Our Mission

Mission Beelieve provides a beekeeping education for local Veterans and First Responders. Our goal is to create a relaxing environment, while educating about the vocational aspects of beekeeping. This program gives a sense of purpose and a way to reconnect with the community.

Most Veterans coming home are used to being needed by many, losing the sense of purpose
everyday can be very disheartening.

We created the foundation with hands-on workshops and seminars, to help veterans begin to
feel some peace, learn a new trade and connect with the community while embracing the
therapeutic and vocational aspects of beekeeping.
Who else better to protect pollinators than the men and women who protect us every day?


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What we offer

  • ​Hands on workshops

  • Mentoring apiary

  • Community outreach

  • Partner program

  • Continuing education

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How does it help

  • Provides a purpose

  • Sense of Peace

  • Connecting with like individuals

  • Economic opportunities

  • Protecting/restoring the environments 

  • Providing a way to reintegrate back into the community

Unique Learning Experiences 

If you are a veteran or first responder interested in beekeeping, we would like you to join us outside for a unique learning opportunity.  Additional to the beekeeping basics and continuing education, we promote ways to reverse pollinator declines and improve bee health through holistic beekeeping, conservation, habitat restoration, and educational



We offer education and a communal support system in a quiet, relaxed environment.

Our beelief is that the therapeutic and vocational benefits of beekeeping for returning Veterans and active or retired First Responders is truly beneficial



                                          COME JOIN OUR TEAM!!!

Our team


Monica Schmitt


Monica is a very active member within the beekeeping community.  Volunteering at any event that she can, to get the word out about the benefits of beekeeping and how to support all pollinators; her love for education and outreach are infectious.  In addition to community outreach events, you can find Monica giving one on one lessons with beekeepers and the interested public. She enjoys going around helping beekeepers, with issues they may be having at their own apiaries. Colony health and education is her first priority! 

Mission Beelieve is the perfect venue for Monica to share her excitement about the opportunity’s beekeeping brings and another way to give back to her community.  Sharing her knowledge and passion with Veterans and First Responders, she hopes to touch as many of these heroes as possible, giving them a renewed sense of purpose and community.

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Tristan Bannon


Tristan Bannon is an avid beekeeper a part of Carroll County Beekeepers Association. He assists with most of the outreach and adamant about beekeeping.  He took a year off to study organic Permaculture, out in Southern Oregon. There he got to be immersed into a community that formed a organic co-op, where everything is produced in the surrounding area.  Being inspired by the people of Oregon, he would like to implement their ideas here within our community.  He has a great sense of ambition and envisions more than the full potential. In school he took a deep interest in psychology and the therapeutic aspects of it.  With Mission Beelieve he hopes to immerse you far into beekeeping and discovering the therapeutic aspect of it. He hopes to inspire others to delve into the multitude of diverse avenues in beekeeping as well. Knowing how strong the military and first responders community is, Mission Beelieve can only further deepen those bonds and  can only strengthen the community even more.