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Local Beekeeper Group Launches Certified Beekeeping Education Program
The Certified Beekeepers Apprentice program, new in 2014, is organized through the New Mexico Beekeepers Association in cooperation with the City of Albuquerque. The comprehensive beekeeping program will provide quality education, taught by experienced beekeepers, on backyard beekeeping in the context of responsible urban farming for the Albuquerque metropolitan area.
The program is planned as a two-year curriculum seeking seven objectives:
1. Community education and outreach
2. Consistent training on best practices in beekeeping
3. Maintain online resources and open beekeeper meetings for education and outreach
4. Provide mentoring access for beekeepers
5. Promote the development of healthy, gently hives suitable for an urban environment
6. Provide volunteers for community hives
7. Support streamlined approach for managing swarms
Sessions for the 2014 Certified Beekeepers program are scheduled for seven Saturdays: May 10 and 31, June 14 and 28, July 12 and 26, and August 9. Each session will include three classroom presentations by recognized local beekeepers and a supervised hands-on segment, using active top-bar and Langstroth honeybee hives, on the premises of the City of Albuquerque’s Open Space Visitors Center at 6500 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Students who complete the two-year curriculum and 40 hours of volunteer service will be awarded their Beekeepers Certification.
The program has a 2014 capacity of 24 students, with the expectation that the program will grow in coming years.
The program application is posted on the New Mexico Beekeepers web site. It can be submitted online or sent via U.S. Mail. The New Mexico Beekeepers Association web site is http://www.nmbeekeepers.org/
The cost for the 2014 sessions is $250, which includes a full-color handbook covering the essentials of beekeeping and seven, full-day sessions taught by long-time, experienced beekeepers.
For more information:
Susan Clair, program coordinator, [email protected], 505.281.9888/505.321.8649