We consider the Burgh Bees mentors program a benefit of membership. Although many beekeepers have personal connections to the bee industry outside this association, we do not offer this to non-members. This is a program that we specifically ask our members to participate, based on all the benefits they themselves receive from the organization.
– While we cannot guarantee a mentor in all situations and for every beekeeper, keep in mind that you may be the one filling the void in the future –
- Mentors should advise and educate the Mentee. Explain the situations that exist and likely causes. The Mentor should encourage the Mentee to evaluate the situation and make decisions based on the Mentee’s goals and management style. The Mentor must make sure the Mentee understands that there is risk of failure with any course of action, but there are valuable lessons to be learned from failures.
- Mentors should plan to visit Mentees 3‐4 times a year to address seasonal changes and needs as agreed upon with their Mentee.
- Mentors should respond to calls or emails from Mentees as soon as possible and not keep them waiting.
- Mentors will not charge for their services but gratuities or gifts from your Mentee are acceptable. IE: Gas money.
- If any problems should arise with your Mentee, contact the Mentor Program Coordinator immediately.
Burgh Bees strives to provide quality Mentors. Each Mentor has a unique style and specific talents. Mentors are volunteers trying to assist and educate new bee keepers.
- Mentees must join Burgh Bees and complete the Mentor Request Application to participate in the program.
- Mentees are expected to take Burgh Bees Beekeeping 101 (Rev. 1)
- Mentees should do their own research before asking for help and be ready to discuss the situation and options with their Mentor. There are many good books and references available on the web.
- Your Mentor is assigned to advise and educate you. Mentor’s can provide invaluable insights based on their experience that can assist the Mentee in making a decision and selecting a course of action. Mentors are not assigned to tell you what to do and there is always a risk of failure.
- Mentees are encouraged to gain knowledge and experience by helping your Mentor with their beekeeping tasks like cleaning frames/supers, assembling frames/supers, cutting the grass around hives, moving hives, etc.
- Be respectful of your Mentor’s time. Be prepared before your Mentor arrives. Get everything ready that you will need for that day’s visit. IE: Hive boxes, extra frames, smoker, work site, and whatever else will be needed that day.
- If any problems should arise with your Mentor, contact the Mentor Program Coordinator immediately.