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The Tennessee Beekeepers Association is once again administering the Hive Grant program for new beekeepers, offered by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. Here are the details from The Hive Tool, the TBA newsletter:
Eligibility requirements for individuals to receive the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and Tennessee Beekeepers Association Hive Grant:
- be completely new to beekeeping
- be a resident of Tennessee
- complete a beginning beekeeping course
- commence beekeeping activities in the spring of 2012
- accept a beekeeping beginner kit grant
- purchase bees
- purchase additional equipment as needed
- become a member of a local Tennessee beekeeping association for two years
- become a member of Tennessee Beekeepers Association for two years
- complete the Registration of Tennessee Apiaries form in accordance with the Tennessee Apiary Act of 1995. This form may be completed on line or copied for mailing. Go to http://state.tn.us/agriculture/regulatory/apiary.html for regulations and forms.
- work with an association member mentor for two years for the first two years, half of the honey production from the grant hive will be returned to the local association to help defray set up cost. Commencing the third year, all the honey is the beekeepers.
- if one decides not to complete the two year commitment, return grant equipment kit to local association for redistribution
The beginner kit will include:
Screened bottom board, Complete Hive Body (10 frame), Wired beeswax foundation, Inner cover, Entrance feeder, Telescoping cover, Round veil with plastic helmet, Gloves, Hive Tool, Smoker, and beginner’s book or How to Keep and Sell Honey.