Local student awarded beekeeping scholarship

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Garrett Meyer. / Photo submitted

Garrett Meyer of Newell has been awarded a beekeeping scholarship from the Iowa Honey Producers Association. Garrett will receive a bee hive, beekeeping equipment, honeybees, a mentor and beekeeping classes.

Soon Garrett will receive his beekeeping equipment and begin to assemble his hive. In late April, Garrett will receive his honeybees and install them into his hive with the help of his mentor.

Throughout the spring and summer Garrett will check on his honeybees to monitor their progress and watch for anything that would be harmful to the honeybees. In the fall there may be some honey to harvest, however the goal for the first year of a new hive is to get it through its first Iowa winter.

Winter preparation and pest management typically happens in mid to late fall By late fall Garrett will have his hive ready for a long cold winter. The Iowa Honey Producers Association Youth Scholarship Program is designed to bring young people into the wonderful world of beekeeping.