Beekeeping Program and Bee Rental Space

Learn beekeeping or rent a space for your bees.

Intro to Beekeeping Program

Have you always wanted to keep honey bees, but didn’t know where to start? Here’s your chance! Learn beekeeping from Dodge staff at Shepard Farm in Cottage Grove. You’ll work bees throughout the entire season, from starting a new package in the spring, to harvesting honey at summer’s end, and finally, preparing the hives for winter.

Thank you for interest in this program—it has filled for the 2022 season!

Bee rental space

Rent a space for your bees at Shepard Farm in Cottage Grove! You provide your own bees, equipment, and labor. Dodge will provide the location, acres of natural area for your bees to forage, and a community of fellow bee enthusiasts.

$100 per rental space for one season (April to April)—10 spaces available. Fill out the minors permission form if you plan on having youth under the age of 18 join you onsite.

Bee spaces are sold out for the 2022-2023 season.  Please email info@dodgenaturecenter.org with any questions.

2022 Bee Rental Space Orientation

Shepard Farm in Cottage Grove

8946 70th Street S

Orientation Session
Thursday, April 14, 2022
7:30 p.m.
Send questions by email or call 651-789-5285.

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