Mentors, Buddies and Newbees
One of the things we encourage you to do while you are at our meetings is to get to know other beekeepers who live close to you. We also encourage you to volunteer to help the newer people joining us because that is one of the best ways you are going to find, and be, a "bee buddy" and "bee mentor."
A "bee mentor" is someone who has more beekeeping experience than you, who is willing to show you beekeeping techniques and who will answer questions about what is going on in your hives.
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.
A "newbee" is a novice beekeeper who could use a helping hand to get on the right path in learning the basics of being a good beekeeper.
There are no standard terms in beekeeping to describe these roles so we are defining them here so you will know them when we use them.
All of these people important as you begin, as well as you progress, in your beekeeping career. Keeping bees is a continuous learning process, so say the bees!