Coaches, Newbees, Bee Buddies, Practicing Beekeepers and Mentors, oh my!
One of the things we encourage you to do while you are at our meetings is to get to know each other to find beekeepers who live close to you. We also encourage you to volunteer to help the newer people joining us because that's how we will all have healthier bees and be more successful keeping these fascinating pollinators.
You will start your beekeeping experience with coaches teaching classes and leading club meeting discussions. You will find coaches wearing Rolla Bee Club shirts at our classes and meetings.
A "bee buddy" is someone who may be starting out at the same time as you are. You can compare notes, visit each others hives, research information, borrow equipment, share observations and, if you are lucky, share shipping costs when ordering equipment. Apply here if you want to be a bee buddy.
A "practicing beekeeper" is someone who has successfully pulled their colonies through winter, knows the basic beekeeping skills of splitting, re-queening, supplemental feeding and managing for pests and diseases.
A "bee mentor" is someone who has the full range of beekeeping experience from raising bees to extracting. They live close to where you live and are willing to take you under their wing. Let us know here if you are willing to be a mentor.
Rolla Bee Club also has a closed Facebook Group page you can join to post photos and ask questions.
We want you to succeed!
A "newbee" is someone who has taken a class and decided to pursue beekeeping. They could use a helping hand to get on the right path in learning the basics of being a good beekeeper. Apply here as a newbee if you want to be matched to a bee buddy, practicing beekeeper or mentor.
The best place to find these people is at your local bee club .
Remember the bees are our teachers!