Beekeeping Mentorship Program

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About the Program 

The Farms at Work Beekeeping Mentorship Program is a hands-on learning experience that takes place over seven-months throughout the beekeeping season. The program is designed to provide novice beekeepers with the skills and experience they need in order to confidently scale up their own beekeeping production. 

Following the progression of the beekeeping season, six mentees gather at the apiary of a beekeeper-mentor for five full field days of practical instruction and  training. Mentees are taught time-honoured approaches to colony mangement and honey/beeswax production, both in the apiary and the honey house. Also included in the program are several hours of individual telephone support for each of the mentees throughout the season. 

Duration & Timing

For the 2014 beekeeping season, the Mentorship Program will take place over 5 field days between late-March and October. Tentative dates for the 2014 season are outlined below: 

  • Day 1: Winter (TBA)
  • Day 2: Spring (April 20)
  • Day 3: Summer (May 18)
  • Day 4: Summer (August 17)
  • Day 5: Summer (September 4)