Beekeeping Mentorship Program
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.
About our Mentor
Jerry Jerrard of Kawartha Lakes Honey, has been carefully selected as our beekeeping-mentor because of his extensive experience, his ability to communicate clearly, the amazing honey handling facilities that he has designed, and his active involvement in the beekeeping community, both at the provincial and local levels. Jerry manages over 500 hives throughout the Kawartha Lakes region, and has generously offered his home apiary in Bobcaygeon as the site of our 2014 field days.
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)
Rain dates have been selected and can be found on our Curriculum page.