Join Mountain High Beekeepers Cooperative

Membership in the Co-op requires that you have at least one year of beekeeping experience. If you are just starting out in beekeeping, we recommend that you first take an introductory beekeeping class. Classes are frequently offered through your County Extension Offices or through local Continuing Education programs.

In addition to taking a class, we suggest that you try to work with and/or observe an experienced beekeeper to guide or instruct you during your first season. In addition you can learn valuable beekeeping knowledge from the many excellent books on beekeeping. One that has proven to be most helpful to beginners as well as experienced beekeepers is: The Beekeeper’s Handbook, Fourth Edition, by Alphonse Avitabile and Diana Sammataro.

Taking a regular beekeeping class as mentioned above, studying the suggested texts and acquiring the necessary standard Langstroth equipment beforehand may be sufficient to qualify for Co-op membership. Such applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and with majority approval of MHBC officers.

Alternative or non-standard types of beekeeping equipment (without removable frames & combs, inaccessibility to inspection, etc.) are not appropriate for MHBC membership, although if members wish to try these approaches in addition to the standard Langstroth equipment they are welcome to do so.

Co-op sponsors or mentors are available to help those without extensive beekeeping experience and who are interested in joining after their initial year. It is usually the responsibility of the new applicant to request this assistance from an established member.

Annual MHBC dues are $30.00 per year which are used to host and pay for meeting spaces (usually a winter and summer meeting).  Any additional money is often used to buy shared equipment (like our commercial oxalic acid vaporizer) or to fund honey bee research by Randy Oliver of

If you’re interested in joining, contact us by email.

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