Just heard about EYA’s new beekeeping apprenticeship that is starting this year. Rihanna tells me it’s all full for this season, but definitely something to watch for next year. Wish I could be a part of it!
The ‘Community Hive’ Sustainable Beekeeping Apprenticeship Program
The ‘Community Hive’ is a collaborative effort between the Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA), the Means of Production Garden Artists Raw Resource Collective (MOPARRC), and Master Beekeeper Brian Campbell. The ‘Community Hive’ seeks to mentor and support youth in the apiculture industry and to engage Vancouver residents in the importance of the issues facing bees across North America.
Two hives will be established at the Means of Production garden in Mount Pleasant to facilitate hands-on training and create a hub for the transfer of beekeeping knowledge. The Sustainable Beekeeping Apprenticeship Program will be based at this site and will provide youth age 16-30 with an opportunity to learn about sustainable hive management, habitat development, value-added product elaboration, community engagement, outreach planning, artistic expression related to bees, and workshop facilitation; all free of charge. The program will run on a weekly basis from early May to late September. Apprentices will have the chance to engage with other beekeepers throughout the Lower Mainland.
To apply to be an apprentice in the program, please relay to EYA: who you are (including contact information), what interests you about bees, and what you hope to accomplish through the program. This information can be provided in your chosen form of expressions (written, video, painting etc) and should be sent to Rhianna at email@example.com by April 24th 2009 at 5pm.
To become a mentor in the program or to participate in a community workshop. please contact Rhianna at 604-689-4446 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Feel free to contact us should you have any questions.