We are seeking funding for an additional 14 colonies for our 2013 SARE project comparing honey bee package colonies with requeened packages. SARE has funded 36 colonies for this project (the cap of their Farmer Grant), but we would like to increase the sample size to 50.
This project is a continuation of the work we did in 2009 and 2010. The final results of that project were extremely promising, raising the survival rate of the packages from 42% to 90% by requeening. Project description and reports can be found on the SARE website by searching FNE10-694. here
We are requesting donations of in any amount to support this project, or you may sponsor a colony in our project for $500. All donors will be invited to participate in the project, and hive sponsors will not only be able to participate in the project, but will also be able to keep their colony after the project is complete. More details about supporting our project can be found here:
Thank you for considering supporting our project.
In conjunction with our 2013 SARE project, Overland will be bringing Rossman Apiaries 3lb Italian packages to Maine in spring 2013. We will have a limited number of these packages for sale at $100 each. Our delivery date will be Saturday May 4, 2013 at Overland Apiaries in Portland. You can order packages and pay via paypal through our shop on this website.
Please be sure to also email us with your contact information (email, mailing address and best phone number).
All of our 2013 nucleus colonies are now spoken for. We are sorry to say that we will not have any additional colonies available for sale in spring, 2013.
We are hoping for a nice quiet winter for the bees. As the winter progresses, we will occasionally post photos of the nucs and the rest of our yards. Please check back to see what is going on at Overland.
Erin and Cindy will be conducting the apiary inpections at the CCBA Open Hive on August 4 in Raymond, Maine.
Thank you to everyone who has ordered Overland overwintered nucs this year. The bees are looking fantastic and are being inspected by our State Apiarist the week of April 23rd.
We will have your nucs ready for pick up on May 5. If you have not received a confirmation email from me with details of the pick up plans, please email me and we will coordinate.
Erin will be teaching a hands-on workshop on making summer nucs for overwintering on June 16, 2012 in Windham Maine. More information and registration information is available on the CCBA website here