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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 – In Person Only!

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Canceled during inclement weather

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 are canceled during inclement weather (i.e. heavy wind, rain, temperatures <55°F or >95°F). 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

Virtual Educational Events

2022 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 Pesticides Team from the Department of Agricultural Resources to get an update on honey bee health in the Commonwealth. Each event will include two presentations consisting of 45 minutes of content and a 15 minute Q&A session for attendees. Presentations will include content on a variety of topics focused on honey bees, beekeeping and pesticides. Events will be held virtually via Zoom on Tuesdays from 7pm-9pm and are free and open to the public, no (pre)registration required. Mark your calendars now to join us to get the latest BUZZ!

  • Tuesday – December 7, 2021
    • 2021 Apiary Inspection Season Data Summary
  • Tuesday – December 14, 2021
    • Honey Bee Viruses
    • Pesticides
  • Tuesday – March 15, 2022
    • MA Beekeeping Laws and Regulations
    • Spring Into Beekeeping
  • Tuesday – March 22, 2022 
    • Massachusetts Bee Aware Honey Bee Health Survey
    • United States USDA-APHIS Honey Bee Health Survey

Join Zoom Meeting - https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87044319225?pwd=OFMrazc1Ulk2S1hIZ3Nkd2tjVVFpQT09

Meeting ID: 870 4431 9225   Passcode: 165665 - One tap mobile: Find your local number: https://us06web.zoom.us/u/krt6jmoz

2022 New England Honey Bee Update, Lunch and Learn Series - Virtual Only!

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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 8, 2022
  • Friday – June 3, 2022
  • Friday – August 12, 2022
  • Friday – October 7, 2022

MDAR - Crop and Pest Services is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting - https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84953761589?pwd=V0NEbld0NkdiOUdiOCs0UXdOY1hpQT09

Meeting ID: 849 5376 1589 Passcode: 609112 - One tap mobile: Find your local number: https://us06web.zoom.us/u/krt6jmoz

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