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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, August 4th
Join fellow beekeepers for a fun and educational event to extract the your 2019 honey harvest. Even if you are not extracting, you are welcome to come observe and talk bees.
Register to bring up to 4 supers of honey from your hives to extract with the help of experienced beekeepers. You will need containers to hold your honey & cappings wax for you to transport it home.
You will sign up for a specific session to extract your honey, but please stay all day for lunch and enjoying the beautiful surroundings that Camp Wyman has to offer.
- Date and Time: Sunday, August 4, 2019, from 8:00 – 3:00 with extraction sessions starting at 8:00, 10:00 & 1:00. Come whenever you want & stay all day, to visit with other beekeepers and to enjoy the beautiful scenery & good food. Plan on extracting at the time on your reservation. We hope a lot of our experienced club members will join us for a fun day helping others extract their honey.
- Lunch will be served at Noon.
- What to Bring if you are extracting:
Honey Supers. Please wrap each super individually in a plastic bag. Please also label each super with your name. If you saved the cardboard boxes from your hive parts, they will fit the super, and are easy to carry.
Honey Buckets. You will need to bring at least 2 buckets with tight-fitting lids. Bring a 3 ½ or 5 gal. food-grade plastic bucket and lid for each full super of honey (available as surplus from bakeries or for sale by beekeeping supply vendors). If you want to save your wax, bring one bucket and lid to carry your cappings (it will hold all your wax).
- Where to bring the supers. Upon arrival, follow the signs to parking or super drop off. You don’t want to carry your supers from the parking area.
Restrictions. Please do not bring pets.
Directions to Camp Wyman from St. Louis, MO
- Take Interstate 44 West to th MO-109/MO-W Exit #264
- As you exit, turn right onto HWY 109.
- Make a left turn at the second stoplight onto E. North Street
- Turn right at the stop sign onto Forby Road
- Follow Forby Road to the entrance of Kiwanis Camp Wyman
- Take a right and drive up the hill just outside the entrance sign for the camp.
*If you need assistance, please call Laura @ 314-952-2329