2024 Bee School Syllabus

Here is how 2024 Bee School will go. Each class is 120 minutes including a 10 minute break in the middle. There will be lots of hands on teaching and plenty of time for questions. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early or log on by 6:30pm so we can get everyone checked in and registered.

SessionModuleClass TimeInstructor / Speaker
Week One
Jan 8, 2024
Introductions & Overview
The Basics
Surveys
Breaks
Books/Door Prizes (books and beekeeping supplies to be given as door prizes)
Raffles- a hive
Mentors- Pat
Apiary Workshops
15 MinutesDan Bowen, Education Director
Henderson County Cooperative Extension10 MinutesDr. Terry Kelley, County Extension Director
Welcome to your journey into BeeKeeping25 MinutesKim Bailey
BREAKBREAK10 Minutes
Terminology & Parts of the Hive Demonstrations

50 MinutesShane Masterson
Breakout Sessions10 MinutesShane on zoom in front of room and Eric and Jim in rooms 1 & 2
Week Two
Jan 15 2024
Introduction10 MinutesDan Bowen, Education Director
Getting Started
Packages and Nucs
Where to obtain Bees
How do I get them in the box.
40 MinutesJim Poe and Pat Roe
BREAKBREAK10 Minutes
Hive Inspections
Frequency
Things beekeepers should be looking for in & around the hive
Record keeping
40 MinutesJim Poe and Pat Roe
Breakout Session20 MinutesJim & Pat on zoom, Shane and Eric - rooms 1&2
Week Three
Jan 22, 2024
Introduction10 MinutesDan Bowen, Education Director
Life Cycle of the Bee
Bee Biology- The Colony
Superorganism
Annual Cycle of the Colony
The Honorary Mammal
Communication
Let’s Dance / 3 dances
Frequencies / Vibrations
Pheromones
Bee Biology- The Individual Bee
Life Cycle of Honey Bees
Brood Development Cycle
Adult Life Progression
Anatomy
Immune System
Different Bees for Different Seasons
Q & A


60 MinutesJanet Peterson, Master Beekeeper
BREAKBREAK10 Minutes
Mentoring and Apiary20 MinutesAntoine Ignizio, Apiary Director and new beekeepers - Ashley Ferguson, Jovanna Porter
Breakout Session20 MinutesJanet on zoom, Shane and Eric - rooms 1&2
Week Four
January 29, 2024
Introduction10 MinutesDan Bowen, Education Director
Seasonal Management Part 1
Spring- Summer (March-April)
Inspections:
Confirm expanding brood and room for expansion
Check for adequate stores: honey and pollen
● Feeding options
Sugar water, stored honey, dry sugar,pollen, etc
30 MinutesScott Davis, Master Beekeeper
BREAKBREAK10 Minutes
Observing the entrance- Who’s coming
out of the hive:
Foragers
Orientation flights
Guard bees
Swarm Control- When? How?
(Splits, nucs, etc.)
Supering (Tulip poplar flow)
Mite check
Recordkeeping
30 MinutesScott Davis, Master Beekeeper
Bear Fences-It's Electric20 MinutesWill Garvey
Breakout Rooms20 MinutesScott on zoom,
Shane and Jim - rooms 1&2
Week Five
Feb 5, 2024
Introduction10 MinutesDan Bowen, Education Director
NCSBA Update10 MinutesScott Davis, NCSBA Mountain Region Director
Seasonal Management Part 2
Summer (May-June-July-August)
Inspections
Laying queen?
Eggs? Larva? Capped Brood?
Hive beetles? Varroa?
Adequate room for brood, honey, pollen
Feeding if needed
Nectar Flow Schedule
Tulip poplar
Sourwood
● Supering
Honey- Removing, replacing supers
Mites evaluation
Recordkeeping
40 MinutesScott Davis, Master Beekeeper
BREAKBREAK10 Minutes
Fall (September-October-November)
● Robbing
● Feeding/Nutritional Issues
● Honey stores
● Adding and removing supers
● Mite control
● Recordkeeping
Winter
● Stores
● Mite treatment
Equipment
30 MinutesScott Davis, Master Beekeeper
Breakout Rooms20 MinutesScott on zoom,
Shane and Eric rooms 1&2
Week Six
Feb 12, 2024
Introduction10 MinutesDan Bowen, Education Director
Diseases and Parasites of the hive
Invaders: Mites, SHB, Wax Months, etc
Bacteria and Fungus: EFB, AFB, etc
IPM
50 Minutes

Lewis Cauble,
Apiary Inspector at NC Dept of Agriculture and Consumer Services
BREAKBREAK10 Minutes
Treatments: Treatment Free, Hard and Soft Chemicals
DriftWatch and BeeCheck
50 MinutesLewis Cauble, Apiary Inspector
Week Seven
Feb 19, 2024
Introduction15 MinutesDan Bowen, Education Director
A Year in the life of a Beekeeper40 MinutesAntoine Ignizio, Apiary Manager
BREAKBREAK10 Minutes
Q&A20 MinutesPanel
Review of Johnson Farm Apiary Syllabus20 MinutesAntoine Ignizio, Apiary Manager
Closing Comments15 MinutesDan Bowen, Education Director