Last year we launched a pilot program for Jr Beekeeping here at the Lazy B Farm. It was a huge success and now we’ve made it part of our Homesteading School. Because of last year’s class, we now have GA’s first certified Jr Beekeepers! We want to keep this trend going.
What an amazing opportunity for these children to learn some life lessons, the least of which may be overcoming fears or obstacles. This course teaches them a life skill and yes, it is possible to make money with this hobby. If nothing else, it gives them something cool to talk about in a group. I mean really, how many kids do you know that are beekeepers? 🙂
This is a 20 hour course that meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday from February to June with a celebration party on June 20th.
We offer this unique course to only 10 students each year. It’s important to us that the children are safe and well supervised. Enrollment is based on a first come, first served basis.
Here’s what to expect from this Jr Beekeeping Series:
Working knowledge of beehive management
Understanding the honeybee colony’s caste system
Working knowledge of tools and woodenware
Basic plant knowledge
Working knowledge of honey extraction
Opportunity to test for Jr Beekeeping Certification
Cyndi Ball, owner of the Lazy B Farm and certified beekeeper
Edonna Koons, educator and certified beekeeper
Typical Class Schedule
4 – 4:30: bee lesson
4:30 – 5:30: hands-on beekeeping project
5:30 – 5:45: snack and weekly Discussion Question
5:45 – 6:00: Quiz (the quizzes help prepare them for the Beekeeping Certification Exam)