BFRDP Projects

Healing through Hives: Growing a Community of Veteran-led Enterprises through Beekeeping Training
[Progress Report]

Award Amount: $432,116
Grant Program: 2022 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Education Projects
Project Director: Deb Crockett
Organization: Garden Raised Bounty


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Project Overview

Healing through Hives centered the needs of Veterans establishing apiaries across Western Washington. Garden-Raised Bounty (GRuB) joined forces with the Washington Beekeepers Association (WASBA), and the Washington Farmer Veteran Coalition (WA-FVC) to create a robust network of resources, community support, and educational opportunities to support these beginning farmers and beekeepers. By the end of 2023, we have:  
1) Supported 59 Military Veterans or other socially disadvantaged individuals to receive beekeeping training/support resulting in 59 certifications.
2) Established two Community Apiaries as training, networking, and enterprise sites so 50+ Veterans or other socially disadvantaged individuals grew their access to resources as beginning beekeepers.
3) Built a Veteran mentoring program that supported 20 beginning beekeepers in meeting their agricultural enterprise goals.
These efforts provided pathways, networks, and relationships to support a new generation of Veteran beekeepers. 

Number of Participants: 79


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