Finding Local Beekeepers
Most of the oldest active beekeeper groups were originally organized through county extension offices and still are, in many parts of the U.S. But, when you get down to the most local level each group operates and communicates in its own unique way.
Most have a fixed monthly evening meeting time, sometimes organized to include a potluck meal. Meetings generally last 1-2 hours and focus on a pre-planned seasonal topic or agenda.
Newcomers are welcomed to these meetings. You don’t need a special invitation. You don’t need to even own a hive. Just come as you are. And come curious.
It’s a great way to find a mentor, or someone who’d be happy to take you on as an apprentice or part-time field-hand/observer while you get acquainted with how things go in a bee yard.
Pick your state here and scroll down to the list of county contacts. Some include website addresses. Most have e-mail contacts or at least a telephone number. Personal contacts don’t always get updated immediately, but whoever you do reach by phone or e-mail will be happy to tell you about an upcoming local club meeting.
The door to becoming a beekeeper is always unlocked. Just knock.
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