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State Apiary and Educational Events

The MDAR Apiary Program has collaborated with the UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture Agricultural Learning Center (ALC) Farm and the Bristol County Agricultural High School to establish and maintain two State Apiaries in the Commonwealth.

The honey bee colonies and associated grounds of the State Apiaries are seasonally managed by the MDAR Apiary Program Team with support from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (UMass) Agricultural Learning Center (ALC) Farm and the Bristol County Agricultural High School Team of the students, faculty and farm managers. Each apiary consists of 5-20 honey bee colonies established in Langstroth hives setup on wooden stands surrounded by an electric fence. The agricultural land that surrounds each apiary consists of vegetable production, food forests, orchards, pollinator gardens, and cut flower cultivation plots. Each apiary is considered to be(e) a critical component of each farm given the pollination services that honey bees provide to flowering plants. The State Apiaries also serve as a vessel for education, outreach demonstrations and research related to agricultural sustainability, pollination, honey bee health, beekeeper education, and colony management.

Photos from state apiary

2023 Honey Bee Education Days at State Apiary

Honey Bee Education Days flyer

Interested in learning more about honey bees, their health and colony management techniques?

Join the MDAR Apiary Program Team at the UMass State Apiary to get a tour of live honey bee colonies, hands-on demonstrations related to colony management, and exposure to the latest information on how to best sustain bee health in the Commonwealth. Events will be held simultaneously virtually (live!) via Zoom Webinar and in person (rain or shine!) on Tuesdays from 12pm-2pm, unless indicated otherwise below*. Events are free and open to the public, but *may not* bee recorded, so plan to attend.

For in person attendance, visit the UMass State Apiary (no pre-registration required):

University of Massachusetts – Agricultural Learning Center Farm (ALC)
911 North Pleasant St
Amherst, MA  01002
*To park, drive directly into field adjacent to apiary/sheds

For virtual attendance, pre-registration is required: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5Mqqfm-LS7qGHi5LIPkPmg

  • April 11, 2023 – Winter Evaluation & Spring Prep
  • May 9, 2023  – Spring Management & Summer Prep
  • *June 17, 2023 – TBD (held in conjunction with the 2023 Massachusetts Beekeepers Association Annual Field Day)
  • July 18, 2023  – Pests, Parasites & Pathogens
  • *August 29, 2023 – Honey Extraction (In-person Only!)
  • September 19, 2023 – Fall Management & Winter Prep

Greetings from the Field: Bee Inspector Notes

Greetings from the Field flyer 

Join the MDAR Apiary Program Team as we provide the latest update on what we are seeing in the field regarding honey bee seasonality, development, and health. Inspectors will also provide management recommendations and practical tips to aid beekeepers in making timely apiary decisions. The events will be held virtually via Zoom Webinar on Tuesdays from 10am-11amThe events are free and open to the public, but *may not* bee recorded so bee there.

Pre-Registration is required: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_voh-ADMiQDqa8YkR59d3fA

  • April 11, 2023
  • May 9, 2023
  • July 18, 2023
  • September 19, 2023

Northeast Honey Bee Update: Lunch and Learn Series

Northeast Honey Bee Update flyer

Join the Apiary Inspectors from New England and New York to “Lunch and Learn” virtually via Zoom Webinars on Fridays from 12pm-1:30pm. Attendees will get the opportunity to meet the dynamic group of Apiary Inspectors who support apiculture in our region as well as ask questions related to honey beekeeping and get advice from the experts in the field. These events are designed to support the beekeeper journey of ensuring the health, seasonal management and treatment of honey bee colonies. Bee sure to come prepared with questions to ask the inspectors! The events are free and open to the public, but *may not* bee recorded so bee there.

Pre-Registration is required: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WVC1EcG5SByrkL0elYPArA

To learn more about apiary inspection visit Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA).

State of the State: Update on Honey Bee Health in the Commonwealth

State of the State flyer

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, but *may not* bee recorded so bee there.

Pre-Registration is required: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5BQ_Jk7QT3GCx3fbDRAbMw

  • March 7, 2023
    • Massachusetts Bee Aware Annual Honey Bee Health Survey
    • MassGrown and Fresher/MassGrown Exchange Programs
    • Agricultural Grants and Funding/Agricultural Business Training Programs
  • March 14, 2023 
    • Commonwealth Beekeeping Laws and Regulations – Including the NEW Regulations!
    • USDA-APHIS Annual Honey Bee Health Survey
    • Spring Into Beekeeping
  • March 21, 2023 
    • Spotted Lanternfly
    • Northern Giant Hornet (formerly known as Asian Giant Hornet)
  • March 28, 2023
    • Update on Neonicotinoid and Glyphosate Pesticides



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