Merrimack Valley Beekeepers Association Bee Buddies program is an attempt to bridge the gap between MVBA’s Bee School mentoring program and beekeepers who are either beyond their first year of beekeeping or in an area without a local mentor. In addition, MVBA has numerous members who may feel they’re not ready for the role of a mentor, but are interested in either helping others, providing a sounding board, or just interesting in visiting other beekeeper’s hives.
Bee Buddies is completely voluntary and coordinated through the MVBA Facebook group. Many, if not most, of the Bee Buddies are backyard beekeepers who may have full-time jobs. Contacting a Bee Buddy is done through accessing the below shared Google map which shows participating beekeepers and then either reaching out through Facebook or email (if available).
Finding a Buddy
If you’re looking for general advice, the Facebook group offers a much wider audience than one-to-one. You may want to start there with a description of the problem and pictures (many pictures may be worth thousands of words!). If you’re looking for someone to be with you on a hive inspection or to visit someone else’s hives, then the Bee Buddy program may be what you’re looking for — proceed onward!
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