I liken the beginning experience as a beekeeper to a mother bringing her first baby home. No matter how much preparation you have assembled, the myriad of questions are overwhelming. Having someone to “hold your hand” eases the pain and hopefully brings your bee hive to its first year success.
Key To Success
- Take a beekeeping class (December 10th) – Register For Beekeeping Class
- Join your local bee club CGBA Membership Form
- Get a mentor
Would you like a teacher in your beekeeping? Sixty-five percent of beekeepers report they have a mentor (teacher). Whether you have a designated person in your life who is titled a ‘mentor’ or someone you often call upon with questions or concerns; your ability to grow in your profession or hobby exponentially grows when someone is there to guide and advise you in your endeavors.
The bee season extends from February through November each year.
You will learn to identify the Queen, Worker and Drone. Frame inspections to visualize eggs and larvae. Disease concerns to watch out for. Varroa Mite management and much more.
For 2023, all hives in the Mentoring Program will have the added benefit of Sequestering the Queen. Varroa destructor mites are the number one cause of colony loss. Creating a Brood Break (Sequestering the Queen) interrupts the lifecycle of the Varroa mite. The normal fee for this service is $100.00, but will be included in the Mentoring Program.
A monthly Zoom presentation will be afforded to each Mentee. Subjects include Varroa Mite management, Disease assessment, Nutrition, Splits, Swarms and much more.
There is a fee! You will be billed $550.00 per year to offset gas, travel and time. Every effort will be made to adjust to your schedule, should you be unavailable, or of course the mentors time, should things get in the way.
What you will receive:
- Learn the steps in inspecting your hive
- Identify various elements within the hive (nectar, honey, pollen, brood)
- Identify the honey bee sects (Queen, Worker, Drone)
- Identify brood patterns
- Identify eggs and larvae in uncapped brood
- Identify diseases
- Varroa Mite Management
- Seasonal hive adaptations
- Monthly ‘specialty’ education classes (Varroa testing, Splits, Swarms, etc.)
- Hive health management
- Varroa Destructor Mites
Annual Fee – $550.00. The fee must be paid up front. The challenge to beekeeping management is a consistent program. Mentoring – Annual Purchase HERE