2020 -2021 Welcome Form
Welcome. Please help us respond to you by filling out the form below to us know how you would like to participate.
Despite COVID uncertainties, we are accepting resumes and letters of interest for 2021 programs for both Beginning and Advancing Beekeepers. Please complete this form and email a CV/resume and letter of interest to
to start the process.
(Members of the 2020 Special Cohort do not need to reapply, but please do watch email for announcements.)
**IMPORTANT: IF YOU REPRESENT A SCHOOL OR GARDEN, ARE SEEKING AN APPRENTICESHIP, OR ARE APPLYING FOR FUNDING/GRANTS FROM ANY OTHER SOURCE, WE ASK THAT YOU CONSULT WITH US ABOUT THAT PROCESS NOW.** IF YOU ARE COMING TO US FROM A COMMUNITY GARDEN, PLEASE BE SURE TO INDICATE THAT ON YOUR FORM.
Funding & Cost-- Our admission process remains need-blind, but we rely on the support of students, friends and organizational donors to keep our programs sustainable for a second decade. We can partner with agencies or other NGOs on government grants, and can accept corporate and individual contributions (tax deductible within the legal limits).
In 2020, we adapted our traditional programming, described below, to COVID conditions, and we expect to offer new programming for both Beginning and Advancing Beekeepers during the 2021 season.
Our Traditional Programming centers on full-season, hands-on learning pathways for beekeeping (February to November), delivered by a team of experienced professional beekeepers and serious hobbyists. Please note - program delivery is subject to alterations due to COVID
Responsible Urban Beekeeping -- 2020 Training Opportunities--
We offer full-season, hands-on learning pathways for beekeeping (February to November), delivered by a team of experienced professional beekeepers and serious hobbyists. P
1.-- The "Saturday Series" is a thorough classroom & hands-on course for motivated people who commit for the season. No experience necessary for first year students. A certificate for the first year, and an apprenticeship opportunity in the second year, are offered for those who meet all requirements. The Saturday Series meets for 12 sessions, February through November, plus some ad hoc or weather dates.
PLEASE NOTE: THE 2020 SATURDAY SERIES IS NOW FULL, PLEASE SEND RESUME AND STATEMENT OF INTEREST TO GET ON THE WAITLIST.
2.-- Field Studies Fellowship: Set up individually for those who commit to certain weekdays. This can be structured as an apprenticeship, or as an internship for high school, interim year, and college/grad students. If you are funded for an apprenticeship or service project, we offer very generous programs and invite you to explore bringing that support to us.
3.-- Advancing Group: Beekeeping is harder than it looks. A number of beekeepers have found their way here to join us in deepening their knowledge and mutual aid. This group is open to committed supporters of our organizational goals and mission who have done some beekeeping before.
4.-- Teachers: We offer specialized individual consulting and training to establish or enhance ongoing programs at schools and in community gardens citywide. Please contact us about substantive STEM with hands-on activities. If you are trying to launch a beekeeping program or applying for grants from any source, please consult us now.
Corporate special events and speakers are available. We welcome corporate contributions.
For those who want just a little taste or who want to explore whether beekeeping is for you, please watch for Newcomer Events scheduled periodically, and consider supporting our work with your talents.
We hope to welcome you in 2021 !
We appreciate your cooperation and patience, and welcome your feedback and comments.
Other questions or concerns? Please email the Organizer at
Form of address / pronouns
Joining us from an organization or business?
We have supported programs at many organizations. Please tell us about yours -
Site? Blog? Social networking links for you (or your organization)?
We welcome people of many different ages & stages so please just say "none" if you don't do the blog or social networking thing...
Interested in (please check all that apply)
Beginner training "Saturday Series"
Weekday training and volunteering "Field Studies"
Advancing group, Bee Health Support Network
Corporate Responsibility programming
Donating, grants collab, other fundraising
Honey or other hive products
Applying for a grant or fiscal sponsorship
... more room to write
Have you kept bees before?
If so, please tell a bit about your experience
How many hives? How many years? Where? Interested in mentoring others?......
Have you taken any beekeeping classes? Which ones?
Planning to Keep Bees?
Planning to keep honeybees for the first time?
not sure yet
Interested in keeping other kinds of bees or other pollinators?
not sure yet
Site Matching -- preliminary inquiry
For those interested in keeping honeybees, please check all that apply.
I have a site where I'd like to keep a hive of my own
I need a site
I don't have a site and would like to join a team
I have a site and would like to host a hive or a team
Six Degrees: Outreach, Network, Volunteering & "Citizen Science"
We like to connect with and complement the work of others & welcome you to volunteer time & resources for our programs. - Any worthy organizations you're involved with, or capabilities you'd enjoy sharing that you'd like to mention now?
Any immediate questions or comments?
We'll be eliciting your views with surveys now and then, but if you have something to add now, please feel free.
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