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.
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 required beekeeping classes. Choose either Beekeeping Express or the following four classes: Beekeeping Basics, Hive Startup: Installing Nucleus Hives and Package Bees, Honeybee Hive Management Systems, and Honeybee Hive Inspections. These requirements must be met prior to establishing hives at Hudson Gardens and may be waived at the discretion of Hudson Gardens for experienced beekeepers.
The Community Apiary for the 2017 beekeeping season is full and we are no longer accepting applications for new beekeepers. Please check back in August 2017 for more information on how to apply to become a Community Beekeeper in 2018.
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