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

We are no longer accepting applications for 2019 Community Beekeepers. Please check back in August of 2019 for information on becoming a 2020 Community Beekeeper.

 

Beekeeping Classes

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Aug 14

Honey Harvest & Products of the Hive

Snow on the ground at the Honey Bee Apiary.

Sep 11

Overwintering Honey Bee Hives

Meet the Beekeepers

Stop by the Apiary while Hudson Gardens’ beekeepers are working to observe live, active beehives and real-life management techniques.Sessions are scheduled from 9:30–11:30 am on one Saturday per month from May through September.

2019 Meet the Beekeeper Schedule:

Saturday, May 18, 2019
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Saturday, July 20, 2019
Saturday, August 17, 2019
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Beekeeping Resources