After a successful inaugural 2015 OSBA 4-H Partnership program, the Ohio State Beekeepers Association has renewed and refreshed the program for the 2016 beekeeping and 4-H season. For 2016, the OSBA will selectively sponsor five 4-H members across Ohio by providing the basic woodenware and toolkits to establish 2 complete hives.
By partnering OSBA, Extension 4-H staff, and local beekeeping organizations with the 4-H members undertaking the beekeeping project, the program will support and encourage young beekeepers by providing experienced practical support and reducing the expenses required to get started in beekeeping. Ideally, active participation of key players, including the student, his/her guardian, 4H advisor, local association and a mentor will significantly increase the likelihood of success of the 4-H beekeeper through experiential learning. Local beekeeping associations who participate gain visibility to a new and vital audience and increase positive community involvement of the “next generation” of beekeepers.
See http://www.ohiostatebeekeepers.org/about-osba/4-h-partnership-program/ for more information.