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Knox - Lincoln County Beekeepers Mentoring Program

The KLCB Mentoring Program assists new beekeepers to develop their beekeeping skills by introducing them to an experienced beekeeper who will help them one-on- one during their first year.

Beekeeping is a fascinating and complex undertaking that requires more knowledge than new beekeepers may realize. Some new beekeepers have prepared themselves as much as they can for their new endeavor; others have not.

Most of us are successful because when we started out, someone took the time to help each one of us. Our club prides itself on being a good resource for new and experienced beekeepers alike, and our Mentoring Program helps more beekeepers be successful.


Each year several experienced beekeepers volunteer to serve as mentors for the KLCB members. The graduating beekeepers from the Beginners School in April receive the list of available mentors. The Mentors List is also shared with the membership at large.

This list and the use of the mentors are not meant to replace the lively question and answer sessions on our group email.

The Mentoring Program provides Mentors the opportunity to share their knowledge and experiences with new beekeepers, helping to ensure the success of beekeeping in our area.
(click here for our Program Outline)

This Program provides Mentees the opportunity to gain first-hand beekeeping experience. They observe and participate in bee yard inspections, ask questions and get answers, have some one-on-one time with their Mentor and learn about beekeeping in their apiary.

There are three types of beekeepers…
  • those who manage what is happening
  • those who watch what is happening, and
  • those who wonder what just happened.
It takes time to become the first kind, but beware, as soon as you think you know what is going on, the bees change it up on you. That’s what they do.

The needs of the bee yard change with the seasons, so there is always something new to learn.


To read about "The Care and Feeding of a Beekeeping Mentor"
please visit the Maine State Beekeepers Association website at
http://mainebeekeepers.org/the-bee-line/care-and-feeding-of-a-beekeeping-mentor/

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