We will try to match you to the nearest and most qualified beekeeper for your particular goals and equipment options. The best mentor for someone who wants to keep a few colonies in their back yard may not be the best mentor for someone who hopes to keep numerous colonies and maximize honey production. If we do not have any mentors on file in your area, we will send out a general message, while protecting your privacy, and see if any members have the time to get involved. Many beekeepers want to help. And many will help in particular situations as they surface.
Asking for assistance while deciding if beekeeping is right for you and your family is encouraged. Many Burgh Bees members will spend ample time and effort showing their hives and answering questions to those thinking of starting in beekeeping. Once the decision is made to start beekeeping, we strongly encourage you to join Burgh Bees to further your knowledge and expertise.
We consider the Burgh Bees mentors program a benefit of membership. Although many beekeepers have personal connections to the bee industry outside this association, we do not offer this to non-members. This is a program that we specifically ask our members to participate, based on all the benefits they themselves receive from the organization.
- While we cannot guarantee a mentor in all situations and for every beekeeper, keep in mind that you may be the one filling the void in the future -
Today’s beginner bee keepers are tomorrow’s mentors!