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Program Format / Delivery
The lessons are staged ‘just’ in advance of needing to know. For example: We teach you how to feed bees in the fall during summer so you can prepare for the activity, and then execute it. Quite a bit of effort was taken to figure out the timing of the lessons.
What of the Things that are not included or omitted?
As noted earlier, we tried to strike a balance to keep lessons as compact as possible. We will recommend at times during the course additional resources that you can use as references.
One example, we recommend a basics book by Penn State that covers a wide range of topics on beekeeping and can be used in conjunction with our program (Link)
If you are missing something, tell us. We often have things included at some point in the program and can tell when it is coming up, or disclose what you need for the activity you are conducting.
Sometimes we do not tell you on purpose. We will hold off on some topics until you have some background on different activities or aspects of beekeeping so you will better understand the coverage when we get to it.
Just a touch of information about some of the philosophies that underpin the program.
We Will Stipulate a Few Rules
1. You must use Langstroth Style hives in this program.
o Some might not know what that is… A Langstroth hive is the conventional beehive in the United States.
o We will teach you more about this in the opening, but for now just know that other types of hives – Top Bar, Layens, and others are not viable for use in this program.
2. We require that you start with two hives.
3. You require management of your colonies for Varroa Mites, and we require you to treat your hives if they are above thresholds that necessitate you to do so. We do not advocate for treatment-free beekeeping for beginners.
4. We require you to use wax foundation in your hives (to be a devotee of the Managed Mentoring Program). More information about this will be provided during the lesson on sourcing your equipment.
Need to know more?
We maintain a running list of answers to questions participants ask us along the way on another part of this website. If you want to browse the Q&A, visit our Frequently Asked Questions section from the menu on the site.
Frequently Asked Questions