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Looking to get into beekeeping? Need an experienced beekeeper to help guide you in your beekeeping journey? Contact Us at and we will help find a mentor close to you. 


To obtain a mentor through TBA you must be a current paid member of the Tidewater Beekeepers Association. If you would like to join TBA go to Join/Renew Page . Already a member use this form to add your name to the list looking for a mentor Click here

TBA Mentors List

  • Kristine Smith Virginia Certified Master Beekeeper  781-879-5155 Franklin

  • Steve Jones 757-408-5201 Chesapeake

  • Kevin Bird 540-400-4669 Chesapeake

Want to help others become great beekeepers? Become a TBA Mentor. Fill out this application to be listed as a mentor on our website and help our new beekeepers in their beekeeping journey.




As part of our program requirements, you will be asked to complete a short online exam with a passing grade of 80% or higher. This exam ensures that our mentors have the level of basic beekeeping knowledge we would expect from an experienced beekeeper mentoring new beekeepers. 


***If you have a certificate from the Virginia State Beekeepers Association of Apprentice Level or Higher from the Master Beekeeper Program the exam requirement will be waived.***

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