Georgia Prison Beekeeping Program

The first prison beekeeping program in Georgia started in 2014 at Smith State Prison. Since then, beekeeping programs have been started in many prisons across the state. These programs have been successful through the coordinated efforts of the Georgia Beekeepers Association, local beekeeping clubs, the Georgia Department of Corrections, and the University of Georgia Bee Lab.

Prison beekeeping programs have provided valuable vocational training for inmates. Since 2014, many incarcerated beekeepers have taken the Certified beekeeper test through the University of Georgia. Some participants in the prison beekeeping program have passed their Journeyman exam and are now working toward becoming Master Beekeepers.


Julia Mahood, GBA Prison Committee Chair,
Jennifer Berry, University of Georgia,