Mentor Opportunities

Nashville Area Beekeepers Association Mentor Program

The goal of the program is to provide new beekeepers with access to mentors in their neighborhood who can give them hands-on training.  If you are interested, please contact one of the mentors listed below.   Their location is provided in order for you to locate someone near you.

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 in an inspection of their own hives if they choose.  They could, for example, help beginners get started with their 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.

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

Rick Armstrong
1195 Bakers Work Rd
Burns, TN 37029

North-East of Nashville, Hendersonville

John Ratcliff
150 Hedgelawn Dr.
Hendersonville, TN 37064

North-West of Nashville, Joelton

Ed Age
3801 Bear Hollow Rd.
Joelton, TN 37080

South of downtown, Greenhills

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, 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

South-East of Nashville, Murfreesboro

Mark Goodrich
260 Meadow Lane
Murfreesboro, TN  37218

Southwest of downtown, West Meade

Tim Quigley
117 Groome Drive
Nashville, TN 37205

Southeast of Nashville, Smryna

Al Taylor
834 Balleycastle Drive
Smyrna, TN 37167

South of Nashville, Brentwood

Richard Van Zyl
6220 Murray Ln
Brentwood, TN 37027

East Nashville

Ian F. Dawe
308 Neill Ave
Nashville, TN 37206

North Nashville

Nathan Schofield
3928 Stilton Dr
Nashville, TN 37207

Portland, TN

Wayne Drown
Portland, TN