Beekeeper Training Program

Beekeeper training program participants work under the supervision of our beekeeper, Mark Gingrich of Gingrich Apiaries. Over two years, participants will 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 his/her 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.

The schedule and content for the 2019 program is as follows:

Date Time Description
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 6:00 PM -7:30 PM Meet / Greet / Program Overview
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 6:00 PM -7:30 PM Honeybee Anatomy
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 6:00 PM -7:30 PM Parts of the Hive / Beekeeping Methodology
Saturday, April 20, 2019 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Open Hive Inspection
Saturday, May 18, 2019 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Open Hive Inspection
Wednesday, June 05, 2019 6:00 PM -7:30 PM Open Hive Inspection
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 6:00 PM -7:30 PM Open Hive Inspection
No August Meeting ———- Off
Wednesday, September 04, 2019 6:00 PM -7:30 PM Open Hive Inspection – Fall Preparation
Saturday, October 12, 2019 7:30 AM Take Bees Home

Complete our online application here:
2019 Beekeeping Training Program Application

Mark Gingrich of Gingrich Apiaries LLC

Our resident beekeeper, Mark Gingrich

Susan Wolfe, our very first Beekeeper in our Incubator Beekeeper Program, works with Mark to check on the bees.

The smoking equipment used by our beekeepers.

The smoking equipment used by our beekeepers.

At Horn Farm Center, Mark Gingrich, onsite beekeeper, and Susan Wolfe, Incubator Farms Project beekeeper, use smoke to calm the bees.

Using smoke to calm the bees.