FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE Apprenticeship PROGRAM
Will additional costs are associated with the program?
Other than your tuition and materials/equipment fee, you can expect no additional costs! Lunch will be provided and we will have water and other beverages available on site, but any other snacks or beverages are your responsibility.
I am a bit nervous about being around bees, but I really want to get over this fear and become a beekeeper. Can they sense my fear, and if so, does that make me a likely target for getting stung?
Unlike wasps and yellow jackets, honeybees do not act in a predatory manner, and are actually incredibly docile and rarely attack unless they feel threatened. Please know that you are in very good hands. If you ever feel uncomfortable and need to take a break, we will ensure that is allowable and you are given the ample time you need.
How much time will we have for a lunch break? Should I plan to bring a sack lunch?
Each month lunch will be provided from a different Austin-based farm-to-table restaurant.
I have dietary restrictions!
That's ok! Whether you are vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free, we can accommodate you. You will let us know during your registration!
Is it okay to take photos during the classes? How about video recordings of your teaching?
We are ok with photos, and we would love for you to tag us on social media! Short video recordings of class are ok, but we ask that you refrain from videos longer than 30 seconds. Make sure any photos or videos being taken aren't taking your attention away from the task at hand.
If inclement weather prevents us from inspecting hives, will we still meet? How will I be notified if there is a last minute change in the schedule?
If weather (strong rains or temperatures below 60 degrees) prevent us from working hives, we may or may not move forward with the classroom portion of the day, depending on the topic. Any inclement weather days will be rescheduled, and you will be notified in changes in schedule via email.
How many people will be in the program?
The class will be capped at 12 folks to ensure the experience is intimate and as hands-on as possible.
Where will sessions be held?
Each workshop will be held no more than 20 miles from the downtown Austin area. Ten days before each session you will receive that month's readings, agenda, and locations.
I am already a beekeeper. Is this program for me?
Absolutely! We have had current beekeepers in the prior session and they are learning just as much as the newbies! We take great care to ensure everyone is challenged at every stage. If you already own beekeeping tools, email us and we will work with you so you are not paying for gear you already own.
I wasn’t able to participate in this session. Will you be offering this program again? If so, when?
Yes! The apprenticeship is held twice per year, once starting in January and again in August. In the meantime, check our schedule of classes.
This sounds amazing. What do I do next?
Sign up to register and we will be in touch soon!
I have more questions! Where do I go?
Just email us! We are happy to answer any and all questions.