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Monday, March 17, 2014

SFBC 2014 Beekeeping Apprenticeship Program

San Francisco Bee-Cause will be starting its 2014 Beekeeping Apprenticeship Program on April 6 and 27, 2014.

Program Overview:
This is a 2-year program, where apprentices learn to how to ethically and responsibly manage a colony of honey bees throughout the seasons, and participate in building a community of charitable and educational beekeepers. The goal is to train new beekeepers who will manage SF Bee-Cause honey bee colonies at one of our San Francisco beekeeping sites. For 2014, we will have a beekeeping site in Potrero Hill, in the Bayview and The Bee Farm (Vis Valley/Portola) which is our largest apiary.

Year 1 (2014): SF Bee-Cause makes a substantial and meaningful investment in the apprentices. We guide you through book, Internet, discussion and hands-on learning. Groups of apprentices (2-3) are teamed up with one of our 2013 apprentices who will mentor the "newbees" through their first year of managing a SF Bee-Cause honey bee colony. 

Year 2 (2015): Apprentices give back to SF Bee-Cause in a substantial and meaningful way. It is our ultimate hope that you will get the "beekeeping bug" and will want to continue beekeeping -- to further your learning and help mentor the next group of apprentices, and with the monthly Program meetings. But if one year of beekeeping makes you decide it is not for you, or changes in your life make the regular time commitment difficult, you can fulfill your 2nd year volunteer commitment by giving back to our organization in other substantial and meaningful ways.

For More Detailed Information, Program Application and Deadlines: www.sfbeecause.com

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