For almost a decade, we have partnered with Massaro Community Farm in offering hands-on beekeeping workshops from March through September. They are the first and only apiary workshops conducted on a CSA farm site in Connecticut. The workshops focus on best practices in maintaining healthy colonies in Langstroth hives with particular attention to the monitoring of honey bee pests and diseases.
Our workshops are open to the public and donations are accepted at the apiary site. Massaro Farm is located at 41 Ford Road, in Woodbridge. Because of the popularity of our March and April programs, particularly to new beekeepers, we offer two sessions of instruction and pre-registration is required. The remaining workshops are conducted in one early morning session. Appropriate attire is necessary: long trousers and long sleeves. Veils will be provided, or bring your bee suit. The workshops are weather dependent and dates/times are subject to change. Please check this website or www.massarofarm.org for changes or cancellations prior to attending.
All of our workshops are conducted by Ted Jones. Ted and his wife, Becky are the owners of Jones Apiaries in Farmington. Ted has over 47 years of experience as a beekeeper and his workshop instruction is based on the wealth of knowledge and skill that he has acquired over those years. He has been active in CBA throughout his beekeeping career, serving as president of our organization for seven years. He is the CBA delegate to the American Beekeeping Federation and with his wife, Becky the recipients of the CBA Beekeeper of the Year Award and the Charles and Evelyn Divelbiss Award from the Eastern Apiculture Society. Ted is recognized in New England and beyond for his expertise and he consults with many organizations, institutions and beekeepers to provide contemporary best practices guidance and direction for the many challenges beekeeping is facing today.