Primer for the Program Design
This page is designed to give you a sense of how the program is structured.
What you will find below is an overview of the Program Phases and what the objective is for the phases. Below that we will show you how the lessons relate to the phases.
Jump to the Program Phase Listings
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The Program is designed in Logical Phases
The premise of the phased design is to provide logical groupings of the key milestones that represent becoming a competent beekeeper.
Two Year Program
The program is designed to operate over the span of two beekeeping seasons. The first year focus is on getting prepared, getting started, building up to two full colonies, and then sustaining the colonies for overwintering.
Year two is designed to lead the beekeeper through managing a full-sized colony through spring, through swarming, and into honey harvesting.
Program Phase List
Phase 1 – Starting Out (I want bees to Bees in the box)
Phase 2 – Getting Up and Running (Bees in the box to fully operational hive)
Phase 3 – Surviving Winter (Fully Operational Hive to Winter Preparation)
Phase 4 – Winter to Spring (Winter Preparation to Spring Forage and Foundational Beekeeping Topics)
Phase 5 – Spring to Summer, Year 2 (Swarming, Splits, Honey Production)
Phase 6 – Honey Extraction
Phase 7 – Summer to Fall, Year 2 (Managing Full Sized Colonies to winter)
Phase 8 – Winter, Year 2
Program Phases Elaborated
In this section, you will find the high-level objectives for each of the phases.
A Summary Listing of the Lessons in the program