We are a small beekeeping business based in Hertfordshire. We collected our first swarm in 2009 and the hives have increased since then. We now have apiaries around Hertfordshire and London to produce our range of honeys.
The Bee Farmers’ Association started an apprenticeship scheme in 2014 and our beekeeper Hannah was in the first cohort. The scheme is open to 16 to 24-year-olds and aims to equip young people with the skills and knowledge to make a successful career in the bee farming industry. Those successfully completing the three-year programme are awarded a Diploma Towards Excellence in Bee Farming by the Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers. To read more about the apprenticeship scheme click here.
Video shot by the Telegraph in 2015
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Rowse “Bee a Bee Farmer” march in 2015
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Apprentices from the first three cohorts publicising the BFA apprenticeship in 2016
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Timeout magazine 2016
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The first cohort of apprentices graduating in October 2017
The next step
Now, after completing the Bee Farming apprenticeship, we are working on building a small business that supplies honey and other bee products locally. We also run beekeeping workshops and private training sessions throughout the spring and summer months.