New Pond Farm


Honey Bees – Adopt a Hive

Interested in learning about beekeeping and the lives of honeybees?
It’s possible with our Adopt a Hive Program.

In this unique hands-on program you will suit up and work right alongside our passionate beekeeper and educator, Ann Murray. Ann is brimming with knowledge about these essential and truly extraordinary pollinators, and soon you will be too!
Between April and October you and Ann will coordinate several monthly visits so you will have an opportunity to see first hand, how your hive progresses through the growing season. You will observe the behaviors and roles of workers, drones and possibly the queen, and you will be amazed at the engineering feats and endless productivity taking place in this superorganism known as the honeybee colony.
This will be a hands-on learning experience that you will never forget! All beekeeping suits and equipment will be loaned to you during each visit.

Adopt a Hive 2019 is now FULL!

Please let us know if you would like to be put on the 2019 wait list or let us know if you would like to join the program in 2020 by sending an email to

$300 per NPF member family

$50 per Member family

We now have a new program available where you, and up to three family members, can enjoy a visit to a beehive (borrowing a bee suit from us for the day) and help our beekeeper and educator, Ann Murray, with an inspection of one of our active colonies. This one visit opportunity is a great chance to actually look inside a working hive, without committing to the full season   Adopt-a-Hive program.
Of course, we still have our full season program which is our best training program for those interested in becoming beekeepers themselves one day. Adopt-a-Hive is full for 2019, but you may register for 2020 at any time.
If you are interested in this new program, please email us at

Additional Ways to Support the Bees

We are always thrilled to have support for our honey bees. Donations of any amount will help support this beneficial insect and will be greatly appreciated. A donation of $120 will sponsor a colony, covering the cost of purchasing and maintaining a colony of bees on the farm.

If you would like to give a donation, no matter how small, in support of our bees, you can either give online and include “for Honey Bees” in the comments section or send a check with “Honey Bees” to:

New Pond Farm Education Center
101 Marchant Road
Redding, CT 06896