Our Beekeeper Training Program participants learn under the supervision of our beekeeper, Mark Gingrich of Gingrich Apiaries. Over the course of the two year program, participants will work side by side with Mark and other program participants to learn all aspects of keeping bees. At the end of year one, each participant will have the option of receiving a bee colony to be moved to their home property. During the second year, participants will benefit from repetition of some aspects of the program, learn more advanced techniques and troubleshooting while managing their own hive at home.
This program begins with three classroom sessions in January, February, and March, and then continues through October with hands-on and in the the field inspections of the several hive stands present at Horn Farm.
Program Fee: $750 ($500 year one, $250 year two) - Payment plan is available.
*Applicant must not have an allergy to bees (Yes, you will get stung).
*A general understanding and basic knowledge of beekeeping is helpful, but not required. Foundational information will be covered in the classroom sessions.
*Year One participants will be responsible for purchasing their own safety equipment and woodenware (Hives/Boxes). Guidance on what to purchase occurs within the class sessions.
The schedule and content for the 2020 program is as follows - sessions occur rain or shine:
|Wednesday, January 22, 2020||6:00 PM -7:30 PM||Meet / Greet / Program Overview|
|Wednesday, February 19, 2020||6:00 PM -7:30 PM||Honeybee Anatomy|
|Wednesday, March 18, 2020||6:00 PM -7:30 PM||Parts of the Hive / Beekeeping Methodology|
|Wednesday, April 15, 2020||6:00 PM -7:30 PM||Classroom / Open Hive Inspection|
|Saturday, May 16, 2020||1:00 PM - 3:00 PM||Open Hive Inspection|
|Wednesday, June 03, 2020||6:00 PM -7:30 PM||Open Hive Inspection|
|Wednesday, July 8, 2020||6:00 PM -7:30 PM||Open Hive Inspection|
|No August Session||----------||Off|
|Wednesday, September 02, 2020||6:00 PM -7:30 PM||Open Hive Inspection - Fall Preparation|
|Saturday, October 10, 2020||7:30 AM||Take Bees Home|
|Beekeeper Program (2020 1st Year Participants)||$ 500.00|
|Beekeeper Program ($100 Deposit)||$ 100.00|
|Beekeeper Program (2019 2nd Year Participants)||$ 250.00|