My teaching style

Learning at the Southern Appalachian School of Apiculture


My teaching methods are based on Experiential Learning. In other words…learning by doing.

Are you a visual learner? Perhaps you need to actually participate in an activity for information to make more sense. Whether you are or not, beekeeping requires a hands-on approach.

Experiential learning allows you to learn as you go along, discovering new things about the honey bee colony and its inner workings in response to the ever changing seasons.

With each season comes new and different challenges. These courses are designed to allow the student to follow along the seasons and experience these challenges and understand how to manage them.

Using Sustainable beekeeping practices, you will learn how to maximize the benefits of beekeeping and learn the joy that beekeeping offers.

My second apiary location on a gorgeous day! Photo by Jonathan Hargus©

Observational Education is another element in Experiential Learning. One of the primary keys to successful beekeeping is learning to observe, whether this is the activity at the hive entrance, the size of a queen, brood pattern, or even the buds on a maple tree. All of these factors, and more, contribute to your education in understanding the overall condition of your apiary.

I like to demonstrate and explain certain tasks and then have you do the same. By showing you how to properly inspect a hive or handle a queen bee, you get to practice essential skills that you will build upon.


Educational Incentive

As an incentive and to encourage your continued education, once you have completed the four primary courses: Introduction course, Spring Buildup, Summer-time management & Fall/Winter Preparations, all future courses that you enroll in will be 50% off.

*When it comes to learning about the most awesome hobby on the Earth, you can only learn so much from books and YouTube.

So by offering returning students this incentive, and the ability to come back and build on their knowledge and experience, you will be able to hone your skills and face problems with me, your beekeeping mentor as we overcome the challenges in beekeeping together.


On the topic of being a ‘Master Beekeeper’ & Accreditation

What is a ‘Master Beekeeper’?

There are two things to know and consider when it comes to understanding what a Master Beekeeper is.

  1. There are a few schools that offer weekend and/or week courses that offer the title of ‘Master Beekeeper’ after accomplishing certain tasks and course material. I know people in my area who have attended such a course and are considered to be Master Beekeepers, even though they don’t have any bees.
  2. The other element to consider is this: Beekeepers who have not attended any weekend course but rather have been keeping bees 20-60 years, who have experienced the highs and lows of beekeeping. They have suffered loss but also enjoyed prosperous years.
  3. The secret third element I didn’t mention is this: The title of Master beekeeper sounds pretty cool, right? Its very name insinuates that a person has literally ‘mastered’ beekeeping. Of the two examples above, who do you consider to be more of a master beekeeper?

The matter of Accreditation

There are many schools that are regionally recognized as being ‘official’ schools of thought, theory and practice. Therefore they offer something called credits that can be applied or transferred in between colleges and universities.

It’s important to understand this concept because SASA does NOT offer accreditation. Why?

The arena of education is changing course these days. Modern, traditional educational institutes only offer two things: Book learning which leads to a degree of completion and debt. What is does NOT offer is a job-placement guarantee.

So if education is changing course then where is it headed?

The short answer is Self-Education. There are large corporations that are beginning to offer jobs not based on degrees but rather self-sought experiential learning.


What SASA offers you

The Southern Appalachian School of Apiculture offers you the ability to learn beyond the books.

Remember how Socrates, Donatello, and all the other ‘greats’ learned way back in the day? Those people became huge successes because they sought out the masters at the time to learn the arts. In other words, they pursued experiential learning as apprentices under a guiding mentor.


So what are you waiting for? Come and get it!


Looking for some one-on-one guidance?

Click below to find out more about my personal mentor-ship program. That’s right! I come to your apiary with the specified limits and guide you through WHATEVER bee stuff you need help with…



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