This program is sold out for 2023.
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, starting from a new package in spring, harvesting honey at summer’s end, and preparing the hives for winter.
Protective gear (bee suit, gloves, and veil) is required to work in the hives—participants must provide their own gear. We recommend Mann Lake Bee & Ag Supply for protective suits and gear needs.
Dodge offers need-based scholarships to make this program possible for all adults. For details on how to apply, please email us for more information.