The Community Apiary and Beekeeping Program provides opportunities for beekeepers to practice their craft in a community setting. Volunteer Community Beekeepers own and maintain their hives within the Apiary, serving as advocates for honeybees as well as an educational resource for Hudson Gardens and its visitors. Each year both new and experienced beekeepers are welcome and encouraged to apply for this program.
Become a Volunteer Community Beekeeper
Joining the beekeeping community at Hudson Gardens offers a beautiful setting with an abundance of diverse nectar sources, access to a network of skilled beekeepers, and opportunities to engage with the public and promote the importance of beekeeping.
Get a head start on your beekeeping plans:
- Review the Hudson Gardens Beekeeping Protocol.
- Submit a Volunteer Community Beekeeper Application.
- Read the City of Littleton Beekeeping Ordinance.
- Register for and attend the required beekeeping classes (see below for details).
All Hudson Gardens Beekeepers must agree to the following:
- Use of natural integrated pest management methods that are minimally invasive, chemical-free, and non-toxic.
- Participation in educational outreach activities on behalf of Hudson Gardens.
- Non-commercial usage of honey and other products derived from the hive at Hudson Gardens.
- Attendance at four required beekeeping classes: Beekeeping Basics, Hive Startup: Installing Nucleus Hives and Package Bees, Honeybee Hive Management Systems, and Honeybee Hive Inspections. Attendance at Beekeeping Express can be substituted for the four required classes.**
**Class requirements must be met prior to establishing hives at Hudson Gardens and may be waived at the discretion of Hudson Gardens for experienced beekeepers.
Applications are now being accepted for 2019 Community Beekeepers. Apply online by December 1, 2018. Interviews for qualified applicants will take place on a rolling basis beginning in September and applicants will be notified of decisions by January 14, 2019. Please note, space in the Community Apiary and Beekeeping Program is limited and the application process is competitive.
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