The Bee Squad with Bridget Mendel and Becky Masterman (S3, E38)


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In today’s episode, we talk with Bridget Mendel and Becky Masterman of the University of Minnesota Bee Lab’s “Bee Squad”. Dr. Marla Spivak created Bee Squad as an outreach group 10 years ago in the Twin Cities area to help local beekeepers and other people just wanting bees in the backyard, with just a couple of volunteers. It has blossomed into a dynamic, nationally known UMN Extension Program that is helping hundreds, even thousands of people – beekeepers and non-beekeepers alike.

The Bee Squad was originally headed by Becky who recently 'passed the hive tool' of leadership to Bridget. Together, they have paired up with a host of other programs including the BIP Sentinel Program, the American Honey Producers Association and their habitat program, the University of Michigan’s Veteran’s programs, and thousands of beekeepers across the US.

The Bee Squad’s list of programs is extensive – and they are not just for Minnesotan’s. Funded by sales from their store, payment for managing other’s bees, grants and donations and community partners, they have nearly a dozen talented people managing all of these programs.

Listen today and bookmark their website as a knowledgeable and trustworthy site to gain current beekeeping information!

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