Beekeeping Mentorship Program
About the Program
The Farms at Work Beekeeping Mentorship Program has been 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, mentees are taught time-honoured approaches to colony management and honey/beeswax production, both in the apiary and the honey house. It is a hands-on, immersive introduction to beekeeping and hive management, built around a comprehensive curriculum developed and led by our highly respected and experienced beekeeper-mentor.
Along with five field days at the apiary of our mentor, each participant will receive a total of four hours of one-on-one support (email or telephone) for the duration of the program. The curriculum emphasizes practical, hands-on skills and knowledge in a variety of areas, including:
- seasonal hive management
- pests & diseases
- harvest and value-added production
- nuc production and queen rearing
- business models, regulations & resources
In order to maintain a high level of quality instruction and hands-on learning opportunities, a maximum of eight mentees will be accepted into the program.
Five field days from early-April to fall 2016