Nashville Area Beekeepers Association

Mentor Opportunities

Nashville Area Beekeepers Association 
2020 Mentor Program

The goal of the mentor 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 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.  Often the mentors do 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.  Again, this is totally up to the mentors.
    • Students should bring their own protective clothing, but not other equipment like hive tools or smokers.
  • In addition to this program, we will again have beginner training at the Ellington Agricultural Center at 5:30pm on the second Tuesday of each month.   This will start in March and go through September.

Mentor Chair: Hope Woods, (479) 325-0462,

Names, Locations and Contact Information for Mentors

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

West of Nashville, Burns TN
Rick Armstrong
1195 Bakers Work Rd
Burns, TN 37029

North-East of Nashville, Hendersonville
John Ratcliff
150 Hedgelawn
Hendersonville, TN 37064

North of Nashville
Nathan Schofield
3928 Stilton Dr, Nashville TN 37207

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

North-West of Nashville
Ed Age
3801 Bear Hollow Rd.
Joelton, TN 37080

South of downtown, Green Hills
Buzz Evans
131 Brighton Close,  Nashville, TN  37205
615-347-2673 (cell)

South of downtown
“Quick” Foy
4124 Crestridge Dr., Nashville, TN  37204

South of Downtown, Forrest Hills
Gene Armstrong
1849 Laurel Ridge Drive
Nashville, TN 37215
843-817-3441 (cell & text)

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

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

South of downtown, Forrest Hills
Mike Brent
1901 Tyne Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37215

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

Near Ellington Agricultural Center, South-East of downtown
Ralph & Gail Allen
625 Woodett Rd., Nashville, TN  37211