Make it Sustainable

Throughout this process it might have been you doing all the work on your own, or with a couple of interested people. 
 
Now that you've got the bees on campus, and you're swinging along, you need to think about what will invariably [hopefully] happen, and will happen sooner than you know: you will graduate and leave college. 
 
Now is the time to start up a small administration for your beekeeping activity. 
A small group of dedicated people who can get things done quickly is better than a huge mass of semi-involved helpers.  You should meet with your administration as often as is necessary and works for your group.  It is imperative that you actively recruit and involve younger blood, which means freshman. 
 
As always, be sure to let them know what you've learned about your college, but let them take the reins in organizing activities, and expanding the program.  And make sure they know to get freshman involved.  Nothing is worse than a whole administration of seniors graduating. 
 
When setting up the program at the start, it was really important to have lots of contacts in many areas.  This is also important for keeping the program going.  Contacts with local beekeepers, faculty members, maintenance staff, or anyone interested in your project should be kept in the loop.  Just because it's a college program does not mean that others can also learn beekeeping from your group.  The more involved you are with the college community, and beyond, the better chance you have to survive as people cycle through. 
 
If you sense trouble, perhaps the bees can be maintained at your college site by a local beekeeper.  That beekeeper should let students know when they're doing anything for the hives, so that students can learn as they go.  As new students become interested, they can take up where you left off, instead of starting from scratch. 
 
Be sure to keep in touch with us, via the website, facebook, email.  That way we know who is out there, and if you need help, perhaps we can find a helping pair of hands. 
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