EMBA Mentoring Program
Eastern Missouri Beekeepers Association has a mentoring program to assist new beekeepers develop their beekeeping skills by introducing them to an experienced beekeeper who will help them one on one during their first year.
If you are a first year beekeeper, or still new to beekeeping, and would like to be introduced to an experienced beekeeper in your geographic area, please click on the link below to register as a Mentee. You will then be enrolled in our free mentoring program, and contacted by a EMBA mentor. They are a valuable resources when you are learning about installing nucs, doing inspections, and trying to identify activity that you’ve observed in your colonies. Frequently, mentors will answer questions, direct you to resources, possibly visit your hives or host you at their own, and meet with you at club meetings and field work days. The amount of contact and the type of mentoring interaction will depend in large part on communication between Mentor and Mentee.
As a beekeeping Mentee, you must be a member of EMBA and be willing to:
- Become familiar with beekeeping terms
- Participate in club activities and hands-on inspections, including at the Danforth Apiary
- Maintain hive inspection sheets and logs to provide reference
- Build your library
- Be a Beekeeper, don’t just Have Bees
- Respect your Mentor’s time: Keep good records, and consolidate multiple questions into single calls.
- Stick with it, ask questions, read, read, read, and Never Give Up!
If you are an EMBA club member that would be willing to help mentor one or more beginning beekeepers, please click on the registration link below. The Mentoring program provides the opportunity to share your knowledge and experiences with new beekeepers, helping to ensure the success of beekeeping in our area. Mentoring is a very satisfying experience that helps you hone your skills while helping others and building relationships within the organization. It doesn’t matter if you only have one or two hives or just a couple of years of experience; you have the basic knowledge to help beginning beekeepers. Mentors will be provided with helpful guidelines and will have the Mentoring Programming Director and other Board Members to assist them.
As a Mentor, you need to be willing to:
- Guide & advise
- Be a responsible mentor (set expectations, follow-up, etc)
- Assist and mentor, but do not perform the work for the mentee
- Encourage regular attendance at monthly meetings and learning events
If you have additional questions about the Mentoring Program please contact email@example.com
The Club has ordered Minnesota Hygienic Italian queens from Avoyelles Honey Co., Moreauville,
Louisiana, for TENTATIVE delivery at The Danforth Plant Science Center on Saturday, April 6th or 13th 2019
subject to weather delays.
The price of a queen is $25, there is a limit of four (4) queens per membership.
You must be an EMBA member to order queens.
Nucs include a queen, do not order a queen to put in your nuc.
If you would like to order more than 4 queens please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will check with the supplier to see if we can increase the club order to accommodate your needs.
Nucleus Honey Bee Colonies for Sale
EMBA has made arrangements for Club Members to order nucleus bee colonies (“nucs”) to start or improve their apiary. The Nucs that the Club has reserved are a five-frame starter colony from Merrimack Valley Apiaries. The supplier’s breeder queens and drone pool consist of mite-resistant, hybrid Italian-Carniolian stock supplied by Latshaw Apiaries, the USDA, Baton Rouge Lab Varroa Sensitive Hygienic (VSH) program, Miksa Honey Farms, and Minnesota Hygienic queen breeders. Each nuc will have about three pounds of bees, including a young, laying queen, three frames of brood in all stages, and two frames of honey and pollen in a light-weight, five-frame, wooden box. Nucs will be treated for mites prior to delivery.
Delivery is TENTATIVELY planned for Saturday morning, April 20th. The firm delivery date & time will be announced in a subsequent notice to members. You MUST pick up your orders on the designated pick up day & time. You will receive more information once your order is in place. Delivery dates are dependent on the weather and may be adjusted based on the weather our supplier is experiencing.
The price of a nuc is $185, which includes delivery to St. Louis, pickup location to be determined. There is a limit of two (2) nucs per membership.
Ordering for nucs will start online February 21st and end when sold out. The ordering will be through the “Store” option under the “Member” tab on the club’s website easternmobeekeepers.com (you will need to know your user ID and password for the club website to order online.) All online orders will need to be paid for with a credit or debit card when the order is placed (checks will only be accepted for nuc orders at the Beginner’s Meeting Wednesday, February 20th from 6:30-9:00) If there are unsold nucs when ordering closes, the Club will notify members and ordering will reopen giving members the opportunity to purchase more than 2 colonies.
Come out to the EMBA Teaching Apiary at Danforth Plant Science Center at Olive Blvd & North Warson Road.
Must have protective gear on to enter the apiary.
Experienced beekeepers will demonstrate how to do a hive inspection and what to look for in your hives.
This is a free workshop for EMBA Members. No registration required.