Jen Holt is the brand new Coordinator for the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program at OSU.
In this episode, we’ll learn about how Jen got interested in bees, what she sees for the future of the program, and the ins and outs of how the program functions today.
We discuss beekeeping education from the start to the master – how to take a regular person and turn them into a beekeeper. Jen is co-appointed to the OSU Pollinator Health Program, so we talk about creating synergy between the two programs.
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“We don’t want people to be turned away from beekeeping just because they don’t have the knowledge to succeed.” – Jen Holt
- How Jen learned to become a beekeeper
- Some of the things that people who are interested in working with bees worry about
- The many levels of the master beekeeping program in Oregon
- How the geographic diversity of Oregon presents challenges and opportunities
- How the master beekeepers teach the program in different part of the state
- How the curriculum is developed for the program
- How the program is powered by volunteers
- What Jen Holt sees going forward for the program
- How beekeeping connects us back to ancient times
“I would like to increase the partnership in the program between honey bees and native bees, because honey bees are often a gateway to learning about native bees.” – Jen Holt