department of Agricultural Resources to get an update on honey bee health in the Commonwealth. Each event will include 1-2 presentations consisting of 90 minutes of content and 30 minutes of Q&A for attendees. Presentations will cover information and data focused on regulations, honey bee health, beekeeping practices and invasive pests. Events will be held virtually via Zoom on Tuesdays from 7pm-9pm and are free and open to the public. Mark your calendars now to join us to get the latest BUZZ and PRE-REGISTER NOW! using the link below.

  • Tuesday – December 6, 2022
    • State of the State: Annual Review of the Apiary Program Activities and Inspection Data
  • Tuesday – December 13, 2022 
    • Dive Into Disease: Summary of the Molecular Analysis of Bee Samples
  • Tuesday – March 7, 2023
    • MA Beekeeping Laws and Regulations – Including the NEW Regulations!
    • Spring Into Beekeeping
  • Tuesday – March 14, 2023 
    • Massachusetts Bee Aware Annual Honey Bee Health Survey
    • USDA-APHIS Annual Honey Bee Health Survey
  • Tuesday – March 21, 2023 
    • Spotted Lanternfly
    • Northern Giant Hornet (formerly know as Asian Giant Hornet)

Pre-Register for the Zoom Webinar and a link will be automatically sent for the presentations:




2022 New England Honey Bee Update, Lunch and Learn Series

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Join the New England and New York state Apiary Inspectors to “Lunch and Learn” by getting the latest updates on honey bee health and seasonal management recommendations for ensuring healthy colonies. Events will be held virtually via Zoom on Fridays from 12pm-1:30pm and are free and open to the public, no (pre)registration required. Educational content will focus on topics of interest to beekeepers and regional colony management. Events will not recorded so BEE THERE or BEE SQUARE - Bee sure to come prepared with questions to ask the inspectors! Sponsored by the Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA).

  • Friday – April 22, 2022
  • Friday – June 3, 2022 - *Note that Mark Feigl (President of the Empire State Honey Producers) will join us to give a presentation on how to prepare honey for the Eastern Apicultural Society (EAS) Annual Conference and Honey Show coming up on August 1st-5th, 2022 in Ithaca, NY.
  • Friday – August 12, 2022
  • Friday – October 7, 2022

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