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The mission of the Urban Apiculture Institute is to promote honey bees and healthy beekeeping practices in Milwaukee County.

We train beekeepers in practical, successful, and responsible urban beekeeping practices and foster closer relationships among beekeepers. Furthermore, we educate the public about the benefits of bees to our environment and the wonderful products of the hive.


  • Due to staffing changes, the Urban Apiculture program has been on hiatus for the 2021-2022 seasons. Instruction will return in the 2023 growing season. 


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Urban Apiculture Facts

  • Keeping bees in urban areas increases vegetable production in gardens as well as seed production in native wildflower gardens.
  • Keeping gentle European honeybees will dilute the aggressive behavior common in feral honeybee colonies.
  • Honeybees are being kept in at least 5 locations in the City of Milwaukee.
  • Honeybees are being kept in virtually every large urban area in the world including New York, Boston, San Francisco, Detroit, Toronto, London, and Paris.
  • More people die per year from lightning (100) than from insect stings

For more information, contact Martin Ventura at 414-615-0530 or

“Helpful Resources for Beekeepers” is a compiled list of pertinent, reliable, and current

information sources.  This is a document that is flexible and will change annually with new developing information to aid Beekeepers in Southeastern Wisconsin.  In it, you can find information on resources, beekeeping associations, local beekeeping supplies, books, and more.  Click here to download your copy.

Students in beekeeping suits standing around a hive


For more information about the Urban Apiculture Institute or the Certified Beekeeper program, contact Martin Ventura at 414-615-0530 or

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