Community Beekeepers

Hudson Gardens provides opportunities for beekeepers to practice the craft of beekeeping in a community apiary setting. Each year, both new and experienced beekeepers are invited to apply to this program.

The Benefits of Beekeeping at Hudson Gardens

  • A beautiful setting with an abundance of diverse nectar sources.
  • Access to a community of beekeepers who can answer questions and assist with conducting hive assessments.
  • Participation in apiary mentorship sessions.
  • Opportunities to engage with the public and promote beekeeping.

Get a Head-Start on your Beekeeping Plans

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 BasicsHive Startup: Installing Nucleus Hives and Package BeesHoneybee 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.

Application Process

The application process for the 2020 Community Beekeeping season has closed. We will again accept applications in July for 2021.

Beekeeping Classes

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Meet the Beekeeper

Jul 11

FREE - Meet the Beekeeper

Meet the Beekeeper

Aug 08

FREE - Meet the Beekeeper

Honey harvest products of hive

Aug 12

Honey Harvest & Products of the Hive

Snow on the ground at the Honey Bee Apiary.

Sep 09

Overwintering Honeybee Hives

Meet the Beekeeper

Sep 12

FREE - Meet the Beekeeper

Beekeeping Resources