Nashville Area Beekeepers Association

Mentor Opportunities

Nashville Area Beekeepers Association 
2017 Mentor Program

The NABA Mentoring Program was initiated by Joel White in order to give beginner beekeepers practical experience with managing bee hives.  The goal of the 2017 program is to provide new beekeepers with access to mentors in their neighborhood who can give them hands-on training.


Operation of the Program

  • We will have 8-10 experienced beekeepers, geographically spread around greater Nashville, who are willing to help beginners.
  • These mentors would welcome beginners, who live near them, to join them on inspections of the mentor’s own hives.
  • Beginners would pick a mentor near them and then coordinate directly with the mentors in their neighborhood to schedule the visit(s).
  • The frequency, dates and times would be determined by each mentor.  Last year the mentors did their hive inspection every week at a fixed day of the week and time (unless the weather was bad or they were not available).   However, this is totally at the discretion of the mentor.
  • Typically, the hive visits start in late March and continue until about the first of July.
  • Mentors could do more for the students than just have them join on an inspection of their own hives, if they choose.  They could, for example, help the beginners get started with the student’s hives.
  • Students should bring their own protective clothing, but not other equipment like hive tools or smokers.
  • Joel White is the senior Mentor and program coordinator.


Names, Locations and Contact Information for 2017 Mentors

Brentwood, south of Nashville
Joel White
4856 Manassas Dr., Brentwood, TN  37027-1727
615-308-3776 (c)

Glen Leven Farm, just south of downtown
Matthew Slocum
6708 Currywood Dr., Nashville, TN  37205

Near Ellington Agricultural Center, south-east of town
Ralph & Gail Allen
625 Woodett Rd., Nashville, TN  37211

Green Hills, south of downtown
Buzz Evans
131 Brighton Close,  Nashville, TN  37205

Green Hills, south of downtown
“Quick” Foy
3016 New Natchez Trace, Nashville, TN  37215

North of Nashville, White House
Ray & Janet Cole
1552 Hidden Meadow Dr., Cottontown, TN  37048

Trevecca Nazarene University, just east of downtown
Karen Shaw (Trevecca University bee hive staff)
8216 Old Springfield Pike, Goodlettsville, TN 37072
Trevecca—333 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37210

Green Hills, south of downtown
Dr. Seth Cooper
2311 Valley Brook Rd., Nashville, TN  37215
Home: 615 298-5300  Cell: (615) 347-2679

North-West of Nashville
Ed Goff
2412 Bandy Rd., Ashland City, TN 37015

East of Nashville
Sterling Earhart
649 Chandler Rd.,  Mt. Juliet, TN  37122

North-west of Nashville
Ellen Treanor
4794 Brick Church Pike
Goodlettsville, TN 37072