Mentoring program trains new beekeepers in Door County

Amidst an ongoing bee crisis, the need for new beekeepers in Door County is as important as ever. With that in mind, the Door County Beekeepers Club has established a mentorship program for those who've just picked up the hobby to learn from those who have already established and maintained successful hives. Several volunteers of the club have come forward and are listed on the club's website as a resource for those who have questions or need advice on how best to take care of their colony. Max Martin, a local beekeeper who has kept bees for over 20 years, spoke highly of the program. He said one of the ways mentors can show newer beekeepers the basics is through a method he calls "the hive dive."

The Door County Beekeepers Club holds meetings once a month at various locations around the county. A continuing battle with Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has worried some members of the Beekeepers Club, but Martin remains optimistic that a solution can be found.

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