The Massachusetts chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association. NOFA/Mass welcomes everyone who cares about food, where it comes from and how it’s grown

Growing Organically Since 1982

Organic Beekeeping: Healthy Hives & Honeybees

March 3, 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
March 10, 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Location: Montague Common Hall
34 Main Street
Montague, MA
NOFA Members: $40 per session or $70 for both
Non-Members $50 per session or $90 for both
Scholarships Available
*add $5 per session for walk-ins


In this two-part series, seasoned beekeeper Angela Röell will provide a strong grounding in organic beekeeping. From bee anatomy, social structure and nutritional needs to hive equipment and annual tasks, participants will learn everything they need to know to integrate honeybees into their homesteads or farms. Participants may attend one or both sessions.

Day 1 (March 3rd): 9-1pm: Nutrition & Biology of the Honeybee

In the first session of this two-part series, Angela will provide an overview of the anatomy, physiology, and social structure of honeybees and their hives. Angela will explain honeybee nutritional needs and take participants through the tasks and activities of an organic beekeeper's year—reflecting on how to plan for bringing bees into their lives. Participants will leave this workshop with a deeper understanding of honeybees, the annual cycle of healthy hive care, and a vision of what beekeeping would look like integrated into their own daily life.  

Day 2 (March 10th): 9am-1pm Hives & Honeybee Management

In this second session of this two-part series, Angela will cover the types and components of honeybee hives and the various management styles. Angela will outline the appropriate equipment for different styles of hives, and provide guidance on non-toxic approaches to mite prevention and treatment. Angela will guide participants in creating an apiary design and action plan for their scale and circumstance. Participants should leave this workshop with a plan in place to integrate beekeeping into their gardens, homesteads or farms.  

Presenter Bio

Angela Röell is a faculty member in the University of Massachusetts Sustainable Farm and Food System program, Greenfield Community College and the Franklin County House of Corrections.  Angela teaches experiential courses in beekeeping, food systems, food waste, and food preservation. Angela owns Yard Birds Farm, a homestead and honey business operating out of Montague, MA.

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For questions contact Caro Roszell, education events organizer, at or (508) 360-0874.

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