Heroes to Hives

Heroes to Hives is a unique program offered through Michigan State University Extension that seeks to address financial and personal wellness of veterans through professional training and community development centered around beekeeping.

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Heroes to Hives provides veterans with beekeeping education and training from Michigan State University Extension and its partners, Michigan Food & Farming SystemsUniversity of Minnesota Bee Veterans programUniversity of Missouri Extension Heroes to Hives, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Great Plains Master Beekeeping Program.

2023 Heroes to Hives Online Program

The online portion of the Heroes to Hives program moved to Michigan Food & Farming Systems (MIFFS). Veterans, Reservists, Active Duty or National Guard members of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for the program, and they are allowed to enroll their adult children, spouses, partners and caregivers. Registration is open at www.HeroesToHives.com from Nov. 1, 2022, through Feb. 28, 2023.

MIFFS will email eligible participants educational content monthly from March 2023 through November 2023. The 2023 online program will include new videos and resources, and past Heroes to Hives participants are welcome to register.

MSU Extension creates educational materials for participants in the Heroes to Hives program and holds in-hive workshops. Participants in the 2023 Heroes to Hives online program who reside in Michigan will be notified by email about opportunities to register for in-hive workshops at MSU sites in the 2023 beekeeping season.

Heroes to Hives In-Hive Training

In-hive workshops are held in Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Nebraska. Training covers beginning and seasonal topics like hive handling, colony inspections, and pest and pathogen management. Students can choose to participate in one or many sessions. Students who are enrolled in the online program will receive information in the spring about on-ground sessions. 

Acknowledgment

This work is supported by the Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans grant, award no. 2021-77028-35274 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.