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TCBA Starts a Youth Mentoring and Scholarship Program!!

Kids and Bees

TCBA Youth Mentoring and Scholarship Program

Thanks to the ground-work laid by our founder, Tanya Philips, as well as our ever supportive and growing number of members, we have finally reached one of our original goals.  TCBA is very proud to announce that we have finally kicked off our inaugural Youth Mentoring Program!

Finding a path or a hobby that you are passionate about is not always an easy task. ¬†And, once you do find a hobby you are interested in, it can be even harder to get started and find a reliable source to learn about your new hobby. ¬†This is why Youth Programs, such as this, play a very important role in the lives of our younger generations. ¬†TCBA’s Youth Mentoring Program is a scholarship based program designed to help today’s youth get started in beekeeping by providing them the resources and guidance needed to become tomorrow successful beekeepers. ¬†By becoming a young beekeeper, our youths¬†are not only learning about the wondrous world of the honey bee, but they are also learning about the importance of our tiny friends in nature, as well as becoming better stewards for our world.

Through our annual Tour de Hives event, fundraising activities, member support, and donations from people like you, we are able to offer kids an opportunity to chase dreams that might otherwise seem out of reach to them.  We are very excited to bring this opportunity to Travis County, and we hope will join us in helping enrich the lives of youths in our area.

If you would like to learn more about our Youth Mentoring Program, please visit our Scholarship Page.

~ John Swan| TCBA President

Austin Mayor’s Proclamation for the Honey Bees

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Austin Mayor proclaims August 15, 2015 as Honey Bee Awareness Day which will be celebrated during the 3rd Annual Tour de Hives.  This is an all day event for the public to tour private bee yards from Dripping Springs to Georgetown and get the opportunity to learn more about honey bees and beekeeping.  The day begins at 8am at Bee Friendly Austin apiary in SW Austin where you can sample honey, taste mead, meet our Texas Honey Queens, buy tour t-shirts, take beginning beekeeping classes, listen to a variety of speakers, and pick up your maps to tour around to other bee yards.

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Special Guest Speaker on June 1, 2015

Les Crowder is coming to Austin Texas to lead a workshop at the end of May and will stay through June 1 in order to join the Travis County Beekeepers to discuss the next generation of beekeepers getting started today and how to care for your bees without putting harsh chemicals into the environment.  7:00-9:00 pm at the Zilker Botanical Gardens.

For more information on his workshop May 30-31, please go to www.BeeFriendlyAustin.com

 

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Have you heard about the new Texas Master Beekeeping Program?

http://masterbeekeeper.tamu.edu/

The Texas Master Beekeeper Program (TMBP) is an educational program designed to increase the knowledge and skill level of participating beekeepers. The program is a five-year (minimum) beekeeper training and certification program provided by the Texas Apiary Inspection Service in association with the Texas Beekeepers Association, Texas A&M Honey Bee Lab and AgriLife Extension.

The Texas Master Beekeeper Program (TMBP) is modeled after the well-established University of Florida’s Master Beekeeper Program. By using this model TMBP is able to provide the beekeepers of Texas with a well-designed program that both increases the knowledge base of the beekeeper but also helps to educate the general public about beekeeping. This is done through public service credits; a requirement in this program.

It is the goal of the Texas Apiary Inspection Service that by providing this program we can increase the overall health of the apiary industry. The TMBP will accomplish this goal by producing highly knowledgeable beekeepers that can help lead the industry and act as honey bee ambassadors to the general public.

If you have any questions about the program, or you would like to be added to the Master Beekeeper e-mail listserv, please contact the Texas Apiary Inspection Service using the ‚ÄúGive Us a Buzz‚ÄĚ icon at the top of their page (link at top) or e-mailing tais@tamu.edu¬†directly.