A NewBEE is a military veteran or first responder interested in learning about beekeeping. During the first year, a NewBEE will be partnered with a local area mentor in order to learn basic beekeeping skills. 

A NewBEE is expected to be respectful, have a positive attitude, and to be coachable while following the directions and instructions of their assigned mentor. Each relationship will differ based on experience, personality, and schedule availability.

The core of this organization is one NewBEE, one Mentor, and one hive. With this in mind, we believe that anything is possible, including discovering a lifelong hobby of beekeeping and exponentially increasing the bee population together.

Our mission is suicide prevention through purpose and relationships built in your local communities. We do this by connecting you to an experienced Mentor in your area who will provide you the opportunity to learn and love beekeeping.


As with any new endeavor, BEE prepared to invest in yourself and your equipment. We ask that NewBEEs are prepared to purchase their own beekeeping suit and gloves.

Still have questions? Check out our NewBEE FAQs and Code of Conduct!