How To Join the COOP
Membership in the COOP 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.
Alternative or non-standard methods and types of beekeeping equipment (without removable frames & combs, inaccessibility to inspection, etc.) are not acceptable for MHBC membership, although if members wish to try these approaches outside of their regular COOP activities-they are welcome to do so.
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. You may also, consider joining a local beekeeping club or organization to become familiar with other beekeepers in your area. There are 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, Third Edition, by Alphonse Avitabile and Diana Sammataro.
Taking a regular beekeeping class as mentioned above..as well as studying the suggested texts..and acquiring the necessary standard Langstroth type equipment beforehand..may be sufficient to qualify for COOP membership. Such applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and with majority approval of MHBC members.
If you're interested in joining, contact us by email, regular mail, or phone: