Beekeeping

Interested in beekeeping for El Paseo Community Garden?

Apply to be a part of our beekeeping team. Experience is not required, only dedication and desire to learn.

This bee program is designed to train local beekeepers to help maintain our four hives. Applicants can not be allergic to bees and must be able to lift 30 lbs. 

Participants must complete the Virtual Beekeeping Theory Course in April (set on an agreed upon time by the group) and must dedicate a minimum of 2 hours during the week for the hands-on practicum. The four hives and eight participants will be divided amongst two days. Participants will be able to choose their day, either afternoons during the week (TBD) or Saturdays at 10 am. Hands-on practicum or hive inspection days are typically 1-2 hours. Depending on tasks for the day, they can be up to 4 hrs. In case of rain, hives will be checked Sundays at 10 am.

You must provide your own beekeeping veil, suit, gloves. Two sets are available in the garden on a first come first serve basis. These sets will be assigned for the season and must remain in the garden. These items can not be shared as a covid precaution. Masks must be worn and covid precautions will be taken. 

Deadline to apply is March 22nd, as our program will begin in April. We are limited to include 8 participants. Preference will be given to residents in the Lower West Side and Bridgeport Areas. Remaining applicants will be put on a waiting list for the following year. Confirmation of selected participants will be sent in early April. 

Experienced beekeeper? You can also apply at the same link to become one of our beekeepers and pay a $25 membership to join the garden team upon confirmation. Fees can be reimbursed if leadership and dedication is shown for the year.

$40 beekeeping program and membership fee gets you:

  • Beekeeping Theory course online/in-person 
  • Hands on Practicum from April to November
  • Access to additional resources for self-study
  • A 12 oz jar of honey on harvest day
  • El Paseo Garden Member Benefits
    • Access to the compost program ($40 value)
    • Free reservation for fire pit and patio (min $25 value)
    • Included in garden internal work group (Slack)
    • Scholarship opportunities for select educational programming
      (must show leadership in El Paseo Garden the year prior to qualify)

Inquire about beekeeping sponsorships for those in need (limited quantity).
Beekeeping membership is discounted to $25 for those with a gardening membership. 

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