Youth in Beekeeping 2024

Local Youth Beekeeping Program Enters 10th Year
The Dodge-Jefferson County Beekeepers Association is pleased to announce sponsorship of three youth beekeepers for the 2024 beekeeping season. Each youth is sponsored with equipment, hive components, and live bees to install and care for one hive during the 2024 beekeeping season. They are assigned mentors to assist them with their beekeeping experience. This is the Association’s 10th year of sponsoring youth beekeeping across Dodge and Jefferson counties.

Uriah Ewerdt of Watertown; Allisyn Eggen of Reeseville; and Lily Siegmann of Rubicon were selected as part of the promotion and educational programming for youth interested in beekeeping. Heritage Honeybee in Sullivan is an additional co-sponsor of the club’s Youth Beekeeping program. Additional business sponsors over the years include Dadant’s in Watertown and Capital Bee Supply in Columbus.

Lily Siegmann of Rubicon, is an 11th grader at Hartford Union High School and a member of the Neosho Utopians 4-H Club and vice president of Hartford FFA. Lily’s goal is to learn how flowers affect the flavor of honey. Allisyn Eggen of Reeseville is a 10th grader at Dodgeland High School and a member of the River Oaks 4-H Club. Allisyn has always been interested in bees and hopes to build her own honey business. Uriah Ewerdt of Watertown, is an 8th grader at St. John’s Lutheran School. He loves to be out in nature and hopes to learn more about honey bees by working with a hive of his own.

The Dodge-Jefferson Beekeepers Association is an organization that promotes the general interest and pursuit of beekeeping. The club promotes the use of honey and hive products while providing fellowship and networking opportunities with fellow beekeepers and the agriculture industry at large. All levels of beekeepers are welcome. Meetings are held at St. Michael’s Church Hall, N4911 Gray Road, Hustisford every second Sunday of the month unless otherwise noted. For more information, visit or like and follow “Dodge Jefferson County Beekeepers Association” on Facebook.

Left to right: Lilly, Allisyn and Uriah