Team Leader and Mentoring Apiary Coordinator
Jessica Helgen is a founding member of the Bee Squad, and she loves meeting beekeepers from Minnesota and around the world! She fell in love with beekeeping on a study abroad trip to southern India in college. After graduating from St. Olaf College in 2006 with a B.A. in Biology, she started working for the UMN Bee Lab, then returned to India for a Fulbright fellowship to study Asian honey bees (Apis cerana). In 2013 she traveled to Yunnan, China to teach beekeeping to farmers. Jessica currently coordinate the Mentoring Apiary program, which provides hands-on training to hobby beekeepers. She is most proud of convincing new beekeepers to try glove-less beekeeping!